Cornwall hosts all manner of natural beauty – whether it’s rugged coastline or expansive moorland.
And you may not realise it but our county also has some particularly stunning waterfalls.
There’s something rather special about a hidden waterfall, it feels that little bit more personal – like a secret only you know about.
So, with that in mind, here’s our guide to the five waterfalls in Cornwall you (probably) never knew existed.
Between Tintagel and Port Isaac, Tregardock is nestled between two of north Cornwall’s most visited locations.
But because this particular beach is located at the end of a long footpath, it is mostly unspoiled.
The beach is also non existent at hide tide and parking is restricted, with space for just a few cars. But there is a waterfall on the northern end of the beach which cascades over the mouth of a shallow cave.
Luxulyan Valley is full of waterfalls and brilliant for woodland and industrial archaeology. Depending on how much you want to explore, the walk will be between three and six miles.
Reputedly a coast-to-coast route taken by early Celtic Christian saints, it has a variety of ecologies – from damp boggy marsh to sandy heath – providing a constantly changing display of flora in the verges.
Somewhere that often gets overlooked is the Culm Coast between Bude and Hartland, but it’s got some of the best coastline in Cornwall.
It is said to be the toughest part of the South West Coast Path but is worth the effort. You will see incredible rock formations, famous for its shipwrecks, waterfalls and river valleys.
There is the mountain-like St Catherine’s Tor, which was believed to have had a Roman chapel with a waterfall to the beach below, another waterfall at Spekes Mill Mouth and the remains of ramparts at the Iron Age fort on Embury Beacon.
As if that wasn’t enough there is the Hawker’s Hut at Morwenstow, which was the refuge of poet Reverend Robert Hawker, who was the reverend from 1835 to 1874 and wrote the Cornish anthem Trelawney.
The hut was built from timbers of shipwrecks and restored by the National Trust.
The National Nature Reserve near Liskeard, which is managed by English Nature, hosts a series of spectacular cascades and waterfalls in ancient woodland along the River Fowey.
You can find a plunge pool at the bottom which is ideal for swimming. Be careful not to slip on the rocks, though. A car park and toilet are accessible and there’s the added bonus now of top street food from the rather excellent Inkies Smokehouse.
St Nectan’s Kieve
This is a spectacular 60ft waterfall that can be found through a hole in the rocks. It’s accompanied by two additional waterfalls and a beautiful woodland walk. It falls into a high basin, flows through a circular hole and drops into a small plunge pool.
The river cascades over the rock, a beautiful fall of water, into St Nectan’s Kieve. The crystal clear water in this deep rock basin overflows through a spectacular hole eroded through the rock. The river then continues over another waterfall, which takes it to the valley’s lower level. A stunning spot.