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Walk West Cornwall

United Kingdom - Trip code WWC Walking and Trekking
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93Kg of CO²e
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Days 6
Low Deposit US$23
Price from US$1830
Flights not included
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Why book this trip?

Hike Cornwall's magnificent westernmost coastline with constant sea views on some of England's finest coastal walks. Centre-based in Penzance, we explore the rugged natural beauty of West Cornwall on a series of walks along the South West Coast Path. Discover dramatic cliffs, fishing villages, flora, fauna, picturesque coves and golden beaches that provide the perfect opportunity for a dip in the sea.

  • St. Ives - Picturesque Cornish fishing village and artists retreat
  • Cornwall's stunning coastline - Discover golden sands, towering cliffs and constant sea views
  • Lands' End - Hike from England's most westerly point to Cape Cornwall
  • Included meals

    Breakfast: 5

  • Trip staff

    Explore Tour Leader / Trek Guide

  • Transport

    On Foot

    Public Bus

    Train

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    Accommodation

    5 nights comfortable guesthouse

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    Walking grade:

    Moderate

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    Group Size:

    10 - 16

Itinerary

Itineraries on some departure dates may differ, please select the itinerary that you wish to explore.

Day 1 - Join trip in Penzance. Walk to Newlyn

Arrive in Penzance - Cornwall's most-westerly major town and a historic port on the south-facing shores of Mount's Bay. We split the group in two small but comfortable guesthouses located just across from each other in a quiet street some 10 minutes' walk from the centre. Please make your way to the joining point at the Pendennis Guesthouse, and you will either be checked in there or shown to the nearby Keigwin House Guesthouse. Penzance has good train connections and there is a long stay car park by the harbour if you cannot find a free on-road space near the accommodation. If arriving earlier in the day we can recommend a dip in the Art Deco seawater lido and geothermally heated pool - the Jubilee Pool.

Meeting at 3pm, we plan a short return walk along the sea front to Newlyn, a bustling harbour town and the largest fishing port in England that has been absorbed into Penzance over time. When the GW Railway was extended here in 1877 a number of artists settled and formed the post-Impressionist movement, the Newlyn School. For those that cannot make the 3pm walk, we plan to meet for an introductory briefing at 6pm followed by a chance to get to know your fellow travellers over dinner.

Today's easy-graded walk will take approximately 2 hours and will cover a distance of 6 kilometres with a total ascent and descent of 50 metres.

Accommodation:

Grade: Comfortable Guesthouse

Single room available

Meals Provided: None

Day 2 - Walk Penzance to Praa Sands via Marazion and St. Michael’s Mount

We start the day by walking around Mount's Bay to Marazion and cross the causeway - tide permitting - to the mysterious 14th Century castle on St Michael's Mount, perched atop a great granite crag. Steeped in legend and folklore, the island has panoramic views across to Land's End and to Lizard Point, the most southerly point in Britain. We plan to have lunch at the National Trust cafe before returning across the causeway. Back on the mainland, we continue east on the coastal path, along low sandstone cliffs towards Perranuthnoe, passing secluded coves at Cudden Point and Prussia Cove to finally reach the end of today's walk on the wonderful beach at Praa sands. You may like to have a quick swim here before we catch the local bus back to Penzance.

Today's moderate-graded walk will take approximately 6 to 7 hours and will cover a distance of 17 kilometres with a total ascent and descent of 300 metres.

Accommodation:

Grade: Comfortable Guesthouse

Single room available

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Day 3 - Train to St. Erth. Walk to St. Ives via Carbis Bay. Return train to Penzance

We walk out of the door of the hotel and straight to Penzance station where we catch the train north to St Erth to begin our walk. It is one of the most beautiful walks in the country - past Carbis Bay, whose beach and turquoise waters would not be out of place in the Caribbean, with the prize of St Ives at the end! Best known for its spectacular light and as a haven for painters for the last few hundred years and now home to the Tate Art Gallery, St Ives is truly magnificent. We plan to have lunch at one of the wonderful seafood cafes (if you have one of the local Cornish Pasties, watch out for the St Ives seagulls who are infamous for dive bombing and taking them right out of your hands!). The walk continues in and around St Ives followed by free time to explore and you may choose to visit the Tate St Ives or Barbara Hepworth's Sculpture Garden. At the end of the day we catch the train back to Penzance - another stunning journey along the coast that we walked this morning before tracking inland and south.

Today's moderate-graded walk will take approximately 5 hours and will cover a distance of 13 kilometres with a total ascent and descent of 250 metres.

Accommodation:

Grade: Comfortable Guesthouse

Single room available

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Day 4 - Hike Mousehole to Porthcurno beach via Lamorna Cove

On the final two days, we are walking in the Land's End Peninsula, or West Penrith AONB. Sparsely populated and ringed by high cliffs, beaches and coves, it is at the south-west extremity of England, surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean.

Today's stunning walk is along trickier terrain but very rewarding. We start by catching the bus a short distance west to one of Cornwall's most beguiling small ports - the beautifully named Mousehole (pronounced 'mowzel'). Named after a small cave of that name, it is renowned for its tiny harbour and narrow granite streets. After time to explore we start hiking to Lamorna Cove with a steep ascent out of Mousehole. On the path either side of Lamorna Cove there are stretches of 50 to 100m with drops to one side that cannot be avoided and we are walking a couple of feet from the edge, your tour leader will be able to assist if nervous. After more ups and downs we reach the boulder-strewn beach at St Loy. Continuing past the unspoilt Penberth Cove, we ascend to Treryn Dinas and the Logan Rock, before finally descending onto the amazing looking Pedn Vounder and Porthcurno beach. These white sand beaches and turquoise waters marked the British end of the Victorian-era, submarine telegraphy cables that came all the way from India. You may choose to hike the short distance up to the Minack Theatre for a visit to this truly remarkable location. After some free time to enjoy the surroundings, and even a dip in the sea, we take the local bus back from Porthcurno to Penzance for a lovely relaxing evening in the town.

Today's moderate-graded walk will take approximately 4 to 5 hours and will cover a distance of 12 kilometres with a total ascent and descent of 300 metres. Some repeated scrambling over rocks is involved today and there is some exposure to drops on the path in and out of Lamorna Cove for around 50 to 100m.

Accommodation:

Grade: Comfortable Guesthouse

Single room available

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Day 5 - Hike Land’s End to Geevor Tin Mine via Cape Cornwall

After breakfast we catch a local bus to Land's End, the most westerly part of the UK. Leaving the tourist trap behind we start hiking and soon get back to the peace and quiet of nature, with spectacular views from the granite cliffs along the coast and over the wild Atlantic. We plan to stop at the pleasant seaside village at Sennen Cove for coffee. Our scenic route continues along the coast, passing beaches and coves, with the inevitable ups and downs. There is a stretch of path for about 50m today with drops to one side that cannot be avoided and we are walking a couple of feet from the edge, your tour leader will be able to assist if nervous. Many birds inhabit these cliffs and offshore rocks such as rock pipits, herring gulls, shags, choughs and peregrine falcons, and it is worth keeping an eye out for seals. After more spectacular views we reach Cape Cornwall, the only cape in England. It is rare that the sea is calm here as it marks the spot where the Atlantic currents divide. We then continue keeping an eye out for ancient tin mines to Geevor, a victorian era tine mine that is still in use, where our walk ends and we catch the bus back to Penzance. After this fitting end to our magical week on the Cornish coast, we can celebrate with a last dinner together.

Today's moderate-graded walk will take approximately 5 to 6 hours and will cover a distance of 16 kilometres with a total ascent and descent of 310 metres. There is some exposure to drops on on the path for a stretch of around 50 metres. Today's walk may be walked in reverse.

Accommodation:

Grade: Comfortable Guesthouse

Single room available

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Day 6 - Trip ends in Penzance

The trip ends after breakfast.

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Trip information

Climate and country information

United Kingdom

Climate

The UK has a temperate but very variable climate. In general the summers are warm with July and August being the warmest. The winters are cool and the lowest temperatures are recorded during January and February. Whatever the season it is advisable to be prepared for rain!

Time difference to GMT

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Plugs

3 Pin Flat

Religion

Christian

Language

English

Budgeting and packing

Optional activities

The following excursions and/or activities are usually available and may be arranged locally. Estimated costs are provided below for guidance only, are on a per person basis unless shown otherwise, and may depend on the number of participants. Prices quoted are correct as of the date these tour notes were originally issued but may change at any time due to currency fluctuations. Please note: These activities are booked and paid for direct with the supplier and do not form part of your Explore holiday contract.


Penzance - Lido, https://jubileepool.co.uk/
Main seawater pool - £6, Geothermal pool - £12
St. Ives - Tate £10 and Barbara Hepsworth £6
Porthcurno Museum of Global Communications £9
Minack Theatre (if open) £7.50

Clothing

Come prepared for all weather - waterproof jacket and trousers, fleece, warm layers, hat, gloves as well T-shirts, shorts, sunhat, good sun cream and sunglasses. A warm sweater or fleece and long trousers are advisable, especially in early and late season. As we are walking on the coast the wind can be a common feature. There are plenty of opportunities to have a swim so you may like to bring your swimsuit, a sarong or something to change behind and a light towel.

Footwear

We recommend you bring walking boots - leather or fabric are both fine. Waterproof boots are advisable. Some of the paths are rocky or can be muddy underfoot and you could twist an ankle if not wearing boots. Trainers are not recommended. Make sure that your boots are worn-in and comfortable before the start of the trip. Comfortable footwear to change into after the walk.

Luggage

20Kg

Luggage: On tour

One main piece of baggage and a waterproof rucksack large enough to carry what you need for the day - waterproofs, warm layer, water, picnic, sun-cream, phone etc. On hot days you will carry fewer clothes but more drinking water.

Equipment

Bring a rucksack for the walks and a water bottle. You may like to bring trekking poles. Insect repellent, suncream, good quality sunglasses and a lip salve with sun protection are all useful. If your rucksack doesn't have a waterproof cover then consider plastic bags to keep things dry should it rain. Tap water is fine to drink but there won't always be places to refill on the walks. We encourage our clients not to buy mineral water because of the negative environmental impact with plastic bottles.

Tipping

Explore leader
At your discretion you might consider tipping your Tour Leader in appreciation of the efficiency and service you receive.

United Kingdom

Food and drink

The costs for meals may vary depending upon location, type of restaurant and number of courses eaten and so the prices given are an average guide. Local restaurants located off the beaten track may be less expensive, whereas an upmarket restaurant located in the centre of a major city may charge more.


Lunch price
£10
Dinner price
£18
Beer price
£4
Water price
£0.8
Foreign Exchange
Local currency
Pounds Sterling.
Recommended Currency For Exchange
Carry a combination of UK Sterling cash, ATM and credit cards.
Where To Exchange
Your tour leader will advise you on arrival.
ATM Availability
ATM's are widely available in main towns.
Credit Card Acceptance
Widely accepted.
Travellers Cheques
Can be exchanged at most banks and post offices.
Transport, Accommodation & Meals

Transport Information

On Foot, Public Bus, Train

Accommodation notes

Both guesthouses are friendly, relaxed and family-run; situated opposite each other on a tree-lined row of Victorian houses. The seafront promenade, Penlee Park and Penzance town centre are all within easy walking distance. These Victorian properties have been modernised and decorated for a comfortable stay while retaining their original features.

The Pendennis Guesthouse
All rooms are en suite and come with full fibre Wi-Fi, smart TV, mini fridge and a welcome tray including cafetiere with freshly ground coffee. Customers can enjoy the patio garden at the front of the building which has a bistro table and chairs and a bench.

Keigwin House
All rooms are en suite and have a flat screen digital television with freeview channels, a hairdryer, free Wi-Fi and USB charging sockets. A hospitality tray is provided in all the rooms with tea, coffee and hot chocolate, plus home-made Biscotti biscuits; also on the tray is bottled tap water.

Arrival and departure information

This trip starts and ends at Penzance with good train connections. If driving you could park at the long stay car park near the harbour station for the trip duration at a fee, or if you are lucky you may find free on-road parking in the Alexandra Road area close to our accommodation.

Essential Information

Government Travel Safety Advice

We strongly recommend that you check your government's travel advisory for up-to-date information and advice about your destination: safety and security, entry requirements, health, local laws and customs. For UK citizens, check the latest Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office advice.

Please refer to our COVID-19 entry requirements page for any country-specific conditions of entry. Whilst we strive to update this on a regular basis we recommend you also check the FCDO website for the latest advice on entry requirements in this fast-evolving situation. Information can change at any time.
 

Under 18 immigration guidance

Please note that some countries require proof of parental consent when travelling overseas with under 18s. Please check requirements with the relevant embassy or consular office well in advance of travel if this applies to your party.

Price Guarantee

Once your booking has been confirmed we guarantee the price will not increase, whatever the circumstances. Before booking please ensure you have read our important tour pricing information.Booking Conditions

Visa and Passport Information

UK: Visas are not required by UK, Australian, New Zealand, US and Canadian citizens. Other nationalities should consult their local embassy or consular office.


If you do require assistance in obtaining a visa then you may be able to apply through Explore's recommended visa service in the UK, Travcour. See www.travcour.com to download the relevant visa application for your trip, if applicable (UK citizens only), along with details of how to apply for your visa through Travcour. The Team at Travcour will be happy to answer specific questions relating to visa applications, please call them directly on 0208 5431846.

It is your responsibility to ensure that you are in possession of a full passport, with the correct validity for your chosen destination.
 

Booking conditions

Before booking your Explore trip, please ensure that you read both our Essential Information and Booking Conditions.
 

Minimum age restrictions

For our group tours, the minimum age is 16. The minimum age on Family trips varies between 7 and 11 - please check the 'Family information' section of the trip page for more information. 

Transfers

Find out more about Trip Transfer Terms and Conditions before you book.

Booking a land only package with Explore

Customers who have chosen to book on the ‘Land Only’ arrangements of our tour, please ensure that you have checked your tour specific ‘Joining Instructions’ prior to booking your own travel arrangements. Your joining instructions can be found below in the dates and prices information. 

You may also be eligible for the Free Explore Transfer.


Joining Tour Abroad

Customers booked on the ‘Land Only’ arrangements will receive a Free Transfer, provided you arrive and depart on the tour only itinerary start and end dates. The complimentary transfers will be arranged from the Explore designated airport or train station to your trips joining point, and then back from the ending point to the designated airport or train station. Generally the airport or station that Explore have selected will be the one that is closest to the town or city where the trip starts, or the one nearest to the joining point. It will be either an airport or train station but not both.

The exception to this rule is customers who are booked on a tour where the joining and ending point is at the designated airport or train station.  

Free transfers are not available for Self-Guided, Polar, Tailormade or Tours for Churches customers.

If you are not eligible for the Free Transfer then you will need to make your own way through to the joining and ending point. On a majority of our tours Explore will be able to provide a private transfer at an additional cost. Please ask for a quote at the time of booking.  

For more information regarding the Explore Free Transfer click here

Insurance

It is a condition of booking with Explore that you have adequate valid travel insurance. It is your responsibility to arrange appropriate travel insurance and ensure you have read and understood the full terms and conditions of your travel insurance policy to ensure that you are covered for all activities you intend to undertake whilst on the tour, including all optional activities. Your Insurance Policy must fully cover you for medical expenses and emergency repatriation to your home country. Please ensure your policy includes medical emergency helicopter evacuation in the event of illness or injury and covers the entire duration of your holiday. If you are trekking at altitude please ensure that there is no upper altitude limit which may limit or exclude cover for your trip. The cost of many of our Polar Voyages will exceed the capped amount covered by standard insurance premiums and you will be required to pay an additional premium to cover the full value of your trip. Please ensure that you are covered for the full amount of your holiday cost, as insufficient cover could invalidate a claim under the policy. Medical and repatriation insurance cover is not mandatory for UK residents who are travelling on trips within the United Kingdom.
Read more information about what travel insurance is required.

Flight information

Explore offers a wide range of flexible flying options to make joining and leaving our trips easy. Read more about them here.


Flight Information

You are able to book this tour on a 'land only' basis or as a ‘flight inclusive’ package. Your flight inclusive package will be fully protected by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) ATOL protection scheme.

  

Booking a flight inclusive package with Explore

We have a good selection of flights not only from London but from many regional airports around the UK allowing us to compare fares between scheduled carriers as well as low cost and charter airlines. Our dedicated flights team will match the best flight options to your arrival and departure airport.

On our website we display a UK flight inclusive package guide price which is generally based on a London departure. To avoid paying supplements or to secure your preferred flight option, we recommend booking as early as possible, especially for peak travel dates.

Ability to swim

No

United Kingdom

Vaccinations

Nothing compulsory, we recommend protection against tetanus, diphtheria, polio and hepatitis A. The above is not an exhaustive list. Further information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found by following the NHS and NaTHNaC links at http://www.explore.co.uk/Travelhealth/ and from your local healthcare provider. Visa and vaccination requirements are subject to change and should be confirmed before departure.

Walking and Trekking information
WWC Walking Chart
Walking grade
Moderate
Trek details
We walk for 3 to 6 hours each day, mostly along the well-maintained South West Coast Path. Terrain is generally easy going but can be uneven and rocky underfoot at times, especially on day 4 with some short sections of scrambling throughout the day. There are ascents and descents as we go across the valleys and past the coves. On days 4 and 5 there are some short sections that are exposed to a drop on one side while we are walking on a path a couple of feet wide and in unlikely event of high winds we would replace these walks. Please refer to the day to day text for more details. The order of the days and direction of the walks may be changed in accordance with the weather, wind and tide. We have graded this trek as Moderate.

Additional Information
WWC Map
WWC Map

Dates, prices and booking

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  • ATOL protected
  • No surcharge guarantee
 

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