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 with the majestic Geevor Tin Mine showing off it's mining history and 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.
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 bustling and colourful Penzance, having truly experienced the rugged and dramatic beauty of the West Cornwall peninsula.
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.
Take your 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.
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A stunning walk around the Penwith and Lizard Peninsulas of West Cornwall. This really is Poldark and Rosamunde Pilcher country, with a lot of filming done in this area.
This dramatic walk explores many well-known landmarks including Lands End, The Minack Theatre and Marconi Telegraph Museum before reaching Penzance and Marazion, home to the iconic St. Michael's Mount. From here walk the rugged cliff tops and pretty coves hiding the fishing villages on the stunning The Lizard peninsula, to walking through ancient woodland surrounding the Helford River before reaching your destination in the vibrant harbour town of Falmouth.
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Due to a lack of accommodation in Helford, accommodation will be arranged in nearby Mawnan Smith.
The following items are optional and can be removed to reduce the cost of your holiday.
9 Days / 10 Nights 11.5 miles daily avg
Number in Group: 2
Based on Two people sharing a Double or Twin Room
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