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Cornish Pubs and Walks

One of our new years resolutions is to experience more of Cornwall. Visit Cornwall outlined a list of pubs with great walks in Cornwall. We narrowed down that list to only those within an hour of Helsbury. This was a great insight into some of the wonderful places to visit that might be a bit further afield than we usually recommend, however, researching these places made us keen to visit them ourselves and explore them ourselves. The food served in the pubs is an added bonus as it all sounds amazing!

The Cornish Arms, St Merryn

The Cornish Arms is a dog friendly pub (if kept on leads) and is one of many of Rick Stein’s wonderful Cornish restaurants. The menu includes many delightful seafood dishes from a starter of a half pint of prawns to mains of moules mariniere or battered haddock. Sea food is not all that is on offer. There are a range of burgers and other meals to choose from for your main and many options for starters and deserts. The pub also offers ales from the local St Austell Brewery.

St Merryn is a coastal village, near Padstow, half an hours drive from Helsbury. Visit Cornwall suggested walking from Mother Ivy’s Bay which is a beautiful, dog friendly, sandy beach, and walking around Trevose Head to see its lighthouse and then continuing down the coast to Constantine Bay which is another, larger, sandy beach which is also dog friendly. If you are not looking for a long walk, strolling along Constantine Bay would be another great option.

Driftwood Spars, St Agnes

Driftwood Spars is a cosy seaside pub which offers lovely seafood dishes such as crispy whitebait, and southwest crab and whitefish thermidor for starters and driftwood spars ale battered fish and chips as a main. Of course, they also offer vegetarian options such as crispy smoked tofu and a butternut, chickpea and bean burger.

St Agnes is a town that we would love to get to know better as the little we have seen so far has been beautiful. It is just under an hours drive from Helsbury but is well worth it. Visit Cornwall recommends a walk from Trevaunance Cove, a small, dog friendly beach, up to St Agnes Beacon, see the image above for a view from the spectacular coastal path. St Agnes Beacon is a Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the walk will have some amazing views.

Rashleigh Arms, Charlestown

The Rashleigh Arms is a homely, dog friendly pub which even serves dog friendly beer! They too serve lots of great seafood, from salt and pepper squid to smoked salmon to a traditional fish and chips in St Austell ale batter. The Rashleigh Arms is one of many brilliant St Austell Brewery pubs.

Charlestown is known for being a set in the popular show Poldark and other shows, as well as its Grade II listed harbour. It is a picturesque town and Visit Cornwall recommend walking along the beach (dog friendly after October). You could also walk on the Clay Trails where China Clay, which was sent out of Charlestown, originated. Charlestown is a 40 minute drive from Helsbury.

We love to hear about you Cornish explorations. Be sure to tag us in your posts @helsburypark or email us at to let us know the incredible adventures you had with us!

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