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The Great Cornish Pub Walk

The Gurnard's Head, a headland overlooking the coast in north Cornwall.
The Gurnard's Head on the spectacular north Cornwall coast

An invigorating walk followed by a restorative glass of ale or plate of hearty grub. The pub walk is a great British tradition and there’s no better time to indulge than in the autumn, especially if the pub in question has a roaring fire.

There are plenty of wonderful pub walks in Cornwall but here are two of our favourites, chosen because they're circular and relatively short and both the scenery and food is glorious.

Zennor to the Gurnard’s Head

This walk along the spectacular Atlantic coastline comes with the option of not one but two pubs, both of which are dog-friendly.

The Gurnard’s Head, painted a distinctive shade of yellow is a landmark in these parts and is a popular destination with keen foodies and walkers. Simple fare based around seasonal local ingredients is the order of the day. The Tinner’s Arms, which is located in the centre of Zennor, has been the village pub for more than 700 years.

Highlights along the way include an Iron Age hill fort, a medieval church with a carving of the legendary Zennor Mermaid and some of the finest scenery in West Cornwall.

Click here to find out more.

Prussia Cove to Perranuthnoe

Just a couple of miles from Middle Colenso, Prussia Cove is one of our favourite spots for both walking and swimming. Head west along the coast to Perranuthnoe where you will find the Victoria Inn, reputedly one of the oldest pubs in Cornwall.

This circular walk will take you in the footsteps of 18th century smugglers and past Cudden Point where the famous battleship HMS Warspite ran aground and was wrecked. There are hidden coves, a castle designed by the architect of Bath’s Royal Crescent and stunning views of Mount’s Bay.

They’re not pubs but both The Cabin and Peppercorn Cafe in Perranuthnoe serve excellent food and are worthy alternatives.

You can read more about the route here.

Other options include the lovely circular route from Porthcurno to Penberth Cove via The Logan Rock Inn and a walk around Church Cove and Gunwalloe, calling in at The Halzephron Inn.

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