Nine Cornish running routes for everyone from beginners to marathoners


Starting running in January is, at this point, a joke to a lot of people.

New Year’s resolutions often feel like they’re made to be broken, with annual photos of crowded gyms in the first week of January, inevitably followed a month later by deserted scenes.

But that doesn’t stop any of us from trying, and if you’re trying to make it the year you finally start running regularly, we know some great places to try.

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The gym can be a depressing place, as there is nothing more demotivating than a person twice (or half) your age completely overtakes you while you struggle to run 800 meters without passing out. .

It can be boring too, with nothing but the smell of sweaty bodies to tickle your senses.

And that’s not to mention the risk of Covid walking towards a treadmill being used by someone else a few minutes before next to other wheezing bodies.

So why not try out some of these outdoor running routes to satisfy that New Year’s resolution attempt?

If you think we missed a good one, let us know in the comments.

Bodmin / Wadebridge – Camel Trail



The view from the Camel Trail near Wadebridge which runs alongside the River Camel

What was once a railway line is now a well-known cycle path.

And if it’s good enough for a bike, surely it’s good enough for your feet?

The entire course is 18 miles long, or 27.8 km, but a short stretch will be enough to satisfy any budding runner.

On top of that, much of it is reasonably flat, so it’s suitable for beginners and a lot more interesting than running ten times in your local park.

Truro – Coosebean Woods



The beautiful Coosebean Valley is a short distance from downtown Truro
The beautiful Coosebean Valley is a short distance from downtown Truro

A popular point-to-point dog walking route, this winding path takes you from central Truro to the hospital and beyond, if desired.

Starting from Victoria Gardens on St George’s Road (or anywhere in town, really), go up the road away from town until you reach a three-lane junction. From there follow the signs to Threemilestone.

This will take you to the Coosebean Trail, a challenging – but beautiful and often calm running route.

The path begins as a road before giving way to a dedicated footpath and cycle path, and takes runners to Treliske hospital in a few kilometers.

He is very hilly, however, so not recommended for beginners hoping to pull off an easy run.

Truro – Malpas Road



The duck pond near Boscawen Park
The duck pond near Boscawen Park

If you fancy a slightly flatter route, try this one on the opposite side of Truro.

This route starts next to the Old Bakery Studios on Malpas Road. From there, run to Boscawen Park and turn right, river side.

Go around the park and come back to the other side of the park and back to Malpas Road on a route of just under 2 miles.

Alternatively, for the more courageous runners: instead of turning around at the end of Boscawen Park, head to Malpas itself before returning to Truro. You can even have a drink at the Heron Inn as a mid-workout treat.

This takes the road over three miles – and just under the 5 mile mark depending on your exact starting or ending point.

Newquay – Beach at Watergate Bay



Blue skies and seas on the golden sands of Watergate Bay, with tiny figures taken from afar
Watergate Bay

A less strict route, Watergate Bay is a beautiful setting to fend off the Christmas chub.

Off season, as we are now, there should be enough parking to get there from anywhere.

Otherwise if you are really trying to push yourself there is always the Newquay Coastal Path to Watergate Bay.

Newquay – Trenance Pleasure Lake



Trenance boating lake
Trenance boating lake

Not everyone likes to go point to point for their groceries – not least because you have to come back.

Trenance Boating Lake on the south side of town is the perfect setting for a loop.

According to Google Maps, the main road along the lake is about 0.3 miles long in one direction.

This means that a full circuit of the lakeside trail is approximately 0.5 to 0.6 miles (or 800 meters).

With slightly unstable calculations and guesswork, if you do 7 full laps, it’s your 5k, and more.

Bodmin – The Lighthouse



Gilbert Monument at the Bodmin Beacon Nature Reserve.
Gilbert Monument at the Bodmin Beacon Nature Reserve.

Perhaps the most scenic spot in Bodmin, any route made as you go around The Beacon is meant to boost the heart rate.

With plenty of side roads, paths, twists and turns, and rolling hills, the area is another where you will usually only be reached by dog ​​walkers.

Otherwise, use Beacon Lane, which runs all around the area, if you want to be more specific.

Penzance / Mousehole / Porthcurno / Sennen – coastal path



Land's End towards Sennen on the southwest coast path
Land’s End towards Sennen on the southwest coast path

Unless you have the stamina for a full 15.9 mile race, the entire race should not be attempted.

However, the coastal path between Penzance and Sennen is recommended on the course site plotaroute.com.

Departing near the Isles of Scilly ferry port, the route (mapped by James Sheppard) runs from Penzance, passing through Newlyn, Mousehold, Lamorna, St Loy, Penberth, through Porthcurno, Porthguarra to Land’s End.

Take your pick and cut it however you like – or try the near-marathon run in one of Cornwall’s most amazing locations.

Lizard – the “lizard loop”



Lizard Village

This one is a 7 km run that, if you are a local in Lizard Village, you can start quite close to home.

Another trail made by a jogger, this time named Chris Ellis, begins at the center of Lizard and heads east along Church Cove Road.

Continue until you reach the coastal path just above the lifeboat station and follow the coastal path around the bottom of the peninsula past Lizard Point, before returning along Lizard Head Lane to the village .

Keep in mind, however, that this will be difficult terrain for someone who is still new to running, so caution is in order.

Falmouth – Three Mile Loop



People enjoy the sun on Gyllyngvase Beach near Falmouth in Cornwall
People enjoy the sun on Gyllyngvase Beach near Falmouth in Cornwall

This trail is just under 5 km and is scenic but easy to access.

Start at the Methodist Church on Killigrew Street, then walk down Vernon Place, past Falmouth Town station, cross Melvill Road, and merge onto the waterfront via St Michael’s Hotel and Spa.

Next, head along Cliff Road next to beautiful Gyllyngvase Beach before heading to Prince of Wales Pier via Castle Drive, Bar Road and Arwenack Street.

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