Route: From St Ives to Penzance


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.


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.


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

Itinerary & Costs

This itinerary could suit those new to walking holidays, or just those walkers wishing a little more time to explore such Cornish delights as the tranquil beauty of Zennor, majestic Geevor Tin Mine, old engine houses scattered around the gorse and heathland landscape, iconic Lands End, the stunning Minack Theatre and hidden coves, once the haunt of bygone smugglers and pirates; a dramatic, memorable journey with the ever present sounds and sights of the ocean seas.

This St Ives to Penzance itinerary with a daily average of 7 miles (11.3km) is a perfect way to experience this beautiful section on the South West Coast Path.

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 Pendeen
Distance: 8 miles Difficulty: Strenuous

Distance includes the 0.3 mile walk back to the path from Zennor and the 0.9 mile walk inland to Pendeen.

Day 4:
Pendeen to Sennen
Distance: 9 miles Difficulty: Strenuous/Moderate
Day 5:
Sennen to Porthcurno
Distance: 7 miles Difficulty: Moderate/Easy
- Day 6:
Porthcurno to Penzance
Distance: 11 miles Difficulty: Strenuous/Easy

The final 3 miles of this walk is very easy.

Day 7: Depart

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.



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



5 Days / 6 Nights 8.3 miles daily avg


Rating: 3


Number in Group: 2

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Cost £599 per person

Based on Two people sharing a Double or Twin Room

Total Cost £1,198

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