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3rd December 2015 | Regional News

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Try these three coastal walks next time you’re staying at one of our Cornish holiday parks.

Cubert Wildlife Walk, 6 miles, moderate

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This route begins with vibrant fields of wildflowers, takes in two of Cornwall’s best beaches and winds through habitats that give you the chance to see seals, stoats and even snakes. Oh, and it’s a route you can walk straight from Holywell Bay and Crantock Beach holiday parks, plus it’s a short drive from Newquay Holiday Park. What’s not to love?

Start at West Pentire car park (1), walking through the pretty wildflower meadows (2) towards the beauty spot of Vugga Cove (3). After stopping to admire the views of Crantock Beach along the way, walk south following the breezy coastal path towards Porth Joke (4). This narrow inlet is often described as one of Cornwall’s best kept secrets thanks to its beautiful, unspoilt beach. At low tide you can often see seals hauling themselves onto rocks, and if you cast your eyes inland as you stroll, you could well see buzzards circling over the fields and stoats chasing rabbits over the slopes.

Further on, at Kelsey Head (5) get your archaeologist’s hat on to have a rummage around the Iron Age fort – you never know what you might find. Finally, towards the walk’s end you’ll hit the glorious sand dunes of Holywell Beach (6). This is a prime spot for bug hunting as its home to crickets, grasshoppers and the rare silver-studded butterfly. You may even see an adder!

Head inland off the beach towards Holywell Village (7), follow it straight across at the junction. Head down the hill towards Lewannick Centre (8) and take the left hand path, carry straight on, turning left at the track then further on you’ll pass your first disused quarry. Follow the fork forward then take the next small path on your left. Continue through the sandy grassland which is popular with horse riders uphill past the Cubert Common disused quarry (9) on your right. Head along the fields and back to the car park.

 

Tintagel Historic Walk, 2.4 miles, easy

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If you’re staying at St Minver, this is a great walk to do with small children – it’s less than three miles long and there’s plenty to keep them entertained, from knights and wizards to caves and beaches.

Start at Tintagel Visitor Centre (1) and set off in the direction of King Arthur’s Great Halls (2). These aren’t as ancient as they sound, as they were actually built in the 1930s by a businessman who’s also thought to have invented ‘hundreds and thousands’. Check out the 72 stained glass windows that depict scenes from the story of King Arthur.

Further on, keep an eye out on your right for the 5th century Aelnet’s Cross, with its intricate carvings. When you reach the Camelot Castle Hotel (3), take the footpath signposted to the beach to get to Barras Nose (4), a rocky headland with stunning views of Tintagel Castle. As you pass Tintagel Haven, stop off to explore this small cove (5), which is steeped in mystery. There’s a cave on the left side of the beach, and legend has it that is where Merlin lived all those hundreds of years ago. If you’re feeling brave, wander into its 100m-long depths to see if you can spot any signs of wizard occupation. Next, walk up the steep path to the ruins of Tintagel castle, which is rightly famous for its dramatic setting on the cliffs, and also makes a great picnic spot!

To finish the walk, continue on the coastal path past the beautiful 11th century St Materiana’s church (6), then walk back into Tintagel town. On the 11-mile drive back to St Minver Holiday Park, round off your afternoon by stopping off at Port Isaac, a small, picture-perfect fishing village, which was the setting for the TV series Doc Martin.

 

Wildlife walk around the Lizard Peninsula, 7 miles, moderate

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You’ll be blown away by the wildness of nature on this dramatic walk around Britain’s most southerly point. Start at beautiful Kynance Cove (1), which is easy to get to from both Sea Acres and Mullion holiday parks. This used to be a popular day-trip in Victorian times, but its appeal is timeless. It looks out onto giant rocks worn into crazy shapes by the sea, and named by the picnicking Victorians. Particularly spectacular are the ‘Devil’s Letterbox’ and ‘Bellows’ on the side of Asparagus Island, which are impressive blow-holes that suck up waves and spray them out in huge watery explosions.

As you continue south, keep an eye out for seals and basking sharks (2) in the swirling sea where they trawl for food.

Continue on and you’ll pass Pentreath beach (3), a lovely stretch of golden sand, and Lizard Point (4), where you will be officially at Britain’s most southerly edge. Here, you’ll also find striking serpentine stone in the cliffs with veins of red, green and white that were formed millions of years ago.

Further on, look out for Lion’s Den (5), a giant hole in the cliff that was created when a cave collapsed in the 1800s. Carry on to enjoy the stunning views from Pen Oliver (6), the perfect spot for a picnic.

At Bass Point (7), turn off the coast path towards the village of Lizard (8) and if you’re a bit parched from all that walking, why not reward yourself with a Cornish ale or cider at the renowned Witchball Inn?

From there, take the hedge-lined path over the health back to Kynance and congratulate yourself on seven miles of quality hiking. Or alternatively, if you’ve got the bug for exploring the local area, try another of our Cornwalks.

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