Short walks in North Cornwall

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0.5 mile round trip

Buckator seal colony

An easy, very short walk to a point overlooking the seal colony at Buckator near Boscastle. Bring binoculars or a big zoom lens and tripod for your camera.

A circular path leads through the old slate tips, past the quarry pit (now a lake with a small waterfall) and up to the engine house which has good views of the valley and coastline. The slate tips are now being colonised by wildflowers and birds of prey.

1 mile

Heneward

A short walk near Watergate on Bodmin Moor from the ruins of copper mine workings to the remnants of ancient farm buildings

Here there is a network of small fields you can explore which are full of wildflowers in spring and wildlife particularly early in the morning. From the downs there are spectacular views over the old engine house at the Prince of Wales quarry, Port Isaac Bay, Trebarwith Valley and Tintagel.

1.25 miles

Delabole quarry

The route follows a track around the circumferance of Delabole quarry, once the deepest man-made hole in the world started over 1000 years ago

This walk takes you along the coast from Tintagel's ancient church to Penhallic Point where slate was once loaded into boats from Lanterdan quarry at Trebarwith Strand. There are spectacular coastal views and in winter waves explode over Penhallic point.

1.75 miles

Pencarrow Gardens

A circular route around the gardens of Pencarrow House returning through the Iron Age hill fort and along the beautifully planted drive.

0.5 mile

Jeffrey's Pit

A short walk through secluded woodland along the stream. In spring the woods are carpeted in flowers including primroses, bluebells and wood sorrel. This is a good place to see wildlife as relatively few people go up here.

0.75 miles

Rocky Valley

Rocky Valley was mentioned in travel books as a place of exceptional beauty as early as 1897 and is still completly unspoiled (now owned by the National Trust). The walk takes you along the Trevillet River through woodland and out into slate canyons where it meets the sea.

This walk takes you along the coast between two of Tintagel's most famous ancient sites. There are excellent views of both the church and the castle, and over Port Isaac Bay.