4-Night Cornwall Gentle Guided Walking Holiday

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Duration: 4 nights
Type: Gentle Walks
Walking Grade: 1 & 2

Blessed with breathtakingly beautiful beaches, Cornwall has more miles of coastline and more hours of sunshine than anywhere else in England. You'll discover the fantastic coastal path in all glory, from hidden coves to rugged headlands.

Holiday Highlights

  • Discover the breathtakingly beautiful beaches of the Cornwall coast
  • You'll discover the fantastic coastal path in all glory, from hidden coves to rugged headlands
  • Admire the coastal landscape while our leaders bring classic routes and offbeat areas to life
  • Spend the evenings in our country house by the sea, where you can share a drink and re-live the days adventures

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.

Enjoy a complimentary Afternoon Tea on arrival.


Option 1 - Beside the Helford River

Distance: 3 miles (5km)

Total ascent: 400 feet (120m)

In Summary: The peaceful Helford River estuary provides a complete change of scene from the gnarled cliffs at the tip of the Cornish peninsula. Our walk takes us from Porth Saxon to Trebah Gardens.

Highlight : Trebah Gardens are a real delight. Relax amongst the colourful Azaleas that thrive in Cornwall's mild climate.

Option 2 - Along the coast to Trebah

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Total ascent: 1,000 feet (300m)

In Summary: We start our walk in Mawnan Smith before heading to the coast at Maenporth and following the South West Coast Path to Trebah Gardens.

Highlight : Catch a glimpse of the Helford Ferry which has been sailing between the village of Helford and Helford Passage since the Middle Ages.

Option 3 - Rosemullion Head

Distance: 8 miles (13km)

Total ascent: 1,150 feet (340m)

In Summary: Starting on the outskirts of Falmouth, we head around Rosemullion Head to the fishing village of Durgan and Trebah Gardens.

Highlight : Relax amongst the tranquil surroundings of the Helford River and Trebah Gardens.


Option 1 - Lizard Coastline

Distance: 4 miles (6.5km) 

Ascent: 400 feet (120m) 

In Summary: From the Lizard Green we'll walk south to Polpear Cove, then continue past the Lizard Point Lighthouse and on to Kynance Cove. 

Highlight : The Lizard Lighthouse marks the most southerly point of mainland Britain. It was commissioned in 1752 and for over 250 years has provided a welcoming landfall light to vessels crossing the Atlantic Ocean. 

 

Option 2 - Kynance Cove

Distance: 5½ miles (9km) 

Ascent: 900 feet (280m) 

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. Soak up the views from the beach cafe, watching out for beautiful, rare chough wheeling around the cliffs. 

 

Option 3 - Mullion to the Lizard

Distance: 8 miles (13km) 

Ascent: 900 feet (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 1 - Carbis Bay

Distance: 3 miles (5km)

Total ascent: 600 feet (180m)

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 :  The fabulous beaches at Carbis Bay and St Ives.

Option 2 - Knill's Monument

Distance: 5 miles (8km)

Total ascent: 800 feet (240m)

In Summary: A 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.

Highlight : There's plenty of time to relax and enjoy the many delights of St Ives. Enjoy wandering through the narrow streets, visit one of the many cafes, or indulge in some retail therapy.

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.

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


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

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. You must wear a face covering by law in public areas in hotels in Scotland. This is mandatory in public spaces; however, face coverings will not be required whilst eating and drinking in the restaurant and bar areas or whilst you are outside our houses. In Wales face coverings will remain a legal requirement indoors, with the exception of hospitality premises.

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.

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).

Join our team after dinner on Wednesday evenings for the HF Big Pub Quiz. There will be one other evening of entertainment at the start of the week, which will vary depending on the country house that you are staying at. Our Walk Leaders will also be on hand in the bar or lounge for individual or small group walks talks briefings, which allow guests to talk through the following day’s walk options and ask any questions. All of our swimming pools are open, except for Glen Coe, which will not re-open this year. Swimming Pools will be operated in line with maximum capacities.

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 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. 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

Essential Equipment

  • Rucksack with a waterproof liner,
  • Thermos flask for hot drink,
  • Water bottle (at least 1 litre)
  • Spare high-energy food such as a chocolate bar.
  • Small torch
  • First aid kit – your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication or blister kits (such as Compeed)

Optional Equipment

  • Walking poles are useful, particularly for descents
  • Insect repellent,
  • Sun hat,
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun cream
  • Camera

Guest Reviews

Duration:
4 nights
Type:
Gentle Walks
Walking Grade:
1

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