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Cornwall, England

Covering Fowey, Falmouth, Penzance, Land's End, North Coast. See Also Devon, Dorset, Hampshire, Southeast Coast Guides

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This is our guide to running in Cornwall, a rugged peninsula on England’s southwestern tip. Our focus is mainly on the coastal towns, with terrific running along waterfront promenades, easier sections of coastal headland, as well as some wonderful beaches and multi-use trails. Starting at the Devon border at Mount Edgcumbe, there are great routes in the south coast ‘Cornish Riviera’ harbour villages of Fowey, Falmouth, & Porthleven, working our way to the western end at Penzance, Land’s End, & St. Ives, and then the headlands and beaches of the north coast seaside resorts of Newquay & Bude. Some of the best places to run in Cornwall:

Headlands: Rame Head, Land’s End, R Godfrey, St. Agnes Head, Newquay area

Waterfront Paths: Fowey, Falmouth, Porthleven, Penzance

Runnable Beaches:  Hayle Beach, Perranporth Beach, Whipsiderry Beach

Multi-Use Trails: Camel Trail (Padstow), St. Austell. Truro, Bude

Estates: & Castles: Mt. Edgcumbe, Pendennis Castle (Falmouth)

For more running on England’s south west coast, see our guides for Devon, Dorset, and Hampshire counties.

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Mount Edgcumbe & Rame Head

Cornwall, England

A true destination run and one of the most scenic in Cornwall. Landscaped gardens, open parkland woodland paths, gorgeous sections of S W Coast Path in this 865-acre historic coast park only a 7-minute ferry from Plymouth. Something for all!
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Land’s End: Clifftop Paths

Cornwall, England

We've put together an easier 4-mile loop in Land's End -- the most westerly point of mainland England and the most visited outdoor spot in Cornwall. Smooth, gravelly paths with huge cliff and seascape views. Options for longer & challenge.
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St. Ives: Waterfront to Carbis Bay

Cornwall, England

The best run in this coastal town known for its beaches and art scene is on waterfront paths to Carbis Bay. Includes The Island, Wharf Promenade, and path above the rail line with great views of St. Ives Bay. Beaches in are short but great for running.
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The Camel Trail Multi-Use Path

Cornwall, England

One of the best options in north Cornwall for a long, easy, off-road run. The multi-use trail runs along a former rail line for ~17 miles from Padstow to Wenford Bridge. The first 6 miles from Padstow to Wadebridge, along the Camel Estuary, are especially scenic.
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Cornwall has a temperate oceanic climate. It’s one of the warmest and sunniest areas of the UK. Summer temps average around 21C (70F) during the day, with cool nights. Winter highs are in the 8-10C (48-50F), with lows in the 40F range. Snow is rare. In winter especially, there can be big wind and rain storms.

Runners Need has a location in Exeter.

Other good running stores in Cornwall are  Run Venture Running Hub store in Helston and HPT Sport Running Man in Bude. You can also find running gear in Penzance at Whirlwind Sports & Sports Direct, and Trespass in Newquay.

See the overview map for additional stores and information.