If you’re looking for a walk or adventure in Cornwall that’s a bit different (and maybe a bit spooky too), I’ve listed a few of my faves here.
A quick Google search will tell you that there are actually a fair few places in Cornwall that are supposed to be ‘haunted’, and while I don’t personally believe in that stuff, I enjoy a bit of creepy spookiness, and interesting history when I come across it!
I wanted to share a few walks and places I’ve been to that have felt very eery or just simply quite ‘epic’ and a little bit different than the usual coastal walks I like to share about:
RAF Davidstow Airfield & Moor
The old RAF airfield in Davidstow (near Cameford) was built in the early 1940s to be used in World War II, but was abandoned shortly after and (weirdly) was used briefly in the 1950s as a Formula One race track!
Today the airfield has essentially turned into a moor that you can drive through, walk through, and explore the old abandoned runways and buildings. Ponies, sheep and cows roam freely on this moor, and it generally has an epic vibe about it. There was even a large illegal rave held here in June 2022 that made the news!
We had great fun roaming around the creepy buildings and old runways, so if you want a walk that’s a bit different this is top of my list.
The RMS Mulheim Shipwreck
Back in 2019, Frankie showed me this amazing coast walk at Sennen that takes you past a rusted shipwreck that you can actually look around! It’s a bit of a scramble to get down to the cove from the coast path, but once you get over the rocks (make sure it’s low tide!) you can actually properly look around the rusted carcass of this 20 year old shipwreck.
This shipwreck thankfully didn’t take any lives when it happened, although tonnes of plastic waste from this wreck means it likely did a lot of harm to sea life in the area. However it makes for a really interesting adventure when you stumble upon it!
Bodmin Moor & Jamaica Inn
At over 200 square kilometres in size, and home to the two highest peaks in Cornwall, Bodmin Moor is a huge attraction for those who love long walks full of history thanks to its Bronze Age monuments, stone circles and old mining heritage. In this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, there are plenty of epic hikes and views to be had, but it’s also home to some spooky stories too.
In particular, the Jamaica Inn (which now sits just at the edge of the A30), was originally a coaching inn used by smugglers in the 18th and 19th centuries, and is supposedly said to be haunted. Many visitors have claimed to have seen strange phenomena such as lights in the windows, or the sound of hooves on cobbles outside the inn…. weird!
So again if you like history, eery moorland landscapes and fun stories, this is a great spot!
Boscastle & the Museum of Witchcraft
Boscastle is a picturesque village in north Cornwall known for its mystery and magic, and is even home to the Witchcraft Museum, which features items from the 17th and 18th centuries, including witch bottles, dolls, and other magical objects. The museum also offers a range of activities and workshops for those interested in learning more about the history of witchcraft in the area… definitely spooky!
The village also has a reputation for being haunted, with some locals apparently claiming to have seen ghosts and strange lights in the area, or weird noises coming from the sea.
Despite all this it really is a beautiful little village and well worth an explore for a fun day out by the sea!
Read this post for ideas for things to do in Boscastle.
What are your favourite unique walks or eery places to explore in Cornwall?