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

Although just a little more challenging with a daily average of 13.5 miles this St Ives to Penzance itinerary will still allow the experienced walker time to experience the magical setting of this beautiful section on the South West Coast Path.

After a night resting in beautiful St Ives, you will follow the rugged dramatic cliff tops through tranquil Zennor on to Pendeen with the majestic Geevor tin mine and pass iconic Lands’ End. Moving onwards you will pass along the more sheltered southern coastline home to Lamorna, Porthcurno and Mousehole before arriving re-vitalised at the bustling town of Penzance.

The Daily Itinerary

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- Day 2: Walking
St Ives to Pendeen
Distance: 14 miles Difficulty: Strenuous

Distance includes the 0.9 mile walk inland to Pendeen.

- Day 3: Walking
Pendeen to Porthcurno
Distance: 15.5 miles Difficulty: Strenuous

Distance includes the 0.9 mile walk back to the path from Pendeen.

Day 4: Walking
Porthcurno to Penzance
Distance: 11 miles Difficulty: Strenuous/Easy
Day 5: 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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Holiday Summary



3 Days / 4 Nights 13.5 miles daily avg


Rating: 5


Number in Group: 2

What's Included
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Cost £399 per person

Based on Two people sharing a Double or Twin Room

Total Cost £798

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