Ramble across the coast, footpaths, forests and beaches of Cornwall to work up an appetite for a lunchtime stop off on the way. Varying in distance and difficulties, but all offering stunning views and mouth-watering food, here are our favourite Cornish walks with easy pitstop lunch spots.
The Logan Rock Inn, walking around Porthcurno, Porthgwarra and Gwennap Head
5.4 miles, challenging
This 16th century traditional pub is named after the famous Logan Rock seen overlooking Pednvounder Beach and Porthcurno Beach. Located right by the coast path this cosy pub is the perfect place to stop off on your coast path trek for lunch, post walk dinner or a refreshing beer in the picturesque pub garden. Their varied, wholesome menu offers something for everyone.
The Logan Rock, Treen, St. Levan, Penzance, Cornwall TR19 6LG
Little Bo Café, walking from Land’s End to Sennen Cove
1.3 miles, moderate
Embrace the fierce winds that circle around this rugged point of West Penwith from Land’s End to Sennen and settle down in Little Bo Café and tuck into their imaginative salads, delicious cream teas and beloved cakes. With an old cottage feel it’s a great place to enjoy all the magic of Sennen and fuel up for the stroll back to Land’s End.
Little Bo Café, Sennen Cove, Penzance, Cornwall TR19 7DF
The Tinners Arms, walking from St Ives to Zennor
5 miles, challenging
The famous footpath from St Ives to Zennor boasts of stunning cliff top views as you trek from one iconic location to another. Built in 1271, the atmospheric pub lies in the heart of Zennor uses the best of the local produce from both land and sea and has been serving coast path walkers for decades.
Zennor, St Ives, Cornwall, TR26 3BY
Sunset Café, walking around Gwithian Towans or Gwithian beach
Roughly 3 miles, easy
Stroll along the long golden stretch of Gwithian Beach before settling down in Sunset Café for a hearty lunch and coffee (or even a beer if the sun is shining). Locally sourced and freshly prepared, Sunset Café offered mouth-watering breakfasts and lunches from a fantastic and varied menu suitable for all tastes. It’s the perfect place to reward your appetite after a walk along the picturesque sands.
10 Gwithian Towans, Gwithian, Hayle TR27 5BT
TJ’s Surf Shop and Cafe, walking from Rock to Polzeath
Around 3 miles, easy to moderate
With gorgeous views over Polzeath Beach, TJ’s Surf Shop and Café is an easy place to wind down after walking the stunning coast path from Rock, enjoying all the dramatic north coast has to offer. Tuck into some cheesy chips with a cup of tea and watch the world go by.
TJ’s Surf Shop, Polzeath Beach, Polzeath, Wadebridge North Cornwall PL27 6TB
Woods Café, walking around Cardinham Woods
Various levels to suit all ages and abilities
Showcasing Cornwall’s amazing produce, Wood’s Café is a family run eatery located in the middle of the stunning Cardinham Woods. Discover the beauty of this wooded wonderland before settling down to enjoy the café’s seasonal menu alongside freshly baked cakes.
Woods Café, Cardinham Woods, Bodmin, Cornwall
St Nectan’s Glen Café, walking the St Nectan’s Glen woodland walk Various levels with easy but uneven terrain, prices for entry into the waterfall and woodland also apply
In the stunningly peaceful setting of St Nectan’s Glen, visitors come to see the beautiful waterfall set in the middle of the iconic woodland. There are good facilities at the entrance, but the walk can be challenging and long with steps and uneven terrain. If you don’t mind the trek, the payoff is worthwhile at the falls and even better, you can treat yourself in the Glen’s picturesque café that brings all the beauty of mystical woodland life into its food and atmosphere. Drive from Tintagel to Boscastle (and vice versa) on the coast road (B3263). Park in the free car park situated just off the road in Trethevy. Follow the signs on foot.
St Nectans Glen, Trethevy, Tintagel, Cornwall PL34 0BE
Haven Café, walking from Crackington Haven to Bude
3 miles, moderate
Journey to the tip of North Cornwall to explore the coast around Crackington Haven and Bude with a stop off at the off the beaten track local favourite known as Haven Café. With plenty of homemade favourites such as Cornish pasties and cream teams alongside hearty crab sandwiches this cosy hub is known for its friendly welcome and hidden gem qualities.
The Canteen at Maker Heights,
Walking the Rame Peninsula, various distances and levels
On Cornwall’s North East side, the Rame Peninsula is famed for its breath-taking views and stunning land and seascapes. Whilst this may not exactly be a walk, there is plenty to walk around on the Rame and just a stone throwaway at Millbrook you’ll find The Canteen at Maker Heights. A unique off the beaten track eatery in a fantastically unusual location. Enjoy flavourful and innovative vegetarian dishes, with meat and fish options available, beside an open kitchen inside the inviting war-time buildings.
Harbour Lights Café, walking from Terence Coventry Sculpture Park to Coverack
Under 1 mile, very easy
Run by Jane and her team in the peaceful picturesque village of Coverack, Harbour Lights Café serves sits right on the sea front serving incredible cakes, coffee, Croust and Cream teas, packed salads and mouth-watering sandwiches plus much more. Explore the stunning grounds of the Terence Coventry Sculpture Park and this quaint village before indulging in some authentic Cornish cuisine.
Harbour Lights Café, Mill road, Coverack, Helston TR12 6TE