What to do in Cornwall, Without Spending any Money

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Coastal path walks

North Cornwall is rich with natural beauty and historic charm, offering many free activities that can make for a memorable visit without breaking the bank. Here are some of the best free things to do in North Cornwall:

  1. Explore the Coastal Path:
    • Description: The South West Coast Path offers stunning walks along North Cornwall’s rugged coastline. The path provides breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean, dramatic cliffs, and hidden coves.
    • Highlights: Popular sections include the walk from Tintagel to Boscastle, and the route around Pentire Point near Polzeath. These walks offer spectacular scenery and opportunities to spot wildlife.
  2. Visit Tintagel Castle (from the outside):
    • Description: While entry to Tintagel Castle itself is ticketed, the surrounding areas and views are free to explore. The clifftop location and views over the Atlantic are stunning.
    • Highlights: Enjoy the coastal paths around Tintagel, visit the Old Post Office (free for National Trust members), and take in the mystical atmosphere without entering the paid areas.
  3. Beach Days:
    • Description: North Cornwall is home to some of the UK’s best beaches, perfect for a free day out. Relax, swim, or explore the rock pools.
    • Highlights: Polzeath Beach is great for surfing (bring your own gear), while Trebarwith Strand offers beautiful scenery and is perfect for a picnic. Daymer Bay is another family-friendly spot with calm waters.
  4. Explore Boscastle:
    • Description: The picturesque village of Boscastle is known for its scenic harbor and historic charm. Stroll around the village, visit the harbor, and explore the surrounding countryside.
    • Highlights: Walk along the harbor and up to the headlands for stunning views, and explore the quaint village streets. There are also several marked walking trails around the area.
  5. Hike to Roughtor and Brown Willy:
    • Description: Roughtor and Brown Willy are the two highest points on Bodmin Moor, offering spectacular views and a sense of wild, remote beauty.
    • Highlights: The hike to Roughtor is relatively straightforward and offers panoramic views of the moorland. From Roughtor, you can continue to Brown Willy, Cornwall’s highest peak.
  6. St Nectan’s Glen:
    • Description: A beautiful woodland area with a mystical waterfall. While there is a fee to access the waterfall itself, exploring the surrounding glen and walking paths is free.
    • Highlights: Enjoy the peaceful woodland walks, the sound of flowing water, and the natural beauty of the area. The walk to the waterfall is enchanting even if you don’t enter the paid area.
  7. Visit the Camel Trail:
    • Description: The Camel Trail is a popular, flat trail that follows a disused railway line along the River Camel. It’s perfect for walking or cycling.
    • Highlights: The trail runs from Padstow to Bodmin Moor, passing through Wadebridge. Enjoy the scenic river views, wildlife, and peaceful countryside. Bring your own bike or walk a section of the trail.

These activities highlight the natural beauty and cultural heritage of North Cornwall, providing enriching experiences without the need to spend money.