3 Family-Friendly Hikes
Cornwall is home to the Cornish people, with a rich culture and long Celtic history. Prior to the 20th century, the people of the region relied on mining, fishing and agriculture to sustain them.
The railways spread across the area creating the tourism boom that feeds Cornwall’s economic growth today. Cornwall is well known for its impressive geology and beautiful coastal scenery. From the cliffs of the north coast to the quaint seaside villages in the south, this region is perfect for family-friendly hikes and outings.
Fowey Estuary “Hall Walk”
This moderate trail is approximately 6.4 kilometers in length and circles around to its origin point, so there’s no chance of getting lost. The Hall Walk takes roughly two and a half hours to complete and includes two ferry rides (from Fowey to Polruan and Fowey to Bodinnick). If your family wants a combination woodland and coastal walk, this is the perfect hike. The views are phenomenal, and the trail is peaceful and lush.
Are you looking for a hike that will allow your family to experience one of the beautiful beaches of southern Cornwall firsthand? This walk will give you plenty of time to spend on the sand, while also teaching you a thing or two about the area’s rich fishing and smuggling history. The hike is approximately 4.4 kilometers and will take roughly two hours to complete. You’ll enjoy the view from the cliffs above Palace Cove and walk along the coastal path above the Watch House to Pencarrow Head before stepping out onto the sandy beaches of Lantivet Bay.
Dodman Long Loop
For a longer excursion with amazing views, beautiful beaches, quaint village cafes, and wildlife viewing opportunities, try the Dodman Long Loop. This moderate 7.5-kilometer hike will take you approximately three hours to complete, depending on how much time you spend enjoying an ice cream and other chilled treats at Gorran Haven. You’ll walk out onto Dodman Point, the highest headland on the southern coast of Cornwall. From that vantage point, you might even spot peregrine falcons in flight. Consider this a day-long trip, and plan plenty of time to enjoy the experience fully.
These are just a few of the many hiking trails available for your family’s enjoyment in the Cornwall area. Visit the National Trust website for additional options. From nature to history, there’s something for every family in Cornwall.
Written by: Cassidy Toni