Cornwall Gentle Walking Holiday

Explore Cornwall on foot

Code: SVBEW

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Activity types:

  • Central location
  • Coastal

Level

  • 1
  • 2
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Choosing the level of your walks

Our easy grading system shows whether a region offer gentle strolls or more challenging routes to help you choose the right holiday for you. Difficulty is measured on many factors such as distance, ascent/descent, terrain, weather and more. There's no magic formula, but from our experience we grade our walks 1 to 5 (where 1 is easy and 5 hard). Our challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.

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From £320.00 - 3 to 7 nights

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Holiday overview

New at HF Holidays

This easier variation of our best-selling Guided Walking holidays is the perfect way to enjoy a gentle exploration of Cornwall. The choice of three guided walks includes a half-day walk of 3 or 4 miles. 

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.

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Accommodation

HF Holidays' Chy Morvah in St Ives

Chy Morvah, meaning 'house by the sea' in Cornish, is an appropriate name for this characteristic seaside property. Situated within walking distance of the centre of St Ives, it enjoys wonderful views along the north Cornwall coast.

Chy Morvah has 39 bedrooms, either located in the main building or in the adjacent Lanyons House.

Rooms

'Good' Rooms 

These rooms are all ensuite and furnished to a good standard. They include:

  • Check in from 2:30pm
  • Tea and coffee-making facilities
  • 23 inch TV
  • Toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Free WiFi

'Better' Rooms 

These rooms are slightly larger and/or have a better view. They include:

  • Early check in from 1pm
  • Tea & Coffee making facilities
  • Fluffy bathrobe & slippers
  • 32 inch TV
  • More luxurious mattress
  • Enhanced toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Smalls drying rack
  • Free WiFi

Only an extra £15 per person per night

Choose Your Room: Our new “Choose Your Room” service is available at our UK country houses, providing the option to choose and confirm a specific room for an extra £30 per room. Supplement to upgrade to 'Better' rooms still apply. The choice of room number must be of the same room type as originally booked and is subject to availability.

At the house

  • Excellent boot and drying rooms
  • Laundry facilities
  • Chy Morvah has a splendid elevated position with sea views
  • The main lounges enjoy views across St Ives bay
  • Dining room
  • Conservatory front
  • Ballroom
  • Bar
  • Free WiFi is available in some public rooms
  • Range of board games and books
  • Attractive gardens with sea views
  • Heated outdoor swimming pool
    (Open April to September, weather permitting)
  • Table football
  • Boules
  • Mini-golf

Dining

An example of St Ives evening mealAll holidays at our Country Houses are full board accommodation including evening meal on arrival to breakfast on the day of your departure. All of our Country Houses have a well-stocked bar serving local beers, wine and spirits.

Start your day with our extensive breakfast.
 Take your fill from our famous self-service picnic lunches
A relaxed social dinner is a highlight of any stay at our Country Houses

Your evenings

Make the most of your evening or join us at the barJust relax and take it easy, or if you'd like to continue to chat with our guides and fellow guests then why not grab a drink or take part in one of our optional evening activities.

All of our bars are stocked with locally sourced drinks so you can really soak up your surroundings.

Accessibility

Due to the layout of Chy Morvah, it is not recommended for wheelchair users and guests with restricted mobility. 

More details on St Ives accessibility

Additional information

  • Fire procedure is displayed in each room and explained to guests on arrival. Guests requiring assistance at an evacuation are identified at this time and door hanger cards are issued
  • Mobile phone reception is generally good from the main building
  • Assistance dogs accompanying visually or hearing impaired guests are welcome; dogs must be kept on a lead or harness at all times
  • Information can be provided in large print
  • Staff have received disability awareness training
  • Special diets can be catered for. Specialist food can be obtained with prior notice
  • Fridge for medication can be supplied

Itinerary

This easier variation of our best-selling Guided Walking holidays is the perfect way to enjoy a gentle exploration of Cornwall. The choice of three guided walks includes a half-day walk of 3 or 4 miles. 

Half-Day walks

HF Holidays walks level 1 easier

Kynance Cove

Easier walks

HF Holidays walks grade 2 easy

Carbis Bay

Medium walks

HF Holidays walks grade 2 easy

 

Chapel Porth 

 

St Ives and Carbis Bay

Available on: 20 Oct 2019

Option 1: Carbis Bay                                   

Group of family walkers

Distance: 3 miles (5km)

Total ascent: 600 feet (180m)

The walk in a nutshell: A gentle walk along the lanes to Carbis Bay, before heading back along the coast path to St Ives finishing on Porthminster Beach.

Don’t miss:  The fabulous beaches at Carbis Bay and St Ives.

Option 2: Knill's Monument                        

View over Carbis Bay beach

Distance: 5 miles (8km)

Total ascent: 800 feet (240m)

The walk in a nutshell: 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.

Don’t miss: 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

Walking along the coast path to Carbis Bay

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Total ascent: 1,000 feet (300m)

The walk in a nutshell: 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.

Don’t miss: Enjoy glorious views over St Ives Bay from Knill's Monument. Look out for the Balking House, once used by Cornish pilchard fishermen.


Shipwrecks, Smuggling and St Michael’s Mount

Available on: 21 Oct 2019

Option 1: Perranuthnoe to Marazion

St Michael's Mount

Distance: 3 miles (5km)

Total ascent: 300 feet (100m)

The walk in a nutshell: Starting at the village of Perranuthnoe, we follow the undulating coast path to Marazion with stunning views of St Michael's Mount.

Don’t miss: 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                                      

Boat at Marazion

Distance: 5½ miles (8½km)

Total ascent: 400 feet (120m) 

The walk in a nutshell: This circular walk takes us along St Michael's Way to Ludgvan before returning along the South West Coast Path to Marazion

Don’t miss: Enjoy glorious sea views as we walk through the rich flora of the South Cornwall countryside.

Option 3: Rinsey Head to Marazion

Beach att Prussia Cove

Distance: 8 miles (13km)

Total ascent: 900 feet (270m)

The walk in a nutshell: 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.

Don’t miss: 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.


The Helford Estuary

Available on: 23 Oct 2019

Option 1: Beside the Helford River

Maze at Trebah gardens

Distance: To be confirmed

Total ascent: To be confirmed

The walk in a nutshell: 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.

Don’t miss: 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

Boats on the Helford River estuary

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Total ascent: 1,000 feet (300m) 

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

Don’t miss: 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                        

Coast path near Falmouth

Distance: 8 miles (13km)

Total ascent: 1,150 feet (340m)

The walk in a nutshell: Starting on the outskirts of Falmouth, we head around Rosemullion Head to the fishing village of Durgan and Trebah Gardens.

Don’t miss: Relax amongst the tranquil surroundings of the Helford River and Trebah Gardens.


The Lizard Peninsula and Kynance Cove

Available on: 24 Oct 2019

Option 1: Lizard Coastline                             

Lizard Point and lighthouse

Distance: 4 miles (6½km)

Total ascent: 400 feet (120m)

The walk in a nutshell: From the Lizard Green we'll walk south to Polpear Cove, then continue past the Lizard Point Lighthouse and on to Kynance Cove.

Don’t miss: 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                                  

Rocky Kynance Cove

Distance: 5½ miles (9km)

Total ascent: 900 feet (280m)

The walk in a nutshell: 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.

Don’t miss: 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 

The small harbour and cliffs at Mullion Cove

Distance: 8 miles (13km)

Total ascent: 900 feet (270m)

The walk in a nutshell: Follow the coastal path from Mullion Cove to the Lizard; a fantastic section of coastline with gnarled cliffs and hidden coves.

Don’t miss: Keep your eyes peeled for seals at Mullion harbour, then enjoy refreshments at Kynance Cove before the final leg to Lizard village.


Rugged Cliffs West of St Ives

Available on: 25 Oct 2019

Option 1: Around St Ives                            

View over St Ives harbour and beach

Distance: 3 miles (5km)

Total ascent: 600 feet (180m)

The walk in a nutshell: 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.

Don’t miss: A short walk that allows plenty of time in St Ives in the afternoon. 

Option 2: Clodgy Point                                

Pair of black and white Guillemots

Distance: 6½ miles (10½km)

Total ascent: 850 feet (260m)

The walk in a nutshell: 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.

Don’t miss: Lots of rugged coastal scenery, with the chance to see seabirds and seals.

Option 3: Mussel Point & River Cove

Seal bobbing its head out of the sea

Distance: 8½ miles (14km)

Total ascent: 1,350 feet (420m)

The walk in a nutshell: 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.

Don’t miss: 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.

Local area

Discover Cornwall

Chy Morvah is situated in the attractive seaside town of St Ives. A 10 minute downhill walk will take you to the harbour and old town; a maze of narrow streets and shops. The harbour front is always bustling with activity, and there are numerous artists’ galleries to enjoy. There are also two excellent sandy beaches. Nearby Porthminster Beach (5 to 10 minutes' walk) is very sheltered and very popular with families. Porthmeor Beach on the far side of town (15 to 20 minutes' walk) is more exposed and excellent for surfing. There are several surf schools if you want to give this a go – a popular option for all ages! St Ives has a full range of facilities including shops, banks, chemists, pubs and cafés.

During your stay at Chy Morvah you may enjoy visiting the following places of interest:

Tate Gallery & Barbara Hepworth Gallery
Opened in 1993, this branch of the Tate Gallery celebrates Cornwall’s rich artistic legacy. Tate St Ives also manages the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden, which gives a remarkable insight into the work and outlook of one of Britain's most important 20th century artists. Both galleries are within easy walking distance of Chy Morvah. www.tate.org.uk

Domes of the Eden ProjectEden Project
Justifiably popular with visitors, the fascinating ‘Biomes’ of the Eden Project house a flamboyant collection of plants from around the world. Explore the two gigantic geodesic conservatories – one a majestic rainforest, the other is host to the fruits and flowers of the Mediterranean, South Africa and California. Outside the extensive grounds are landscaped and produce tea, lavender, sunflowers and hemp. The Eden Project is just over an hour's drive from St Ives. Between May and September guests staying at Chy Morvah are able to book a coach excursion each Wedneday, organised by Oates Travel. www.edenproject.com

St Michaels MountSt Michael’s Mount
The jewel in Cornwall's crown, a fairytale island with an exotic garden, ancient harbour, a church and a medieval castle. Access from Marazion is by foot along the causeway, or by ferry at high water. Marazion is about 20 minutes' drive from St Ives, and can also be reached by regular local buses. www.stmichaelsmount.co.uk

 

National Maritime Museum 
Cornwall's £21 million attraction in Falmouth is housed in an award winning building on the harbour-side. The museum transports you into the world of small boats and Cornish maritime history. Falmouth is about 50 minutes' drive from St Ives, and a day here could include visits to Pendennis Castle, or a delightful boat trip up the River Fal to Truro. www.nmmc.co.uk

National Seal Sanctuary
Situated at Gweek beside the Helford estuary, the seal sanctuary cares for injured or abandoned seals, before returning them to the wild. The seal sanctuary is about 40 minutes' drive from St Ives. www.sealsanctuary.co.uk

Geevor Tin Min
Discover Cornwall's mining heritage at this excellent museum. Guided underground trips as well as surface tours are available. The musem is about 30 minutes' drive from St Ives, and can also be reached using the 300 open-top bus. www.geevor.com

Flowers in a wild meadowLost Gardens of Heligan
Created in the mid 18th century, the gardens at Heligan are one of the best examples in Britain, famed for displays of rhododendrons and camellias. Following years of neglect they have been subject to extensive restoration work over the last 20 years. The gardens, located near Mevagissey are just over an hour's drive from St Ives. www.heligan.com

 

Performance at the Minack Theatre overlooking the seaMinack Theatre
This uniquely situated open-air theatre is cut into the cliffs at Porthcurno, near Lands End. Performances take place most evenings with some afternoon matinees. The Rowena Cade Exhibition Centre tells the story of its creation. An evening theatre visit is offered on most weeks to guests staying at Chy Morvah (May to September). www.minack.com

 

St Michaels Mount image credited to Mike Newman, Eden Project image ©Hufton+Crow,

Travel

Travel to St Ives

Our address is: Chy Morvah, Bishops Road, The Belyars, St Ives, Cornwall TR26 2DB

How to get to us by train

By train:

The nearest railway station is St Ives, however you may find the journey to St Erth on the main line more convenient. For train times and general rail enquiries visit www.nationalrail.co.uk or call 03457 484950 (from outside the UK call +44 20 7278 5240).

Get to us by Taxi

By taxi:

St Ives station is only ½ mile from Chy Morvah, but it is rather a steep uphill walk. Taxis cost approx £4 for this short transfer. Details of our current recommended taxi company and rates will be sent to you with your booking. The return taxi journey can be arranged on your behalf by the Chy Morvah Manager.

Driving to us

By car:

Head to Cornwall via the A30. At a large roundabout take the A3074 signposted to St Ives (2nd Exit). You will now come to 2 small roundabouts, go straight across the first and take a right at the second heading towards the village of Lelant. Pass through Lelant and Carbis Bay on the same road. 

Pass Tescos and the Treganna Castle hotel on your left hand side, then as you approach St Ives take the left fork which heads slightly up hill, following signs to visitor parking and the leisure centre. Follow the road and turn left up the steep hill. Almost immediately the road turns left again but instead of following the road around to the left you need to turn off the road and head directly up the hill on Porthminster Terrace.

Chy Morvah is right in front of you at the top of the hill. To reach the car park drive left past the front of Chy Morvah and turn immediately right behind the back of the building. The car park is on the right 15 yards along the lane called Bishops road.

Travel by plane

Travelling from overseas

For most guests, travelling to London Heathrow airport is the most convenient option.

From Heathrow first take the train to London Paddington station. From here there are direct trains to St Erth, and finally a short branch line train to St Ives. This is a relatively straightforward, if lengthy journey - allow 6½ hours, so a morning arrival into Heathrow would be preferable.

Dates & Prices

Date Description Nights Brochure price Buy today for Book
19 Oct 2019 SVBEW - Gentle Guided Walking - St Ives 7 £799.00 £699.00 Save £100 off pp - Autumn TOP OFFER Book Now
19 Oct 2019 SVBEW - Gentle Guided Walking - St Ives 3 £365.00 £320.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £45 Per Person Book Now
22 Oct 2019 SVBEW - Gentle Guided Walking - St Ives 4 £495.00 £420.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £75 Per Person Book Now

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