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Self-Guided Walking : Europe

England: The Cornwall Coast

Moderate Terrain: 6-9 Miles Daily

England: The Cornwall Coast Self-Guided Walking Tour - 2019 Map

If you have ever fancied walking to the ends of the earth, this Self-Guided Walking Tour to England’s paradisiacal Land’s End is sure to suit you. The beloved county of Cornwall is a walker’s haven of coastal vistas. Rocky headlands flank secluded coves, dreamy pastures reach toward soaring seaside cliffs, and sloping woodlands spill into pretty harbors hugged by endlessly charming villages. With our detailed maps at your side, you will follow Cornwall’s much-loved South West Coast Path into some of England’s most spectacular designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and to cultural treasures protected by the National Trust—from the wooded creek of Pont Pill and the pristine Prussia Cove to the garden paradise of St. Just in Roseland and the dramatic St. Anthony’s Head, where the wide mouth of the sweeping Fal Estuary yawns before you. Cornwall’s unmistakable character is close at hand, too, during stays in the quaint seaside villages of Fowey, St. Mawes, and Marazion and visits to the cultural treasures of Falmouth, St. Ives, and St. Michael’s Mount. And to fuel your walk in Land’s End, you’ll savor the famously simple Cornish cuisine sourced from local waters and farms and elevated by the region’s most creative chefs. Note: the tour overview, inclusions, and the map pertain to the 2019 itinerary.


Tour Highlights:
  • Follow the breathtaking trails of Cornwall’s South West Coast Path, a long-established and celebrated walking trail.
  • Enjoy the magnificent beauty, rural ambiance, and unhurried pace of Cornwall’s stunning Roseland Peninsula.
  • Follow a cobblestone path accessible only at low tide to the island of St. Michael’s Mount, where an ancient castle and monastery await.
  • Discover the sophisticated charms of St. Ives, a lovely seaside resort and artist community.
  • Savor the simplicity of fresh Cornish cuisine, infused with creative flair at some Cornwall’s finest restaurants.
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7 days, 6 nights

FROM $2,798 USD

per person, double occupancy



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Your Tour Includes:

  • All breakfasts and three dinners
  • Boutique accommodations
  • Detailed maps & route notes
  • Local representative available 24/7
  • Scheduled taxi transfers

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Itinerary & Accommodations

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Day 1

Arrival in Bodmin & Transfer to Padstow

Arrive in the traditional Cornish fishing port of Padstow, taking time this afternoon to explore the town’s colorful piers and shops, participate in a cooking class, or visit the National Lobster Hatchery. Feast on fresh seafood tonight at the flagship restaurant of British celebrity chef Rick Stein.

Accommodation: The Seafood Restaurant, Padstow

A restaurant and hotel share the same name, but confusion drops away upstairs in the stylish boutique hotel situated above the restaurant in the center of Padstow. Spacious modern rooms are inviting and soothing with neutral tones and natural wood, decorated by hotel owner and interior designer Jill Stein.

Day 2

Padstow Circular Walk around Rock

6 miles, easy, 250-ft elevation gain and loss

Start your morning with grilled kippers or a classic English breakfast, followed by a scenic ferry across the Camel River estuary. Today’s easy walk takes you along sandy beaches backed by wildflower- and grass-covered dunes, past 13th-century St. Enodoc’s church to the bucolic village of Pityme.

Accommodation: The Seafood Restaurant, Padstow

A restaurant and hotel share the same name, but confusion drops away upstairs in the stylish boutique hotel situated above the restaurant in the center of Padstow. Spacious modern rooms are inviting and soothing with neutral tones and natural wood, decorated by hotel owner and interior designer Jill Stein.

Day 3

South West Coast Path to Constantine Bay

12 miles (7-mile option available), easy to moderate, 300-ft elevation gain and loss

Explore a section of the 630-mile South West Coast Path—England’s longest National Trail. The scenery is classic Cornwall: grassy high cliffs overlooking the open ocean, rocky coves and beaches below, and charming villages offering hearty pub lunches. Afterwards, transfer to your boutique hotel in St. Ives.

Accommodation: Boskerris Hotel, St. Ives

Overlooking the sandy beach at Carbis Bay, this contemporary boutique hotel has sensational views across St. Ives Bay to Godrevy Point. The décor throughout is light, fresh, and Mediterranean, with lots of glass and a fabulous deck. The fifteen individually-designed guest rooms are spacious and airy, with padded headboards, seaside colors, and crisp linens. An on-site restaurant serves an exceptional and extensive menu for breakfast and local produce with Mediterranean flair for dinner—typical dishes include deliciously crisp battered haddock and chips, as well as lamb tagine. In the afternoon, relax and enjoy Cornish cream tea in the lounge, bar, or on the terrace.

Day 4

Carbis Bay to St. Ives

8 miles (6.5- and 4-mile options available), easy to moderate, 400-ft elevation gain and loss

Today you’ll have ample time to explore the charming lanes of St. Ives, an artsy town filled with craft shops, galleries, museums, restaurants and cafés. An optional excursion leads to tiny Zennor, a village described by D.H. Lawrence as “lovelier even than the Mediterranean.”

Accommodation: Boskerris Hotel, St. Ives

Overlooking the sandy beach at Carbis Bay, this contemporary boutique hotel has sensational views across St. Ives Bay to Godrevy Point. The décor throughout is light, fresh, and Mediterranean, with lots of glass and a fabulous deck. The fifteen individually-designed guest rooms are spacious and airy, with padded headboards, seaside colors, and crisp linens. An on-site restaurant serves an exceptional and extensive menu for breakfast and local produce with Mediterranean flair for dinner—typical dishes include deliciously crisp battered haddock and chips, as well as lamb tagine. In the afternoon, relax and enjoy Cornish cream tea in the lounge, bar, or on the terrace.

Day 5

St. Michael’s Way

10 miles, easy to moderate, 600-ft elevation gain and loss

Set off along St. Michael’s Way, a medieval pilgrimage route that traverses sand dunes on its way to far-reaching views at Trencrom Hill, then descends gently to sea level through wetlands rich with birdlife. Tonight’s hotel in Marazion has an on-site restaurant and beach bar with stunning views of St. Michael’s Mount, a tidal island crowned with a medieval castle and chapel.

Accommodation: Godolphin Arms, Marazion

Stunningly located overlooking historic St. Michael’s Mount, this warm boutique hotel offers ten light-bathed guest rooms, featuring pretty coastal interiors and comfortable beds with crisp, white linen. Relaxed, mellow common spaces are complemented by a stunning centerpiece—a two-story airy glass and zinc dining area opening out onto a balcony upstairs and a terrace downstairs just steps from the beach.

Day 6

St. Michael’s Mount exploration

4 miles, easy, 200-ft elevation gain and loss

Discover the enchanting ancient alleys and 12th-century monastic buildings of St. Michael’s Mount. Afternoon options include a loop back to your hotel along the South West Coast Path, or short bus excursions to Penzance or Land’s End.

Accommodation: Godolphin Arms, Marazion

Stunningly located overlooking historic St. Michael’s Mount, this warm boutique hotel offers ten light-bathed guest rooms, featuring pretty coastal interiors and comfortable beds with crisp, white linen. Relaxed, mellow common spaces are complemented by a stunning centerpiece—a two-story airy glass and zinc dining area opening out onto a balcony upstairs and a terrace downstairs just steps from the beach.

Day 7

Departure from Penzance

Transfer to Penzance for the train to London.

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Day 1

Arrival in Par, England; transfer to Fowey

You may arrive at the Par Railway Station whenever you wish. A taxi transfers you to Fowey, an old fishing village dripping with charm and seaside ambiance. After an afternoon exploring, enjoy an included dinner at your hotel.

Accommodation: The Old Quay House, Fowey

Occupying a charming whitewashed Victorian seamen’s mission on the Fowey River estuary, the Old Quay House is a boutique luxury hotel of just 11 rooms. With a location on Fore Street, one of Fowey’s central streets, the charms of the town are within easy reach. Enjoy splendid views of the Fowey estuary and the vast harbor where they meet the sea, with the option to dine or sip a signature cocktail on the outdoor waterfront terrace, part of the property’s “Q” restaurant. Rooms are bright and elegant and tastefully furnished with an eye toward simplicity.

Day 2

The National Trust Hall Walk

5.2 miles, easy to moderate, 750-ft. elevation gain and loss

Traverse lovely countryside along the scenic Hall Walk, part of the South West Coast Path. Your loop is aided by two ferries and rewarded at every turn with splendid views of the harbor and Pont Pill wooded creek.

Accommodation: The Old Quay House, Fowey

Occupying a charming whitewashed Victorian seamen’s mission on the Fowey River estuary, the Old Quay House is a boutique luxury hotel of just 11 rooms. With a location on Fore Street, one of Fowey’s central streets, the charms of the town are within easy reach. Enjoy splendid views of the Fowey estuary and the vast harbor where they meet the sea, with the option to dine or sip a signature cocktail on the outdoor waterfront terrace, part of the property’s “Q” restaurant. Rooms are bright and elegant and tastefully furnished with an eye toward simplicity.

Day 3

South West Coast Path: Portscatho to Place; ferry to St. Mawes

6.5 miles, easy to moderate, 450-ft. elevation gain and 500-ft. elevation loss

Transfer to seaside Portscatho on the magnificent Roseland Peninsula. Follow the stunning shore, walking along soaring headlands and through fields, farmland, and forest. Pause to marvel at the peninsula’s southernmost point, St. Anthony’s Head. Later, ferry to St. Mawes.

Accommodation: Hotel Tresanton, St. Mawes

A charming cluster of houses on the harbor’s edge of St. Mawes, the contemporary Hotel Tresanton is a 30-room property that once held a place in high society as a sailing club. The creation of Olga Polizzi, one of England’s most renowned hoteliers, each of its rooms offers spectacular views across the Cornish Sea toward St. Anthony’s Lighthouse. Gracious, inviting and elegant, its eclectic interiors feature both traditional and modern furnishings, with an engaging blend of lovely mosaic and tongue-and-groove floors and local art. The outdoor terrace of the restaurant, too, has wonderful waterfront vistas. Fresh seafood and farm-fresh dishes are served simply here and provide the perfect ending to a rewarding day of walking. 

Day 4

Loop walk from St. Mawes to St. Just in Roseland OR ferry and loop walk from Falmouth to Maenporth

6.2 miles, easy to moderate, 400-ft. elevation gain and loss OR 8.8 miles, easy to moderate, 700-ft. elevation gain and loss

Choose from two loop walks today. Follow a high ridge with splendid views to the garden-strewn church of St. Just in Roseland, returning via a scenic coastal path. Or ferry to Falmouth for a ramble to Cornish farmland and picturesque beaches.

Accommodation: Hotel Tresanton, St. Mawes

A charming cluster of houses on the harbor’s edge of St. Mawes, the contemporary Hotel Tresanton is a 30-room property that once held a place in high society as a sailing club. The creation of Olga Polizzi, one of England’s most renowned hoteliers, each of its rooms offers spectacular views across the Cornish Sea toward St. Anthony’s Lighthouse. Gracious, inviting and elegant, its eclectic interiors feature both traditional and modern furnishings, with an engaging blend of lovely mosaic and tongue-and-groove floors and local art. The outdoor terrace of the restaurant, too, has wonderful waterfront vistas. Fresh seafood and farm-fresh dishes are served simply here and provide the perfect ending to a rewarding day of walking. 

Day 5

South West Coast Path: Praa Sands to Marazion; St. Michael’s Mount

5.3 miles, easy to moderate, 500-ft. elevation gain and 400-ft. elevation loss

From Praa Sands, follow the South West Coast Path, traversing farm fields, sandy beaches, tiny coves, and dramatic cliffs. Descend to welcoming beaches and climb to rocky headlands for sweeping vistas. End your walk with panoramas of St. Michael’s Mount.

Accommodation: Mount Haven Hotel, Marazion

This warm boutique hotel is perched on the edge of Marazion, with sweeping views of Mount’s Bay and the magnificent St. Michael’s Mount. A comfortable blend of traditional Cornish and English contemporary charm, it provides a soothing ambiance enhanced by mellow colors and soft fabrics. Spacious modern rooms are individually decorated and offer plush furnishings. Terraces, inviting gardens, and public areas combine modern décor with Eastern touches. The restaurant offers an adventurous menu inspired by nature. If you wish, you may mark your arrival with a soothing spa treatment on site. 

Day 6

South West Coast Path: Zennor to St. Ives

6.1 miles, moderate, 600-ft. elevation gain and 900-ft. elevation loss

Follow the South West Coast Path to Zennor Head, soaring 200 feet above the Atlantic. Then follow a rigorous path down to coves and up to headlands until the trail levels out as you approach St. Ives’ scenic Porthmeor Beach.

Accommodation: Mount Haven Hotel, Marazion

This warm boutique hotel is perched on the edge of Marazion, with sweeping views of Mount’s Bay and the magnificent St. Michael’s Mount. A comfortable blend of traditional Cornish and English contemporary charm, it provides a soothing ambiance enhanced by mellow colors and soft fabrics. Spacious modern rooms are individually decorated and offer plush furnishings. Terraces, inviting gardens, and public areas combine modern décor with Eastern touches. The restaurant offers an adventurous menu inspired by nature. If you wish, you may mark your arrival with a soothing spa treatment on site. 

Day 7

Departure from Penzance

Transfer to the Penzance train station after breakfast to make connections home or to your next destination.

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Dates & Prices

Seasonal Tour Pricing

2018 Dates Number of Travelers
2 3 4 5 6 Single Supplement
Solo Surcharge
May 1 - Sep 30 $2,898 $2,898 $2,798 $2,798 $2,798 $830 $115
Oct 1 - Oct 31 $2,798 $2,798 $2,698 $2,698 $2,698 $830 $115
This tour is available daily, on request, from April 1 through October 31, 2018. Please note that the tiered tour price is based on a guarantee of a specified number of guests—should your group decrease in size, we reserve the right to alter the per person price if necessary as reflected in the Tour Price table. Please also note that the tour price includes one arrival transfer from Bodmin to Padstow on Day 1 of the tour and one departure transfer from Marazion to Penzance on Day 7 of the tour. If traveling in a group of two or more with separate arrival and/or departure times, additional charges will apply for multiple transfers. All prices are per person, based on double occupancy.

Seasonal Tour Pricing

2019 Dates Number of Travelers
2 3 4 5 6 Single Supplement
Solo Surcharge
May 1 - Oct 31 $3,198 $3,198 $3,198 $3,198 $3,098 $1,385 $385
This tour is available daily, on request, from May 1 through October 31, 2019. Please note that the tiered tour price is based on a guarantee of a specified number of guests—should your group decrease in size, we reserve the right to alter the per person price if necessary as reflected in the Tour Price table. Please also note that the tour price includes one arrival transfer from St. Austell to Fowey on Day 1 of the tour and one departure transfer from Marazion to Penzance on Day 7 of the tour. If traveling in a group of two or more with separate arrival and/or departure times, additional charges will apply for multiple transfers. All prices are per person, based on double occupancy.

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