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Self-Guided Walking Holidays The Cornish Coastal Path

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 Cornish Coastal Path  8 Days / 7 Nights  Grade B: Coastal Walking

Take a walking holiday in Cornwall along The Cornish Coastal Path. This path forms just one part of the South West Coast Path - a walk of 1,014 kilometres all the way from the edge of the Exmoor National Park to the shores of Poole Harbour. Our walk covers the section from beautiful St Ives, past Land's End and Penzance to round the Lizard and end at Falmouth.

As you explore the West Penwith peninsula you will experience not only the wonderful wildlife and scenery of the area but also the rich geology and heritage. From the history of Cornwall's tin and copper mining around Pendeen and St Just, to the unique rocks of the Lizard peninsula.

This area has been loved through time by poets and artists alike, and the cultural history is very much a living one. The artists of St Ives, the famous open-air Minack Theatre, Tate St Ives and the local Cornish history and language are all part of the daily fabric of life. Immerse yourself in this wonderful corner of England and you won’t be disappointed.
A typically secluded Cornish cove.
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Wonderful sea cliffs as you head around from Land's End.

Day 1 (Arrival)
Arrive at your first night’s accommodation at St Ives. You will have time free to acclimatise, and perhaps to enjoy a walk along the beautiful beaches or just explore the maze of narrow cobbled streets that form this lovely Cornish town.

Day 2 (21km St Ives to St Just)
Starting from your base you join the South West Coast Path at Porthmeor Beach and climb out of St Ives. On your way today you are afforded superb views over the various rocky coves and headlands that are a feature of this part of the walk. You also have the opportunity to see some sites of historical interest, such as the various mines and engines which are part of Cornwall's mining heritage. Having passed Pendeen Watch as you approach St Just you are welcomed to your accommodation for this evening.

Day 3 (18km St Just to Porthcurno)
Today's walk is dominated by Land's End - the most westerly point of the English mainland and the closest to North America. Rounding Cape Cornwall you follow the meandering coastal path with views down to the golden sands of Sennen Cove and the rocky headland of Land's Ends in the distance. As you round Land's End the cliffs are immediately more sheer and picturesque, with stunning rock formations and sea arches. Take time to enjoy the surroundings before heading down around Gwennap Head and the Minack Theatre to descend to the beautiful beach at Porthcurno and your accommodation.

Rocky coves and secluded beaches on Cornwall's Sout West Coast Path.

Day 4 (22km Porthcurno to Marazion)
Another day of rocky coves and beaches as you start to walk in an easterly direction - no longer walking into the prevailing winds! After passing Lamorna Cove the way becomes more gentle and you gradually drop down to the picturesque Cornish fishing village of Mousehole (pronounced 'Mouzle'). You can see the impressive St Michael's Mount at the far side of the bay, and from here the path quickly brings you into Penzance where you can decide to follow the path through Penzance to Marazion or call on our transport to cut out this part of the trail. You accommodation tonight normally affords wonderful views of the medieval castle and church atop the rocky island of St Michael's Mount.

Day 5 (22km Marazion to Lizard)
A short transfer this morning drops you to Porthleven where you pick up the coastal path as it starts to rise again up to the cliffs leading to Mullion. The path continues to follow the line of the cliffs as you approach Kynance Cove - with islands of multi-coloured serpentine rock, and stacks and arches hidden amongst the towering cliffs. This area is considered one of the most beautiful places in Cornwall. From here a short walk brings you to Lizard Point - the most southerly point of mainland Britain, and home to Marconi's historic wireless experiments which are remembered at the restored Lizard Wireless Station.

Day 6 (22km Lizard to Porthallow)
Leaving the Lizard this morning your path brings you round the cliffs to Cadgwith before dropping to Kennack Sands. A further cliff walk brings you to the small fishing village of Coverack from where you have a more gentle walk as far as Porthoustock. Here the path turns inland and follows small country lanes to pass the vineyard on the way down to Porthallow and your stay for tonight.

St Michael's Mount as seen from Marazion.

Day 7 (22km Porthallow to Falmouth)
Leaving Porthallow you immediately climb back up to the cliffs and follow the path to round Nare Head and along the coastline, entering the Helford River estuary. A short walk brings you the ferry at Helford (which runs from April 1st to Oct 31st) where you cross over to Helford Passage. Rounding Rosemullion Head, Pendennis Castle and your journey's end can be seen in the distance - but not before we visit the beautiful secluded beach at Maenporth. As you pass Pennance Point the path drops down to Swanpool and enters Falmouth, and the conclusion of your Cornish adventure.

Day 8 (Departure)
Transfer back to airport or station for your return journey.

Included
7 nights accommodation, based on two adults sharing, in Tourist Board approved hotels and guesthouses (normally with en-suite facilities).

Meals consist of a full breakfast each morning, and a packed lunch. The Meals Package option also includes a two/three course meal on four evenings. Drinks are not included.

Luggage transfer each day, route description and maps.
Transfers to and from Newquay Airport, St Ives or Falmouth train stations are not included, but can be arranged.

For more information on the South West Coast Path visit the National Trail website at www.southwestcoastpath.com.
Flight schedules and information on Newquay Airport.
For information on trains to St Ives and Falmouth, visit the National Rail site.

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Prices and options

Option 1 - Standard Package The price for the Cornish Coastal Path self-guided (standard package) tour is £595 Sterling (approx $940 US Dollars or €680 Euro) per person sharing.

  • 7 nights accommodation, based on two adults sharing, in Tourist Board approved hotels and guesthouses (normally with en-suite facilities).
  • Meals consist of a full breakfast each day.
  • Luggage transfer each day along the route, detailed daily route notes, and map(s).
Option 2 - Meals Package The price for the Cornish Coastal Path self-guided (meals package) tour is £695 Sterling (approx $1,100 US Dollars or €795 Euro) per person sharing.

  • 7 nights accommodation, based on two adults sharing, in Tourist Board approved hotels and guesthouses (normally with en-suite facilities).
  • Meals consist of a full breakfast each day and a packed lunch. Also included are four two/three course meals in the evenings (Evening meals not included in your stay in St Ives, St Just or Portcurno). Drinks are not included.
  • Luggage transfer each day along the route, detailed daily route notes, and map(s).

Single supplement - Single occupancy (if accompanying a party) at £100

Lone traveller supplement - Travelling alone (not with a party) at £120. Note that this is in place of the single supplement (not in addition to it).

Transfers - For transfers to or from Newquay Airport the cost is 65 per transfer. Note that this is not the price per person but is for each transfer (one way) for up to 4 people.

You can start your self-guided tour on any day that you wish throughout the year. Please complete a booking form, or contact us to arrange.

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