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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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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.
Cornish Guided Walking Itinerary
Pre-TripPadstow Harbour Town
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 hour direct train from London Paddington and, after a short 10-15 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 Beach
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 Lelant for our walk into the jewel of Cornwall that is St Ives. Best known for its spectacular light and as a haven for painters for the last few hundred years and now home to the Tate St Ives Art Gallery, this town 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 dine as a group in the Gannet Inn, our hotel for the evening, which also has access to the spa at Carbis Bay for those looking for some pampering in the evening.
Mileage: 5-8 miles
Day 4Coast to Coast St Ives to Marazion, St Michael’s Mount
We walk out of St Ives on a coast-to-coast trip to Marazion. This beautiful inland walk, along the Monarch’s Way, forms a part of the Santiago Di Compostela pilgrimage! Passing through high cliffs and narrow valleys to discover the real Cornwall – this is a walk you will not forget. We reach the South Cornish coast at Marazion for lunch and in the afternoon 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 transfer back to St Ives and our hotel for the night, dining on your own in one of the many great restaurants in town.
Mileage: 7-9 miles
Day 5The famous Land’s End, Sennan Cove and Zennor into St Ives
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 transfer back towards St Ives for a pretty afternoon walk from Zennor into town. We celebrate our last night together with a dinner out at the Porthminster Kitchen in the centre of the harbour and enjoy our last evening by the coast.
Mileage: 4-10 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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Entry tickets (e.g. to the Tate St Ives, Lost Gardens of Heligan)
International Flights and travel to and from the start / end of the tour
Items of a personal nature
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, led 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 shorten 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.”