Title: Day Walks in Cornwall: 20 coastal & moorland routes
Authors: Jen & Sim Benson
Publisher: Vertebrate Publishing
Genre: Non-fiction, Outdoors – walking
Book format: Paperback
Description: Day Walks in Cornwall features 20 circular routes between 7.2 and 13.7 miles (11.6km and 22km) in length, suitable for hillwalkers of all abilities. Researched and written by experienced authors Jen and Sim Benson, and covering the extremities of this stunning peninsula, the walks reach areas from Bude to the Isles of Scilly, and from Rame Head near Plymouth to Lizard Point on the southernmost tip. Taking advantage of the South West Coast Path, discover a unique view of the charming coastline at every turn in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Explore Chapel Porth caves, and countless coves, archways and waterfalls, or simply immerse yourself in a leisurely stroll along white sands and blue waters. Head for the Merry Maidens stone circle in Lamorna, examine the serpentinite rock formations at Lizard Point, watch over medieval Tintagel Castle and parade past Cromwell’s Castle. Find serenity overlooking St Enodoc’s Church or soak up the vibe of trendy fishing village St Mawes, nestled in its sheltered bay; you’ll find Cornwall has it all.
Together with stunning photography, each route features Ordnance Survey 1:25,000 maps, easy-to-follow directions, distance and navigation information, refreshment stops and local information.
*Free copy provided by publisher for review…
Review: This is a great little book to take with you next time you visit Cornwall with lots of different and interesting routes to walk and a lot to see while there. I haven’t visited Cornwall yet although this book does make me want to go there and try out several of the walks described in here. The book is a small pocket sized one with glossy pages and lots of interesting information on not only the routes to take but some brilliant picture too.
There’s a brief introduction to Cornwall at the start and how to use this book as well as a few key bits of safety information which should be taken seriously as going for a walk and getting lost or having an accident is still possible regardless of how used to walking in the countryside you are. After that the walks are seperated into the different areas of Cornwall and each walk varies in both how far it is, and how easy a walk it is for beginners. Although none of the walks seem too difficult, some are more complex than others and go on steeper terrain or through areas where you do need a little bit of of knowledge and confidence in orienteering as it can be tricky to navigate in poor conditions.
Every walk in this book sounds interesting and visits different locations around Cornwall. There is some interesting information in this book at the start of each walk, a little bit about the route with some history of the area or information on why a place is so-named. There is also a box of information at the bottom detailing the distance of the route, how high the route can take you as well as how long it should take, where to stop and find refreshments, etc. Although this information is there, I have to point out that for beginners I believe the time a walk can take as well as the distance travelled might increase if you’re not used to going on long walks across differing terrain or just want to take in the scenery a lot (which I’m guilty of doing!).
After the introduction each walk then has an ordinance survey map of the walk with key parts of the walk marked out. The walk is then described in detail, step by step, explaining where to turn and what to pass. I haven’t tried this book out in Cornwall yet so I can’t comment on how accurate it is, but the instructions do seem easy to follow and I suspect a little common sense has to be used too, as sometimes things happen that can affect the route you take and if you’re not used to walking I’d stick to the easier walks at first, ones that take you along assigned walking paths (which is what I’ll be doing when I first try this out).
The photographs in this book are beautiful with so many lovely pictures showing just how beautiful Cornwall is. I love how each walk has it’s own photo or two to show you what you could see when you visit the area. There are some really fascinating sights and of course there are many more places you can visit along the walk route that aren’t included in the book. It’s also reasurring to see the family in some pictures, including children, walking some of these routes which can make you feel like you can accomplish the walks as a beginner, as well as some of the more complex ones for those more used to walking.
I’ll definitely be taking this to Cornwall when I visit, which I’m hoping will be soon. I was interested in some of the history and landscape of the area already, but reading about things like the serpentine rock, which I didn’t know about, (how it looks like a lizard skin!) and some more about the area as well as the accompanying photographs just makes me want to visit all the more.
Have you ever visited Cornwall? Do you enjoy going for long walks or hikes into the countryside/coast? Let me know what you think in the comments below 🙂