We all have romantic places we go with our loved ones. Places like the Lakes have a long association with poetry and romance. Cornwall too, is amongst the top choices for the UK’s most romantic place to visit.
Cornwall's diverse landscape spoils us and is the perfect backdrop for romance. From deserted, panoramic beaches, and secluded coastal coves, to dramatic clifftop walks, and wild moors flushed with heather.
If you’re an incurable romantic, embarking upon new found love or want to inject some much-needed romance into a long-term relationship, we’ve put together five romantic walks in Cornwall to whisk your loved one along.
Contemporary Romantic Walks
Port Isaac, made famous by the TV series Doc Martin, is a great base for a romantic coastal path walk, with rustic Cornish landscapes and wild hilltop views.
This circular route from I Walk Cornwall is available on their handy walking app. It should stop you from getting lost and prevent any “which way” bickering. Also, it’s a mini guide with points of interest and nature.
On returning to Port Isaac, reward yourself the freshest local seafood, rustled up by Nathan Outlaw, a Michelin Starred Cornish chef. You’ll find Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen near the harbour. There’s also the fantastic little Krab Pot café – a must for a Cornish Tea and it’s dog-friendly too.
Mythical Romantic Walks
So much of Cornwall is based on part-truth and part-myth. Where romance is concerned, we like to believe the myth.
Bodmin Moor is famous for tall tales, including the legend of King Arthur. On the moor, Dozmary Pool’s mysterious waters are allegedly where King Arthur received the sword, Excalibur, from the Lady of the Lake.
Explore Dozmary Pool and this part of Cornwall with a route starting in the car park at Colliford Lake, heading north across a rugged landscape and through winding country lanes.
Head further north to reach Bolventor and Jamaica Inn, immortalised by Daphne Du Maurier’s novel of the same name. Steeped in legend and said to be one of the most haunted pubs in the country, Jamaica Inn, naturally features as a stopping point for Bodmin Walks. Many thirsty ramblers have crossed its threshold to nurse a well-earned real ale at the bar.
For more mystical paths across Bodmin Moor use View Ranger’s interactive map.
Historical Romantic Walks
Lanhydrock is a magnificent house, with 900 acres of gorgeous parkland—owned by the National Trust. The ancestral home of the Agar-Robartes family. It’s reputed to host the longest tour in the UK for a National Trust property, for only the most devoted stately home-lovers.
With a deer walk and carpets of bluebells, snowdrops and daffodils in Spring, its grounds are a beautiful place for a romantic stroll.
The estate once hosted a film version of Twelfth Night featuring Helena Bonham Carter. The well-known play includes a Shakespearean love triangle between Duke Orsino of Illyria and Cesario, both vying for the hand and heart of Olivia. A historic love story, and only fitting for a stately home.
Discover the Victorian swimming pool, whilst imagining the fun enjoyed by the Agar-Robartes family, as they played croquet, tennis and rode their horses about the countryside.
If you and your loved one like the thought of the wind in your hair, hire a bike (or bring your own) and freewheel down the many Lanhydrock bike trails together.
Walking guides are available and well-behaved dogs on a lead are welcome at the estate.
Literary Romantic Walks
Countless authors have been inspired by the drama and romance of Cornwall. From Tennyson’s adaptation of King Arthur’s myth, the poetry of Thomas Hardy and the works of Virginia Woolfe, Dylan Thomas, DH Lawrence and more recently, Daphne Du Maurier, and Winston Graham’s romantic novel, Poldark.
Du Maurier’s novels have encouraged people to trace the footsteps of Rebecca throughout the county and the BBC’s screen adaptation of the romantic tale of Poldark has seen fans seek out locations used in filming.
Our favourite is Porthcurno, the real-life location of Namara Cove in the Poldark series. Poldark enthusiasts will recall a dream sequence featuring Ross and Demelza strolling along the beach – the shores of Porthcurno.
Not only does it have breath-taking scenery but the circular walk from Porthcurno carpark to Penbarth takes in the Telegraph Museum, a 16th century traditional Cornish village pub serving great pub grub, the best winding country lanes and simply one of the most stunning sections of the South West Coast Path.
The clifftop vistas of the turquoise waters of the Atlantic and a privileged glimpse of the Minack Theatre are so romantic they won’t fail to make even the hardest heart skip a beat.
Carved out of the granite cliff, overlooking wild Atlantic seas, the Minack Theatre is one of Cornwall’s iconic landmarks and a visit will stay with you forever.
The Ultimate Romantics' Walk
The ultimate act of romance for many people would be to declare you want to be with your love for the rest of your life.
One mythical and magical location to propose is St Michael’s Mount, Marazion, which is steeped in ancient stories of giants, mermaids and miracles. If you are to propose on the island, legend has it that if you're touching the highest point of the Mount’s bedrock before popping the question, a truly romantic wish will be granted.
During the warmer months a proposal followed by a romantic stroll and picnic makes for a truly memorable occasion and the Mount is a fabulous place to revisit for anniversaries to come.
Walk the causeway when the tide allows and explore the Mount, its village, harbour and sub-tropical gardens at your leisure – free daily guided walks and tours start at the Changehouse.
If your romantic walks across Cornwall lead to marriage proposals or for hopeless or hopeful romantics looking to renew vows, the North Cornwall coast and Hotel Bristol couldn’t be better placed.
Overlooking the sea in Newquay and a stone’s throw from the romantic lure of Lusty Glaze and Tolcarne beaches, Hotel Bristol is an established wedding and function venue with a civil wedding licence. Contact us now with your dream wedding requirements.