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The South West Coast Path (various options)

€1120 per person
Below only a sample 8-day program is published (St. Ives to Penzance). Please check with us for other durations and parts of this 630-miles long trail (Penzance to Falmouth and Falmouth to Looe).

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.

*We offer various options of self-guided walks along the South West Coast path, so check details with us in case you are short of time or wish to make a longer (and even easier) tour within the areas of St. Ives to Penzance, Penzance to Falmouth or Falmouth to Looe.

  • Destination
  • Duration
    7 (5-7) Days I Level: 1/2 (of 5)
  • What is included
    Hand picked B&B, guesthouse and small hotel accommodation incl. breakfast; Luggage transportation; People transfers to/from the trail when changes in overnight places require that; Detailed roadbook, maps and GPS tracks (1 set per reservation); Emergency phone 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, partly because of its geographic position. 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 extra day or even more will be a good idea to explore this precious pearl.
N.B.: Please note that at it may be necessary to stay at some locations for 2 nights! This is due to accommodations only accepting 2 night bookings at busy times or where there is no accommodation in remote areas. In such cases, if there are no suitable bus services which you can use to rejoin the trail, the transfers between the path and your accommodation (or vice versa) will be included in your holiday cost.
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Day 2: St. Ives - Zennor (12km; 3,30hrs;+520m/-440m)
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 3: Zennor - Pendeen (12km; 3,30hrs;+660m/-710m)
Today you continue 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 4: Pendeen - Sennen Cove (13km; 3,30-4hrs;+520m/-560m)

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 5: Sennen Cove - Porthcurno (13km; 3,30-4hrs;+520m/-560m)
Today's hiking continues from Sennen Cover, from where you set off on another adventurous walking day. You will walk 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. The day ends in Porhcurno.
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Day 6: Porthcurno - Penzance (18km; 5,30-6hrs;+510m/-535m)

The longest trail awaits you as a farewell to this wonderful self-guided walking adventure. From Porthcurno you continue hiking 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 7: Departure day
Check details with us (before booking the tour) in case you wish to make tour extensions and involve additional stages of the South West Coast Path in your hiking adventure.

TOUR LOCATION

Price
1120 Euro per person in twin/dbl room
* Weekend supplements (Fri/Sat) apply to stay in St. Ives and Penzance (25 EUR/pp per night; will be added manually on your invoice if the travel dates fall in these days f the week)
Single room & Solo Traveler supplement
Single room supplement: 350 Euro
Solo traveler supplement: 540 Euro (incl. also sgl. room supplement)
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. One piece of luggage is allowed per person for the daily luggage transfers (up to 20kg). 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
This tour includes overnight accommodation in a mixture of country inns, small hotels, guesthouses and B&B’s. We carefully select your accommodation to ensure that you enjoy every minute of your stay and all offer a warm welcome to walkers, traditional hospitality and delicious local food. We book en-suite rooms as standard. If there are no en-suite rooms available in an overnight location, we may book a room with shared facilities, but we would always inform you in advance if this was the case. Breakfast is included each morning while lunch and dinner are not included so you are free to choose from the available options. Your accommodation will be more than happy to provide a packed lunch on request and this can be booked on arrival. Alternatively, your guidebook also includes details of local shops and convenient lunch stops on the way. Dinner is available either at your accommodation or nearby pubs and restaurants and your info pack will of course have recommendations. Please note that at it may be necessary to stay at some locations for 2 nights! This is due to accommodations only accepting 2 night bookings at busy times or where there is no accommodation in remote areas. In such cases, if there are no suitable bus services which you can use to rejoin the trail, the transfers between the path and your accommodation (or vice versa) will be included in your holiday cost. Weekend supplements (Fri/Sat) apply to stay in St. Ives and Penzance (appr. 25 EUR/pp per night).

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