Route: From Falmouth to Plymouth


The journey from Falmouth to Plymouth provides an "away from it all" experience.

A fascinating and varied walk along mile upon mile of protected coastline on a cliff lined path, over gorse-covered granite headlands, through wooded valleys and along rocky coves, with endless panoramas and views across the ever present seas below.

Discovering tiny fishing villages, bustling ports and sleepy hamlets, such as majestic St Mawes, picturesque Portloe, and bustling Mevagissey.

Walk along the very same amazing estuaries that inspired Daphne Du Maurier and among the scenery that has inspired so many other writers and artists.

This part of the Coast Path is very scenic, with ferry trips over several rivers.  It starts at one busy harbour and ends at another, with many small ones in between.

Sometimes seals can be seen in the sea below the cliffs which are very busy during the nesting season.  When you pass through the ancient port of Charlestown, near St Austell, you may even see a sailing ship in the harbour.  The route meanders over grassy hills and through little villages, finishing in a country park across the Tamar from Plymouth.  The Cremyll Ferry travels across the river to the end of the walk.

If you're looking to escape from routine, bustle and stress, then immerse yourself in the gentle beauty of the south Cornwall coastline as this holiday is for you!

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

If time allows and you are looking for a gentle daily pace, this itinerary between Falmouth and Plymouth encapsulates the best of what South Cornwall has to offer. With everything from medieval castles and dramatic coastlines to colourful harbours and quint unspoilt fishing villages, the daily average walk of 8 miles (13km) gives time to explore as you go. The warm climate of the South of England provides a fantastic walking environment on what is arguably one of the most varied and fascinating trails along the whole of the South West Coast Path.

The Daily Itinerary

Click on a day for further information.

Day 1: Arrive
- Day 2: Walking
Falmouth to Portscatho
Distance: 6 miles Difficulty: Easy

Two ferry crossings are required on this stretch.

Day 3: Walking
Portscatho to Portloe
Distance: 7.5 miles Difficulty: Strenuous
Day 4: Walking
Portloe to Gorran Haven
Distance: 9 miles Difficulty: Strenuous/Easy
Day 5: Walking
Gorran Haven to Charlestown
Distance: 10.5 miles Difficulty: Strenuous
Day 6: Walking
Charlestown to Fowey
Distance: 10 miles Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
- Day 7: Walking
Fowey to Polperro
Distance: 7 miles Difficulty: Strenuous

A ferry is required between Fowey and Polruan.

Day 8: Walking
Polperro to Looe
Distance: 5 miles Difficulty: Moderate
- Day 9: Walking
Looe to Portwrinkle
Distance: 8 miles Difficulty: Moderate

Please be advised that there is limited accommodation in Portwrinkle and this may be sourced nearby.

- Day 10: Walking
Portwrinkle to Kingsand/Cawsand
Distance: 10 miles Difficulty: Moderate

Please be advised that there is limited accommodation in Kingsand/Cawsand and this may be sourced nearby.

- Day 11: Walking
Kingsand/Cawsand to Plymouth (Barbican)
Distance: 6 miles Difficulty: Moderate/Easy

A ferry is required between Cremyl and Plymouth.

Day 12: 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 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.
  • If required, path to accommodation or round river transfers.
  • We now offer all our routes on the Komoot App. Use one of the most popular route apps for turn by turn voice navigation, the ability to use offline, and sync with Garmin and Wahoo products.

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 be advised that there is limited accommodation in Portwrinkle and Cawsand/Kingsand and this may be sourced nearby.



5/5 Corrie and Rob from Canada
Going through all our fabulous pictures of our hiking holiday of Cornwall from St.Ives to The Lizard. Despite some soggy days the hikes were enjoyable. Views were spectacular and very pleasant accommodations along the way. Loved that we could just arrive and start off on the trail with no worries of what lay ahead each day. Always arrived to a nice bed, all our bags and found a great pub for chats with the locals. Cannot wait to come back and continue on the coastal trail farther! All the places we stayed were very pleasant and accommodating. Great ideas too on how to dry out our soggy boots!
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



10 Days / 11 Nights 8 miles daily avg


Rating: 2


Number in Group: 2

What's Included
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Cost £1,008 per person

Based on Two people sharing a Double or Twin Room

Total Cost £2,016

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