Walk with us along the Cornish coast – the longest stretch of continuous coastline in Britain- and discover a piece of heaven. Located on a peninsula in the far west of Great Britain, Cornwall’s magnificent coastline extends for nearly 300 miles. Discover countless spectacular beaches, towering cliffs, sweeping bays, turquoise seas, tiny Cornish fishing villages, bustling harbors, smuggler’s coves, beautiful moorland and lush green countryside.
The Southwest Coastal Path in Cornwall provides quiet and scenic walks in the more tranquil areas of Cornwall. The gentle beauty of the coastline lies in its sheltered river valleys and isolated coves, giving the visitor a sense of spaciousness and intimacy. Inland, the moorland is a dramatic background for the romantic tales associated with King Arthur.
In addition to majestic coastal views you will also enjoy:
- Exmore National Park and Cow Castle
- St. Michael’s Mount – iconic rocky island with a medieval church and castle
- St Ives – a classic Cornish fishing village
Cornwall also has a tremendous history based on its Celtic roots, its Celtic Cornish culture, the warmth and friendliness of the people and the Cornish language that can be seen in the village names.
Arrival at the train station in St Austell and transfer to your hotel in Fowey. Fowey is situated on the west bank of the River Fowey on the south coast of Cornwall between Looe and Mevagissey. Designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Fowey has a unique charm and holds a special fascination for visitors. Its quaint cottages, narrow steep winding streets with glimpses of the shimmering river below, and bustling harbor all create an enchanting appeal. With time permitting there will be a short introductory walk in the afternoon. (D)
Walking in the footsteps of the writer Daphne Du Maurier (Rebecca and Jamaica Inn), this walk takes in wonderful countryside, wooded creeks and stunning coastal views. There is a wealth of historical and literary interest as well as plenty of opportunities for refreshments. Walk to Polruan and then take the ferry back to Fowey. 6 miles (B, L, D)
After breakfast we take a ferry from Fowey to the beautiful village of Mevagissey and from here we walk to the Lost Gardens of Heligan, glorious gardens in typical 19th century fashion, neglected in the 20th century and only recently restored with award-winning international acclaim. After lunch we retrace our steps to Mevagissey and take the ferry back to Fowey for the final night. 6 – 10 miles (B, L, D)
After breakfast we head south to the pretty town of Marazion set on the shores of Mount’s Bay. Check into the hotel, and in the afternoon walk to St Michaels Mount. The Mount is accessed by a causeway, revealed at low tide, once walked by pilgrims in honor of the alleged apparition of St. Michael. At other times, access is gained by means of small ferry boats. 6 – 8 miles (B, L, D)
We head for the Lizard, the most southerly point of Britain and we spend a full day walking along the beautiful south coast path, featuring wonderful Kynance Cove. 8 miles (B, L, D)
After breakfast we transfer part of the way and then walk into St Ives, the classic Cornish fishing village which has caught the imagination of artists for a century or more and let to the development of the St Ives school of art. As a result there are several museums including the Barbara Hepworth museum and the Tate Gallery. Spend time in this wonderful village followed by a walk along the coast path before returning to Marazion for the final night. (B, L D)
Departure after breakfast. (B)
- 6 scenic and guided walks
- 6 nights’ lodging in stunning and historic country hotels
- Double-occupancy room with private bath
- 6 sumptuous breakfasts, 5 packed or pub lunches, 6 dinners
- Sightseeing and admission fees
- Luggage transported between hotels