Route: From St Ives to Penzance

Overview

Magical West Cornwall is the setting for this beautiful walk.

Commencing at St Ives, a picturesque seaside town with the kind of simple beauty that stops you in your tracks, this memorable journey with spectacular views of the ocean will take you to some delightful locations. Zennor is a place of tranquil beauty, Pendeen and the majestic Geevor Tin Mine shows off the area's mining history with old engine houses scattered around the gorse and heathland landscape, Levant Mine and Beam Engine perched on the edge of the cliffs, and coves which were once the haunt of bygone smugglers and pirates.

Passing the long sweeping sands of Sennen Cove, you will reach Lands End,  the most westerly point in England,  the rugged cliffs and rocks and views of the Longships and Wolf Rock Lighthouse being a stark reminder of the many shipwrecks strewn around this coast.

Moving on to the more sheltered southern coastline and arriving at Porthcurno, you will pass the famous and stunning outdoor Minack Theatre built into the granite cliff-top.

Finally, stopping for a rest at the pretty harbour of Mousehole and passing through the lively and busy fishing port of Newlyn, you will arrive at the bustling and colourful town of Penzance, having truly experienced the rugged and dramatic beauty of the West Cornwall peninsula.


Walk the Trail offers 3 itineraries along this route to cater for all levels of walker.  If, you feel that you'd like something different, just ask.


INCLUDED

All our holiday packages include:

  • Overnight accommodation staying at carefully selected B&Bs, Inns and Hotels
  • A detailed holiday pack
  • Luggage transfers
  • Transport from path to accommodations if necessary
  • Maps
  • Guidebook
  • Emergency support.

NOT INCLUDED

Our holiday packages do not include:

  • Transport to and from the start and end of the holiday, unless stated.  We can help you with your options.
  • Packed Lunches and Evening Meals
  • Travel Insurance
ROUTE PROFILE

Itinerary & Costs

Our most popular route on the whole South West Coast Path, the St Ives to Penzance itinerary has it all!

Leaving the beautiful picturesque cobbled streets of St Ives, the path soon follows upwards to provide spectacular views over the Atlantic Ocean with waves crashing onto the rugged dramatic cliffs below , passing Tin Mines perched on cliff tops and then iconic Lands’ End, before drifting through beautiful Lamorna and Mousehole and ending at bustling Penzance.

This magical journey with a daily average of 10 miles (16km) is perfect for walkers of all abilities.


The Daily Itinerary

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- Day 2:
St Ives to Zennor
Distance: 6.5 miles Difficulty: Strenuous

Accommodation is limited in Zennor. If for any reason en-suite accommodation is not available, accommodation will be arranged nearby with transfers provided to and from.

- Day 3:
Zennor to St Just
Distance: 12 miles Difficulty: Strenuous

St Just is located inland from Cape Cornwall. The distance above includes the 1 mile walk to the town square.

- Day 4:
St Just to Porthcurno
Distance: 13 miles Difficulty: Moderate

This distance includes the 1 mile walk back to the coast path.

Day 5:
Porthcurno to Penzance
Distance: 11 miles Difficulty: Strenuous/Easy
Day 6: Depart
Penzance
 

What's Included

  • Accommodation for the length of your holiday including the night before you start walking and the evening after your final day's walking in good quality B&Bs, Inns and small hotels. This will be en-suite wherever possible.
  • Breakfast - This may be a full cooked or continental option depending on accommodation. Evening meals can be arranged with certain accommodations for an additional charge.
  • A Personalised Holiday Pack containing maps and addresses for accommodations, pick up points and daily mileage information.
  • Luggage transfers between each accommodation. 1 bag per person up to 20 kilograms. Additional bags can be added upon request.
  • Phone line support between the hours of 0900-1900, 7 days a week for the length of your holiday.
  • If required, path to accommodation or round river transfers.

Optional Extras

The following items are optional and can be removed to reduce the cost of your holiday.

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Important Information

Please note accommodation in Zennor is limited and we cannot guarantee en-suite facilities at this location.

Reviews

5/5 Cheryl from Vermont, USA
I'm home from my trip and wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed it! It was wonderful to have the elves take my luggage every day and to have it show up at the next place. It was a fairly rainy week but the scenery was magnificent and I truly enjoyed the walking. Thank you for all your arrangements --- people at the B&B's were all friendly and kind. I'll go back again someday! Thank you all!

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Holiday Summary

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Itinerary

4 Days / 5 Nights 10.5 miles daily avg


Difficulty

Rating: 4


Walkers

Number in Group: 2


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Cost £475 per person

Based on Two people sharing a Double or Twin Room


Total Cost £950

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