Route: From Penzance to Falmouth


Penzance is situated in the shelter of Mount's Bay and enjoys the most temperate climate of the British Isles; this produces many sub-tropical plants such as ferns, palm trees, banana plants, magnolias and camelias which are on display in the local Gardens. 

As well as a market town, Penzance features an attractive promenade and harbour and is a popular tourist destination for culture with music, theatre and art festivals throughout the year.

This walk starts off relatively easily, giving you time to take in the views at Marazion, especially of St Michael's Mount, a unique and stunning landmark. This can be reached by a causeway at low tide or a ferry boat if the tide is in.  The scenery then gives way to cliff walking taking in Perranuthnoe and Praa Sands with lovely sandy beaches and onto the fishing village of Porthleven and the magnificent Loe Bar.

Porthleven to The Lizard and onward to Coverack is arguably the most unique and beautiful stretch of the whole South West Coast Path and is designated as an area of outstanding natural beauty with amazing cliff top views and wildlife.  Finally onward to Helford and Falmouth, with many changes of scenery including woodland, fields, the Gillan Creek crossing and River Helford crossing, it's likely you will see many bird species, maybe even the now rare kingfisher.

Simply a beautiful journey on a beautiful stretch of the South West Coast Path.

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

With a daily average of 10.5 miles this Penzance to Falmouth itinerary would suit anyone new to walking holidays or those just wishing to ease right back and really experience this unique and beautiful stretch of the South West Coast Path.

Why not allow time to visit stunning St Michaels Mount, then maybe have an evening meal at the beach side inn on Praa Sands beach or lunch at the picturesque fishing villages of Porthleven and Mullion.

This walk then passes the spectacular Lizard point before moving on to the more tranquil woods and shores of the Helford River, before arriving at Falmouth, a bustling port with many restaurants and pubs.

A perfect walking holiday for all walkers.

The Daily Itinerary

Click on a day for further information.

Day 1: Arrive
- Day 2: Walking
Penzance to Praa Sands
Distance: 9.5 miles Difficulty: Easy/Moderate

Due to a lack of accommodation in Praa Sands, accommodation may be arranged in nearby Porthleven or Marazion with transfers provided to and from the coast path. You will be returned to Praa Sands in the morning.

Day 3: Walking
Praa Sands to Mullion
Distance: 12 miles Difficulty: Moderate
Day 4: Walking
Mullion to The Lizard
Distance: 8 miles Difficulty: Moderate
Day 5: Walking
The Lizard to Coverack
Distance: 10.5 miles Difficulty: Moderate/Strenuous
- Day 6: Walking
Coverack to Helford
Distance: 13 miles Difficulty: Moderate

There are 2 river crossings to consider today. Gillan Creek can be waded 3 hour either side of low tide and there is a small ferry operating 3 hours either side of high tide April til October. The Helford can be crossed throughout the day using the ferry. During Spring tides, there are occasions were the Helford ferry is unable to operate for 1-3 hours if the tide is extremely low.

Due to a lack of accommodation in Helford, accommodation will be arranged nearby with transfers provided to and from.

Day 7: Walking
Helford to Falmouth
Distance: 9.5 miles Difficulty: Easy
Day 8: 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.
  • If required, path to accommodation or round river transfers (free of charge)
  • If you are crossing a river using a ferry or on foot at low tide then we will provide you with the relevant information to assist.
  • Phone line support between the hours of 0900-1900, 7 days a week for the length of your holiday.

Optional Extras

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

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Important Information


5/5 Peter & Lisa from Australia
We are now two weeks back from our recent holiday......grim.....but could not let the opportunity pass to say a big thank you for your work in making the SWCP section of our holiday so fantastic We could not fault anything - the guide book superb, the overall map invaluable, the accommodation absolutely perfect, the luggage transfer such a treat......just a shame about the fog at Lands End....we may as well have been in Perth!?!? We are keen to use you again to do the section from Minehead to Hayle.....and I have been singing your praises to lots of people.....hopefully you will get a booking from my work colleagues - in due course Till next time Cheers
4.5/5 Janine & Ruth from Switzerland
Having just returned from England I wanted to say thank you for your great organising of our holiday in Cornwall. Starting in Penzance and ending in Mevagessay with some sightseeing as well was a great idea. All places we visited were very nice and we could enjoy every step of our journey. All the accommodations were great and charming.The hosts were extremely friendly and helpful too. So thank you!

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Holiday Summary



6 Days / 7 Nights 10.5 miles daily avg


Rating: 2


Number in Group: 2

What's Included
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Cost £710 per person

Based on Two people sharing a Double or Twin Room

Total Cost £1,420

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