Cornwall Coast and Bodmin Moor - tour description
Cornwall's north coast faces the Atlantic Ocean. Broad surfing beaches
alternate with wave-battered cliffs. Our tour starts with 2 nights at
the quaint little fishing village of Port Isaac, tucked into a steep-sided
gap in the rugged line of cliffs. The first two days are spent hiking
along the coast between the sandy shore of the Camel estuary and the legendary
site of King Arthur's castle at Tintagel. From Tintagel our route strikes
inland across the wide open spaces and granite tors (rocky summits) of
Bodmin Moor, to Jamaica Inn (notorious as the haunt of wreckers in Daphne
du Maurier's novel, and still open for lunch…). After a night at the remote
and pretty village of Altarnun you continue over the moor past Kilmar
Tor to the 3 prehistoric stone circles at Minions known as the 'Hurlers'.
Close by at Darite is the massive Neolithic tomb of Trethevy Quoit. From
Darite you descend by way of a scenic branch line railway to the south
coast to stay at Polperro, a picturesque fishing harbour flanked by awesome
rocks. Cornwall's south coast is as steep and rugged as the north, but
facing the sun it has a subtropical quality with luxuriant vegetation
and sheltered sandy coves. The tour ends with a ferry crossing to Fowey,
an historic port and sailing resort clinging to the steep shoreline of
its winding estuary.
The coastal walking days can be shortened by using local buses (timetables
are provided); while for the full 2 days of hiking across Bodmin Moor
(where basic navigation skills with map and compass are advisable) we
also describe easy alternative low-level routes in case of bad weather.
This tour, with steep gradients on the coastal paths as well as some pathless
terrain on the moors, is most suitable for fit and experienced hikers;
those who would prefer to remain close to the coast of this part of Cornwall
might prefer either our Padstow & Tintagel tour
(on the north coast) or our Polperro & Fowey tour (on the south coast).
Rather less strenuous, and equally scenic, is the hiking on our Land's
End & St Ives route in west Cornwall.
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What a previous customer told us about our tour 'Cornwall
Coast & Bodmin Moor'
'All accommodations were good and we enjoyed the range of guest
houses…[we particularly liked] the scenery and isolation - being away
from the crowds for most of the time…A wonderful holiday, thank you!'
J Coltham and H Heywood.
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Cornwall Coast and Bodmin Moor
- tour details 2012
A Discerning Traveller self-led hiking holiday.
Duration. 7 nights. Tour code: B7
Start of tour: Port Isaac. End of tour: Fowey
Dates. Start any day from May to end of September.
Grade. Demanding. The gradients on the coastal path are in places
steep and strenuous (Days 2, 3, 7). However the coastal days can readily
be shortened by using buses or taxis. Map-reading and basic compass skills
are required when crossing Bodmin Moor (Days 4 & 5), but alternative low
level routes along the margin of the Moor are also described in case of
low cloud (fog).
Train stations. Start of tour Bodmin Parkway train station, then
taxi to Port Isaac; or bus from station to Wadebridge (hourly except Sundays),
then taxi; end of tour Par train station (hourly bus from Fowey).
Train services. Direct from London Paddington train station via
Reading Station to Bodmin Parkway and from Par. Journey time from Paddington
4.5 to 5 hours; from Reading Station 30 minutes less. Also direct trains
from Bristol and Exeter to/from Cornwall.
Airports. From London Heathrow airport there is a frequent
bus shuttle to Reading Station, where direct Paddington to Cornwall trains
stop to pick up passengers. There is also a frequent train service from
London Gatwick airport to Reading Station. Bristol airport
is served by international flights from continental Europe, and has a
frequent shuttle bus service to Bristol Temple Meads train station with
some direct trains to Cornwall. Exeter airport is linked by bus
with Exeter St David's rail station for frequent fast direct trains to
Cornwall stations. Newquay Cornwall airport is approx. an hour's
taxi ride from both Port Isaac (start of tour) and Fowey (end of tour).
Overnight stops. Nights 1 and 2 Port Isaac; 3 Tintagel; 4 Altarnun;
5 Minions/Darite; 6 Polperro; 7 Fowey.
Accommodation. Specially selected guest houses and 'B&Bs', mostly
with private/en suite bathroom; on nights 4 and 5 private/en suite bathroom
is not guaranteed.
Meals included. Breakfast each morning; other meals can be obtained
Extra nights. These can be included at any point on the tour at the time
of booking the holiday. A second night at Port Isaac is already
included. Devotees of the legendary dark ages warlord King Arthur may
consider an extra night at Tintagel, where the evocative ruins
of Arthur's castle, now in the care of English Heritage and open to the
public, stand on a precipitous rocky island linked by a bridge with the
mainland. There are also excellent walks further along the coast between
Tintagel and Boscastle. Altarnun offers peace and quiet in pleasant
accommodation on the edge of Bodmin Moor. Perhaps the best choice for
an extra night with plentiful scenic hiking is Fowey, an historic
harbour town occupying a beautiful site on the steep shore of a tidal
river. It is only a mile or so from Fowey to novelist Daphne du Maurier's
former home at Menabilly (not open to the public but visible from nearby
Factsheet. These are more detailed information sheets, one for
each tour, which should be obtained from The Discerning Traveller before
booking. The Factsheet code for our Cornwall Coast and Bodmin Moor tour
is FSB. See Enquiry form.
Reading. For many readers the Cornwall writer par excellence was
Daphne du Maurier. Her famous novel Jamaica Inn is set on and around the
granite upland of Bodmin Moor, which this tour crosses on Days 4 and 5.
You will have a chance to pay a visit at lunchtime to Jamaica Inn itself,
which lies near the centre of the Moor. At Altarnun is the church where
the sinister albino vicar preached. Du Maurier's novels Rebecca, The House
on the Strand and My Cousin Rachel are all set near Fowey.
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Cornwall Coast & Bodmin Moor - tour prices
- B7 (7 nights tour, ES or private facilities most nights):
£560. SRS*: £100.
- Extra nights £45 per person per night.
- SRS* = single room supplement (applicable when 3 persons book together).
- Note 1. Maximum of 1 single room per booking.
- Note 2. Extra night prices may be higher for single rooms.
- Note 3. This tour is not available for single travellers.
- Basic prices quoted are per person on basis of two people in double
or twin-bedded rooms. Included in the price are bed and breakfast each
night, with baggage transfers, maps and route directions. 'ES' (en suite)
facilities means that there is a private bathroom with shower or tub
and toilet within the main door of your room. 'Private facilities' means
that the private bathroom may be outside the main door of your room.
We offer 3 other walking tours in Cornwall: Lands
End & St Ives, Padstow & Tintagel and
Polperro & Fowey.
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