Exploring Newquay on foot is one of the best ways to gain access to some of the area’s most beautiful and unseen locations, as well as stumble upon some of the must-see sights.
Walks around the Gannel Estuary along coastal paths to the salt marshes and Penpol Creek will present the pretty village of Crantock and its smugglers haunt, the Old Albion Inn. Don’t forget to enjoy a well-deserved stop-off at the fabulous, Fern Pit Café en route.
The coastal path fringes the entire locale, and depending on what direction you’re heading, will see you encounter everything from former fisherman’s shelter, Huer’s Hut to the imposing red brick façade of the Headland Hotel (who serve fantastic cream teas with a prime slice of sea views), and panoramic picturesque headlands, Pentire and Towan.
Inland, Lappa Valley (and its spectacular steam railway) and St Newlyn East are part of Newquay’s rural interior, where green valleys, National Trust gardens and further remnants of Cornwall’s mining roots are interspersed with quaint village pubs, churches and shops.
Pick your own fruit at Mitchell’s Fruit Garden, visit Summerland’s family-favourite of Dairyland Farmworld and see some traditional Cornish hurling at St Columb Major for a unique taste of Cornwall’s country side of living.