Cornwall Guided Walking for Solos Holiday
Join other Solo travellers for guided walks in Cornwall
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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.
Country walking is a great way to meet new friends. We welcome individual travellers on all of our holidays, but on Guided Walking for Solos the entire holiday is especially for single guests. Enjoy likeminded company and a great selection of guided walks.
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.
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.
These rooms are all ensuite and furnished to a good standard. They include:
These rooms are slightly larger and/or have a better view. They include:
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
|All 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.
Just 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.
Due to the layout of Chy Morvah, it is not recommended for wheelchair users and guests with restricted mobility.
- 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
Discover the Cornish Coast on Foot
Cornwall's spectacular coastal path is our gateway to this remarkable stretch of coastline. Our guided walks will take you to rugged granite headlands and glorious sandy beaches that have long made Cornwall a popular holiday destination. We'll also head off the beaten track to peaceful corners, hidden coves and sleepy fishing villages. Join our friendly and knowledgeable guides who will bring this stunning coastal landscape to life.
- Our experienced guides offer the choice of up to three different walks each day
- Choose the option which best suits your interests and fitness
- We provide flexible holidays. Join our guided walks, explore independently, or relax at Chy Morvah
Lelant & Carbis Bay
Saturday 30th March
Option 1: Carbis Bay
Distance: 5 miles (8km)
Total ascent: 950 feet (300m)
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 South West 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, perhaps visit the Tate Gallery, or take a boat trip to Seal Island.
Option 2: Lelant & Carbis Bay
Distance: 7½ miles (12km)
Total ascent: 1,200 feet (360m)
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.
Option 3: St Michael's Way
Distance: 11 miles (17½ km)
Total ascent: 1,300 feet (400m)
The walk in a nutshell: Follow the St Michael’s Way – a pilgrim routes dating back to early Christianity. Starting from St Michael’s Mount we walk across the peninsula to Lelant Church for the short train ride back to St Ives.
Don’t miss: Enjoy great views over Cornwall's north and south coasts. The short train ride ranks as one of Britain's most scenic branch lines as it meanders above cliffs and sandy beaches.
Coast path image: credit Visit England/South West Coast Path/Paul Melling. St Michael's Mount image: credit Mike Newman
Poldark Country & Land's End
Sunday 31st March
Option 1: Sennen Cove & Land's End
Distance: 5½ miles (8½km)
Total ascent: 650 feet (200m)
The walk in a nutshell: Walk from the mining village of St Just across the fields and lanes of the Cot Valley, before joining the Coast Path to reach the old fishing village of Sennen Cove. The final section leads us over the granite cliffs to Land’s End.
Don’t miss: The cliff-top walk from Sennen Cove to Land's End is particularly impressive, with a real sense of achievement as you reach this iconic spot.
Option 2: Botallack to Land's End
Distance: 8 miles (12½km)
Total ascent: 1,600 feet (500m)
The walk in a nutshell: Follow the South West Coast Path from the famous Crown Mines at Botallack to Cape Cornwall. Then on past Ballowall Barrow, a Bronze Age burial chamber, to Sennen Cove and Land’s End.
Don’t miss: Discover Cornwall's rich history of tin mining, now recognised as a World Heritage Site. Look out for the abandoned engine houses perched just above the sea at Botallack.
Option 3: Geevor Mine to Land's End
Distance: 10 miles (16km)
Total ascent: 1,900 feet (640m)
The walk in a nutshell: Walk from Geevor to Levant Mine and Botallack, with lots of historical interest. We then follow a stunning section of the South West Coast Path, all the way to Land’s End.
Don’t miss: This is coastal walking at its best; an opportunity to stride out and soak up the sea views. A celebratory pint at Land's End is well deserved after a great day with many ups and downs.
Mining, Shipwrecks and Smuggling in Mount's Bay
Tuesday 2nd April
Option 1: Around Mounts Bay
Distance: 6½ miles (10km)
Total ascentt: 1,050 feet (320m)
The walk in a nutshell: 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.
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: Rinsey Head to Marazion
Distance: 8½ miles (14km)
Total ascent: 1,250 feet (380m)
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.
Option 3: Porthleven to Marazion
Distance: 11 miles (17½ km)
Total ascent: 2,050 feet (620m)
The walk in a nutshell: 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.
Don’t miss: Enjoy glorious sea views throughout as we walk through the rich flora of the South Cornwall coast.
The Beaches and Cliffs of North Cornwall
Wednesday 3rd April
Option 1: Porthtowan to St Agnes
Distance: 5½ miles (8½km)
Total ascent: 1,200 feet (380m)
The walk in a nutshell: Walk along the cliffs from Porthtowan to St Agnes. We'll pass the iconic ruined engine house at Wheal Coates mine which featured in the current BBC series of Poldark, and head inland over St Agnes Beacon and into St Agnes village.
Don’t miss: Seeing a spectacular array of seabirds including Fulmars and Guillemots.
Option 2: Porthtowan to Perranporth
Distance: 8½ miles (13½km)
Total ascent: 1,950 feet (600m)
The walk in a nutshell: A fantastic coastal walk from Porthtowan to St Agnes Head and Perranporth. A day of mining history, superb wildlife, and extensive sea views throughout.
Don’t miss: Sampling the hedgehog ice cream at Chapel Porth Cove! You'll also see the much photographed Towanroath engine house of Wheal Coates mine.
Option 3: Portreath to Perranporth
Distance: 12 miles (19½km)
Total ascent: 2,800 feet (860m)
The walk in a nutshell: A final chance to stride out and enjoy one of the best sections of the North Cornwall Coast Path. We'll tackle the section from Portreath to Perranporth.
Don’t miss: With glorious sandy beaches and rugged headlands, this is the Cornish Coast at its very best.
Wheal Coates image: Credit Visit England/Visit Cornwall/Adam Gibbard. Chapel Porth image: credit Visit England/Andrew Boxall
The Extreme South of England - Around the Lizard
Thursday 4th April
Option 1: 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 2: Mullion to the Lizard
Distance: 8 or 10 miles (13km or 16km)
Total ascent: 900 or 1,700 feet (270m or 520m)
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, with the option of continuing to Lizard Point itself.
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.
Option 3: Lizard Point circuit
Distance: 11 miles (17½km)
Total ascent: 1,700 feet (520m)
The walk in a nutshell: A stunning coastal circuit around the southern tip of England. We'll head first to the quaint fishing village of Cadgwith, then enjoy the glorious coastal path passing the collapsed caves of the Devil’s Frying Pan, Lizard Point and Kynance Cove.
Don’t miss: The sense of achievement as you arrive at the Lizard Point lighthouse and become the southern-most person in Britain!
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
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 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
Lost 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
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 to Chy Morvah
Our address is: Chy Morvah, Bishops Road, The Belyars, St Ives, Cornwall TR26 2DB
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 route planning by train visit www.nationalrail.co.uk or phone 03457 48 49 50.
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.
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.
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.
There are also airports at Bristol and Newquay which may be more convenient for some guests. For train times and route planning by train visit www.nationalrail.co.uk or phone 03457 48 49 50.
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