If it’s hiking you’re after during a Cornwall holiday then it’s got to be the windswept and rugged Bodmin Moor. Don’t be daunted by the sweeping size of the area, it’s divided into handy walks and trails to make it easy to plan a hike to suit you. This 150 square mile stretch of moorland is home to The Copper Trail, a handy route of 60 miles that takes in the moor’s most interesting spots.
Minions is always a popular place to start a Bodmin hike, and the Hurlers Stone circle and nearby copper mine engine houses make it an interesting way to get exploring. It’s free to park up in the centre of the village, and you’ll be able to regroup over a cream tea before heading home afterwards.
The moor’s history stretches back an impressive 4000 years, and just some of the area’s designations include a Site of Special Scientific Interest, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a World Heritage Site – so it’s dotted with manmade and natural attractions that make fantastic hiking destinations. If you want all of the excitement of a hike without things getting too challenging head to Cardinham Woods.
This ancient woodland is separated into walking trails, and most of them are reasonably flat. If you’re planning a hike for your whole family there are some lovely routes beside the river.