Cornish Coastal Path: Padstow to Penzance

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From Padstow, follow the shores of the Camel Estuary, the path winds through coves to descend to Porthcothan Bay. Walking on to bustling Newquay, surfing capital of the UK you pass Trevelgue Head, the largest Iron Age fort remains in the county, and the old huts used by fishermen of old. From Perranporth tin mine buildings and chimneys dot the landscape. There follows a cliff top path to the harbour at Portreath. After a six mile strenuous climb, you reach a sensational breach in the cliffs called ‘Hell's Mouth'. Further on, you may see grey seals and the lighthouse at Godrevy Point. A walk through the busy port of Hayle via the dunes links St Ives, and you should have enough time for sightseeing. St Ives was once the most important fishing port in Cornwall and today just wandering the cobbled lanes is a pleasure. The next day the walk passes the ‘Carracks’ notorious ship wrecking rocks, before going inland to Zennor. The trail returns to the coast threading its way through the coves and the old tin mines around Gurnard’s Head. The path skirts inland beside Cape Cornwall and past St Just village to the pretty fishing village of Sennan Cove. You can spend time at Land’s End which has natural ambiance with the Atlantic pounding around 'Wolf Rock' and the 'Long Ships'. Strolling on to Porthcurno you pass a famous open air theatre at Minack Point and on to the seemingly sub tropical sheltered valley reaching Lamorna with its old smuggler’s pub, the ‘Lamorna Wink’. Passing Penzer Point you get views to St Michael’s Mount and you visit the pretty village of Mousehole before entering the busy resorts of Newlyn and Penzance where this coastal walking bonanza concludes.
brief itinerary
DAY 1 Arrive in Padstow DAY 2 Cross sandy beaches passing Trethias Island nature reserve to Porthcothan (5-6hrs) DAY 3 To the British surfing capital of Newquay (4-5hrs) DAY 4 To Perranporth (4-5hrs) DAY 5 To Portreath (5-6hrs) DAY 6 To the busy port of Hayle (5-6hrs) DAY 7 To St Ives (2-3hrs) DAY 8 St Walk to Zennor (3-4hrs) DAY 9 Walk to Pendeen along the coastal path (3hrs) DAY 10 Follow the cliff tops to Sennan Cove via Cape Cornwall (3-4hrs) DAY 11 Walk to Porthcurno with time to visit the sights of Land's End, the most westerly point in England (2-3hrs) then walk on the South West Path towards Penberth Cove and Porthguaron, continue to Lamorna (2-3hrs) DAY 12 Continue to Penzance (3hrs) DAY 13 Trip concludes
trip dates
Daily from 29 Mar to 17 Oct
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what's included
MEALS: *12 breakfasts ACCOMMODATION: *12 nights in hotels and guesthouses on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities where available BACKUP & SUPPORT: *information pack including route notes & maps per room booked *luggage transfer *emergency hotline
Cornish Coastal Path: Padstow to Penzance
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trip grading:
13 days
trip code:
US $1,370
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