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Lace up your boots

With so much to offer in one place, it’s all too easy to become absorbed in exploring the town of Newquay. With the coast on the doorstep, to really make the most of your stay by the sea, it makes sense to lace up your boots and get exploring.

One of our favourite nearby walks is at Holywell Bay. A moderate stroll of around six miles, this would be the perfect way to spend an afternoon, stopping for a picnic along the way and keeping your eyes peeled for wildlife. Rich in wild flowers and home to hundreds of fascinating insects, you can often spot seals along this route, along with mesmerising aerial displays from buzzards. It also includes an iron age fort, a disused quarry and, quite frankly, some of the finest views along this stretch of coastline, combining stunning floral displays with the opalescent hues of the ocean. Head to the National Trust website for the full route:

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/holywell-and-crantock/trails/cubert-wildlife-walk-cornwall

Another nearby route, somewhat easier on little legs and perfect for whiling away an hour or two between activities, is another National Trust walk around Cubert Common. From early spring you’ll find a huge expanse of open grassland (also a Site of Special Scientific Interest) and hear skylarks chattering overhead, with the Atlantic breakers rumbling in the background reminding you just how close you are to the water. A walk of approximately one mile, this should only take 30 minutes at a regular pace, however we highly recommend taking time to sit and take it all in. Why not pack a picnic?

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/holywell-and-crantock/trails/cubert-common-walk

If you are dead set on exploring Newquay town proper, then you’ll find two fascinating walks marked out on Visit Newquay’s Newquay Discover Trail Map (available at the Newquay Tourist Information Centre, just a minute’s walk from the our hotel). One route guides you around the coast and the older part of Newquay, including the historic harbour and the Huer’s hut (used in days gone by to watch for the tell-tale signs of pilchard shoals!); the other takes you to Newquay’s gardens, the boating lake and the newly restored Trenance Cottages and Tearooms. Head to the Visit Newquay website to find out more:

https://www.visitnewquay.org/things-to-do/activities/walking-and-hiking