Cornish Coastal Path South: Marazion to Mevagissey

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Cornish Coastal Path South: Marazion to Mevagissey information and booking

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$1190
  • Duration
    8 days
    Days
  • Group size
    1-15
    Persons
  • Difficulty
    moderate
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Schedule Details

Summary
  • 7 nights hotel/guesthouse/inn

Highlights

  • Walking Around the Lizard and Roseland Peninsula
  • Stunning Coastline of Beaches, Coves and Cliffs
  • Naval History and Castle at Falmouth
  • Picturesque Ports & Fishing Villages

Tour description provided by World Expeditions

This holiday includes a wonderful variety of coastal scenery ranging from sheltered tidal creeks to the wooded Fal estuary and the brooding cliffs of the Lizard, England's most southerly point. The whole area is designated an area of outstanding natural beauty. Its mild climate permits even palm trees to flourish and Cornwall is the home of some of England’s finest gardens. Cornwall historically is the land of smugglers, shipwrecks and dark deeds in secret hidden coves, many of which you will pass through on your walk. It has literary associations with the poet John Betjeman, who was tongue-tied by the spectacular cliffs, Virginia Woolfe and of course, the novels of Daphne Du Maurier. The scenery is as spectacular and picturesque as the tiny fishing villages. There are superb beaches, marvelous bird watching and botanical spots, and sunsets that will stay in your memory long after you leave. There are those who have completed the whole five hundred miles of this wonderful long distance trail, who’s after dinner conversation touches on little else. Our moderate little week’s walk can have just as powerful side effects.

What's included

  • 7 breakfasts
  • 7 nights accommodation in hotels and guesthouses on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities where available
  • One piece of luggage per person transferred from inn to inn, not exceeding 20kg
  • Information pack including route notes & maps
  • Emergency hotline

Itinerary

Day 1 Travel to Marazion
Travel to Marazion. Mainline train to Penzance and taxi from there. Enjoy a peaceful evening near to the coastal path. Accommodation: Mount Haven Hotel in Marazion - A highly commended boutique hotel, with interesting views of the Mount.
Day 2 Marazion to Porthleven (11 miles / 17.75 km)
Our first day takes us from Monts Bay with St. Michael's Mount sitting in the sea. This old abbey now a manor house has an ageless appeal and was traditionally linked to Mont St. Michel in Brittany. Round the corner from the Bay we follow along some interesting sections of cliffs, with the remnants of tin mines. There are some beautiful bays and inlets associated with smuggling and then you will reach Porthleven, a pretty fishing and boating harbour that is closed by wooden baulks during storms. Accommodation: Harbour Inn at Porthleven - We stay in a 4* Inn by the quayside with old stone flags on the floor and oak beams and wood paneling in profusion. The bar retains the ambience of an old fisherman’s pub, and offers friendly service in traditional surroundings. If you are there on a Saturday there will often be entertainment as well. Pubs in Great Britain are open until 11pm. You can enjoy fine seafood at the inn or venture along the quay to a famous seafood restaurant.
Day 3 Porthleven to The Lizard (15 miles / 24.15 km)
Via the stunningly beautiful Kynance Cove and the pretty village of Mullion, which is at the heart of some of the finest walking. The sea at the Lizard has some interesting rock type’s country. Accommodation: The Caerthillian at The Lizard - Our night at the remote southernmost point of Britain will hopefully be rewarded with an unforgettable sunset, and will certainly offer fine views of the sea. We stay in an excellent private hotel, close to Lizard Head; set in its own grounds the hotel has views of the famous Lizard lighthouse. Most rooms are ensuite and are equipped with tea and coffee facilities, TV and hairdryers. All have magnificent sea views.
Day 4 The Lizard to Porthallow (16 miles / 25.75 km)
Today we pass Coverack, a fine example of a totally unspoilt traditional fishing village. You may wish to make a detour from the coast to visit St Keverne to view its pleasant village square and remarkable churchyard where over 400 shipwreck victims of the nearby Manacle Reef are buried. Accommodation: : Gallenreath Guesthouse at Porthallow - We stay in a 3* guesthouse where your host will make you more than welcome.
Day 5 Porthallow to St Mawes (16.5 miles / 26.5 km)
This is quite a long day, which could be shortened by taking a taxi to Gillan. From Gillan walk to Nare point and then across the Helford Passage You could have a lunch stop at the pub near the Frenchman’s Creek made famous by Daphne Du Maurier, before following part of the beautiful Helford River and the coastal path to the impressive Trebah Gardens. You then walk through Falmouth, the biggest town on our route. The day ends with a ferry ride from Falmouth to St. Mawes A remote pleasant little yachting harbour at the end of the Roseland peninsula, which boasts a clover leaf castle built by Henry VIII in 1542. (Last Ferry around 17.30, approx £4.50), Fantastic scenery throughout the day. Accommodation: The Rising Sun Hotel at St Mawes - Yet another superb waterside location overlooking the harbour in this pretty village. Our 4* hotel has eleven rooms offering comfortable accommodation, many with superb sea views. Wild woodland mushrooms with garlic and herbs and a tresse of salmon and turbot on saffron rice are samples of the delicious dinners on offer. The restaurant makes good use of the areas rich supply of seafood, and you can choose to dine in the restaurant or from the bar.
Day 6 St Mawes to Portloe (13.5 miles / 21.75km)
You have to leave the Roseland peninsular today and the walking distance can be shortened by taking the Place Ferry. En route we pass by Caerhays Castle, designed by John Nash, and its beautiful gardens. Then through Veryan noted for its thatched round houses. You arrive at the understated beauty that is Portloe, a tiny sheltered harbour with old streets. Accommodation: Caradale B&B in Portloe - Tonight we stay in a B&B on the cliff tops beyond Portloe, a unique shell fishing hamlet on the almost unknown Roseland peninsular.
Day 7 Portloe to Mevagissey (12 miles / 19.35 km)
Walk from Portloe to Mevagissey via Portholland Cove and Dodman Point, quite a lot of ascent and descent on the last day, but great coastal views. Accommodation: Trennicks BB in Mevagissey - Our last night is spent in Mevagissey, our first choice accommodation is a 4* guesthouse. However this is a busy village and we will use a number of guesthouses here.
Day 8 End of tour
Depart Mevagissey after breakfast, take a bus or taxi to St Austell approx 6 miles from Mevagissey, and join national rail services.