Walking Cornwall in the Rain; Sheltered & Simple Routes
Cornwall is an adventurers playground but when it becomes a wet and drizzly place, it can appear a bit tricky as to where to head to. Our beauty is in our landscape but before you hang up your walking shoes due to the weather, check out my suggested sheltered and simple routes where you can don some waterproofs and get some fresh air.
Cardinham Woods is always a good option; whether it’s sunny, raining, freezing cold or you just want to escape the busy beaches. Based just outside of Bodmin, easily accessed moments from the A30, you’ll find this woodlands which is well prepared for your arrival. With a spacious car park, toilet facilities, dog washing, childrens trails and a cosy cafe. Follow one of the designed routes up into the woodland or just meander your way along the river bank.
Wherever you’re based in Cornwall, the woodlands is always a good idea for a drizzly day walk. If Cardinham Woods isn’t your local, try Tehidy Woods or Idless Woods which are more central.
Wenfordbridge, tucked neatly within Bodmin Moor and surrounded by stunning farmland, this is the start of the Camel Trail. It’s the lesser known end in comparison to the Wadebridge to Padstow route, which is much more exposed. This section is easy to follow and mostly under tree cover. There’s numerous parking spots along the route and I’d recommend to aim for Snails Pace Cafe to start or end your walk!
The adorable little village of Lerryn along the tributary to the Fowey River. The village offers a car park, toilet facilities and convenience stores, as well as pub to dry off in! Heading to the North bank of the river, you can follow a level and simple stretch which will lead you into Ethy Woods.
St Just Church
If you find yourself down on the Roseland and looking for some shelter, the walk around St Just Church is lovely. The church has some of the finest church gardens you’ll find and is sat right on the estuary. You can park in the village and walk down the hill, or find parking at the church. There’s an adorable tearoom called Miss V’s there too.
St Nectans Glen
St Nectans Glen is a stunning and magical site near Tintagel. You’ll find a sprawling of wild woodlands following a river upstream to this incredible natural waterfall that plunges through this perfect circle. The waterfall requires an entry fee but you can wander the woodlands around it for free, plus there’s a lovely cafe on site to enjoy.
Near Lanhydrock house and often incorporated into a circular walk, Respryn woods is a beautiful place to walk. Respryn is based along the river Fowey and starts at the bridge. If you follow the trail, you’ll eventually come out at Bodmin Parkway train station. There is a car park here where you do need to pay to stay.
The Golitha Falls are a series of spectacular cascades and waterfalls along a section of the River Fowey as it makes its way through the ancient oak woodland of Draynes Wood. Golitha is popular amongst families and also photographers as the fast flowing falls and surrounding nature allow for the most perfect picture. Golitha is based just outside of the market town of Liskeard and offers a car park plus Inkies for a juicy burger when you’re finished.
An absolute vision in the Spring, Menacuddle is based on the peaceful outskirts of St Austell. You can wander the well or follow a longer route through the clay country. There’s a few parking spaces at the well to start your walk.
Tucked on Bodmin Moor is this idyllic village of Warleggan. Take a stroll around the village or if you’re looking for a bit of a leg stretcher, head down Garlands Lane and back up Newlands Hill. The whole route is tree sheltered and half way is the beautiful hamlet of Panters Bridge.