|The map is
divided into 30 walking days.
Click on the town names (e.g. Port Isaac) or on the camera icons under the name of the section on the map (e.g. Tintagel) to view sample pictures of the path, terrain, etc.
The arrows show the points at which you can start or finish your holiday (the signs show those with railway stations). The coast is thus divided into 7 sections:- Tintagel, Padstow, The North Coast, Land's End, The Lizard, Roseland and Fowey.
The average daily distances and walking times (for the average walker, taking the terrain into account) are given for each section.
| The Tintagel section is a rugged mixture of ravines and high
cliffs, including one of 731 ft. Both the small cove of Crackington and
the peaceful haven of Boscastle are enclosed by cliffs. Tintagel has its
impressive 'Arthurian' castle and Port Isaac is a lovely, unspoiled fishing
village with narrow streets and a tiny beach.
Daily average - 9 miles, 4¾ hours walking.
The Padstow section starts from Port Isaac (see above) and soon enters a more gentle blend of beaches, headlands and clefts. There are also the dunes of the Camel estuary, outstanding rock formations, such as Bedruthan Steps (a giant's stepping stones) and the most impressive cliff castle in Cornwall, at Trevelgue Head.
Daily average - 10 miles, 5 hours walking.
The North Coast has majestic cliffs, rolling white sand dunes, seaside resorts and old engine houses from the tin mining era. For bird watchers there are the Saltings at Hayle while the galleries, stone cottages and cobbled lanes and alleys of St Ives will appeal to artists. Daily average - 10½ miles, 5 hours walking.
Land's End section starts from St Ives (see above) and very soon you are amongst magnificent cliff scenery with enchanting coves, cliff castles and the Minack theatre along the way. There are many standing stones, etc on the moors up above, so you may wish to spend one or two extra nights at the end of Day 14 and/or 15.
Daily average - 8½ miles, 4½ hours walking.
The Lizard section takes you past St Michael's Mount, into an area of beautiful coves such as Kynance and picture postcard fishing villages like Cadgwith, then into the Helford river which, with its unspoiled woodland and pretty waterside villages, is a very popular anchorage for yachts. Mawnan Smith, at the end of Day 23, may warrant an extra night if visiting gardens is on your agenda. You eventually arrive in Falmouth with beaches on one side, a Henry VIII castle on the point and a thriving yacht and ship port round the corner. Here you may also wish to spend some extra time, visiting the National Maritime Museum or exploring the extensive estuary, either on pleasure boat trips or by hiring a boat yourself.
Daily average - 11 miles, 5¼ hours walking.
The Roseland section starts from Falmouth (see above) and crosses into the undiscovered Roseland peninsula, whose coves and villages are among the prettiest in Cornwall. Towards the end is Mevagissey, whose whitewashed cottages spill down steep lanes to the harbour. The Lost Gardens of Heligan are a short bus or taxi-ride from the end of Day 27 and there is a bus service to the Eden Project from St Austell (end of Day 28), so you may wish to spend extra nights at these.
Daily average - 9½ miles, 5 hours walking.
Fowey section starts at Charlestown's Georgian harbour to head off over good cliff scenery for Fowey, one of the finest sailing areas, then on to the showpiece harbour village of Polperro and finally to the fishing village of Looe.
Daily average - 11½ miles, 5½ hours walking.
1. Decide which one, or more than one, of these seven sections you would like to walk.
2. Decide whether you wish to incorporate any extra nights, referred to under "Accommodation".
3. Check on the price list to see which dates are not available.
4. Fill in the booking form, giving, if possible, 3 choices of dates or routes.
If you prefer en-suite facilities (although many of our clients' favourites are little cottages with no ensuite rooms) or you would like to vary any other standard arrangement, it may be possible. Please phone to find out.
JOURNEY TO CORNWALL
If you come by train, on all but the Tintagel and Padstow sections, you’ll find it very straightforward, since the first and last nights of your holiday will be only a short taxi-ride from a railway station. We do, however, suggest that, if at all possible, you avoid travelling on Sundays.
If you fly to Newquay airport you will be met there and taken (for which there will be a charge) to Welcombe for an 8 day walk or to Port Isaac for a 3 day walk. The airport is a short taxi-ride from the end of Day 8.
If you prefer to come by coach, National Express serves all the start and finish points except for Welcombe, Port Isaac and Looe.
You may like to come by car. If you do so in the summer months, be prepared at least to double your journey time when coming down on Friday or Saturdays or returning on Saturday. If you wish to drive your car to the finish point on the first evening, so that it will be waiting for you at the end of your holiday, we will bring you back. Your car will need to be parked during the holiday and we will also arrange this. Naturally there will be a charge for these extra services.