Winter in Cornwall
We are lucky to be based in Cornwall, one of the most beautiful parts of the UK. Whilst for many this may conjure images of summer holidays spent on the beach, this special county holds a different kind of magic in the winter months. The roads are quieter, the skies are darker, and adventure awaits. When we’re not busy bringing you fair trade fashion, our team love nothing more than enjoying the great outdoors in our beautiful corner of the world, so we asked them to share some of their favourite winter walks in Cornwall with you!
One of my favourite places for a walk in any season is Sandymouth Beach at one of the most easterly points of Cornwall. At low tide the beach stretches for miles along the coastline and the view is spectacular with dramatic multi coloured cliffs and rock formations. In the winter there are often a couple of waterfalls over the cliff edges too for extra drama! It is a dog friendly beach all year round with large stretches of sand for them to run, perfect for my whippet Sky. With rock pools, more great views from the top of the south west coast path and a café to warm up in, it’s perfect for a winter outing. Just make sure you go at low tide!
Murray – Warehouse Team
My favourite spot in Cornwall is Kit Hill - and it’s just a short walk from my home! It is one of the five highest points in Cornwall, giving beautiful views over the Tamar valley and across to Bodmin Moor, Dartmoor and everything in between. On a crisp, clear winter day
The 400 acres of mining and quarrying landscape hold a lot to explore – from the large disused quarry and the attached mine workings to the abundance of wildlife that have reclaimed the land since the demise of Cornwall’s mining industry.
Walking the trodden path at a good pace from the bottom to the top takes around 40 minutes, but there are a vast number of different trails and paths to follow if you prefer to find your own route!
Shallon – Wholesale Team
My favourite walk is Roughtor and on to Brown Willy or “Bronn Wennili” Hill of Swallows. The highest point in Cornwall.
Ever since I was little this has been a firm family favourite especially in Winter to blow away the cobwebs – a Boxing Day must! All our family dogs walked this trail many times – with muddy paws and sneaky runs into the streams!
The view from the top is well worth the walk – (about 5.2 miles to the top and back to the car park). Walking past the remains of ancient Neolithic and bronze age settlements – with glances from the cows, sheep and ponies that are always grazing nearby, you’ll be rewarded with the breath-taking view from coast to coast – Looe to Tintagel and all that falls in between. We never mind the wet and muddy trousers and feet from the boggy ground after rainfall, or the cold nose from the frosty wind, as we know what’s to follow - a drink at the Masons arms (and a roast too if on a Sunday). A proper traditional pub that always invites us in with open arms.
This spot is also dear to me as we scattered some of Dad’s ashes there and one of our beloved dogs Tegan too – it’s comforting to think they are always there when I visit.
Izzy – Marketing Team
There are so many amazing spots in Cornwall that it was tough to choose just one, so I’ve gone for a childhood favourite – Boscastle. This quintessentially Cornish village shot to fame after the unfortunate events of the Boscastle floods in 2004 – and whilst great for Cornish tourism, it does mean that the tiny village is often bursting at the seams in the summer months, so I save it for blowing the cobwebs away on cold blustery days!
The South West coast path walk is inevitably breath-taking, and whilst I highly recommend it, I tend to opt for the secluded peace of the Valency Valley. Beginning in an open meadow, the path narrows to a wooded valley, and the steep path eventually leads to the discovery of Minster Church – a piece of Norman history hidden in the landscape.
Claire – Graphic Design
Charlestown is one of mine and my son Levi’s favourite walks. At 19 months old he isn’t quite ready for coastal hikes just yet, so the beautiful harbour is perfect for getting some fresh air and enjoying the sea without travelling too far. Levi loves to pick up pebbles on the beach – although of course we make sure we put them back! There are several lovely cafes, restaurants and shops surrounding the harbour – and we like to treat ourselves with a hot chocolate on wintery days!
If you are in search of a longer walk then the coast path offers spectacular views, leading you towards Pentewan and eventually Mevagissey.
Charlestown is a popular filming location, and most recently found fame in Poldark! As an avid fan and viewer, I have been very excited to visit during filming on more than one occasion - although I wasn’t lucky enough to catch a glimpse of Ross!
Sarah - Design Team
My favourite Cornish walk is right on my doorstep – in Calstock, on the banks of the river Tamar. Starting from the centre of the village, you stroll past quaint cottages along a narrow road, past the picturesque viaduct and the reed lined banks of the river.
Continuing on past the busy boatyard with fantastic artist studios and honesty café, you eventually wind up through the woods towards the National Trust’s Cotehele House and Quay. The hill is a steep climb but the lookout point at the top offers a breath-taking view.
When time allows, I always take a moment in the tiny chapel along this pathway - built sometime between 1485 and 1490 it measures only 6.3m by 4.6m and is built of coursed slate and stone rubble. You then continue on to reach Cotehele Quay where you can explore the mill, house and gardens before looping back to Calstock – for a well deserved pint in The Tamar!