Here at the Bowgie Inn Crantock we think the best way to feel the festive spirit is to walk. Trust us on this, walking around Cornwall this time of year is extra magical, and with plenty of seasonal activities going on all over the county we really and truly recommend that this December you put your boots on and walk your way to Christmas.
If you are struggling for inspiration here are 3 of our favourite walks this winter that are both visually stunning and bursting with festive excitement!
1. A walk from Polperro to Looe
Why not kick off December with a nice 5.5 mile walk from Polperro to Looe? You’ll see plenty of stunning coastline and even the ruins of a medieval castle. We suggest you do this walk on the afternoon of the 1st of December.
Why? Because this 2 and a half hour hike if timed correctly will get you into Looe with plenty of time for an early dinner and a restorative drink or two before the Lantern procession and Christmas lights are switched on at 7pm! If that doesn’t get you into the festive spirit then nothing will! We don’t recommend walking back home again in the dark though! Organise a lift or grab a taxi to be on the safe side.
2. A Circular walk from Truro
Truro is the perfect starting point for many spectacular walks and we suggest a circular route that will bring you back into town where you can make the most of the festivities. This walk may be 6.4 miles but it’s gentle terrain and the stunning views of the Kenywn Valley will make each step seem effortless. This walk brings you back to Truro’s Victoria Gardens which is the perfect place to end your hike and begin enjoying the festivities that Truro has to offer.
From the 22nd of November right until the 31st of December there are all sorts of Christmassy events to enjoy. Including Saturday Christmas street markets, carols and more! To see what’s going on in Truro this Christmas, click here.
3. Penzance to Marazion seafront
For the Mid winter solstice on the 21st December we suggest a walk suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs that gives great views across mounts bay, St Michael’s Mount, The Lizard and Mousehole. At just 2.1 miles it’s our shortest offering which we thought was appropriate for the shortest day of the year. It won’t take you long to reach the seafront where you can have a wintery stroll on the sands, stop off at a local pub then head back to Penzance with plenty of time for the Traditional Cornish Montol Festival. Expect fire beacons, Guise dancing, traditional masks and costumes a plenty. Click here to find out more about the Montol Festival.
These are just a few of our suggestions but there are plenty more walks that will get you in the festive spirit! If you have a destination in mind from the Padstow Christmas fest to the Lemon Quay fireworks or the Falmouth Christmas Tree fest –pop in and see us at The Bowgie Inn, Crantock and we will see if we can think of the perfect walk to get you there!
Happy walking guys!