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“The perfect vacation, much beyond anything that I could have imagined. Each day was filled laughter and complete joy as we hiked through the cliffs and coves of Cornwall, looking down on the churning waters of the Atlantic while surrounded by fields of heather and ancient ruins.” N.S.
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Our Cornish Walking Tour starts at Bodmin Parkway where we’ll walk directly from the platform to Prince Charles organic nursery at Restormel before heading to both the north and south coast of England’s most beguiling coastal county. This tour is ideal for those who want to get back to the coast and nature, walk along Poldark-inspired headlands, along beautiful stretches of ancient paths and on beaches to die for! Our tour will be as sustainable as possible with all travel by public transport, zero use of plastic and all food sourced locally wherever possible.
Cornwall’s rugged coastal trails form part of a 630 mile Coast Path form the backdrop to a wonderful week full of beautiful views, high cliffs, beaches, harbours and charming coastal villages, where you’ll discover the real Cornwall.
With breath-taking panoramas around every corner, cosy B&B accommodation, wonderful pubs and delicious cuisine, Active England will give you an experience you will not forget.
Go Green Guided Walking Tours
At Active England we’re passionate about regenerative travel. Our new Go Green Tours reflect this, with no fluff, just a real commitment. Soon enough all our tours will be fully green but for now we have adapted a selection of our existing tours – they are still active and adventurous and a whole lot of fun…
For our Go Green tours we are:
Redesigning itineraries to reduce road travel
Using public transport for all necessary transfers
Encouraging guests to avoid places that are feeling a ‘burn-out’ from over-tourism
Offering local, seasonal and sustainable food options where possible – working towards a 50 mile menu
Implementing a strict ‘no single-use plastic’ policy
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.
Cornwall Coast Guided Walking Itinerary
Day 1Prince Charles' Nursery and the River Fowey
We collect guests arriving from Bodmin Parkway Train station at 1pm before walking straight from the platform to Prince Charles organic nursery at Restormel for a late lunch or early cream tea. From the nursery we walk into Lostwithiel at the top of the Fowey Estuary for our first night together and an evening picnic on the banks of the River Fowey.
OPTIONS: 4 miles / 6 miles
Day 2Fowey, Polruan, two ferries and Daphne Du Maurier
We walk from the hotel down the wonderful Fowey Estuary through the woods and on the tiny country roads towards Golant where we stop for a coffee – and if anybody fancies a paddleboard lesson this can be arranged if the tides are in our favour! From Golant we walk into Fowey for a locally made pasty for lunch before we pop on a ferry for our afternoon walk on the other side of the Estuary via Polruan and Pen Pool and back across the estuary – looking our for Daphne Du Maurier’s house at Bodinnick. We hop on the bus back to Lostwithiel in the late afternoon.
5 miles or9 miles
Day 3The Camel Trail into Padstow
In the morning we head, by bus over to the North Coast of Cornwall to the lovely little town of Wadebridge, on the banks of the River Camel where we have coffee before walking the Camel Trail, a wonderful 6 mile walk right into the heart of the bustling seaside town of Padstow. In the afternoon there is the opportunity to walk around this lovely spot, sample Rick Stein’s fish and chips and have a slightly more relaxed afternoon before we tackle the dramatic north coast of the county.
OPTIONS: 5 milesto8 miles Flat walking
Day 4Dramatic North Cornish Coastal Walk
From Padstow we walk out of town and along the coastal path to the East. 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 bus back across the headland in the afternoon gives guests plenty of time to explore the town, with further walking options available. Guests dine on their own in town with a wealth of restaurants to choose from by the harbour.
OPTIONS: 5miles – 9 miles Gently Rolling Coastal Walking
Day 5Rock, Amazing Beaches and Headlands
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 and partially buried St Enodoc Church with its peculiar spire, ‘bent like a crooked witch’s hat’ as Sir John Betjeman once wrote. Though partially buried the church remains in use to this day. 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.
OPTIONS: 4miles to 9 miles Gently Rolling Coastal Walking
Day 6Farewells and Ongoing Travel
After a relaxed breakfast we transfer to Bodmin Parkway station, just outside town, helping all guests with their ongoing travel arrangements.
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International Flights and travel to and from the start / end of the tour
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Lunches and café stops
Gratuity for your local guide
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.”