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5 walks within 30 minutes of Crantock Bay Apartments

Spring is a beautiful time of year in Cornwall, with flowers blooming, temperatures rising and the beaches still quiet, it’s the ideal time to get out and explore some of the fantastic walks around Cornwall.

Here are five great routes that are within 30 minutes of us here at Crantock Bay Apartments.

Crantock and The Gannel

Starting at Crantock Beach this circular route will take you along the coast path to Penpol Creek, passing through fields and woodland along the way, before you make your way down to the sand, following the estuary bed and onto the footpath that will lead you back around to Crantock.

A beautiful walk that enjoys plenty of stunning views, it is essential that you time your outing with low tide. Around 4.5 miles in length it is only around a six-minute drive from Crantock Bay.

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Cubert Wildlife Walk

This walk begins at the car park in West Pentire and heads north towards the coast, starting a circular path that will take you past Porth Joke, an Iron Age fort, Holywell Beach and more – enjoying spectacular scenery as you go.

Offering fantastic displays of poppies and other wild meadow flowers during the summer, as well as magnificent coastal views, this route is well worth exploring. Around 6 miles in length, the starting point is only around a two-minute walk away from us.

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Perranporth to St Agnes

A beautiful cliff top walk, this route provides a great opportunity to see some of the mining relics in the area, as well as the remnants of an old airfield that was used during the war. Don’t miss the opportunity to take a look at the cliffs below Droskyn too, which were once famous for smugglers.

Around 3.6 miles in length and around a twenty-minute drive from Crantock Bay, the path is generally flat with one steep valley climb to tackle along the way.

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Bedruthan Steps

The perfect choice for those wishing to see the iconic stacks – known to many as the legendary rocks that the giant Bedruthan used as stepping stones – highlights of this walk include the spectacular coastal scenery, the beaches of Pentire Steps and Bedruthan, as well as the many wildflower varieties that can be enjoyed during spring and early summer.

A 4.5 mile circular route that begins and ends in the Pentire Farm car park, it is around a thirty minute drive from Crantock Bay.

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Goss Moor circular trail

Moving in from the coast, around a twenty five minute drive inland will take you to Goss Moor and its circular trail. 7 miles in length, the mostly flat path winds its way around the moor, providing the perfect track for walkers, runners, cyclists and riders to enjoy the area safely. The largest surviving remnant of the mid-Cornwall moors, Goss Moor is a beautiful place to explore.

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Why choose Cornwall at Easter?

Easter arrives late this year with Good Friday falling on 19 April. Being a moveable celebration, the date changes each year – and it all depends on the moon. Easter Sunday is calculated as the one which follows the full moon that falls after the first day of spring. This means that it could be any time between 22 March and 25 April.

Whatever the date, Easter is a great time to visit Cornwall. The county springs back into life after winter, with longer days and warmer weather – perfect for exploring.

Crantock Bay Apartments are a great base for an Easter break. Located right on the coast, with easy access to Crantock Beach and an ever-changing view out to sea. There are great on-site facilities too, including a spa, indoor swimming pool, tennis court (with an incredible view) and a newly extended café/bar/bistro.

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There are lots of things to see and do over Easter near us – here are just some of our favourites:

Follow the clues around the garden at Trerice and finish your adventure with a chocolate treat at the end. National Trust properties throughout the county are hosting self-guided nature-themed Cadbury Easter Egg Hunts for children. The money raised will help the National Trust’s conservation work.

Enjoy an Easter-themed afternoon tea at Healeys Cornish Cyder Farm. After exploring, tuck into sweet and savoury treats inspired by the animals on the farm. Healeys delicious homemade scones also feature and are served with lashings of Cornish clotted cream and their own jam. Parking and entry to the farm is free all year round.

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Join Rogue Theatre deep in the woods of Tehidy this Easter for a trail like no other – let your imagination lead you into nature’s dream and discover the wild new world of spring. Lose yourselves in the wild wood and find yourselves in even wilder tales, collect the clues and follow the Hare to the Woodland King. He’ll be waiting with more stories and a chocolate treat for everyone!

Head to the Eden Project for a fun-packed day out at their farm-themed Easter event, which includes a giant scramble course and special chocolate treats. Join the Eden Farmers to help round up their animals and learn what makes crops grow. Collect stamps to fill up your card and eggschange them for cracking prizes!

Hunt for bats, meet creepy crawlies, reptiles and owls at Bodmin Jail on their Easter Sunday family fun day. The day includes a guided tour of the jail, face painting and an egg hunt too – so those who’d prefer less of a fright will also be catered for.

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Whatever you decide to see and do, we’re sure that a stay at Crantock Bay Apartments will be eggscellent!

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5 reasons why you should visit Cornwall this spring

Spring arrives early in Cornwall (earlier than the rest of the country in fact), due to its mild, sub-tropical climate. It’s arguably one of the most beautiful seasons to visit the county, when fields, hedges and gardens explode in a riot of colour.

Last year, spring was declared in Cornwall on the 26th February – the moment when six champion magnolia trees in six different Great Gardens flowered with at least 50 blooms each. It’s a beautiful way to celebrate the end of winter and the beginning of a new season.

If last year’s date is anything to go by, in little more than a month we could already be on the countdown – so we’ve taken a look at our favourite reasons why you should visit Cornwall this spring.

Beat the crowds…

It comes as little surprise that Cornwall is at its busiest during the summer months. Whilst it’s a great time to visit, it can be a little crowded. If you’re looking to have a deserted beach to yourself, quietly explore an idyllic town or village or grab the best table in the restaurant with a sea view – a springtime visit is for you.  We probably don’t need to mention that the roads are quieter too…

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Go on a rambling adventure

The South West Coast Path is 630 miles long and takes in fabulous scenery. With Cornwall surrounded on three sides by water, we’re blessed with mile upon mile of paths to explore – all with jaw-dropping views. Cooler temperatures at this time of year make walking and exploring much more comfortable and enjoyable.

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Explore a Great Garden 

Cornwall is home to some seriously glorious gardens – including the Lost Gardens of Heligan, Trebah Garden and Caerhays Castle gardens. The latter boasts a magnificent spring woodland garden and a National Collection of Magnolias, whilst Heligan has over 200 acres to be explored. You can be assured of lots of colour during your visit!

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Enjoy time with your four-legged friend

With lots of open space and golden sand to enjoy, your dog will love the chance to run free. Whilst some beaches remain dog-friendly all year round, many have a dog ban over the summer months. The spring months are a great time to explore with your dog – stopping at a dog-friendly café (such as our own C-Bay) for refreshments afterwards.

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Go to a Cornish food and drink festival

Many of Cornwall’s food and drink festivals take place during the spring – offering foodies the chance to sample some of the county’s best produce, watch local chefs prepare dishes live on stage and enjoy all of the entertainment on offer. We’re very lucky that are food miles are low – meaning produce is very fresh, with fish landed the same day.

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