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    Highlights of your Cornish Week Away

    • Walking along the South West Coast Path
    • Padstow
    • St Ives
    • Coast to Coast Walk – St Ives to Marazion
    • St Michael’s Mount
    • Penzance
    • Mousehole


    Why Book With Us?

    • Fun and Hassle-Free Walking Trips
    • Stunning, handpicked trails and footpaths throughout England
    • Easy to Follow Maps, GPS routes and Instructions Provided
    • Support Team and Emergency Support Vehicle on Hand
    • Friendly customer care team on hand 365 days a year
    • “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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    Cornwall Walking – Self Guided

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    • 6 Days 5 Nights
    • Apr 01 - Oct 31
    • Type: Self-Guided
    • Difficulty : 3/5
    • Country
    • Pickup: Padstow, Cornwall
    What to Expect on your Cornish Walking Trip

    On our self-guide Cornwall walking tour, 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 Self-Guided Walking Tours

    We take all the hassle out of walking in Cornwall by including all luggage transfers, booking and organising all accommodation, maps, GPS instructions plus access to incredible iconic castles, islands, cliffs, beaches and ancient sites along the way. Rediscover the English coast by walking on your own, as a couple or bringing a group of friends to walk with you and return to nature.

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    Cornish Self Guided Walking Itinerary

    Pre-TripPadstow 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 4.5 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, Cliff-tops and Sandy Beaches

    Our guide will meet you to set you up for your week, providing maps and Ride With GPS navigation on your phones and provide recommendations for the week along the trails. At your leisure, set out in the morning from Padstow by catching the foot ferry across the Camel estuary to the small seaside village of Rock where our route takes you through the sand dunes to the famous and once partially buried St Enodoc Church, with its peculiar spire, ‘bent like a crooked witch’s hat’ as Sir John Betjeman once wrote. Enjoy an afternoon walking along the idyllic beaches of Polzeath and Daymer Bay before returning to Padstow by foot ferry in the late afternoon. Dine on Rick Stein’s famous fresh caught Fish and Chips in the evening or one of the many restaurant choices in town and rest your legs in your townhouse hotel for the evening.

    Mileage: 5-8 miles

    Day 2Stepper Point and Harlyn Bay, Panoramic Views over Estuary and Coast

    Walking from your hotel out of town and along the coastal path the route leads along 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 you traverse the coast and beaches towards lunch in Trevone or Harlyn Bay. Catching the bus back across the headland in the afternoon will give you plenty of time to explore Padstow, with further afternoon walking options available. Dine out in town with a wealth of restaurants to choose from by the harbour.

    Mileage: 5-12 miles

    Day 3Walking Into St Ives, Afternoon Exploring

    In the morning we provide a transfer further South to Lelant for a beautiful walk into the jewel of Cornwall that is St Ives. Best known for its spectacular light, as a haven for painters and now as home to the Tate St Ives Art Gallery, this town is truly magnificent. Whether this is your first time here or if you have visited before, this town reveals something new with each trip. The stunning coastal walk passes by historic churches, sandy beaches and the idyllic Carbis Bay before entering the town itself. Lunch at one of the wonderful seafood cafes and, in the afternoon, enjoy a lovely walk around the harbour or visit to the Tate St Ives or Barbara Hepworth’s Sculpture Garden. Transfer to your hotel in Penzance after a long but rewarding day!

    Mileage: 5-8 miles

    Day 4Coast to Coast St Ives to Marazion, St Michael’s Mount

    Walk the coast path to 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 head along the coastal path for some R&R at Praa Sands before returning to Penzance in the late afternoon – maybe for a dip in the famous Penzance Lido and its 35c geothermal pool. 

    Mileage: 7-9 miles

    Day 5Walk to Porthcurno via Mousehole

    Head out on a walk along the coast through Penzance, Newlyn and to Mousehole Harbour, to one of Cornwall’s true gems – the tiny Mousehole (pronounced Mouse’l) and on past Lamorna, the Caribbean like Ped’n Vounder and onto Porthcurno, famous for it’s amazing beach and the trans-Atlantic cables. It’s a longer but wonderful end to your weeks walking. 

    Mileage: 6-10 miles

    Day 6Farewells and Ongoing Travel

    After a relaxed breakfast we organise your transfer to Penzance station, helping all guests with their ongoing travel arrangements. Regular trains depart from here to London and beyond.

    Download Detailed Intinerary

    For full information about this tour and to find out all you need to know, download your copy of the detailed itinerary by clicking the button below.

    Cornwall Itinerary Map
    Walking Trip Details

    Meet and Greet Location

    Bodmin Parkway Station

    Pickup Time

    12-4pm (we will pre-arrange a suitable pick up time with you)

    Accommodation

    Country accommodation along the coast

    Price Includes

    • All Breakfasts
    • 5 Nights’ Accommodation
    • Walking Poles
    • Full GPS Routes (Ride With GPS downloaded onto your phones), Maps and Written Instructions
    • Transport throughout
    • Emergency Support

    Price Excludes

    • International Flights and travel to and from the start / end of the tour
    • Cancellation Insurance
    • Items of a personal nature
    • Entry tickets (e.g. to the Tate St Ives, Lost Gardens of Heligan)
    • All Food, Meals and Drinks Other Than Breakfast
    • Gratuity for your local guide
    FAQ

    Why choose a self-guided walking holiday?

    With exceptionally well-planned routes, our self-guided tours are designed to suit the independent traveler or groups of travelers; those who wish to walk at their own pace and speed. With GPS (our routes downloaded onto your phones) and maps, we detail all of the points of interests, lunch stops, cafes – and of course pubs! Hike at your leisure, safe in the knowledge that a support team and emergency support vehicle is on standby

    How do I get to Cornwall?

    Cornwall is an easy train journey from London, Bristol and the Midlands, just 4 hours direct from London to Bodmin Parkway station. From here we transfer you the short 15 minute drive to the town of Padstow.  Finish your day on the beach with your feet in the sea, ready for a wonderful week of walking.

    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.”

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