Enjoy charming stays on the medieval harbour of Padstow and Charlestown’s Georgian harbour where you will set out to discover the ancient Celtic kingdom of Cornwall. Allowing ample opportunities to explore the north and south coast, this route begins by crossing the Camel Estuary by ferry and walking towards spectacular beaches of Polzeath and Daymer Bay, with the opportunity to dine on Rick Stein’s famous fresh-caught fish and chips. Next, head towards the cliffs at Stepper Point, for panoramic ocean views where Peregrine Falcons are known to nest. After visiting the Lanhydrock, the Fowey Estuary and Restormel Castle, join the South West Coastal Path and wander around the charming Lost Gardens of Heligan. Enjoy lunch in the harbourside village of Mevagissey with a host of wonderful dining options and fish straight from the day's catch.
Padstow is still a working harbour town but this North Cornwall port has seen its popularity surge amongst walkers and foodies in recent years.
We set out from Padstow by catching the foot ferry across the Camel Estuary to the small seaside village of Rock. Our route takes us slightly inland to the idyllic beaches of Polzeath and Daymer Bay and then up to Pentire Head. After lunch we walk past St Enodoc Church and along the dunes, returning to Padstow by foot ferry in the late afternoon. Dinner offers a chance to try Rick Stein’s famous fresh caught Fish and Chips or one of the many restaurant choices in town before returning to our townhouse hotel for the evening.
Walking from your hotel out of town and along the coastal path, our route leads along the cliffs at Stepper Point, past the observatory with panoramic views of ocean, town and estuary. Keep an eye out for Peregrine Falcons, the fastest birds in the world, known to fly and nest in this area, as you traverse the coast and beaches towards lunch in Trevone or Harlyn Bay or even Constantine Bay depending on our progress. Catching the bus back across the headland in the afternoon provides a leisurely end to a day to remember on the North Cornish coast
We transfer to Lanhydrock Gardens to start walking down the Fowey Estuary. From the gardens, which are well worth an explore, we walk towards the coast passing the picture-perfect Restormel Castle and onto the lovely town of Lostwithiel for lunch. In the afternoon we join the Saint’s Way through the lovely village of Golant and onto Fowey and the South Cornish coast. At the end of the walk we transfer to our new hotel in Charlestown.
In the morning we walk directly from our hotel southwards along the South West Coastal Path towards the wonderful town of Mevagissey. On the way we veer from the path to visit the wonderful Lost Gardens of Heligan (found in 1991 after 70 years of neglect and restored to former glory - see 'Money' section for entrance fee) and then into Mevagissey for lunch with fresh seafood caught that morning.
We again walk out from the hotel, eastwards along the coastal path past Carlyon Bay and onto lunch in the seaside town of Par. The Wonderful Polkerris beach is our next destination in the afternoon before we head into Fowey for afternoon tea in advance of our last night together.
Our exploration of Cornwall ends here, in Charlestown.
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.
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An unforgettable experience, quite different from any other holiday we've had, even with Headwater. This was thanks largely to perfect hosts, who not only provide wonderful hospitality and great food in a lovely setting but go extra yards to ensure everyone is relaxed and enjoying themselves. Every night is a dinner party with different wines for every meal and Peter's magic touch making sure that there was always lots of laughter and a buzz of conversation among
five couples who started the week as strangers but departed like old, and dear, friends - wishing they had another week of each other's company.
This holiday was a single centre....and so we were able to exchange stories and interests with the other guests in our group.
Our host was excellent....and by the end of our week we were all firm friends. Sometimes we joined up with others for the walks, but, usually we stuck to our 4. Meal times were fun - Peter (host) shuffled the seating plan every evening.
The holiday is based in a little known and very attractive part of France with ample scope for varied and generally undemanding walking each day as well as visits to many local sites of interest. The hosts/ owners of Le Moulin have excellent local knowledge ( having run the business for 20 years) and are happy to offer detailed advice re. walking/ site-seeing options. Food is good and plentiful ( including daily picnic lunches) and the quality of the wine at dinner is exceptional.
Have some reservations about the bedroom accommodation; my room ( the Lilac suite) was split between an upstairs mezzanine ( bed reached by a steep and narrow staircase) and a downstairs loo/ bathroom. This made nocturnal loo visits somewhat interesting and I wonder if elderly guests would be able to cope. Since the property is a converted old mill, it is sited in a valley with a lot of surrounding tall trees; this is fine when the sun shines but it can be rather dank feeling when it rains and there isn't much inside sitting space, apart from around the dining table . Sure this is not a problem when the sun shines but late season bookings may be less appropriate for such a shady location . The wall heater inside the bathroom of the room occupied the other members of my party was faulty and cut out for long periods, making it hard to heat the space and dry towels during cool spells. The owners were aware of this but had not remedied it.
Overall, the charm of the place resides in the fact that the owners have invested significant effort in creating an unusual and quirky holiday experience for their guests, to whom they offer a very personal welcome ( see the room brochures for a flavour of this; they combine varied and somewhat 'off the wall' thoughts about the area, its history, wine and food with lots of useful walk info.). It is certainly not a corporate venture and this is what makes it unique- but perhaps not to everyone's taste.
Absolutely wonderful holiday, beautiful scenery, generous hosts, lovely food and wine. Definitely want to go back.
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|16th May 2021||£999||Tour only: £999||Check availability|
|27th Jun 2021||£1049||Tour only: £1049||Check availability|
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This holiday is operated by our sister company, Exodus