7-Night Cornwall Gentle Guided Walking Holiday

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Duration: 7 nights
Type: Gentle Walks
Walking Grade: 1 & 2
from £929pp £869pp

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
  • 5 days guided walking; 1 free day
  • 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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Arrive at Chy Morvah


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.


Option 1 - Perranuthnoe to Marazion

Distance: 3 miles (5km)

Total ascent: 300 feet (100m)

In Summary: Starting at the village of Perranuthnoe, we follow the undulating coast path to Marazion 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 2 - Marazion

Distance: 5½ miles (8½km)

Total ascent: 400 feet (120m)

In Summary: This circular walk takes us along St Michael's Way to Ludgvan before returning along the South West Coast Path to Marazion

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

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 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 - Around St Ives

Distance: 3 miles (5km) 

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. 

 

Option 2 - Clodgy Point

Distance: 6½ miles (10.5km) 

Ascent: 850 feet (260m) 

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: 8½ miles (14km) 

Ascent: 1,350 feet (420m) 

In Summary: The inland section of the walk crosses prehistoric fields, passing the hamlets of TrevegaBoscubben 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. 

 


Depart after breakfast


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

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Getting to Chy Morvah

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What to Bring

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

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

Holiday Prices

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2020
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Duration:
7 nights
Type:
Gentle Walks
Walking Grade:
1

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