Cockerels crowing and cows bumbling from field to field. Eggs fried up fresh from the farm. Marching through patchwork fields. Watching fat bees laze on wild flowers. And muddy wellies that just, won’t, come, off.

Field Notes

From cross-country walking to sitting back and soaking it up in a beer garden, leave the beach behind and discover what Cornwall’s countryside is all about.

What a beauty

With stunning sights around every corner, it’s no surprise that Padstow has two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) to its name. While one of these covers the stunning coastal landscape of Trevone, the other lays claim to countryside surrounding the Camel Estuary. Winding its way inland for five miles, the river creeps through tranquil landscapes and rich woodland. Away from the riverbanks – where you’re bound to bump into a cyclist or two – small lanes and rolling hills are bound by high hedges and lush greenery. Simply idyllic. And not a windbreak in sight.

Get close up to nature

From otters to butterflies, rare birds to deer, wildlife seekers won’t have to search far for a glimpse of Cornwall’s wildlife. Head out to

Amble Marshes and settle yourself in one of the many bird hides, for some twitching. There are over 52 different species, so its worth seeing how many you can spot.

Become an otter spotter on the Camel trail. These slippery characters make their dens on the riverbank, and are a treat to watch. Spend an hour or two waterside and you might also catch a flutter of the Fritillary butterfly, or make your way to Prideaux Place, where elegant fallow deer wander freely throughout the grounds of Deer Park.

Cornwall Wildlife Trust runs regular nature spotter days out, track down your trip and say hello to nature.

Strolling with saints

Valleys, woodland, pastures and moors. What better way to get out and enjoy the rolling countryside, than setting out on The Saints’ Way – all 27 miles of it. Starting out at Padstow’s harbour and stretching across the land to the South coast of Fowey, The Saints Way is an ancient path once used by early Christian travellers on their way to Brittany. Passing by ancient shrines and unexplained standing stones, and taking in peaceful creeks and picturesque harbours, whether you manage it in one go (super impressive), or tackle it in bitesize chunks, The Saints’ Way shows many shades of what makes Cornwall’s countryside so very special.

Order a handy guide to plotting your path along The Saints’ Way and get stuck in.

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