What to Expect on your Cornwall Coast Walking Trip
On our guided Cornwall walking holiday, discover the UK’s longest and best loved National Trail. Explore the Cornish highlights of our incredible 630 miles of unbroken South West Coast Footpath, along beaches, over cliffs, crossing to incredible islands and staying in gorgeous seaside towns and villages. Be enchanted by the stories and history revealed within some of the finest coastal landscapes and views in the world, from smugglers coves and 19th century coast guard patrol routes, to Poldark tin mines and the pirates of Penzance.
No Hassle Guided Walking Tours
Journey on foot to rediscover the English countryside and coast by joining our groups, as a solo traveller, couple or bringing family and friends to walk with you and return to nature.
Flexible Walking Distance Options Each Day
Don’t feel obliged to walk the full distance each day. There are shorter options for guests, with opportunities to spend more time at the iconic sites, manors, gardens, beaches and in the towns for those wishing to walk fewer miles each day.
Most guests choose to arrive the day before the start of the tour, to settle in and explore the local area. Arrive into Bodmin Parkway, a 4.5 hour direct train from London Paddington and, after a short 30 minute transfer into Padstow, you’ll have the evening and next morning to look around this gorgeous harbour town.
Day 1Walk the Coast from Rock, Sand Dunes, Clifftops and Sandy Beaches
We collect guests arriving today from Bodmin Parkway Train station in the late morning and transfer into Padstow in our support vehicle. Here we meet guests who have stayed in Padstow the evening before and get to know our group over a café lunch, or a traditional Cornish pasty on the beach. We catch the foot ferry across the Camel estuary to the small seaside village of Rock and walk through the sand dunes to the famous St Enodoc Church with its peculiar spire, ‘bent like a crooked witch’s hat’ as Sir John Betjeman once wrote. We spend the afternoon walking along the idyllic beaches of Polzeath and Daymer Bay before returning to Padstow by foot ferry in the late afternoon. We dine on Rick Stein’s famous fresh caught Fish and Chips in the evening and head to our hotel in the centre of town.
Mileage: 4-6 miles
Day 2Stepper Point and Harlyn Bay, Panoramic Views over Estuary and Coast
From Padstow we walk out of town and along the coastal path up to the cliffs at Stepper Point, past the observatory with panoramic views of ocean, town and estuary. Keep an eye out for Peregrine Falcons, the fastest birds in the world, known to fly and nest in this area, as we traverse the coast and beaches towards lunch in Trevone or Harlyn Bay. Catching the support vehicle back across the headland in the afternoon gives guests plenty of time to explore Padstow, with further walking options available. Guests dine on their own in town with a wealth of restaurants to choose from by the harbour.
Mileage: 5-7 miles
Day 3Walking Into St Ives, Afternoon Exploring
In the morning we transfer further South to St Ives for our walk into the celebrated jewel of Cornwall. Best known for its spectacular light and as a haven for painters for the last few hundred years and now home to the Tate Art Gallery, St Ives is truly magnificent. Our stunning coastal walk passes by historic churches, beaches and Carbis Bay before entering the town. We lunch at one of the wonderful seafood cafes and have plenty of time to walk around and visit the Tate St Ives or Barbara Hepworth’s Sculpture Garden. We then head to Penzance for a dusk dip off Battery Rocks, before comparing Penzance’s fish and chips to Rick Stein’s on the harbour wall.
Mileage: 5-8 miles
Day 4Marazion, St Michael’s Mount and Mousehole
We start the day with the opportunity (optional!) for a dawn dip off Battery Rocks or in Penzance Lido, with its 35c geothermal pool. We walk to Marazion and cross the causeway – tide permitting – to the mysterious 14th Century castle on St Michael’s Mount, perched atop a great granite crag. Steeped in legend and folklore, the island has panoramic views across to Land’s End and to Lizard Point, the most Southerly point in Britain. We then have lunch and walk back along the harbour front to Penzance with the afternoon at leisure or walk the three miles to one of Cornwall’s most beguiling small ports – the beautifully named Mousehole! .
Mileage: 7-9 miles
Day 5The famous Land’s End, Sennan Cove and Porthcurno
Today we transfer to ‘the end of the world’ at Land’s End. This stretch of coast marks the most Westerly point of England and one of the world’s most famous landmarks. From the breath-taking 200ft high granite cliffs you can see the Isles of Scilly and, beyond that, out to the Atlantic Ocean and North America. We walk the rugged coast to lunch at the beach café in Sennan Cove and track towards Penzance passing the Grecian blue waters of Porthcurno. We celebrate our last night together with a dinner at the Admiral Benbow, a smugglers haven in the very heart of Penzance.
Mileage: 6-10 miles
Day 6Farewells and Ongoing Travel
After a relaxed breakfast we transfer to St Erth station, just outside town, helping all guests with their ongoing travel arrangements.
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Why choose a guided walking holiday?
Join a group of like-minded people, looking for an active walking holiday exploring the Cornish coast. Let by our team of exceptional guides, we know every turn in the path, every gate, trail, café and cove. Dine together some evenings, share the stories of the day and fully enjoy the magical experience of walking the Cornish coastal paths. On our guided trips, all of our routes can be tailored for those wishing to walk less or further, just ask your guide and they will be able to extend or shorted the planned routes to suit you and your group.
How do I get to Cornwall?
Cornwall is an easy train journey from London, Bristol and the Midlands, taking you to the start of your walking trip. Trains come into Bodmin Parkway where there is a short transfer required to get to the start of the tour in Padstow.
What are the Hotels like in Cornwall on this tour?
We have handpicked a selection of hotels and bed and breakfasts in ideal locations along the beautiful Cornish coast, with great access into towns and views over the harbours and ocean. There is a wealth of great restaurants and gastro-pubs in each location and your hotels are the perfect place to rest your legs and relax during the evenings while on your tour.
Read M.W’s review of our hotels: “The accommodations were first rate — small inns scattered throughout the countryside. And the food — out of this world! […] It was so relaxing to have the whole trip prearranged.”