For some a walk on the Cornish Coast Path is pure nirvana. For others, they need to expend that little bit more energy. As a county, Cornwall offers some of the finest off road trails to run in the UK, with coastal routes, moors, former railways and forests to test your stamina.
If you’re on holiday in Cornwall then a trail run is one of the best ways to get out, explore and see more of Cornwall whilst you are here. Short breaks can limit your time to get out and see everything that you want to, so why not pick a few miles that you can go out and run through? Take in the picture perfect scenery as you go, whilst getting a good workout too!
A luxury lodge holiday in Cornwall at Gwel an Mor will put you in the perfect spot for accessing some of the most dramatic coastline in the county, with many miles to explore West and East of our home in Portreath. You’ll also have a lodge with its own hot tub to rejuvenate those aching muscles when you return!
Here are some recommended routes.
Godrevy to Hayle
Park up in the National Trust car park at Godrevy and run around the headland in front of the lighthouse. Take in Seal Cove before heading across Godrevy beach and onto the coast path at Gwithian and on through the Towans dunes and arriving at Hayle river mouth. It’s a picturesque run, allowing you to take in the beautiful vistas of St Ives Bay. It is a little tough at times, in the sand dunes of the Towans, although you could cover the three to four miles purely on the beach at low tide.
Pendeen to St Ives
From Pendeen lighthouse in the far West of Cornwall through to St Ives provides some of the most desolate and rugged scenery in Cornwall. As a trail run it is about 13 miles, so a good half marathon distance. Take it steady on this route and have all the necessary supplies as this is really rather off the beaten track! You’ll be able to reward yourself with fine food and refreshments when you reach St Ives.
From Minions in East Cornwall, you’ll have easy access to the stunning trails of Bodmin Moor. There is a nice circular route from the main car park that takes in the Hurlers and the incredible rock stacks of the Cheesewring. At a little over three miles in length, it is a nice short route, with plenty of sites for minimal time investment.
Portreath to Devoran (Coast to Coast)
From our home in Portreath you can access the Mineral Tramways and cover the ground to take you from the North coast to the South coast. It is 11 miles, but you’ll be able to say that you ran from one side of Cornwall to the other. It’s a pretty scenic route anyway, with main places of interest and mining heritage dotted along the way. If you don’t fancy it on foot you could always hire a bike from us here at Gwel an Mor and cycle it…we won’t tell anyone!
The Lizard Peninsula
This is a spectacular part of Cornwall, home to some of the most beautiful coves and beaches in the UK. Park in the car park at Kynance Cove and pick up the coast path heading East/South and work your way around the twists and turns to Cadgwith Cove, then turn round and return to your start point for a round journey of 11 miles. You’ll even take in the Lizard lighthouse, marking the most southerly point in UK.
Cornwall has nearly 300 miles of coast path to explore, and the South West Coast Path has over 600 miles. A friend of Gwel an Mor, Faye Barrott is currently walking the entirety of the South West Coast Path. You can read about her work over on webpage.