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South West Coast Path

€855 per person
Below only a sample 8-day program is published. Please check with us for other durations and parts of this 630-miles long trail.

Have you ever dreamed about walking between the earth and the sea in a remote place, far from your everyday life? Take your chance for a self-guided walking trip on your own pace to the most westerly tip of the UK. Тhe whole journey may take you up to 52 days but here you could explore a small piece of it in just 7 days – The South West Coast Path in Cornwall will start from St. Ives and will take you to Penzance via Land’s End. From St. Ives, through Sennen Cove, Mousehole and Porthcurno – you will explore these vivid fishing communities!
Be ready with a camera to capture the fantastic views – turquoise waters, high cliffs standing as giants into the roaring waters, colorful kaleidoscope of flora and fauna. For food-lovers, here is the heaven of the seafood stretching over 40 miles along the coast line.

  • Destination
  • Duration
    8 (5-10) Days I Difficulty: 2/3 (of 5)
  • What is included
    7 nights hand picked B&B, guesthouse and small hotel accommodation (incl. breakfast); Door to door baggage transfer as per itinerary (1 piece of luggage up to 20kg); A detailed info pack, route book and printed maps for the group leader; Emergency telephone support;
  • What is not included
    Travel to the start or from the finish of the walk; Lunches, dinners, snacks and drinks; Travel insurance; Personal equipment; Transport when you need to skip a stage.
  • Best period
    April, May, June, July, August, September
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Day 1: Arrival in St. Ives
St. Ives is a small town with a rich and long history behind it’s back. Since centuries it was formed as a vivid fishing village and important port of Cornwall. There are plenty of things to do and places to see there so for sure one day or even more will be a good idea to explore this precious pearl.
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Day 2: Free day in St. Ives
The geographic position of St. Ives makes it the center of attraction since the ages. That's why you can find a lot of culture flourishing here - in the art galleries, museums, craft shops and even in the unique architecture while walking along the winding cobbled streets. Take a gentle stroll around to warm up for the future hiking days.
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Day 3: St. Ives to Zennor (10km)
After breakfast you leave St. Ives for a 10-km walking trek towards Zennor. You follow a wild and craggy coastline into the south direction. The walk will be a little bit challenging as the hiking paths are rough but it’s worth it to put this effort as the breathtaking views across the sea will be pleasure for the eyes. The time will pass by fast as the natural beauty will fulfill your senses every now and then. Once you reach Zennor, located around 15 mins inland from the coast, try the local pub. It will be a well-deserved rest with a delicious meal and beverage. A must-see attractions are the museum devoted to Cornish life since Prehistoric times and the Zennor church (believed to be erected over the ruins of a 6th century Celtic Church.
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Day 4: Zennor to Pendeen (11km)
Today you start walking from Zennor towards Pendeen. You will pass by beautiful little coves to Gunnard’s Head which is a great stop to have a picnic. A faraway place where you can switch off for a while in the soulful embrace of nature. While approaching Pendeen, look out for seals on the beach and dolphins offshore. Pendeen Watch Lighthouse is the last shore station on West Cornwall's north coast before Land’s End. Take time in the afternoon to visit it before you head inland to Pendeen.
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Day 5: Pendeen to Sennen Cove (15km)

Another ramble of paths full of the rich presence of historical sites, wildlife and amazing views. A little bit longer than the previous walks, today you have to reach Sennen Cove. You will pass by the Kenidjack Cliff castle - perched on the cliffs above the sea the building is dated back to the Iron Age and it is part of a fortified chain that guarded the Penwith Peninsula. It is a nice place to take a break after you continue towards Cape Cornwall. Amazing views will surround you so keep your eyes wide open to not miss a single moment of this serenity. From Cape Cornwall to Sennen Cove is a pleasant walk through the sand dunes to Whitesands Bay. Along the route you will have the chance to stray for a while from the original path just to visit the most westerly city of the UK - St. Just. If you are lucky enough to have your trip during a very low tide, on the bay may appear the remains of an ancient sunken forest and animal remains of a red deer and brown bear jaws.

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Day 6: Sennen Cove to Porthcurno (11km)
After breakfast get ready to leave Sennen Cove for another adventurous walking day. You will pass by one of the most famous landmarks in the UK - Land’s End. This peaceful place where the high cliffs etch into the blue waters of the sea will offer a great views to amazing rock formations - The Armed Knight, The Irish lady and Dr Syntax. Continue along the route will pass by many coves and cliffs to the stunningly located Minack Theatre at Porthcurno Bay. This outstanding architectural venue may look like it’s been there from centuries ago but it is actually less than 100 years old. And the amazing odorous Minack Gardens should be in every gardener lover’s bucket list.
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Day 7: Porthcurno to Penzance (18km)

The longest trail awaits you as a farewell to this wonderful self-guided walking adventure. From Porthcurno you continue towards Logan Rock. This is an eighty-ton granite boulder perched on the edge of the cliffs overlooking the English Channel. Passing by many coves until you reach Lamorna - a small village and cove involved in many novels. The next stage of today's walk passes by pine forest and heads inland to Mousehole. From here you follow a track mainly from tarmac and soon you will find yourself back into the vivid Penzance where you can take some rest at the locals cafes and visit some art galleries.

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Day 8: Departure day

TOUR LOCATION

Price
855 Euro per person in twin/dbl room
Single room & Solo Traveler supplement
Single room supplement: 260 Euro
Solo traveler supplement: N/A (min group size: 2 pax)
Tips
The tour can start on any day of the week between April and the end of September. The weather can be vastly different, from rain to wind to glorious days of sunshine. Please come prepared for walking in rain or shine. Warm currents brought by the Gulf Stream encourage the tropical plants for which the region is famous, and the mild air around the southern coastline means it is rare to have frosts and is responsible for an unusually early production of flowers and vegetables. While spring and late summer are considered the best times to walk the path, Autumn and winter can be great too. How to get there: The closest international airports are Bristol and any of the London Airports. By Rail/Bus - There is a direct train from Penzance back to London Paddington (6hrs). Trains run from London to St. Erth (5H), where you need to change trains to St. Ives (15mins)
Accommodation
One of the highlights of this tour is the high standard of the accommodation. You will stay in carefully selected B&B’s, guesthouses, country pubs and small hotels. A delicious breakfast is always included.

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