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7-Night 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

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.

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


Option 1 - St Ives and Carbis Bay

Distance: 3½ miles (6km)

Ascent: 700 feet (200m)

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

Highlight: Take time to explore St Ives harbour after the walk. Once one of the most important pilchard landing ports in Cornwall. 

 

Option 2 - 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 3 - Knills Monument, Lelant & Carbis Bay

Distance: 7½ miles (12km)

Ascent: 1,200 feet (380m)

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, Carrack Gladden and Carbis Bay.

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 4 - Trencrom Hill & Carbis Bay

Distance: 10 miles (16km)

Ascent: 1,300 feet (400m) 

In Summary: 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 - Around St Ives

Distance: 6½ miles (10km)

Total ascent: 950 feet (300m)

In Summary: Head out on the coast path from the golden sands of Porthminster Beach then inland up and behind the town to reach the coast on the other side of St Ives. We return via the coastal path and explore St Ives island and town at a leisurely pace.

Highlight: Get acquainted with the town, its history and surroundings, giving you a delightful taste of what’s still to come. 

Option 2 - St Ives & Halsetown

Distance: 8½ miles (13½km) 

Ascent: 1,200 feet (380m)

In Summary: We head down to pick up the coast path to the outskirts of Carbis Bay. Then inland through the village of Halsetown and via ancient field systems to reach the coast path back to St Ives, finishing with a tour of the town. 

Highlight: A varied mix of coast path, fields and town – a wonderful way to acquaint yourself with St Ives and its environs.

Option 3 - St Ives & Beyond

Distance: 10½ miles (17km)

Ascent: 1,400 feet (420m)

In Summary: We start along the coast to Carbis Bay before heading inland following part of St Michael’s Way to Bowl Rock. Then through the charming hamlet of Vorvas before heading to the coast west of St Ives, finishing with a tour of the town.

Highlight: A full-on walk with stunning scenery and plenty of interest, including the legend of Bowl Rock.


Discover more about Chy Morvah and the local area for ideas on how to fill your free day. 


Option 1 - Higher Kenneggy to St Michael's Mount

Distance: 5½ miles (9km)

Ascent: 800 feet (260m)

Our walk begins at Perranuthnoe, dropping to the coast at Prussia Cove, to follow the South West Coast Path to Marazion, and the iconic 300-foot granite island of St Michael’s Mount with its castle and 14th century church. Access to St Michael's Mount is by ferry or foot, depending on the tides. The walk today has some steep ups and downs.

Option 2 - Around Mounts Bay

Distance: 6½ miles (10km)

Ascent: 1,100 feet (340m) 

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: 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 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.

 


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 - Clodgy Point and Porthmeor Beach

Distance: 4½ miles (7km)

Ascent: 700 feet (220m)

In Summary: This gentle circuit from Chy Morvah takes us through the Cornish countryside along the clifftops past Clodgy Point and back through St Ives town.

Highlight: Beautiful views from the Cornish cliffs.

Option 2 - Clodgy Point

Distance: 6½ miles (10km)

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 3 - River Cove, Trevail & Trevalgan

Distance: 7½ miles (12km)

Ascent: 1,450 feet (440m)

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 4 - Mussel Point & River Cove

Distance: 9 miles (14½km)

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.

 


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home. 


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 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

Following the relaxation in government guidance on 19 July, we are continuing to take extra steps to keep our guests leaders, and staff safe in our HF country houses. We ask all our guests to respect the measures put in place.

The English, Scottish and Welsh governments are not in sync, so measures in our country houses will vary between the nations. With the relaxation of social distancing in England, from 19 July we will be allowing larger groups to dine and relax in the bar together. However, we will still give guests space e.g. we will seat 6 people at a table where pre-pandemic we may have seated 8. We will ensure our public rooms are well ventilated by opening doors and windows wherever possible. If you have any concerns about distancing, please speak to the House Manager. The government recommendation for England is to wear face coverings in crowded areas.

In Scotland and Wales physical distancing is still in place so this will be adhered to indoors and outdoors. Guests will need to wear face masks in public areas except when eating and drinking. The Scottish and Welsh governments are reviewing their guidance in August and we will adapt our measures in line with any updated guidance at this time.

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 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. Menus for the week will be available in your room on arrival. A self-service breakfast will be served from 7.45am – 9am. Picnic lunches will now be pre-ordered the night before from an order form in the room. Evening meals will be table service. A dinner order form will be available in each room for completion. Dinner is served at either 7.15pm or 7.30pm. Please check at the house for details. The bar will be open. We will be offering a table service but guests can also come to the bar to order (depending on local restrictions).

At this time the evening social programme has been replaced by individual or small group walks talks which allow guests to talk through the following day’s walk options with leaders. All of our swimming pools have opened as planned, except for Brecon and Glen Coe, which have delayed pool re-openings. Guests may need to book a time when they wish to swim (30-minute slots) if the number of guests exceeds the pool capacity. 

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 or view the accessibility information online for Chy Morvah

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Getting to Chy Morvah

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Essential Information

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

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Duration:
7 nights
Type:
Family Walking Holidays
Walking Grade:
1 & 2

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