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Cornwall’s best woodland walks

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Getting outdoors and reconnecting with nature is one of the best ways to recharge your batteries and give yourself a break from the constant distractions of modern life.

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Daily interruptions from phone alerts, social media notifications and emails mean that we never get the opportunity to completely unplug. This has a huge impact on our physical and mental health.

The rise in the use of technology has contributed to less face-to-face interaction, poorer sleeping habits and has been blamed for an increase in obesity. We're more likely to experience headaches, eye strain and neck ache, as well as low mood.

But there is a cure - and it's completely free.

woodland walks Cornwall

Stepping outside and enjoying one of the many woodland walks in Cornwall is the perfect antidote to the stress of modern life.

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Here's our round-up of the some of the best woodland walks in Cornwall....

Woodland walks in Cornwall

St Nectan's Glen, Tintagel

This historic woodland area on the North coast offers a beautiful and serene walk to delight the senses. Listen to the gurgling waters of the falls as they cascade down the valley before settling into the small and friendly cafe for a hot drink and some freshly baked cake.

Pentewan, near St Austell

Just two miles outside St Austell is this three mile circular route, running alongside the White River to the south coast.

Pentewan Valley near Mevagissery

Park for free in the lay-by or the free car-park provided, then follow the path along a former tramway, once used to transport china clay to the busy port of Pentewan. This pretty walk meanders through the historic woodland and is popular with walkers, cyclists and horses.

Lanhydrock, near Bodmin

This route follows the River Fowey from Respryn Bridge through the grounds of the National Trust's Lanhydrock estate to Restormel Castle and is a true escape.

woodland walks in Cornwall


Popular with cyclists, this circular walkway is also a hit with walkers. And with its many routes and options, it's easy to see why.

Cardinham Woods Cornwall

There are four different colour-coded trails for walkers, including the path along the pretty Cardinham water and the old Wheal Glynn Mine.

Wadebridge to St Breock

There is plenty of parking and amenities along this route, with the busy town of Wadebridge being your starting point. Follow the Camel Trail alongside the marshes and across the meadows to the medieval church of St Breock, before returning via the woods of Polmorla Valley.

Trebarwith Valley, near Tintagel

A designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in North Cornwall, this beautiful circular woodland walk comes alive in the Spring with its carpet of bluebells. Its highlights include rare delicate flowers and wildlife including roe deer and frogs.

bluebells at Trebarwith Cornwall

St Just in Roseland to St Mawes

A stunning walk at any time of year, you'll love the tropical gardens surrounding the church at St Just in Roseland almost as much as you'll love the views of St Mawes Castle along the way.

st just in roseland lake

And it's not just woodland walks - you'll know Cornwall is famous for its beaches and coastpaths so if you need more inspiration, check out our top ten Cornish beaches here and our favourite Cornish gardens here.

Browse Ocean Blue's luxury beach apartments here and start planning your wonderful break away from modern-day distractions.

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