Active Travel: Cornwall

Post in collaboration with Original Cottages

I might currently be in Nottinghamshire, but I’m a Cornish girl. I grew up in a little Cornish village and know first hand what a beautiful part of the UK is. It’s also the perfect location to visit for an active break! Yes, it might be a long drive or train ride for many of us, but it’s worth it when you get there.




If you are considering Cornwall as an active break, here are my top recommendations for things to do.



I’m not going to lie, there are some TOUGH running routes in Cornwall. The hills are tough. But you get spectacular views, some fun trail and you’ll get to spot cows quite often. If you’re visiting at the weekend, you could try one of the parkruns at either Penrose, Trelissick or Lanhydrock. Lanhydrock is known for being especially hard with a tough climb, but you get views of the River Fowey and run past the famous Lanhydrock House. Lanhydrock is a National Trust property, so it’s worth hanging around afterwards to look around and enjoy a scone in the cafe.


truro half marathon
Truro Half Marathon Finish


There’s also some great routes around Truro, which I ran on during the Truro Half Marathon a couple of years back. For those who prefer a flatter trail, the Camel Trail is a 17.3 mile bridlepath running from Padstow to Wenfordbridge, broken up into 3 segments. Traffic free, this is a lovely route along a disused railway line and is used by runners, cyclists and walkers alike. My Granny used to live just outside Bodmin and the Camel Trail was accessible from the bottom of her garden. I remember my cousin and I taking off along it one day to sneak off to the pub!


I am embarrassed and ashamed to admit that as a Cornish girl, I have NEVER been surfing. I know, I hang my head in shame. Strictly speaking, this isn’t a recommendation as I am yet to try it, but if you are visiting Cornwall in summer, the beaches are beautiful and the county is full of surf schools and coaches. This is on my bucket list of things to try out – hopefully next summer. Fistral Beach in Newquay is known as “the home of British surfing” and is worth a visit just to watch the surfers. If you do want to give it a go, the Fistral Beach Surf School offer classes in body boarding, surfing and stand up paddle boarding. I can at least to admit to giving body boarding a go – great fun! If you do decide that a surfing break is up your street, then Cornish Horizons offer plenty of self-catering cottages in the area. If you fancy somewhere a little quieter (Newquay is club and bar central!), then Perranporth is also known as a great place to catch some waves. I have happy memories of visiting the beach on school trips, complete with literal “sand”wiches.


Penhale Sands, Cornwall
Penhale Sands, Perranporth



If you’re visiting Cornwall, you have to go for a long walk and work up an appetite for a great pub meal. For a more remote walk, try the Lizard. I love the Roseland Peninsula, where the South West Coastal Path shows off some of the best secluded beaches. There are also some walks based around pubs and I definitely recommend visiting the Victoria Inn in Porthleven, which is a stunning coastal town. It’s particularly stunning during a storm when the waves are whipped up into a frenzy, although I suggest shunning the cliff walks in favour of staying safely in the pub when this happens. Finally, if you get the tides right (PLEASE pay attention to advice), you can walk from Penzance to St Michael’s Mount.




Pasty Eating

Okay, so strictly speaking, this isn’t sport and fitness related, but you can’t go to Cornwall and not have a pasty. Plus they are the perfect way to fuel up for adventures and easy to pack for a picnic on the go. Every Cornish person will have a different pasty recommendation. Mine is this. Oggy Oggy Pasty in Truro do the best pasties. Opt for a traditional and wash it down with a cup of tea and a saffron bun. Some people will tell you that Rowes do the best pasties. These people are wrong and they are not to be trusted.


cornish pasty oggy
Pasty time! Photo Credit Oggy Oggy Truro.


Have you ever visited Cornwall? Let me know your top tips in the comments!

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