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 walk in the pretty fishing village of Coverack with traditional thatched cottages and harbour made from the local Serpentine stone.
You stay in two of the loveliest villages along the coast and walking transfers as required are included in the price of your holiday. You spend your first two nights in 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. Your final three nights are spent in Mullion which is the largest village on the Lizard with, at its heart a 13th century church and with plenty of inns, cafes, restaurants and art galleries to explore.
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 Porthleven
After a morning transfer to Marazion, where you find the amazing 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 return to the fishing port of Porthleven, 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. Spend the next three nights 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. Pass the postcard perfect Kynance cove and on arrival in Lizard enjoy a coffee in one of the local cafes before a transfer back to Mullion at the end of your walk.
After a morning transfer back to Lizard, a more peaceful and sheltered landscape of fishing coves and calmer shores today as you pass along the eastern coast of the Lizard peninsula. 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. The end of your journey is the picturesque fishing village of Coverack with traditional thatched cottages and harbour made from the local Serpentine stone, from here you are transferred back to your hotel in Mullion.
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:The Harbour Inn is an award winning bed and breakfast in the pretty village of Porthleven on the Lizard Peninsula, the most southerly port in Britain. Renowned for its original Cornish character and charm, bustling harbour and restaurants in the square serving the daily catch, it’s a pretty and unique location to soak up the Cornish lifestyle from our boutique accommodation and comfortable, characterful rooms.
NEARBY:The Polurrian has welcomed visitors to the Lizard Peninsula for over a century, with figures including Marconi, Winston Churchill and Clark Gable taking advantage of its unrivalled location. Originally built in 1890, the Polurrian was a fashionable railway hotel appealing to distinguished guests. In 1901, Guglielmo Marconi stayed here while sending the first ever transatlantic radio messages from nearby Poldhu Cove. In 1909, a fire devastated the original hotel, destroying everything but the terraces and steps near the tennis courts (which you can still see today). Soon after, a new hotel was built and Polurrian became a hive of activity once again. During the Second World War, the hotel was an officers’ mess for nearby RAF Predannack, and in 1953, Hollywood stars Clark Gable and Gene Tierney stayed while filming the romance adventure Never Let Me Go.
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This 5 night self-guided walking holiday includes:
Twin-centre accommodation in a hotel
Management by your local Headwater-appointed agent
Route directions and maps
Luggage transfers between hotels
Walking transfers as required
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Self-guided walking Managed locally by Headwater appointed agent.
This holiday does not include any flights or rail.