6-Night Cornwall Christmas & New Year Guided Walking Holiday

Mousehole Christmas Lights Cornwall
Duration: 7 nights
Type: Festive Breaks
Walking Grade: 2 & 3
from £925pp

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 PDFs for each holiday.

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.


The harder walk for today starts at the attractive town of Marazion with a spectacular view of the 300 foot granite island of St Michael’s Mount with its castle and 14th century church. The route follows the South West Coast Path through Cudden Point to Perranuthnoe (where the medium route begins). Both routes then pass through Prussia Cove, named after the notorious, swashbuckling smuggler John Carter, who styled himself the ‘King of Prussia’ because of his resemblance to Frederick the Great, through Kenneggy and on to the long sandy beach at Praa Sands (where the easier walk begins). All three groups head towards Porthleven via Rinsey Head and along the cliffs to Trewavas Head with its old copper mine buildings. We conclude at Porthleven Harbour.


Today’s medium and harder walks visit the Bronze Age stone circle of the Merry Maidens, the easier walk is a circular walk starting and finishing in Marazion with views over to St Michaels mount. The medium walk takes us down to the beach at St Loy and passes Tater Du lighthouse before descending to Lamorna Cove, around the rocky headland. We continue along the coast path to Mousehole. The harder walk starts past the Logan Rock Inn to the Iron Age castle of Treryn Dinas. We later turn eastward to Penberth Cove and St Loy and the coast path brings us around the rocky headland to Lamorna Cove, and eventually to Mousehole.


We’ll build up an appetite today on the superb local circular walks which start and finish on our doorstep. Our easier and medium walks lead up to the prominent granite tetrahedron of Knill’s Monument which crowns the summit of Vorvas Hill. The easier walk then drops down to the promontory of Carrack Gladden and follows the Coast Path through Carbis Bay and past the Balking House en route to St Ives. The medium walk drops to the coast near Lelant Church and then follows the same stretch of the coast path back; while the harder walk takes us out towards Mussel Point and back along the coast path passing River Cove.


The easier walk today starts from the mining village of St Just – with its medieval Amphitheatre, and follows an inland route across Cot Valley and over the Nanquidno Downs before dropping to the coast path. The medium walk reaches the coast path at Ballowall Barrow from St Just, while the harder walk starts from Botallack and passes through the Kenidjack Valley, round Cape Cornwall to reach Ballowall Barrow. All three walks finish at Land’s End with its views out over granite cliffs to Longships Lighthouse and even as far as Wolf Rock and the Scillies on a good day.


Today’s easier walk heads for the east coast at Church Cove, before following a clockwise circuit around Bass Point and the cliffs of the Lizard. Weather permitting we’ll take a look at Kynance Cove with its amazing rock formations, and then return to Lizard Green along a ‘Cornish hedge’ footpath. The medium walk starts at Mullion, visits the 13th century church and follows the coast path through Mullion Cove and along the cliffs to Kynance. The harder walk starts inland to join the coast path at the quaint fishing village of Cadgwith and then past the collapsed caves of the Devil’s Frying Pan en route to Bass Point, Lizard Head, Kynance and Lizard Green.


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home. 


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


Today’s medium and harder walks visit the Bronze Age stone circle of the Merry Maidens, the easier walk is a circular walk starting and finishing in Marazion with views over to St Michaels mount. The medium walk takes us down to the beach at St Loy and passes Tater Du lighthouse before descending to Lamorna Cove, around the rocky headland. We continue along the coast path to Mousehole. The harder walk starts past the Logan Rock Inn to the Iron Age castle of Treryn Dinas. We later turn eastward to Penberth Cove and St Loy and the coast path brings us around the rocky headland to Lamorna Cove, and eventually to Mousehole.


Today’s easier walk starts from Poldhu Cove and follows the coast path north through Church Cove where the 15th century church is part-buried in the sand dunes. Then to Loe Bar, a sandbar protecting Cornwall’s largest freshwater lake, to finish at the fishing and one-time industrial harbor of Porthleven. The medium walk starts at Mullion and passes the Marconi Monument up on the cliffs before dropping to Poldhu to follow the route of the easier group. The harder walk starts from Mullion Cove and visits the picturesque harbour there, before turning north past Polurrian Cove and following the South West Coast Path to Poldhu and Porthleven.


The easier walk today starts from the mining village of St Just – with its medieval Amphitheatre, and follows an inland route across Cot Valley and over the Nanquidno Downs before dropping to the coast path. The medium walk reaches the coast path at Ballowall Barrow from St Just, while the harder walk starts from Botallack and passes through the Kenidjack Valley, round Cape Cornwall to reach Ballowall Barrow. All three walks finish at Land’s End with its views out over granite cliffs to Longships Lighthouse and even as far as Wolf Rock and the Scillies on a good day.


We’ll build up an appetite today on the superb local circular walks which start and finish on our doorstep. Our easier and medium walks lead up to the prominent granite tetrahedron of Knill’s Monument which crowns the summit of Vorvas Hill. The easier walk then drops down to the promontory of Carrack Gladden and follows the Coast Path through Carbis Bay and past the Balking House en route to St Ives. The medium walk drops to the coast near Lelant Church and then follows the same stretch of the coast path back; while the harder walk takes us out towards Mussel Point and back along the coast path passing River Cove.


The harder walk today starts at Rinsey and heads along the cliffs to Trewavas Head with its old copper mine buildings, past the pumping house and chimney of Wheal Prosper to Rinsey Head (where the medium route begins). Both groups walk above the long sandy beach of Praa Sands (where the easier walk begins), and then via Kenneggy and through the buildings of Prussia Cove, named after the notorious, swashbuckling smuggler John Carter, who styled himself the ‘King of Prussia’ because of his resemblance to Frederick the Great. After Cudden Point, the South West Coast Path allows spectacular views of the 300 foot granite island of St Michael’s Mount with its castle and 14th century church. We all end our walks in the attractive town of Marazion.

 


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

  • 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: £20 per person.

Holiday Prices

Date (Start - End) Nights Itinerary Price Status Trip Notes Book
2021
23 Dec - 28 Dec
7 Christmas £925 Available Trip Notes Book Now
28 Dec - 04 Jan
7 Christmas £1,029 Available Trip Notes Book Now
Duration:
7 nights
Type:
Festive Breaks
Walking Grade:
2

7 nights from £925pp

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