Want to see the real England? Then you need to visit Cornwall at least once. If you visit Cornwall then you really should do some coastal walking in Cornwall. The Minack in Cornwall has been on the top of my places to see in Cornwall for years, and it’s on the Porthcurno to Gwennap Head trail. So if you want to visit the Minac you need to do some Coastal Walking in Cornwall from Porthcurno to Gwennap Head.
Coastal Walking in Cornwall
Walking holidays in Cornwall are very popular as there are many walks in Cornwall. To help you out there is a great app called iWalk Cornwall which you can download.
If you aren’t into apps then I would recommend buying Cornwall Coastal Path book or one of these other guides.
Because of parking and convenience, skip out the first part of the walk and go straight to The Minack. When you enter the village drive through past the theatre up the hill to the church car park. It will cost you £5 per day to park.
Make sure you take cash as there is no machine – Just a friendly person taking the money and offering some local advice. From there walk back to The Minack.
Visiting the Minak in Cornwall is every bit the magical place
The theatre was a lifelong labor of love, designed and built by Rowena Cade.
The history of the theatre is fascinating, there is an exhibition and short film at the theatre you can view while you are there. I highly recommend it.
From there I fired up my iWalk Cornwall app and began my walk.
The app is fantastic. Even will little to no signal it keep you on track. Each time there is a new direction it will vibrate to alert you.
The directions are great and easy to follow.
The views are spectacular! If you are a fan of Poldark then this is a great walk as they did a lot of the filming along this part of the coast.
After some time you turn in from the coastline. Although the sea views were no more I think the last bit was the most fun part of this walk so many turns and huge empty fields to run through.
On my walk, I think I went through 3 of these fields before finally coming out right by the car part.
I think this walk was my favourite. Oh, Cornwall!
On the way back to Plymouth you can make a quick visit to St Michael’s Mount as it was another of Cornwall’s gems.
There are so many amazing things to see and do in Cornwall and Devon. You need more than one day to cover it all. If you are thinking of visiting then take a read of Inspired By Map’s Day Trip Guide to Cornwall for some more inspiration!
Getting to Cornwall
Plane – You can fly into Newquay Airport
Train – The closest train station is in Penzance. From there you can get First Bus 1 or 1A. Do make sure you plan this journey though as transport down in Cornwall isn’t the most reliable (It’s not uncommon for it to be drawn to a halt due to cows or sheep…)
Car – If you are traveling from London I would highly recommend getting the train to Plymouth and then hiring a car. It really is the best way to travel around, Cornwall. Be warned though in Summer weekends are pretty busy on the roads and if you are nervous at driving down a single track country lanes maybe this option isn’t for you! Search the best deals on Skyscanner.
Best Hotels in Cornwall
Start by searching on Skyscanner this also checks booking.com for you. If you don’t find what you are looking for then you should also check Airbnb. You will struggle to find budget accommodation in this area. If you are on a tight budget then I’d recommend Airbnb, get yourself a tent and camp or head to somewhere like Newquay where you can find a hostel.
Some of the Best South West Coastal Path Accommodation are:
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Book your trip now
Are you ready to book your trip? To help you get the best deals and service here are the companies that I personally use to book all of my travel online. I always shop around before booking anything, but these are my tried and tested starting places.
- Skyscanner – I’m a bit fan of Skyscanner, it is who I use to book all of my flights. I often will check other like Google Flights or Momodo, but I always go here first and it is who I book 99% of my flights with.
- Booking.com – I LOVE booking.com especially when I can book and cancel free up until a certain point, mostly because my plans are forever changing. It’s easy to use and has one of the widest selections.
- Airbnb – I’m not a huge user of Airbnb, but sometimes I do like to use it, and I ALWAYS check it before I book anything else. You can get some really cool places to stay here, and it is especially good in places like Cuba. If you don’t have an account and you click on this link then you will get $36 off your first booking.
- Hostelworld – If you are looking for hostels then this is a great place to check first. They often have additional places that you won’t find on Bookin.com.
- Agoda – Although I don’t use it as much as booking.com, Agonda is especially good if you are traveling in Asia as they really do dominate there.
- Worldpackers – If you want to travel on the cheap and save money on accommodation then you need Worldpackers in your life. You can read more about it here. If you click this link to sign up and use the code CLAIRESITCHYFEET then you can get a 40% discount on your membership!
- Book a Way – If you are traveling in Asia and want to pre-book your transportation then bookaway.com is a fantastic site to do so. They have buses, trains, and cars.
- RentalCars – Looking to rent a. car while you are away? I always book through Rental Cars as they do a search of all of the big sites and find the best deals.
- Welcome Pickups – Very occasionally getting from the airport to my accommodation is a total pain in the butt, or I’m traveling in a group and it makes sense to arrange a pickup. When I do I use Welcome pickups.
- World Nomads – If you are looking for flexible travel insurance then it’s World Nomads all the way. I wrote all about insurance here if you want a more thorough review.
- SafetyWing – AsI’m a Digital Nomad and not moving around quite so much anymore I personally use SafetyWing now for my health insurance. I wrote a full review here.
- Viatour – Sometimes it can be a little expensive, but I like Viatour for somethings, especially if you can get a discount code! It’s also great for inspiration.
- Klook – If you are traveling in Asia, then Klook is great! You can book all kinds of tours, activities, and train tickets, plus they even have sim cards and WiFi.