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.
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I'd forgotten just how beautiful Cornwall is. Turqouise seas, dramatic cliffs and wonderful beaches. The prefect tonic for a tough year for us all. The usual mix of interesting and friendly fellow walkers. A wonderous week, well orchestrated by two great guides. They even secured a week of sunshine. You couldn't ask for more. Thoroughly recommended to anyone who wants to rediscover the charms and beauty of the Cornish coast in the company of a great bunch of like-minded individuals.
Based in two centres, starting in Padstow then spending the second half of the week in Charlestown on the South coast. Our tour leader, Will, and his colleague Gaby, were prepared to go to any lengths to make sure we were fully supported. The walking required a decent level of fitness, the rating of 3 (moderate) is an accurate assessment, and my phone recorded 51 miles during the five days of walks (and 137,700 steps!). The hotels were both good, although don't expect a sea view, and Will was always able to find us somewhere to eat despite COVID meaning there were a lot more tourists there than usual, and staffing was challenging for many of the restaurants. The scenery is really lovely, both on the coast and inland, and lots of photos were taken and shared.
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This 5 night guided walking holiday includes:
All transport and listed activities
How to book:
This holiday is operated by our sister company, Exodus
6 nights hotel
5 days centre-based guided walking
Group normally 5 to 16, plus leader. Min age 16 yrs.
Moderate walks, leisurely pace; good level of fitness recommended