Short Walks in Cornwall

Five Suggestions for Short Walks in Mevagissey!

Cornwall is the perfect county for those who love scenic walks. Here we have suggested five short walks in Cornwall that will allow you to discover this beautiful area when you are here spending your self-catering holiday in Mevagissey. The walks range from 3 to 5 hours and have been carefully selected to take in the charming beauty of this breath taking location. As with any country or coastal walks in Cornwall, planning is very important. Ensure you take with you plenty of drinking water, some food, something to protect you from the elements, a first aid kit, some cash and a well charged mobile phone. Make sure someone knows where you are going and what time you intend to return. All of this information is courtesy of Walking World, giving you access to 4,500 UK walks once you’ve subscribed with them. Please note that the Mevagissey short walks descriptions below are for reference only and that you must use the official guides for complete safety when walking in Cornwall. For any of these walks, maps can be purchased from here. Enjoy!

Mevagissey – Woods, Country and Coastal Path

Estimated time: 3 hours (3.7 miles)

This breath-taking short Cornwall walk begins in the quaint Cornish fishing village of Mevagissey where you’ll have the chance to breathe in the unique atmosphere of the working harbours where colourful fishing boats bob peacefully, awaiting their next expedition. Meander in and out of the alluring shops dotted along the narrow streets, take tea by the waterside or visit the museum or aquarium. Then take yourself up the ancient, narrow lanes between the charming fishermen’s cottages to join the coastal path and stop to capture the spectacular scene laid out before your eyes. Onward then on your Mevagissey short walk, up along the cliff tops and through the beautiful countryside where you’ll no doubt make numerous pit stops to drink in the many striking viewpoints. Take in the rugged coastline with its many bays and inlets, the perfect refuge for smugglers and their contraband treasures, before setting onto the pleasant track that takes you to the renowned Lost Gardens of Heligan, which then leads you back to the start of one of the most captivating walks in Cornwall you’ll experience.

Take care! This walk mainly follows coastal paths and wide tracks, but there are a few very steep sections.

Mevagissey and the Lost Gardens of Heligan

Estimated time: 5 hours (5.6 miles)

Mevagissey is one of the most attractive fishing villages in Cornwall, and Heligan one of the most beautiful gardens. So you are in for a real treat on this particular Cornwall short walk where you can choose to start from either location. However you decide to play it, you’ll experience shady wooded stretches and farmland as well as a stretch of the coastal path. If you set out from Heligan, you’ll find many advantages. Firstly there is a long, slow descent to get you warmed up, and there’s free parking to boot! Then you can stop off in delightful Mevagissey and enjoy a drink or a snack in one of the many welcoming harbour side pubs or restaurants to get you ready and raring to tackle the climb up from the coast. This walk, like many coastal walks in Cornwall, offers a mixture of terrain within a short distance, whilst the climbs tend to be short and not too tiring.

Take care! Away from the coast, the paths are not walked as frequently and may be a little overgrown. If you do this Mevagissey walk, you’ll help to put that right!

Mevagissey – Portmellon – Gorran Haven

Estimated time: 4 hours (7.5 miles)

This is an enchanting short walk in Cornwall, starting at Mevagissey and taking you through Gorran Haven via Portmellon and Gorran Churchtown. The route is mostly inland at first until the return northeast to Mevagissey takes you along the coastal path all the way, offering magnificent panoramas punctuated by towering cliffs and sweeping bays including that of St Austell with its rolling headlands beyond. Take a look out to sea and you’ll spot the infamous and menacing Gwineas Rock. If you love variety on your walks in Cornwall, then you will be most entertained by this one. The stark contrast between the inland valley and Woodland Trust managed woodland, meadow and farmland; and the sheer beauty of the coastal section really is something to behold.

Good to know! If you fancy a tranquil summer swim in crystal clear water, nip down to Colona Beach nestled between Turbot Point and Chapel Point.

Gorran Haven – Vault Beach – Dodman Point

Estimated time: 3 hours (5 miles)

This picturesque circular Cornwall short walk starts from the National Trust car park just outside the unspoilt seaside village of Gorran Haven. Take yourself down to Vault Beach, a secluded and rarely busy long sandy stretch, before following the rugged coastal path to Gorran Haven. Take a little time to amble through this captivating coastal village before you find yourself on footpaths which take the route of your walk in Cornwall through some beautiful farmland. Then there’s a short section of country lane, before a farm track takes you back to join the coastal path and all the spectacular scenery it beholds. You’ll then wind your way round to Dodman Point with its cross-shaped sailor’s marker and onto a long section of heathland before returning to your starting point.

Good to know! Gorran Haven lies in a cove between two sandy beaches which offer some of the safest bathing on the Cornish coast.

Porthpean – Charlestown – Carlyon Bay

Estimated time: 4 hours (5 miles)

If ancient mariners and nautical history spark your interest then of all the Cornish short walks, this is sure to be your favourite. Starting at Porthpean with its long promenade which leads you up through a stretch of mesmerising woodland, the route takes you past an ancient fort before you descend on the harbour village of Charlestown, a Georgian ‘new town’ built between 1790 and 1810 for the export of copper and china clay. Noble wooden clippers, now often employed by filmmakers, and the Shipwreck & Heritage Centre, are evidence of the remarkable history of this once bustling port. On leaving the harbour, you’ll start a gentle climb through another stretch of woodland which opens up on the coast, leading you gently down to the beach of Carlyon Bay. The return journey takes you along the same coastal route, but the ever changing views over the bays make this one of the most interesting short walks in Cornwall.

Good to know! The Charlestown Shipwreck & Heritage Centre houses the UK’s largest collection of artefacts and treasures recovered from shipwrecks.