Route: From St Ives to Falmouth

Overview

 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.


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:

  • Packed Lunches and Evening Meals
  • Travel Insurance

Itinerary & Costs


The Daily Itinerary

Click on a day for further information.

Day 2: Walking
St Ives to Pendeen
Distance: 14 miles Difficulty: Strenuous
Day 3: Walking
Pendeen to Porthcurno
Distance: 15.5 miles Difficulty: Strenuous
Day 4: Walking
Porthcurno to Penzance
Distance: 11.5 miles Difficulty: Moderate
Day 5: Walking
Penzance to Porthleven
Distance: 14 miles Difficulty: Easy/Strenuous
Day 6: Walking
Porthleven to The Lizard
Distance: 14 miles Difficulty: Moderate
Day 7: Walking
The Lizard to Porthallow
Distance: 15.5 miles Difficulty: Moderate/Strenuous
- Day 8: Walking
Porthallow to Falmouth
Distance: 17 miles Difficulty: Moderate/Easy

Gillan Creek is tide dependent and a short ferry ride is required to cross the Helford River. Due to a lack of accommodation at Helford, accommodation will be arranged in nearby Mawnan Smith or an additional night in Falmouth.

Day 9: Depart
Falmouth
 

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.
  • If required, path to accommodation or round river transfers.
  • 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

7 Days / 8 Nights 14.5 miles daily avg


Difficulty

Rating: 4


Walkers

Number in Group: 2


What's Included
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Cost £741 per person

Based on Two people sharing a Double or Twin Room


Total Cost £1,482

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