CORNISH WAY ROUTE DESCRIPTION
The Cornish Way reveals historic towns and fishing villages, distinctive landscapes and friendly pubs, as well as a colourful tradition of arts and crafts, festivals and legends throughout Cornwall.
Beginning at Land's End, the 180 miles route passes through the ancient landscape of Penwith with its standing stones and the magnificent Mount's Bay. The island of St. Michael's Mount forms a backdrop as you turn north to Hayle and head inland to the towns and mineral tramways of Cornwall's tin mining heritage. At the modern city of Truro there is a choice to either head for the rugged north coast or turn southwards towards the beautiful scenery and milder climate of the Roseland Peninsula.
The northern route passes through quiet countryside and small villages as it makes its way to the north coast's renowned sandy beaches, popular with families and surfers, before joining the stunning Camel Trail at Padstow. The southern route crosses the River Fal via the King Harry Ferry and, following lush river valleys, it meanders back and forth to the coast before reaching the contrasting lunar landscapes of mid-Cornwall. Here you will find the intriguing white 'Alps' and Mediterranean blue lakes left by the china clay industry.
The routes converge at Bodmin and head towards the 'roof of Cornwall', with its remote moorland, granite tors and sweeping vistas. On leaving the moors there is a more challenging route past some of Cornwall's highest cliffs, or a gentler inland option to the holiday resort of Bude.
Information courtesy of Sustrans