New for 2021

4-Night Cornwall Tread Lightly Guided Walking Holiday

Clodgy Point, near St Ives, Cornwall.
Duration: 4 nights
Type: Tread Lightly
Walking Grade: 2 & 3
from £505pp £445pp

We are all well-versed in ‘leaving no trace’ but now we invite you to join us in taking it to the next level with our new Tread Lightly walks. We have pulled together a series of spectacular walks which do not use transport, reducing our carbon footprint while still exploring the best landscapes that Cornwall have to offer. You will still enjoy the choice of three top-quality walks of different grades as well as the warm welcome of a HF country house, all with the added peace of mind that you are doing your part in protecting our incredible British countryside. Blessed with breathtakingly beautiful beaches, Cornwall has more miles of coastline and more hours of sunshine than anywhere else in England. On a Guided Walking holiday at St Ives you'll discover the fantastic coastal path in all glory, from hidden coves to rugged headlands.

Holiday Highlights

  • Enjoy breath taking walks from the doors of our country house
  • Discover the idyllic River Cove and enchanting Trevail Mill, two secluded hidden gems
  • Look out for seals at River Cove and enjoy a well-deserved ice cream by Porthmeor beach
  • Soak up the unmissable views of Hayle Estuary, Carbis Bay

What’s included

  • High quality en-suite accommodation in our country house
  • Full board from dinner upon arrival to breakfast on departure day
  • 3 days guided walking
  • Use of our comprehensive Discovery Point
  • Choice of up to three guided walks each walking day
  • The services of HF Holidays Walking Leaders

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDFs for each holiday.

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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.

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


Option 1 - Clodgy Point

Distance: 6½ miles (10.5km)

Total ascent: 850 feet (260m)

In Summary: From St Ives we walk out along the 18th century packhorse route of the Tinner’s Way through a prehistoric field system to reach Pen Enys Point. We then return along the superb coast path.

Highlight: There's plenty of time to relax and enjoy the many delights of St Ives at the end of this walk. 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:  The coastal path we follow on our return to St Ives can be rough and rocky.

Option 2 - River Cove, Trevail & Trevalgan

Distance: 7½ miles (12km)

Ascent: 1,100 feet (335m)

In Summary: Head along the rugged coast passing coves and rocky headlands to River Cove, a great place for seal spotting. Then we turn inland along a valley to the charming Trevail Mill before heading back to St Ives via ancient field paths. Head along the rugged coast passing coves and rocky headlands to River Cove, a great place for seal spotting. Then we turn inland along a valley to the charming Trevail Mill before heading back to St Ives via ancient field paths.

Highlight : Idyllic River Cove and enchanting Trevail Mill, two secluded hidden gems.

 

To note when choosing your walk:  The coastal path we follow on our return to St Ives can be rough and rocky.

Option 3 - Mussel Point & River Cove

Distance: 9 miles (14.5km)

Total ascent: 1,450 feet (440m)

In Summary: The inland section of the walk crosses prehistoric fields, passing the hamlets of Trevega, Boscubben and Treveal. We reach the coast at Mussel Point then follow the undulating rugged path over the cliffs and headlands back to St Ives.

Highlight: Look out for seals at River Cove, and later enjoy a well-deserved ice cream by Porthmeor beach when you arrive back in St Ives.

 

To note when choosing your walk:  The return journey along the coastal path is rocky and undulating with some very steep sections.


Option 1 - Rosewall Hill

Distance: 5½ miles (9km)

Ascent: 690 feet (215m) 

In Summary: We head up through the site of an old uranium mine before ascending Rosewall Hill, passing the remnants of an old tin mine on the way to the tor-like summit. We descend via Trevalgan Hill and return through fields and farms.

Highlight: Unmissable views of Hayle Estuary, Carbis Bay and the brooding moors further west.

Option 2 - Rosewall Hill & Towednack

Distance: 7 miles (11.5km)

Ascent: 925 feet (280m) 

In Summary: Our route takes us along quiet lanes and fields to Towednack before ascending Rosewall Hill. We walk along the tor-like rocky summit before descending over Trevalgan Hill and return through fields and farms.

Highlight: A taste of the moors plus the charming 13th century church at Towednack make this a walk to remember

Option 3 - Rosewall Hill & Zennor Hill

Distance: 12 miles (19km)

Ascent: 1,400 feet (430m) 

In Summary: We take a scenic route around Rosewall Hill then head further west passing Towednack church to reach more remote moorland. We pass Zennor Quoit before gaining the impressive rocky summit of Zennor Hill. We descend to Zennor village before following the field path back to St Ives.

Highlight: Don’t miss this chance to immerse yourself in atmospheric moorland with its intriguing Neolithic monuments a mere stone’s throw from the coast.


Option 1 - Carbis Bay

Distance: 5 miles (8km)

Ascent: 950 feet (300m)  

In Summary: For guests on a 7 night holiday this walk will be a repeat from earlier in the week. We will walk in reverse for alternative views and perspective. A circular walk taking us from St Ives along the South West Coast Path to Carbis Bay. We return via Knill’s Monument and the promontory of Carrack Gladden.

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 are steep, rocky sections on the coast path especially around Carrack Gladden.

Option 2 - Carbis Bay and Lelant

Distance:  7.5 miles (12km)

Ascent: 1,200 feet (380m)

In summary: For guests on a 7 night holiday this walk will be a repeat from earlier in the week. We will walk in reverse for alternative views and perspective. We follow the coastal path to Carbis Bay passing through the dunes beside Carrick Gladden and Porthkidney Sands. We ascend to Lelant church and Knill's Monument on our return to St Ives. 

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

 

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

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

Distance: 10 miles (16km)

Ascent: 1,300 feet (400m) 

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.


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. There’s even the option of an evening adventure to the Minack Theatre

 

Need to know

Important Covid-19 steps we have taken for guest safety: Please Read

As we slowly reopen in the wake of the Coronavirus lockdown, our country house stays are set to be organised a little differently; extra steps have been taken to keep our guests, house teams and leaders safe while we return to action. We ask all our guests to respect the measures put in place.

Initially the overall capacity of the houses has been reduced. Guests must wear face coverings in public spaces. To adhere to social distancing guidelines, we have taken the necessary steps to space out furniture and seating in public areas. In addition, a one-way system will be in place around the house. Adequate signage will be displayed to support the direction of travel to be followed by guests and house teams.

As a temporary measure, we will not be servicing rooms during a stay. Extra tea, coffee, milk, and toiletries will be made available on request for all guests. It is recommended that guests bring their own toiletries for the duration of their stay. We have removed all non-essential and reusable items from our rooms for the meantime including cushions, hairdryers, bathrobes, bed throws, and printed materials to reduce the number of items that need to be disinfected. Hairdryers will be available on request. Clean towels will be available on request. We will though be increasing the frequency of cleaning in our public areas providing particular attention to frequently touched items including door handles and handrails.

For now, there is no cream tea on arrival day. We have also adapted our food offering to remove all buffets and open food items. Different sittings may be required for breakfast and dinner due to the occupancy and size of the house. Picnic lunches will now be pre-ordered the night before from an order form in the room. The bar in each country house will be open, and we will be offering a table service for drinks. At this time there is no, or only a very limited, evening social programme available. Outdoor swimming pools at those houses that have them will re-open throughout August, except at Freshwater Bay House, where the pool will remain closed for 2020. Indoor swimming pools will remain closed.

For more information and to see all the steps taken, visit our page on how house stays will be adapted.

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 Good and Better Rooms to choose from. Simply but smartly furnished they let the view through the window do the talking.

All ‘Good’ rooms are ensuite and furnished to a high standard. There are also several ‘Better’ 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. Lunch is a chance to stock up on our famous picnic snacks. Food at Chy Morvah is varied and eclectic but has a strong emphasis on ingredients from the area and seasonal produce. Once a week the dining room hosts a Local Food Night, when, over a sociable evening, you might tuck in to Cornish cauliflower and award-winning blue cheese soup, snack on a Stargazy pasty featuring locally caught fillet of mackerel and tuck in to either locally reared pork with a Cornish cider jus or fillet of plaice stuffed with white crab meat, prawns and chives for the best that Cornish land and sea has to offer.

Accessibility

For accessibility and assistance information, please contact our expert team on 020 3974 8865

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Getting to Chy Morvah

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What to Bring

“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

  • Waterproof 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)
  • Sun hat and sunscreen
    Denim jeans and waterproof capes are not suitable on any walks.

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

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: £20 per person.

Holiday Prices

Date (Start - End) Nights Itinerary Price Status Trip Notes Book
2021
05 Oct - 09 Oct
4 Tread Lightly £505 £445 Save £60 Per Person Trip Notes Book Now
26 Oct - 30 Oct
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Duration:
4 nights
Type:
Tread Lightly
Walking Grade:
2

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