An invigorating and unforgettable walking holiday awaits you in Cornwall which has the longest coastline in the United Kingdom and has the most southerly and westerly tips of mainland UK. Famed for its beautiful and impressive coastline, much of which is designated as 'An area of natural beauty (AONB)', the Cornish coast is punctuated by pretty fishing villages, many of which are still working today. This 5 night holiday explores the most Southerly tip of the county - the Lizard Peninsula. Starting in Marazion, where the famed cobbled causeway over to St Michael's Mount crosses the fabulous sandy beach, the walks take in the majestic Cornish coastline with its pretty coves and beaches, including Mullion Cove, Cadgwith Cove, Kennack Sands and the postcard perfect Kynance Cove, all the way down to the wild serpentine cliffs of the Lizard, the most southerly tip of mainland Great Britain. Then track up the eastern, more sheltered side of the peninsula before concluding your holiday in the pretty fishing village of Coverack with traditional thatched cottages and harbour made from the local Serpentine stone.
You stay in the prettiest of villages along the coast, Marazion across from the dazzling St Michael's Mount, Porthleven, the granite stone fishing harbour village, which is famed with the foodie community and offers a good selection of restaurants in which you may want to try the local fish specialities amongst other things. Continuing on to Mullion, the largest village on the Lizard with plenty of inns, cafes, restaurants and art galleries and at its heart a 13th century church, then Lizard itself, the most southerly settlement in Great Britain before reaching your final destination in Coverack.
This is a well balanced walk and is perfectly suited to walkers who want to experience the coastal paths of beautiful Cornwall without the rocky and hillier sections further west.
Arrival in Marazion
From St Michaels Mount and Mount's Bay, follow the gentle slopes of south Cornwall and the dark metamorphic rock to be found here. Sloping fields run down towards the cliff edge and sheltered coves protect shingle beaches. The landscape becomes wilder, the cliffs higher and the coves narrower as you approach the fishing port of Porthleven where you stay for the night, with a good selection of cafes, pubs and restaurants.
Today the coastal path traverses windswept beaches and dramatic cliffs out towards the western side of the Lizard Peninsula. Often the gulls screeching down below are your only company, however the views are spectacular and the view over Mullion Cove alone is worth the journey. Stay overnight in Mullion, the largest village on the Lizard, with plenty of shops, inns, cafes and restaurants. The 13th century church in the heart of the village is worth a visit and the National Trust owned working harbour is very pretty.
With a wonderful sense of isolation, this section of the Cornish coast path is a place of towering cliffs and rolling downs, punctuated by a scattering of isolated villages nestled into steep sided coves. As the miles pass, the landscape becomes wilder, with expansive views back west towards Penzance and the coastline already traversed, and ahead towards Lizard Point, the most southerly point in mainland Britain, passing the postcard perfect Kynance Cove en route before your night in Lizard.
A peaceful and sheltered landscape of fishing coves and calmer shores as you pass along the eastern coast of the Lizard peninsular. Beyond the exceedingly pretty Cadgwith Cove with its whitewashed thatched cottages and fleet of small fishing boats, follow the remote section of coast, broken only by the expansive beach at Kennack Sands. Verdant cliffs and tree-lined valleys merge into low moorland as the path heads eastwards and away from the shelter of Lizard Point and Bass Point. In this wild region, the hills can be difficult but the views are stunning. Spend your final night in the picturesque Coverack with traditional thatched cottages and impressive harbour built from the local serpentine stone.
During your holiday you stay at the following hotels. If you'd like to extend your time at any of these or, if you'd like to enhance your stay with an upgraded room, just let us know at the time of booking.
NEARBY:Glenleigh House, a conveniently situated Marazion B&B, overlooking St Michael’s Mount and the sweeping panorama of Mount’s Bay, has been owned and run by the Hales family for more than 30 years. With eight comfortable and well appointed bedrooms (many with views to the Mount and sea), you can be assured of a comfortable stay at this friendly Bed & Breakfast. Built in 1898 as the home of a prosperous farmer, Glenleigh House retains its original Victorian charm whilst providing guests with modern amenities such as free Wi-Fi and a fantastic, filling breakfast of your choice to set you up for your day.
Situated close to Porthleven Harbout, the Traditional Cornish Fisherman’s Cottage dates from around 1860. It was once the home of Porthleven’s fresh water well, hence the name.
NEARBY:The Mounts Bay Inn is situated at the heart of the traditional fishing village of Mullion, on the beautiful Lizard peninsula in West Cornwall. With its stunning views, rugged coastal walks and rich history filled with tales of smuggling and shipwrecks. The rooms are comfortable and modern. Beyond the village, walkers delight in winding their way along the many footpaths that follow the Cornish coast. Visitors can discover a variety of crystal clear coves and sandy beaches – the nearby Poldhu Cove was even the location for the first trans-Atlantic radio communications conducted by Marconi in 1901. A designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this protected landscape is also home to 15 of Britain’s rarest plants.
NEARBY:Penmenner House is elegant and full of character, the rooms are bright and traditional. This delightful bed and breakfast is only a stone’s throw from the heart of the village and stunning South West Coast Path. Built in 1862 for Nicholas Vivian – a Victorian gentleman who described himself as a proprietor of houses and mines – Penmenner House has a fascinating history.
NEARBY:A great Cornish welcome awaits you at Fernleigh. Fernleigh is a family run bed and breakfast situated in an elevated position overlooking the harbour and bay of the fishing village of Coverack. Coverack is a pretty fishing village with a lot of the original cottages with their thatched roofs. It has its own regatta and Lifeboat day and lots of fundraising events throughout the year.
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We had a brilliant time on the Lizard Peninsula. A fabulous welcome everywhere we stayed and some truly memorable walks along this glorious coastline. Special credit to the local rep who really went out of his way to make sure we got the most out of our trip. The route was quiet, despite the staycation trend this summer, so we were able to get away from the crowds, enjoy the views, the wildlife and the exercise! There are some reasonably challenging descents and ascents on this section of the coastal path, but also long sections of flat cliff-top walking through wildflower meadows. Would recommend booking evening meals in advance, as options can be limited in some places and restaurants are busy.
Excellent walking with beautiful coastal scenery. enhanced by glorious weather. A bit tougher than expected as it was so hot.
A fabulous 5 days of walking in spectacular scenery with beautiful wild flowers but knowing there was a warm welcome , hot showers and comfortable bed at the end of each day. In the last two hotels I could lie on the bed , look out to sea and contemplate with a real sense of achievement my days walk . The Lizard peninsula seemed to have its own microclimate, hence an abundance of wild flowers and is a wonderful peaceful to escape from the bust tourist traps.
Lovely walking hotel with great accommodation and food, but be prepared for all Cornish weather in one week!
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This 5 night self-guided walking holiday includes:
Hotel-to-hotel accommodation in a mix of and hotels
Management by your local Headwater-appointed agent
Route directions and maps
Luggage transfers between hotels
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Self-guided walking Managed locally by Headwater appointed agent.
This holiday does not include any flights or rail.