After monumental Christmas dinners with all the trimmings and umpteen works dos what better to do that walk it off and blow the cobwebs away in our beautiful Cornish landscape.
If you’ve had one too many pigs in blankets head to West Penwith for a vigorous coastal perambulation as recommended by The Telegraph – one of the toughest coastal paths the 630 miles Cornwall has to offer. It takes you up and down hills,cliffs and beaches but also takes you back in time with Bronze Age fields, Iron Age castles and Roman settlements. Visit Pendeen Lighthouse or Boswigan Castle and marvel at the rugged land and seascape, that is if the mizzle hasn’t rolled in!
For a coastal contrast head to the north coast and Chapel Porth; a stunning coastal walk by the sea around Wheal Coates old mining works. Explore the beach and rock pools at low tide then warm up and reward the family with a hot drink or a famous hedgehog ice cream at the beach cafe.
For a more gentler wander head to Falmouth’s Pendennis Point, a good walk for all the family filled with beaches, fortifications and a very impressive Castle. If you wish to stretch the legs further, head around the point to the docks and peer over the railing to see cruise liners and luxury boats in various states of refurbishment, or follow the point around the other way to Gyllyngvase Beach, stop off at the locally know “gylly beach cafe”or follow the coastal path round to Swanpool with a lovely cafe and fish restaurant on its shores.
If you’re more north Cornwall, visit Port Issac, a picturesque fishing village famous for its quaint houses, fishing harbour and television dramas Doc Martin and more recently Poldark. For shorter walks take the circular route past Port Gaverne and Roscarrock Hill or for those more adventurous types there are longer walks which include the picturesque Lundy Bay and Port Quinn and for a challenge to earn that extra mince pie walk to Barretts Zawn via the steep climb of Ranie Head.
Walking in Cornwall over the winter season is both magical and bracing, from coast to coast and the land in between there are numerous routes to walk off the feasting season. Look out for robins, kingfishers, foxes, deers and even an otter or two; glimpse a seal or dolphin out in the Falmouth waters, watch black necked grebe bobbing on the water before diving for food or catch squirrels foraging in trees for nuts and seeds. There is a vast array of wildlife still out and about to entertain you on a winters walk.
Please check websites for cafe opening times, tide times and weather conditions and most importantly have a very Merry Christmas from all the Team at Forgotten Houses.