Discover Cornwall Along the South West Coast Path

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Why Book With Us?

  • Small Groups of Max 8
  • Local Guides
  • Hiking off the Beaten Track
  • Authentic Small Hotels

  • 20243. August
  • Trip Length9 Days
  • Group SizeMax 8 Women
  • HikingModerate

Guided Walking Holiday in Cornwall

Hiking the South West Coast Path

Walking Holiday in Britain’s most South-Western Corner

Cornwall – Britain’s most southerly and westerly peninsula, surrounded by the English Channel in the south and the Celtic Sea and Atlantic in the north, offers a treasure trove of contrasting landscapes, celtic history and maritime heritage. The passing Gulf Stream brings the mild climate that allows those beautiful and famous English gardens to flourish, while the wilder Atlantic influence creates rugged cliffs, small coves, white sandy beaches and windswept, heatherclad moors.

Accompanied throughout by your tour guide, you travel in comfort by minibus – from Bristol or Exeter to Penzance. From here you’ll explore the Penwith peninsula – walking along the famous South West Coast Path and discovering cultural highlights such as prehistoric Stone Circles, the open-air Minack Theatre on sea cliffs, the glamorous Lanhydrock country house and gardens, art at St Ives and Barbara Hepworth’s Sculpture Garden and the industrial landscape of the Cornish Tin Mines.

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Highlights

  • The most beautiful coastal walks
  • Magnificent English Gardens and Horticultural Art
  • Mystical Moors, Stone Circles and Ancient Burial Cairns
  • Romantic Fishing Villages and Lands End
  • Sculptor Barbara Hepworth's Museum and Garden
  • The Sea Cliff Open Air Minack Theatre
  • Visit the Levant Historic Tin Mine
  • Travel by Minibus with short Travel Times
  • Enjoy the company of a small group of travellers of 8 or less
Walking & Sightseeing

The hiking on this trip is easy to moderate, though rough, rocky and often wet underfoot. 

What’s Included

  • 8 Guided Walking/ Exploring/ Journey Days
  • Experienced and knowledgeable Tour Guide throughout
  • Travel from and back to Bristol/ Exeter in comfortable minibus
  • 8 x Bed & Breakfast accommodation in comfortable 4* Guesthouses
  • 4 x Picnic Lunch
  • 3 x Entrance to Lanhydrock Country House & Gardens, Minack Theatre, Levant Tin Mine

Not Included

  • Personal Expenses
  • Evening Meals
Itinerary

Day 1Meeting in Exeter and Journey West. Afternoon Walk in Dartmoor

Meet your group and tour guide at St Davids Rail Station, Exeter at 1pm.

There is also the possibility of a lift on the day of arrival from Bristol 10am Templemead Rail Station (small surcharge: €30 each way) 

We begin our journey west but not without a worthy detour into the famous Dartmoor National Park in Devon for a walk on rocky Haytor moors with fantastic views out to sea.

Accommodation for 1 night at the Dolphin Hotel in the pretty market town of Bovey Tracey on Dartmoor.

Drive from Exeter 45 minutes, walk 2 hours
(- / – / -)

Day 2Hike Across The Moors & Visit of Lanhydrock Country House and Gardens

We travel inland and explore the heathery wilderness of Bodmin Moor, where you’ll find treasures such as prehistoric stone circles, amazing rock formations and industrial history.

In the afternoon, visit the glamorous Landhydrock House and immerse yourself in the world of Victorian nobility. The magnificent garden invites you to take a stroll and you are sure to find yourself enjoying a cream tea in style.

Walk 8 km, 2-3 hours
Drive 1 hour to Bodmin Moor, 30 minutes to Landhydrock, 1 hour to Penzance
Overnight stay Warwick House Hotel, Penzance 
(B/L/-)

Day 3Along the South West Coast Path to Mousehole

You read that right, Mousehole actually means the mouse hole and is a delightful little harbour town straight out of a picture book, today’s destination.  We walk along the South West Coast Path, enjoying the fresh sea air and stunning views across the sea to the Scilly Isles and the English Channel.

We stop off at the Rock Pool Cafe for a delicious seafood lunch.
Walk 8km, 3+ hours, a little more challenging but beautiful!
Overnight stay Warwick House Hotel, Penzance, Dinner Penzance
(B/-/-)

Day 4Own Day of Discovery & Evening Performance at Open Air Minack Theatre

Today you may be tempted by a stroll through Penzance, a town with many faces: explore the fishing harbour, visit the interesting Penlee House gallery with its collection of Newlyn artists, relax in a deckchair on the promenade or in the garden of our hotel or take a dip in the famous Strandlido.

If you would like to go on another excursion, the impressive St Michaels Mount is almost on the doorstep – on a mini island that can be reached on foot at low tide, you will find the castle of the St Aubyn family, which was created from the buildings of a former abbey. Here, too, you can enjoy a lush garden and a strategically good view. In the evening, we attend a performance in the spectacular Minack Theatre. The open-air theatre, built into the cliffs by Rowena Cade herself, provides a dramatic backdrop.

Overnight at Warwick House Hotel, Penzance/ Dinner Treen en route to the Minack Theatre.
(B/-/-)

Day 5The Tinners' Path & Art at St ives

Today you walk just 9 km from the old village of Zennor to St Ives on the north coast of the peninsula, first a few kilometres inland along the former “Tinners Path” – the miners’ path – and then further along the coast, where the mighty waves of the Atlantic will inspire you.

The pretty fishing town of St Ives, surrounded by sandy beaches, became an artists’ colony at the beginning of the 20th century and was the creative home of sculptor Barbara Hepworth, among others. Her studio and garden are now a museum well worth a visit and you can go on a private tour.

If the large, fine sandy beach is not calling you in the afternoon, perhaps you would like to visit the famous Tate Gallery or sit down on the promenade with an ice cream in true St Ives style and watch the diverse beach activities of surfers, sandcastle builders and seagulls.

In the early evening you can enjoy a delicious dinner in the famous pub in Zennor, the “Tinners Arms”.

Walk 9 km, 3 hours, journey 30 minutes each way
Overnight stay Warwick House Hotel, Penzance, Dinner Zennor
(B/L/-)

Day 6The Levant Tine Mine & Neolithic Stone Circles and Burial Cairns

The day begins with a walk along the coast to the disused Levant Tin Mine. The mining of copper and tin had a long tradition here and the cultural and economic development of the region is regarded as exemplary for the industrialisation of England in the 19th century. The mining landscape of Cornwall was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2006. After an interesting above-ground tour of Levant Mine and a picnic on the cliffs, you will hike through the mystical moor at Pendeen, to the famous Men-An-Tol, the mushroom-like dolmen Lanyon Quoit and other prehistoric treasures of the area.

Hike 10 km, 2 – 3 hours (flat), 20 min drive each way, 20 min journey.
(B/L/-)

Day 7Lands End & Beaches like the Caribbean

The best – last but not least!

One of the most beautiful stretches of Cornwall’s coastline is the Coast Path between Land’s End and Porthcurno with quiet little coves, dramatic cliffs, the mighty Atlantic Ocean, ending in the delightful fishing village of Porthgwarra. Your destination is

the yellow sandy beach of Porthcurnow. Farewell to Cornwall with the sound of the sea and a Caribbean atmosphere.

Walk 10 km, max. 4 hours, journey 25 min.
Overnight stay Warwick House Hotel, Penzance, Dinner Penzance
(B/L/-)

Goodbye Cornwall, Coastal Stroll & Heligan Gardens

One last coastal walk at Gorran Head and feel the Merres wind in your hair once again, but you won’t leave Cornwall without a visit to the famous gardens of Heligan. The magnificent gardens of the Tremayne family went to seed after the First World War and were only brought back to life in the 1990s – today the gardens are an unsurpassable example of 18th and 19th century British garden art: a subtropical jungle, the lost valley with its many ponds, vegetable and flower gardens as well as some landscape sculptures such as the Muddy Maid, the beautiful and very well-known reclining figure.

We continue towards Exeter and spend the night in northern Dartmoor.
Drive 3 hours, walk 2 hours, Heligan 2 hours
Overnight stay & dinner in Okehampton, White Hart Hotel
(B/-/-)

Departure

Return transfer from 9am to St Davids station, Exeter.

Transfer to Bristol Airport or Templemead railway station possible.
Journey to Exeter 45 minutes.
(B/-/-)

Where you Stay

Enjoy comfortable, authentic and friendly hospitality in well chosen small guest houses and hotels. 

If you are a single traveller and happy to share a twin room, please let us know. For single accommodation a supplement applies depending on availability.

 

Walking Information

We think small is beautiful and therefore our groups have the personable size of no more than 8 persons. The group is accompanied throughout by an experienced and knowledgeable guide to make your holiday a wonderful and enjoyable experience.

Fitness

This holiday is designed for guests with a good general level of fitness, balance and mobility. We hike mostly on good paths which may, however, be narrow, rough, uneven, rocky and slippery when wet. You should to be sure footed, have experience hiking on unpaved trails and be comfortable on hilly terrain and ascents of up to 350 metres.

Equipment & Clothing

Following your booking, we send you our recommended kit list which you may find helpful.

Travel Insurance

We also strongly advise that you take out a comprehensive travel insurance before you book your trip with us to provide cover in case of an accident, loss of luggage, cancellations, delays etc. It makes for an even more relaxed holiday.

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Route Map Cornwall Walking Holiday

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