top of page

9 best hidden waterfalls to explore in Cornwall and Devon

Updated: Jan 3

Your Ultimate Guide to exploring off-the-beaten track waterfalls scattered across Cornwall and Devon.

Cornwall and Devon are known for its breath-taking stunning beaches, and let's not forget those Cornish pasties and clotted cream! However, the amount of people that think the only waterfall in Cornwall is St Nectan's Glen is mind-blowing! There are many more hidden waterfalls scattered around Cornwall which are waiting for YOU to explore them!

In this article, we share 9 of the best hidden waterfalls in Cornwall and Devon which you need to add to your bucket list this year.

The Golitha Falls are a gorgeous place to walk and admire these amazing waterfalls. There is a long path which visitors can walk around which meanders around the woodland, streams and rocks. You can also find some cool old mine workings and shafts nearby.

Golitha Falls is a great destination for all the nature hiker lovers, and it's clear to see why judging by the photos! We'd recommend sticking to the main paths, but if you're feeling adventurous we recommend going closer to the falls which requires some scrambling.

It's worth noting that you shouldn't visit Golitha Falls and expect a massive 40ft waterfall! It's better described as rapids than a waterfall; none-the-less its perfect for a scenic quiet walk whilst admiring nature!

A beautiful adventurous trail which rewards visitors with an amazing waterfall. It's safe to say this is Cornwall's most unspoilt hidden corner. To explore the whole trail you are probably looking at around 1 to 2 hours, however please bare in mind that there is a small entrance fee to gain access to this site.

It’s obviously grown in popularity, due to the rise of social media as well as the COVID-19 lockdown; forcing everybody to travel in the UK. However, you’d be surprised at how many people still don’t know about this place!

Many visitors to St Nectan's Glen think it is one of the most spiritual places in the UK. As a result, as you walk along the trail, you'll see numerous small stone piles along with ribbons and crystals strung from tree branches.

Visitors can have a gorgeous day at this secluded beach, but at the same time be rewarded with this gorgeous hidden gem of a waterfall! It's a small picturesque waterfall which can be admired at the back of the beach, which actually used to power a small mill.

For those wanting to visit, there is a National Trust car park in Lansallos village which has access via a footpath to the beach.

Image of Lansallos Waterfall

An easy accessible waterfall which most people surprisingly find unexpectedly! You can park in Hartland Quay which is only a 30 minute stroll to see the waterfall. Once you get to the waterfall you will also be rewarded with amazing views.

Along the South West footpath on a great stretch of coast line is Speke's Mill Mouth Waterfall. It's a unique waterfall in our eyes, and it's something different to see on a coast line (especially on one of the best coast lines in Britain!).

Why not take a scramble to the beach at the bottom too to enjoy the scenic views and also have a play around in the rockpools?

Kennall Vale Nature Reserve is a beautiful woodland walk which features old ruins from the gun powder factory which has been left to nature. There are plenty of waterfalls to see, some small and some fast flowing.

Kennall Vale is a great place for a scenic walk with decent pathways and is a photographers dream location! It's surrounded by mini waterfalls and historic buildings, and is a good destination to spend a few hours.

Overall, Kennall Vale is a place of great atmosphere; featuring wet bright mosses and overhanging trees suddenly give way to the remains of old stone buildings and waterfalls. It can get muddy so we recommend bringing walking boots.

This hidden gem is definitely worth a visit if you're in the area. Once you get to the waterfalls the scenery around them are amazing! However, we would recommend visiting after heavy rainfall otherwise they'll only be a trickle, and it is quite steep to get too.

It can be quite easy to miss Pentargon Waterfall, but it's a very scenic walk so if you don't mind the long hike then this could be the gem to visit for you. Also, if you're a fan of seals then you might be lucky to see in the bay below!

It's a great 15-20 minute walk from Bocastle Farm Shop, offering visitors beautiful views along the way. Also, we recommend stopping at the farm shop for a nice piece of cake!

Tintagel Castle is a stunning place especially when the weather is on the good side. However, what most people don't realise is that theres an amazing hidden waterfall tucked away! Look towards the beach and you'll see the waterfall flowing down.

It's worth venturing down to the beach whilst you're here, and with the sight of the waterfall it's even better! You'll have to visit when the tide is out as that's how you'll get onto the beach, and also to explore the cool caves down there.

Tregardock Beach is a secluded beach in Cornwall which rarely has visitors. However, the visitors that turn up don't even discover the hidden waterfall located here! It's located at the northern end of the beach and cascades over the mouth of a shallow cave.

It's definitely worth a visit if you happen to be visiting Newquay; whether you're on holiday or just in the area! It's found partway between Tintagel and Port Isaac, and if the waterfall doesn't float your boat, you can always just relax on the beach for the day!

Luxulyan Valley is a paradise for all waterfall lovers. It's full of waterfalls, and depending on how far you'd like to explore and walk, the length will be around 4 to 6 miles.

Luxulyan Valley is not only for waterfall lovers; it's also amazing for woodland and industrial archaeology. It has a variety of ecologies; from sandy heath to damp boggy marsh, in which it provides a changing display of flora in the verges.

If you've ever visited the rainforest waterfall located in the Eden Project but you're after a waterfall which is something of Cornwall's own historical landscape, then Luxulyan Valley Waterfall is the one to visit!

We hoped you enjoyed discovering the local finds and less known waterfalls which are scattered around Cornwall. We are confident that visiting some of these hidden gems will make your Cornwall trip even more memorable!

Download the official APP!

Gain access to over 1,600 hidden gems and their co-ordinates all over the UK when you download our app. Add gems to your bucket-list and tick them off as you go along, as well as earn rewards/badges when you visit a certain amount.

1,234 views0 comments
bottom of page