Enjoy a guided walk along the South West Coast Path National Trail from Cape Cornwall, rounding the granite cliffs of Land’s End and finishing at Helford. This evocative journey was made throughout history by the fishermen, farmers, miners, smugglers, coastguards, and patient soldiers watching for invasions which never came. With wonderful vistas, magnificent beaches, secret coves, and almost forgotten fishing villages, this fully guided trail walk includes some of the most enchanting sections of the South West Coast Path.
This enchanting section of the South West Coastal Path explores a wide array of coastal landscapes, from the dramatic cliffs of Land’s End and the secluded coves of Mullion and Kynance, to the smaller fishing villages hugging the inlets and estuaries of Cornwall’s southern coastline.
Admire breath-taking views of St. Michael’s Mount and visit the pretty fishing village of Mousehole. After the spectacular coastal scenery of Mount’s Bay, the coastline heads south on to the wild promontory of the Lizard Peninsula – the most southerly point on the British mainland.
Experience the earthy appeal of traditional Cornish fishing villages like Cadgwith and Coverack before following the trail north to the Helford River, whose steep slopes are densely wooded and rich in wildlife and whose literary connections lend an additional layer of romance and mystery to this rewarding walk.
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Coastal / History / Flora
Every step of the journey has been carefully planned to help you make the most of your walking adventure. Click on the blue tabs below for more information.
This group tour itinerary has been created by HF Holidays – one of the UK’s largest activity holiday companies – which specializes in guided walking holidays in the UK and Europe.
Their experienced and knowledgeable volunteer leaders undergo a thorough assessment to lead you on your Guided Trail and will also be delighted to share their knowledge and enthusiasm with you. Your trail leader will carry all the necessary maps and guides.
All walking days involve minibus or local transport between the walking route and your accommodation and this is included in your holiday price.
Packed lunches are provided each day and after a sociable evening meal, you can join in an organized activity such as a quiz or a talk about the local area, relax in the bar, or use the accommodation’s guest facilities.
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Starting on the windswept tip of Cornwall, this route heads south along the exposed clifftops to Land’s End, before heading east along the south coast, where a string of picturesque fishing villages and historic ports offer endless color and interest. Admire the striking tidal island of St. Michael’s Mount before heading south again along the wild coastline of the Lizard Peninsula, winding up in the romantic estuary port of Helford.
Accommodation for this holiday is at HF Holidays’ country house Chy Morvah, meaning ‘house by the sea’ in Cornish, a characterful seaside property situated within walking distance of the center of St. Ives, which enjoys wonderful views along the north Cornwall coast.
Chy Morvah has 39 bedrooms, either located in the main building or in the adjacent Lanyons House.
The bedrooms all have their individual layout and character and you’ll find a TV with digital radio, hair dryer, towels, and tea and coffee making facilities. On your departure day kindly vacate your bedroom by 10am.
The public rooms at Chy Morvah make excellent use of its seaside location with the large lounge and dining room offering views to the sea, as does the garden and terrace. There’s also a licensed bar, open throughout your stay, and an outdoor swimming pool, open in summer. The boot and drying room is available to store your boots and to dry wet outdoor clothing. WiFi is accessible in all public areas.
This Guided Trail involves walking as a group on well-defined paths, though often in hilly or upland areas. These may be rough and steep in sections and will require a good level of fitness. We want you to be confident that you can meet the demands of each walking day and get the most out of your holiday. Please be sure you can manage the mileage and ascent detailed in the daily itineraries. It is important for your own enjoyment, and that of your fellow guests that you can maintain the pace.
HF Grading: LEVEL 3 – Medium to Challenging
All holidays at our Country Houses are full board, from the evening meal on arrival to breakfast on the day of your departure. There’s a vegetarian option at all meals and we cater for gluten-free diets. The itinerary offers plenty of opportunities to sample traditional ales and local specialities in the towns and villages en route.
The official guidebook and map for the Trail are available from the National Trails Shop along with a wide range of gifts and other merchandise.
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