Route: From St Ives to Plymouth

Overview

Fancy a challenge?  ...but a challenge with amazing, memorable views and experiences?

Walk the Trail has split the entire 630 mile coast path down into 3 parts

Commencing from St Ives, the Land's End Peninsula with its unspoilt heather covered moors and rugged granite cliffs, passing engine houses, chimneys and winding gears - important reminders of Cornwall's tin mining heritage - along the way.  Pause at dramatic Lands’ End...next stop America!

Be enthralled by the magnificent Minack Open Air Theatre, which perches dramatically on the cliff edge of Porthcurno, pass through picturesque, pretty Mousehole and bustling Newlyn harbour before arriving at vibrant Penzance in the far west of Cornwall, close to beautiful St Michaels Mount,  the walk moves on to the unspoilt Lizard Peninsula, with smugglers coves aplenty before crossing the tranquil Helford River to bustling Falmouth.

Then cross the water on to Roseland Peninsula, un-crowded even in the height of the season, one of the most picturesque and unspoilt areas within the United Kingdom. 

A rugged roller-coaster walk now begins, along the Cornish Riviera from Portloe to Looe; easy walking along scenic clifftops, through coastal woodland and country parks. Pass through the ports of pretty Mevagissey and atmospheric,  historic Charlestown, and beautiful Daphne du Maurier country surrounding  Fowey, before entering Devon and the vibrant city and naval port of Plymouth.

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

Itinerary & Costs

This itinerary is walking average distances each day and most walkers would choose this option.

At 630 miles long, the South West Coast Path to most is considered too much to walk in one go. But, if you'd still like to complete it and have just over 2 weeks spare you may want to consider walking 1/3 of the path.


The Daily Itinerary

Click on a day for further information.

Day 2: Walking
St Ives to Zennor
Distance: 6.5 miles Difficulty: Strenuous
Day 3: Walking
Zennor to St Just
Distance: 11.5 miles Difficulty: Strenuous
Day 4: Walking
St Just to Porthcurno
Distance: 11.5 miles Difficulty: Moderate
Day 5: Walking
Porthcurno to Penzance
Distance: 11.5 miles Difficulty: Moderate
Day 6: Walking
Penzance to Porthleven
Distance: 14 miles Difficulty: Easy/Strenuous
Day 7: Walking
Porthleven to The Lizard
Distance: 14 miles Difficulty: Moderate
Day 8: Walking
The Lizard to Coverack
Distance: 10.5 miles Difficulty: Moderate/Strenuous
- Day 9: Walking
Coverack to Helford
Distance: 13 miles Difficulty: Moderate

Gillan Creek is tide dependent.

Due to a lack of accommodation in Helford this will be arranged nearby.

- Day 10: Walking
Helford to Falmouth
Distance: 10 miles Difficulty: Easy

Cross Helford River by small ferry.

- Day 11: Walking
Falmouth to Portloe
Distance: 13.5 miles Difficulty: Easy/Strenuous

Two ferry crossings are required on this stretch.

Day 12: Walking
Portloe to Mevagissey
Distance: 12 miles Difficulty: Strenuous/Easy
Day 13: Walking
Mevagissey to Charlestown
Distance: 7 miles Difficulty: Strenuous
Day 14: Walking
Charlestown to Fowey
Distance: 10 miles Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
- Day 15: Walking
Fowey to Looe
Distance: 12 miles Difficulty: Strenuous/Moderate

A ferry is required between Fowey and Polruan.

- Day 16: 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 17: Walking
Portwrinkle to Plymouth (Barbican)
Distance: 16 miles Difficulty: Moderate/Easy

A ferry is required between Cremyl and Plymouth.

Day 18: Depart
Plymouth (Barbican)
 

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 every morning. 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.
  • If required, path to accommodation or round river transfers (free of charge)
  • 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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Holiday Summary

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Itinerary

16 Days / 17 Nights 11.5 miles daily avg


Difficulty

Rating: 3


Walkers

Number in Group: 2


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Cost £1,402 per person

Based on Two people sharing a Double or Twin Room


Total Cost £2,804

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