South East Cornwall is often referred to as "Cornwall's forgotten
corner" - which is not surprising because the coast remains comparatively untrampled even in the
summer months of the tourist season. The walks just west of the
Tamar offer a prime example - enter the villages of Kingsand and
Cawsand and you will not believe that you are just a few miles from
Plymouth, the peninsula's largest city.
Bodmin Moor needs little introduction. It is a wild granite plateau and it features Cornwall's highest hill - the oddly named Brown Willy. Until recently much of the moor was closed to walkers - the area, traditionally, had remarkably few public-rights-of-way - but, since the right-to-roam act opened the UK's moorland areas to hikers, the hills have become a veritable treasure trove for those who like to walk on the wild side.
Equally wild is the area's northern coastline. Part of it was made famous in 2004 when seven inches of rain fell in just a few hours on the hills near Boscastle. For a while, many of the local footpaths were closed because of the damage caused by floods, but most are open again and the coast from Bude south to the Camel estuary at Padstow is one of the least spoilt and most scenic in the region.
Mid Cornwall and the south coast west to the Dodman includes the area south of Bodmin Moor - stretching west into China Clay country. It also contains some of the region's best-known harbours such as Looe, Polperro, Fowey and Mevagissey. Needless to say, the coastal walking in this area is quite superb - indeed some people would argue that it is the best England has to offer. A visit to the secret and little known old smuggling hamlet of Lansallos might easily persuade you of this.