Cornwall Walking Guidebooks and Maps
Cornwall is a highly fragmented AONB containing some of Britain’s finest coastal scenery, including Land’s End and the Lizard peninsula.
The north coast landscapes range from famous headlands, such as Tintagel and St Agnes Head, to extensive rolling dunes and the spectacularly folded, Atlantic-fretted cliffs north of Boscastle which are some of the highest in Britain. The south coast has an altogether softer landscape of multi-coloured cliffs, tiny coves and picturesque fishing villages. It is indented by the oak-fringed estuaries of the Fal, Fowey and Helford Rivers.
To the west, the Lizard and Land’s End areas have distinctive geological formations. The Lizard’s famous serpentine rock is found in the many reefs and spectacular stacks that emphasise the wild isolated character of the coastline. The granite intrusions around Land’s End have created rocks rich in minerals that have been mined for centuries.
Cornwall AONB also contains the broad expanse of the Camel Estuary (25 sq km) and inland, the high open sweep of Bodmin Moor (208 sq km), the heath plateau of the Lizard Peninsula and the historic moorland of the Penwith Peninsula.
Bodmin is the only extensive upland area in Cornwall and is dominated by granite outcrops with characteristic granite tors and clitter slopes, a wealth of mineral deposits and unusual river profiles.
The AONB protects many important natural and historic sites. The Lizard, with its complex geology, is a National Nature Reserve, and the Fal River is one of Europe’s best unspoilt examples of a drowned estuary complex. The traditional farmed landscape of small hedged and banked fields is intrinsically part of the AONB’s value as are its ancient standing stones and the distinctive ruins of Cornwall’s tin mines. 86 per cent of the AONB is in agricultural use for meat and milk production and, in favoured pockets, horticulture.
The AONB has few large settlements but includes villages such as St Keverne, Mevagissey and Polperro, now bustling holiday centres, and small towns like St Just. Tourism is a vital part of the rural economy and the AONB is intensively used by visitors to the Cornish resorts. The South West Coast Path, a National Trail, follows the coastline.
“Pathfinder walking guidebook for Cornwall covering Land’s End, Prussia Cove and Bodmin Moor. The selection of 28 circular ealking routes offers interest, regional variety and balance of routes in Cornwall with some of the best walks in the area. From an easy stroll along Falmouth Bay to the much more challenging walks along Looe Bar this volume contains something for everyone. Covering walks through the whole of Cornwall both popular and little know scenic routes including St Agnes, Tintagel and Portloe. See walk locations in Look Inside. Inside: – 28 great walks in Cornwall from 2 to 10 miles -Clear, large scale Ordnance Survey route maps – GPS reference for all Cornwall waypoints – Where to park, good pubs and places of interest en route – All routes have been fully researched and written by expert outdoor writers – Beautiful photography of scenes from the walks. Pathfinder Guides are Britain’s best loved walking guides. Made with durable covers, they are the perfect companion for countryside walks throughout Britain. Each title features circular walks with easy-to-follow route descriptions, large-scale Ordnance Survey route maps and GPS waypoints. With over 70 titles in the series, they offer essential information for walkers throughout the country. Routes included: Mylor, Restronguet Creek and the Pandora Inn, Men-an-tol, the Nine Maidens and Lanyon Quoit, Prussia Cover and Cudden Point, West Pentire, the Kelseys and Holywell Bay, Lerryn and St Winnow, Porthcurno, Porthgwarra and St Levan’s Church, Polruan and Lanteglos, Helford, Little Dennis and Manaccan, Efford Down and the Bude Canal, Land’s End and Nanjizal from Sennen Cove, Falmouth Bay and the Helford River, Hawker Country – Morwenstow and Marsland Mouth, Mount Edgcumbe, the Sound and Cawsand, The Cheesewring and Kilmar Tor, Around St Agnes, Little Petherick Creek, Dennis Hill and the Carnel Trail, Polkerris, Readymoney Cove and Gribbin Head, Stepper Point from Trevone, Looe, Kilminorth Wood and Talland Bay, Portloe and Veryan, Lizard Point, Kynance Cove and Cadgwith, Dizzard Point, St Gennys and Millook Water, Chun Quoit, Pendeen Watch and Botallack, Lamoma, St Loy’s and the Merry Maidens, Zennor to St Ives by the Coffin Path, Trebarwith and Delabole, Tintagel, Boscastle and St Nectan’s Glen, The Dodman, Gorran Haven and Portmellon.”
– Cornwall Outstanding Circular Walks (Pathfinder Guides)
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