There’s nothing to beat walking for a sense of space and freedom, peace and quiet and at Valleybrook we can offer something for everyone. On the site, you can take a gentle stroll along the stream, through the woods, or enjoy a brisk circuit around the dog paddock. During May the bluebells in the woods at Valleybrook are a wonderful sight as the whole wood is carpeted with a delicate blue haze.
However, if you are looking to put colour in your cheeks, then there is plenty on offer and if you drive out to the start of your expedition then the choice is even more breathtaking. From the spectacular cliff tops of the coastal path, through the sheltered valleys and glorious gardens, to the ancient monuments on the high moors - Cornwall has it all. But this Cornwall you can only reach on foot - the Hidden Cornwall.
Here are just some of the stunning locations that are well worth visiting while you are down in Cornwall...
Bodmin Moor is dominated by dramatic granite tors which tower over the sweeping expanses of rugged open moorland. Historically a landscape which engendered fear and awe, it has also provided inspiration for writers, poets and sculptors. Whatever your occupation it will make for a simply breathtaking days hiking.
The South West Coastal Path
The South West Coastal Path is a truly wonderful route with over 613 miles of coastal walking all around Cornwall, making it by far the longest National Trail in Britain. There are so many walks to take along it, and the beach scene is ever-changing, that you will never tire of the shapes and colours, smells and sounds. For more information on suggested coastal walks click on the website link opposite.
The Looe Valley Rail Line
The Looe Valley Rail Line is set in the picturesque serenity of East Cornwall and runs for 8 miles between Liskeard and Looe following the course of the East Looe River valley. The self-guided walks are car-free and are all accessible from the Looe Valley Branch Line. Some are circular and some are linear but all allow you to explore the Looe Valley at your own pace. Details of the walks can be found using the link opposite and all are mapped on OS Map Explorer 107 St Austell & Liskeard 1:25 000 scale.
Trenant Wood is situated on the peninsula of land formed by the by the convergence of the East and West Looe Rivers just north of the town of Looe. A popular walking area, this high ancient woodland lining the steep valley on the East Looe river valley slopes is one of the Woodland Trusts most important Cornish sites. The Wood is designated as ancient semi-natural woodland and is one of the largest fragments of the estuarine woodland that remains on the northern side of the two rivers.
The Saints Way
The Saints Way is an ancient path used by early Christian saints who landed at Padstow from Ireland and made their way across Cornwall to Fowey. This mid-distance footpath crosses the heart of Cornwall and takes you from the stunning natural harbour at Fowey to the bustling port of Padstow. The trail passes through the complete spectrum of Cornish Landscapes, from tranquil harbours and ports, along rugged cliff top coastal paths, to inland tors and uplands as well as passing by the white peaks and dams of our own unique China Clay Country! The walk is almost 30 miles in distance and can be stretched over two or three days.
The Hall Walk
The Hall Walk from Polruan to Bodinnick is one of the most interesting walks in this area. A three-mile excursion, it sets out to retrace Daphne du Maurier's footsteps through an historic part of Cornwall.
The Copper Trail
The Copper Trail is a 22-mile circular walk that takes you through the hidden heart of Cornwall. It covers the most dramatic and inspiring parts, passing abandoned mines, wild moorland, hidden valleys and the mystical Neolithic sites that form the edge of the mighty Bodmin Moor. The sights, spanning thousands of years of civilisation, are appreciated only by the occasional walker, buzzards, curlews and if legend is to be believed... the infamous panther-like beast of Bodmin.
Cardinham Woods comprises 650 acres of productive mixed woodlands and offer a good choice of walks and cycle trails to suit all energy levels. There are four waymarked walks of between 3 km to 7.5 km. The Lady Vale Walk (3 km) is suitable for all abilities and was one of the first walks to be awarded Millennium Miles status by the Fieldfare Trust. There is disabled access to all the facilities, a café, picnic area with barbecues at every table, public toilets and a children's play area. Cared for by the Forestry Commission since 1922, the woods remain a haven for plant and wildlife.
Seaton Valley Countryside Park
Opened in 1998, Seaton Valley Countryside Park offers a lovely flat 2km track which winds its way through a valley bottom with ponds, woodlands, picnic areas and a beach at the end. This is a very easy walk, ideal for those unused to walking; children, the elderly or disabled.