Callestock Blog

30 Jan

Wonderful Walks and Perfect Pubs

They often go hand-in-hand - a bracing walk through the beautiful rugged Cornish countryside followed by a pie and a pint in front of a roaring fire. There are hundreds of village and coastal pubs to choose from, so Nick and I have tested some of the very best (in the interests of customer research, of course...) and share our favourites here.

Cornwall's best walks with pubs

St Just in Roseland to St Mawes

Nestled on the banks of the gently flowing creek, you'll find an historic churchyard, a 13th Century church and stunning mature garden of St Just in Roselands. Wander through the rare tropical plants, trees and flowers before taking the well-trodden path alongside the water towards St Mawes.

St Just in Roseland creek

Climb over the foot stiles, admire the views, and marvel at the hidden properties tucked away along the route. Once you arrive in the little village of St Mawes, head to the Rising Sun pub with its roaring fire for a bite to eat and something refreshing to drink.

Top tip: The homemade chips in the Rising Sun are a must

Perranporth to Trevaunance Cove

The 3-mile stretch of golden sand on the north Cornish coast at Perranporth is just ten minutes from the cottages here at Callestock, so it's always popular with guests.

sandy beach with dunes Cornwall

The walk from the bustling resort to St Agnes is another treat - along the way you'll see evidence of Cornwall's rich mining heritage, abandoned aircraft shelters and caves, once popular with smugglers. The reward at the end of your walk is a freshly prepared meal in The Driftwood Spars.

Fowey to Polkerris

Fowey is a busy harbour town in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the South coast of Cornwall, so walk anywhere from here and the views are breath-taking.  For a longer coastal hike, set out from the quay along the South coast towards Readymoney Cove, a sandy beach sheltered by cliffs.

Fowey estuary and Polruan

Continue along the coast towards the red and white Gribbin Head Daymark, standing proud on the cliffs since 1832 as a warning to sailors and mariners. You can even climb to the top if you're up for the 109 steps! The views are well worth it.

Your final stop is Polkerris Beach, a sheltered harbour cove with an historic pub, The Rashleigh Inn. The pub has a roaring fire, lovely views across the bay and a pub cat called Poppy!

Trelissick Woodland Walk, near Falmouth

This rural gem is owned and managed by The National Trust - it comprises over 300 acres of lush green parkland with stunning maritime views, and is the ideal starting point for a morning walk. It's surrounded on three sides by the River Fal so the wildlife of the water is never far away.

camellias and rhododendrons Spring Cornwall

After you've explored the estate, take the short 3 minute drive to the pretty Punchbowl & Ladel pub, with its thatched roof and 15th Century stonework - the meals there are fantastic, made using seasonal locally sourced ingredients. The pub has plenty of little nooks and crannies where you can relax in comfort.

Frenchman's Creek, Helford

Made famous by Daphne Du Maurier, Frenchman's Creek is a quiet romantic place where the sounds of nature are everywhere. The ferry and ford date back to the 13th Century, and the little white-washed cottages around the creek add an extra touch of history.

Frenchman's creek, Cornwall

Park in the idyllic Cornish village of Helford and walk down to the river, either paddling through the ford or using the footbridge - follow the circular footpath towards Kestle Barton, through the woods and finish your day with a bite to eat in the Shipwright Arms. This pub has spectacular views of the river and serves scrummy food.

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