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Cornwall Family Walking Adventure

Family walking on a small path along the stunning Cornish coastline near St. Ives in Cornwall, England, UK
Duration: 7 nights
Type: Family Walking Holidays
Walking Grade: 1, 2 & 3
from £869pp

Cornwall is renowned for its stunning coast. Walks take in some of the best bits, easily accessed on the South West Coast Path. While some walks start or end in St Ives, many are further afield to take in Cornish highlights. Walks on the Lizard Peninsula – Poldark country - reveal some of the county’s most rugged and dramatic scenery including Kynance Cove with its turquoise waters. Kids can stand on the most southerly point of the UK at Lizard Point and perhaps spot red-legged choughs. Further north, walks around Marazion give great views of St Michael's Mount with its causeway. Land’s End is the south-westerly tip of mainland UK – taking a photo next to the famous signpost is obligatory! One walk to get here goes past the amazing cliffside Minack Theatre.

Holiday Highlights

FAMILY FUN AT CHY MORVAH

  • Rounders and other games on the beach
  • Treasure hunts while out walking
  • Rocket launching on the beach
  • Dam building & seal watching

THINGS TO DO AND PLACES TO SEE...

  • Day trip to the Eden Project by coach
  • Boat trip to Seal Island or Godrevy Lighthouse
  • Join a guided Sea Kayaking Tour
  • Tate St Ives
  • Minack Theatre
  • St Michael's Mount

What’s included

  • Full Board en-suite accommodation
  • Max guests in house: 68
  • Family rooms: 8
  • A full programme of walks guided by HF Leaders
  • All transport to and from the walks
  • Free Wi-Fi

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.

Arrive at Chy Morvah,


Option 1 - Carbis Bay

Distance: 3 miles (5km)

Total ascent: 600 feet (180m)

In SummaryA gentle walk along the lanes to Carbis Bay, before heading back along the coast path to St Ives finishing on Porthminster Beach.

HighlightIf the weather is fine we can play on the fabulous beaches at Carbis Bay and St Ives - don't forget your bucket and spade!

 

Option 2 - Knill's Monument

Distance: 5 miles (8km) Total ascent: 800 feet (240m)

In SummaryA circular walk taking us from St Ives to Knill’s Monument and the promontory of Carrick Gladden, before following the coast path to Carbis Bay and back into St Ives.

HighlightThere's plenty of time to relax and enjoy the many delights of St Ives. Enjoy wandering through the narrow streets, enjoy an ice cream by the harbour, or just relax on the beach.

Option 3 - Lelant & Carbis Bay

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Total ascent: 1,000 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 4 - St Michael's Way

In SummaryFollow the St Michael’s Way – a pilgrim routes dating back to early Christianity. Starting from St Michael’s Mount we walk across the peninsula to Lelant Church for the short train ride back to St Ives.

Highlight: Enjoy great views over Cornwall's north and south coasts. The short train ride ranks as one of Britain's most scenic branch lines as it meanders above cliffs and sandy beaches.

Distance: 11 miles (17½ km) Total ascent: 1,300 feet (400m)


Option 1 - Sennen Cove

Distance: 3 miles (5km)

Total ascent: 300 feet (90m)

In Summary Walk over the fields from Trevescan to Sennen Cove. After lots of time on the beach, we'll continue atop the cliffs to the tip of Britain at Land's End.

HighlightToday’s highlight is the fabulous beach at Sennen Cove; a huge white sand beach with its safe swimming, pretty village, working fishing boats and lifeboat station.

 

Option 2 - Over the cliffs to Land's End

Distance: 5 miles (8km)

Total ascent: 600 feet (1800m)

In SummaryFrom an inland start at Polgigga, we walk across tracks and field paths to Mill Bay and the old fishing village of Sennen Cove. After time on the beach we'll follow the coast path over the granite cliffs to Land’s End.

Highlight The final section along the coast to the very tip of Britain at Land's End contains some of Cornwall's grandest scenery.

 

Option 3 - Porthcurno & Land's End

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Total ascent: 1,000 feet (300m)

In SummaryWalk along the stunning southern coast from Treen to Land's End. On the way, you'll discover hidden coves, rugged headlands, and the open-air Minack Theatre.

Highlight Porthcurno's beautiful white sandy beach, one of the finest in Cornwall. Look out for Rowena Cade’s remarkable open-air Minack Theatre cut into the cliffs above the village.

 

Option 4 - St Loy to Land's End

Distance: 8 miles (13km)

Total ascent:  1,300 feet (390m)

In SummaryA longer walk along the coast from St Loy to Land's End. This is coastal walking at its best; an opportunity to stride out and soak up the sea views.

Highlight Reaching Land's End at the end of the walk standing on the very tip of Britain.

 



Option 1 - Around St Ives

Distance: 3 miles (5km)

Total ascent: 600 feet (180m)

In Summary: Walk through St Ives to the coast path near Clodgy Point. We return along the coast, with opportunities to stop at Porthmeor Beach or St Ives harbour.

Highlight: A short walk that allows plenty of time in St Ives in the afternoon. You may like to head to the beach, or swim in the pool.

 

Option 2 - Clodgy Point

Distance: 6 miles (9½km)

Total ascent: 600 feet (180m)

In Summary: Walk along the rugged cliffs west of St Ives around Clodgy Point to Trevelga Cliff. Here we head inland and return along the 18th century packhorse route of the Tinners’ Way as it crosses a prehistoric field system.

Highlight: Lots of rugged coastal scenery, with the chance to see seabirds and seals.

 

Option 3 - Mussel Point & River Cove

Distance: 9 miles (14½km)

Total ascent: 1,200 feet (360m)

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.

 

Option 4 - Zennor to St Ives

Distance: 11 miles (18km)

Total ascent: 1,750 feet (540m)

In Summary: Follow the Tinners’ Way from St Ives, heading through the fields to the picturesque village of Zennor with its medieval church and Tinners Arms pub.  We return along the rugged coastal path to St Ives past dramatic rocky headlands, hidden coves, and sweeping sea views.

Highlight: With luck you'll see seals, plenty of seabirds, and maybe even dolphins and basking sharks.

 


Option 1 - Kynance Cove

Distance:  4 miles (6½km)

Total ascent: 400 feet (120m)

In Summary: A stunning circuit around the southern tip of England. We'll head to Church Cove, then continue around the headlands passing Bass Point, the Lizard Point lighthouse and on to Kynance Cove.

Highlight: Kynance Cove is a real gem with its serpentine rock formations and stunning views from the beach cafe.

 

Option 2 - Lizard Point

Distance: 5 miles (8km)

Total ascent: 400 feet (120m)

In Summary:  Walk from Lizard Green village along the cliff path around Bass Point and high above Polpeor Cove. We return to Lizard Green along a ‘Cornish hedge’ footpath.

Highlight: Enjoy the fantastic coastal scenery around Lizard Point.

 

Option 3 - Mullion to the Lizard

Distance: 8 miles (13km)

Total ascent: 900 (270m)

In Summary: Follow the coastal path from Mullion Cove to the Lizard; a fantastic section of coastline with gnarled cliffs and hidden coves.

Highlight:  Keep your eyes peeled for seals at Mullion harbour, then enjoy refreshments at Kynance Cove before the final leg to Lizard village.

 

Option 4 - Lizard Point circuit

Distance: 9 miles (14½km)

Total ascent: 900 feet (270m)

In Summary: A stunning coastal circuit around the southern tip of England. We'll head first to the quaint fishing village of Cadgwith, then enjoy the glorious coastal path passing the collapsed caves of the Devil’s Frying Pan, Lizard Point and Kynance Cove.

Highlight: The sense of achievement as you arrive at the Lizard Point lighthouse and become the southern-most person in Britain!

 


Option 1 - Porthleven to Helston

Distance: 4 miles (6½km)

Total ascent: 200 feet (60m)

In Summary: From the small Cornish harbour town of Porthleven we walk along the coast and through the Penrose estate to end at Helston at a pleasant park and café.

Highlight: Explore the rockpools on Porthleven beach, and later there'll be plenty of time to play in the park at Helston.

 

Option 2 - Around Mounts Bay

Distance: 6 miles (9½km)

Total ascent: 800 feet (240m)

In Summary: Starting at the beach of Praa Sands on the west side of the Lizard peninsula, we take the undulating Coast Path to Prussia Cove and Perranuthnoe, with stunning views of St Michael’s Mount.

Highlight:  We finish at Marazion where, tide permitting, there will be time to walk across the causeway to the Mount to experience this beautiful island.

 

Option 3 - Rinsey Head to Marazion

Distance: 8 miles (13km)

Total ascent:  900 feet (270m)

In Summary: From the mine buildings of Wheal Prosper at Rinsey Head, we join the Coast Path to the mile long beach of Praa Sands, and then on to the historic town of Marazion via Prussia Cove and Perranuthnoe.

Highlight: St Michael's Mount is in view for much of the day; hopefully there'll be time to cross the causeway at the end of the walk.

 

Option 4 - Porthleven to Marazion

Distance: 11 miles (17½ km)

Total ascent: 1,600 feet (480m)

In Summary: From the picturesque fishing and one-time industrial harbour of Porthleven we follow an outstanding coastline to Trewavas Head before walking to Marazion via Praa Sands, Prussia Cove and Perranuthnoe.

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

 


Depart after breakfast 


Cornwall Family Walking Itinerary Map

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 are 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

 

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, larger television, enhanced toiletries and a fluffy bathrobe & slippers – upgrade your stay for just an extra £15 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

Suggested Kit List

  • a rucksack,
  • a waterproof jacket
  • waterproof over trousers,
  • a spare jumper or fleece,
  • sun protection cream,
  • a water bottle (at least 1 litre),
  • some spare high-energy food such as a chocolate bar
  • a small torch
  • first aid kit – your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication or blister kits (such as Compeed).

    (in spring, autumn and winter)

  • a hat and gloves (Britainis famous for its changeable weather after all!)
  • You might find walking poles useful, particularly for descents (the kids usually find their own big stick en route!).
  • thermos flask for a hot drink
  • sun hat
  • towel for paddling on hot days

Guest Reviews

All holidays are subject to availability and prices are subject to change.
Non-member fee: £10 per person.

Holiday Prices

Date (Start - End) Nights Itinerary Price Status Trip Notes Book
2020
10 Apr - 17 Apr
7 Family Walk £869 Under 18s Go Free - Call To Book 020 3974 8865 Trip Notes Enquire
Duration:
7 nights
Type:
Family Walking Holidays
Walking Grade:
1 & 2

7 nights from £869pp

Under 18s GO FREE

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