Even though the August bank holiday might not have brought the best weather, it’s still a wonderful time to embark on an invigorating coastal hike. A splendid trail in Cornwall has recently been hailed as one of the most spectacular in the entire country.
Fitflop’s team of seasoned walkers has graciously shared their selection of the finest coastal walks in the UK, perfect for families seeking to revel in the outdoors before the summer break concludes.
According to their experts, one of England’s most enchanting coastal routes spans 30 miles from Perranporth to St Ives, tracing the scenic Cornwall Atlantic Coastline.
A Fitflop spokesperson enthusiastically noted, “Wildlife enthusiasts will be in their element on this trail, which offers breathtaking views of rugged cliff tops and historic mining landscapes. Keep an eye out for glimpses of seals, sunfish, and basking sharks beneath the waves, as well as guillemots and razorbills soaring above. Your journey will lead you from Portreath to Ralph’s Cupboard, a charming cove once favored by smugglers for hiding their loot. Traverse the rolling sand dunes of Gwithian, and pause at Navax Point to observe the gathering of seals. You’ll even cross the century-old swing bridge in Hayle before reaching the picturesque haven of St Ives – the ideal locale for indulging in a delightful ice cream treat!”
Legend has it that Ralph’s Cupboard was once a grand sea cave before its roof gave way, leaving behind the captivating cove that exists today. Local lore suggests that Ralph might have been a renowned smuggler who operated along the Cornish coastline.
Just outside Gwithian village, the Upton Towans Beach is adorned with undulating sand dunes, making it a perfect oasis for a well-deserved mid-walk pause.
‘Jordan Mariner,’ a reviewer on Google, exclaimed, “Absolutely stunning – miles of sandy shores without a rock in sight. The water is incredibly clear.”
‘Fliss Walker,’ another visitor, shared, “One of the loveliest beaches in Cornwall. Ideal for families during the summer. Don’t miss the expansive and deep rock pools at low tide, offering children a wonderful space to play and swim.”
St Ives, an alluring seaside town in Cornwall, holds a special place in the hearts of visitors and is a beloved holiday destination. Renowned for its artistic atmosphere, the town is home to the famed Tate St Ives. The charming harbor beach is mere steps away from boutique shops and enticing eateries, making it the perfect spot to relish an ice cream cone or savor fish and chips.
A TripAdvisor user raved, “The harbor beach is a vision of beauty, offering a multitude of activities, from scenic walks and relaxing on the beach to boat rentals and seal watching. We especially enjoy low tide when we can stroll around the harbor beach to Porthminster Beach.”
For those who find a 30-mile hike a tad overwhelming, there’s the option to divide the journey into smaller, more manageable sections, or perhaps plan a rejuvenating staycation in Cornwall and conquer the route at a leisurely pace.
Another “awe-inspiring” coastal walk just outside Liverpool has also garnered much attention, presenting families with a splendid leisurely stroll. Additionally, a 25-mile coastal trek in Dorset beckons adventurers with breathtaking vistas and a visit to the iconic natural wonder, Durdle Door – a true gem in the UK’s landscape.