Route: From Penzance to Charlestown

Overview

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 being one of the busiest market towns in the far west, 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 particular walk allows you to take in the views of St Michael's Mount at Marazion, a unique and iconic 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, with its fantastic upcoming restaurant scene 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. Once you cross the Helford you also have an opportunity to explore the gardens of Trebah and Glendurgan, worthy of a day off to wander in their relaxing grounds before continuing along the coast path.

Falmouth boasts its own naval history with ships and boats from all over the world docking regularly in the shadow of the magnificent Pendennis Castle. Cross the Fal river by ferry and walk onward along the Roseland peninsula through open countryside before reaching the picture postcard fishing village of Mevagissey, its painted cottages nestled up along its harboursides.  Again, an extra day could be spent here to give you time to visit The Lost Gardens of Heligan, a breathtakingly beautiful garden complex resplendent with artistic displays in harmony within natural surroundings.

Passing sandy beaches which beckon you to come dip your toes in the waters, you finally reach journeys end in Charlestown, home to a harbour of tall ships and now gaining fame as a set for the very popular BBC series Poldark.

Itinerary & Costs


The Daily Itinerary

Click on a day for further information.

Day 1: Arrive
Penzance
Day 2: Walking
Penzance to Porthleven
Distance: 14 miles Difficulty: Easy/Strenuous
Day 3: Walking
Porthleven to The Lizard
Distance: 14 miles Difficulty: Moderate
Day 4: Walking
The Lizard to Coverack
Distance: 10.5 miles Difficulty: Moderate/Strenuous
- Day 5: Walking
Coverack to Helford
Distance: 13 miles Difficulty: Moderate

Due to a lack of accommodation in Helford, accommodation will be arranged in nearby Mawnan Smith.

Day 6: Walking
Helford to Falmouth
Distance: 10 miles Difficulty: Easy
Day 7: Walking
Falmouth to Portloe
Distance: 13.5 miles Difficulty: Easy/Strenuous
Day 8: Walking
Portloe to Mevagissey
Distance: 12 miles Difficulty: Strenuous/Easy
Day 9: Walking
Mevagissey to Charlestown
Distance: 7 miles Difficulty: Strenuous
Day 10: Depart
Charlestown
 

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

8 Days / 9 Nights 12 miles daily avg


Difficulty

Rating: 3


Walkers

Number in Group: 2


What's Included
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Cost £824 per person

Based on Two people sharing a Double or Twin Room


Total Cost £1,648

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