4-Night Cornwall Christmas & New Year Guided Walking Holiday

Land's End in Cornwall
Duration: 4 nights
Type: Guided Walking
Walking Grade: 2 & 3
from £799pp

Cornwall is beautiful all year round but there are some even more spectacular sights around winter. Spend the festive season in Cornwall, socialising and walking in this beautiful place. There’s something magical about walking in winter. Whether it’s the frosty footsteps, the clear crisp air, or the breathtaking views, it’s a wonderful time to go walking. Join our festive breaks and choose from a guided walking holiday in the company of one of our knowledgeable leaders. We pull out all the stops on our festive holidays, with fabulous food, lots of seasonal entertainment and great walks and activities. The walks are tailored to the time of year and will remain flexible to suit the weather conditions. Each day three grades of walk will be offered. So wrap up warm, lace up your boots and go for an invigorating walk.

Holiday Highlights

  • Plenty of exercise to walk off the festive excesses
  • A choice of guided walks in spectacular winter scenery
  • Just relax, soak up the party atmosphere, enjoy wonderful festive fare and leave all the organising to us
  • Evening activities include dancing, quizzes, carol singing and New Year celebrations
  • Cosy Country House and a special festive cheer

What’s included

  • Wonderful meals – full selection at breakfast, your choice of picnic lunch, an excellent evening meal and plenty of festive treats
  • A programme of organised walks and activities
  • The services of experienced HF Holidays’ guides
  • A packed programme of evening activities offering something festive for everyone, including some old HF favourites
  • Any transport to and from the walks

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDF’s for each holiday, please click the button below to find the right trip notes for your departure date.

On our Guided Walking holidays, we believe that choice is key. Our walks descriptions will help you choose according to your interests and fitness. The walks are grouped together with care by local experts to give the best experience. While every effort will be made to adhere to the described itinerary, we may occasionally vary the sequence shown here or substitute an alternative route to suit local conditions or for other operational reasons, potentially at short notice. Some of our breaks have more than one itinerary. To check which itinerary is running on your holiday date please refer to the Dates, Prices & Trip Notes tab.

You're welcome to check in from 1pm onwards.

Enjoy a complimentary Afternoon Tea on arrival.


Option 1 - Praa Sands to Porthleven

Distance: 4½ miles (7.5km)

Ascent: 1,025 feet (320m)

In Summary: From the beautiful mile-long sandy beach of Praa Sands, we follow the South Cornwall Coast Path towards Rinsey Head and Trewavas Head before arriving at the historic fishing town of Porthleven.

Highlight: Enjoy magnificent open sea views towards the most southern end of the country!

Option 2 - Perranuthnoe to Porthleven

Distance: 8½ miles (13.5km)

Ascent: 1,800 feet (550m)

In Summary: Starting at Perranuthnoe, we hug the Cornwall coastline passing through Prussia Cove and the mile-long sandy beach of Praa Sands, walking over the Rinsey East Cliff to Trewavas Head before arriving at Porthleven.

Highlight: Enjoy glorious sea views throughout as we walk through the rich flora of the South Cornwall coast.

Option 3 - Marazion to Porthleven

Distance: 11 miles (17.5 km)

Total ascent: 2,100 feet (640m)

In Summary: From Marazion following the coastline, we will go through Perranuthnoe, Prussia Cove and Praa Sands towards Trewavas Head before reaching the picturesque fishing and one-time industrial harbour of Porthleven.

Highlight: Enjoy glorious sea views throughout as we walk through the rich flora of the South Cornwall coast.


Option 1 - Knills Monument, Carrack Gladden & Carbis Bay

Distance: 5 miles (8km)

Ascent: 950 feet (300m)  

In Summary: A circular walk taking us from St Ives to Knill’s Monument and the promontory of Carrack Gladden, before following the South West Coast Path to Carbis Bay and back into St Ives.

Highlight: There's plenty of time to relax and enjoy the many delights of St Ives. Enjoy wandering through the narrow streets, perhaps visit the Tate Gallery, or take a boat trip to Seal Island.

 

To note when choosing your walk:  There is a steep, slippery concrete path descending to Carbis Bay and also steep, rocky sections on the coast path especially around Carrack Gladden.

Option 2 - Lelant & Carbis Bay

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Total ascent: 1,200 feet (300m)

In Summary: Head up to Knill’s Monument, then drop down to join the coast near Lelant church. We follow the coastal path back to St Ives, passing through the dunes beside Porthkidney Sands, Carrick Gladden and Carbis Bay.

HighlightEnjoy glorious views over St Ives Bay from Knill's Monument. Look out for the Balking House, once used by Cornish pilchard fishermen.

Option 3 - Knill's Monument, Lelant and Carbis Bay

Distance: 10 miles (16km)

Ascent: 1,400 feet (420m) 

In Summary: For guests on a 7 night holiday this walk will be a repeat from earlier in the week, we will walk the route in reverse for alternative views and perspective. Head up to Knill’s Monument, then over fields to Lelant via Trencrom Hill. We follow the coast path beside the Hayle Estuary and through dunes overlooking Porthkidney Sands and Carbis Bay before arriving back at St Ives.

Highlight: Stunning views from the top of the iron-age hill fort of Trencrom Hill, including the south coast and St Michael’s Mount. 

To note when choosing your walk:  There are steep, rocky sections on the coast path especially around Carrack Gladden.


Option 1 - St Just, Whitesand Bay to Land's End

Distance: 5½ miles (8.5km)

Ascent: 650 feet (200m)

In Summary: Walk from the mining village of St Just across the fields and lanes of the Cot Valley, before joining the Coast Path to reach the old fishing village of Sennen Cove. The final section leads us over the granite cliffs to Land’s End. 

Highlight: The cliff-top walk from Sennen Cove to Land's End is particularly impressive, with a real sense of achievement as you reach this iconic spot.

Option 2 - St Just, Carn Ballowall & Land's End

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Ascent: 1,180 feet (360m)

In Summary: We start at St Just before heading towards the coast and passing the chambered tomb at Ballowall Barrow. We then join the South West Coast Path and take the undulating coastal route until we reach Land's End.

Highlight: Fantastic views from the cliff edge looking over the Ballowall Chamber Tomb.

Option 3 - Botallack, Cape Cornwall and Land's End

Distance: 8 miles (12.5km)

Ascent: 1,600 feet (500m)

In Summary: Follow the South West Coast Path from the famous Crown Mines at Botallack to Cape Cornwall. Then on past Ballowall Barrow, a Bronze Age burial chamber,  to Sennen Cove and Land’s End. 

Highlight: Discover Cornwall's rich history of tin mining, now recognised as a World Heritage Site. Look out for the abandoned engine houses perched just above the sea at Botallack.


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home.


You're welcome to check in from 4pm onwards.

Enjoy a complimentary Afternoon Tea on arrival.


Option 1 - St Just, Whitesand Bay to Land's End

Distance: 5½ miles (8.5km)

Ascent: 650 feet (200m)

In Summary: Walk from the mining village of St Just across the fields and lanes of the Cot Valley, before joining the Coast Path to reach the old fishing village of Sennen Cove. The final section leads us over the granite cliffs to Land’s End. 

Highlight: The cliff-top walk from Sennen Cove to Land's End is particularly impressive, with a real sense of achievement as you reach this iconic spot.

Option 2 - St Just, Carn Ballowall & Land's End

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Ascent: 1,180 feet (360m)

In Summary: We start at St Just before heading towards the coast and passing the chambered tomb at Ballowall Barrow. We then join the South West Coast Path and take the undulating coastal route until we reach Land's End.

Highlight: Fantastic views from the cliff edge looking over the Ballowall Chamber Tomb.

Option 3 - Botallack, Cape Cornwall and Land's End

Distance: 8 miles (12.5km)

Ascent: 1,600 feet (500m)

In Summary: Follow the South West Coast Path from the famous Crown Mines at Botallack to Cape Cornwall. Then on past Ballowall Barrow, a Bronze Age burial chamber,  to Sennen Cove and Land’s End. 

Highlight: Discover Cornwall's rich history of tin mining, now recognised as a World Heritage Site. Look out for the abandoned engine houses perched just above the sea at Botallack.


Option 1 - Knills Monument, Carrack Gladden & Carbis Bay

Distance: 5 miles (8km)

Ascent: 950 feet (300m)  

In Summary: A circular walk taking us from St Ives to Knill’s Monument and the promontory of Carrack Gladden, before following the South West Coast Path to Carbis Bay and back into St Ives.

Highlight: There's plenty of time to relax and enjoy the many delights of St Ives. Enjoy wandering through the narrow streets, perhaps visit the Tate Gallery, or take a boat trip to Seal Island.

 

To note when choosing your walk:  There is a steep, slippery concrete path descending to Carbis Bay and also steep, rocky sections on the coast path especially around Carrack Gladden.

Option 2 - Lelant & Carbis Bay

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Total ascent: 1,200 feet (300m)

In Summary: Head up to Knill’s Monument, then drop down to join the coast near Lelant church. We follow the coastal path back to St Ives, passing through the dunes beside Porthkidney Sands, Carrick Gladden and Carbis Bay.

HighlightEnjoy glorious views over St Ives Bay from Knill's Monument. Look out for the Balking House, once used by Cornish pilchard fishermen.

Option 3 - Knill's Monument, Lelant and Carbis Bay

Distance: 10 miles (16km)

Ascent: 1,400 feet (420m) 

In Summary: For guests on a 7 night holiday this walk will be a repeat from earlier in the week, we will walk the route in reverse for alternative views and perspective. Head up to Knill’s Monument, then over fields to Lelant via Trencrom Hill. We follow the coast path beside the Hayle Estuary and through dunes overlooking Porthkidney Sands and Carbis Bay before arriving back at St Ives.

Highlight: Stunning views from the top of the iron-age hill fort of Trencrom Hill, including the south coast and St Michael’s Mount. 

To note when choosing your walk:  There are steep, rocky sections on the coast path especially around Carrack Gladden.


Option 1 - Praa Sands to Porthleven

Distance: 4½ miles (7.5km)

Ascent: 1,025 feet (320m)

In Summary: From the beautiful mile-long sandy beach of Praa Sands, we follow the South Cornwall Coast Path towards Rinsey Head and Trewavas Head before arriving at the historic fishing town of Porthleven.

Highlight: Enjoy magnificent open sea views towards the most southern end of the country!

Option 2 - Perranuthnoe to Porthleven

Distance: 8½ miles (13.5km)

Ascent: 1,800 feet (550m)

In Summary: Starting at Perranuthnoe, we hug the Cornwall coastline passing through Prussia Cove and the mile-long sandy beach of Praa Sands, walking over the Rinsey East Cliff to Trewavas Head before arriving at Porthleven.

Highlight: Enjoy glorious sea views throughout as we walk through the rich flora of the South Cornwall coast.

Option 3 - Marazion to Porthleven

Distance: 11 miles (17.5 km)

Total ascent: 2,100 feet (640m)

In Summary: From Marazion following the coastline, we will go through Perranuthnoe, Prussia Cove and Praa Sands towards Trewavas Head before reaching the picturesque fishing and one-time industrial harbour of Porthleven.

Highlight: Enjoy glorious sea views throughout as we walk through the rich flora of the South Cornwall coast.


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home.


Chy Morvah

Sea, sand and (hopefully) sun await at Cornwall’s Chy Morvah. This coastal bolthole, whose name means ‘House by the Sea’ in Cornish, basks in the famously lovely light of this artist-retreat town on the north coast of one of England’s most desirable holiday destinations. Those artists may have come to paint the sea and sky but you can simply admire it from the house’s privileged position. The building has been designed to maximise the effect of its elevated location, with stunning sea views and vistas of sandy beaches, while the bustling harbour and array of cafés and artists galleries are just a short cobbled street walk away. As well as 38 bedrooms, there is a large main lounge with panoramic views across St Ives Bay and a dining room that boasts similar mouth-watering views. To keep you entertained there’s a garden in which to enjoy the hazy pinky glow that falls on this seaside sanctuary every evening. Beyond the house, the Cornish Coast is the gateway to exploring the area, with easy access to St Michael’s Mount, the pretty fishing village of Mousehole, the beaches and cliffs of north Cornwall and the rugged cliffs of Land’s End. 

 

Rooms

Tea & coffee-making facilities, TV, Hairdryer, Toiletries, Wi-Fi

Stay in one of the main building’s beautifully presented rooms or in the adjacent Lanyons House. With 38 bright and airy bedrooms, Chy Morvah has plenty of space and there’s a range of Classic and Premium Rooms to choose from. Simply but smartly furnished they let the view through the window do the talking.

All ‘Classic' rooms are ensuite and furnished to a high standard. There are also several ‘Premium' Rooms that are either larger or have a desirable view, a more luxurious mattress and larger television – upgrade your stay for just an extra £15-25 per person per night. You can choose a specific room for an extra £30 per room, subject to availability. Upgrade supplements still apply.

Facilities

Free Wi-Fi, boot room and drying room, attractive gardens with sea views, heated outdoor swimming pool, multi-purpose activity room, ballroom, library and board games to borrow

After a day strolling the coast, come back to the house and its specially tailored walkers’ facilities. Relax by sitting in the pretty gardens beneath the large mature trees and looking out over the sea. Take a turn in the heated outdoor pool if you still have the energy, or simply relax on the sundeck adjacent to it. Indoors, kick back in one of the lounges. The small bar with its seaside paraphernalia is well-stocked and welcoming while light floods the dining room through panoramic windows.

Food & Drink

As at all our country houses, holidays are full board, from afternoon tea served as a welcome treat through that evening’s meal to a hearty breakfast on the day of departure. Food at Chy Morvah is varied with a strong emphasis on the use of seasonal British produce. Our experienced chefs create each dish using only the freshest ingredients and, when in season, use home grown herbs and vegetables taken from our own gardens to give a true taste of the local area.

Accessibility

For accessibility and assistance information, please contact our expert team on 020 3974 8865 or view the accessibility information online for Chy Morvah

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Getting to Chy Morvah

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Essential Information

“There’s no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong type of clothing!” goes the adage. Come prepared for all eventualities and you’ll walk in comfort as well as safety. Britain’s famous for its changeable weather, so here’s our advice on what to wear and bring.

Essentials

  • Walking boots providing ankle support and good grip.
  • A waterproof jacket and over-trousers
  • Gloves and a warm hat (it can be chilly at any time of the year)
  • Rucksack
  • Water bottle (at least 1 litre capacity)
  • A small torch (everywhere in winter, year round in mountains)

Recommended

  • Several layers of clothing, which can be added or removed
  • Specialist walking socks to avoid blisters.
  • A first aid kit inc plasters– your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication
  • Sit mat (insulated pad to sit on when you stop for a break)

You might also want

  • Walking poles, particularly useful for descents.
  • Insect repellent
  • Flask for hot drinks
  • Rigid lunch box
  • Gaiters
  • Blister kit (eg Compeed) just in case
  • Waterproof rucksack liner
  • Sun hat and sunscreen (we may just get lucky and have some festive sunshine!)

Denim jeans and waterproof capes are not suitable on any walks.

Guest Reviews

All holidays are subject to availability. Prices are subject to change.
Prices based on two people sharing. Supplements may apply.
Non-member fee: £30 per person.

Holiday Prices

Date (Start - End) Nights Itinerary Price Status Trip Notes Book
2022
23 Dec - 27 Dec 2022
4 2022 Christmas £879 Trip Notes Book Now
30 Dec - 03 Jan 2022
4 2022 New Year £799 Trip Notes Book Now
Duration:
4 nights
Type:
Guided Walking
Walking Grade:
2

4 nights from £799pp

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