3-Night Cornwall Guided Walking Holiday

St Ives Cornwall England UK
Duration: 3 nights
Type: Guided Walking
Walking Grade: 2 & 3
from £365pp £325pp

Blessed with breathtakingly beautiful beaches, Cornwall has more miles of coastline and more hours of sunshine than anywhere else in England. On a Guided Walking holiday at St Ives you'll discover the fantastic coastal path in all glory, from hidden coves to rugged headlands.

Holiday Highlights

  • Our guided walks will take you to rugged granite headlands and glorious sandy beaches
  • Also exploring off the beaten track to peaceful corners, hidden coves and sleepy fishing villages
  • Let our leaders bring classic routes and offbeat areas to life
  • Enjoy evenings in Chy Morvah where you can share a drink and re-live the days adventures

What’s included

  • High quality en-suite accommodation at our country house
  • Outdoor pool with a view
  • Full board from dinner upon arrival to breakfast on departure day
  • Celebration dinner on day 3
  • 2 full days of guided walking with choice of easier, medium and harder grades
  • Use of our comprehensive Discovery Point
  • The services of HF Holidays Walking Leaders
  • Transport to and from the walks on day 3, plus an optional ride on a cliff railway

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 to your room from 2:30 p.m. onwards (upgraded rooms from 1 p.m.) Please join us for afternoon tea.


Option 1 - Carbis Bay

 

Distance: 5 miles (8km)

Ascent: 950 feet (300m)

In Summary: 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.

Highlight: 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)

Ascent: 1,200 feet (360m)

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 Baulking House, once used by Cornish pilchard fishermen.

 

Option 3 - St Michael's Way

 

Distance: 11 miles (17.5 km)

Total ascent: 1,300 feet (400m)

In Summary: Follow the St Michael’s Way – a pilgrim route 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. 

Highlight: 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.

 


Option 1 - Around Mount's Bay

Distance: 6½ miles (10km)

Ascent: 1,100 feet (340m)

In Summary: 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.

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 - Rinsey Head to Marazion

Distance: 8½ miles (14km)

Ascent: 1,300 feet (400m)

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 3 - Porthleven to Marazion

 

Distance: 11 miles (17.5 km)

Total ascent: 2,100 feet (640m)

In Summary: 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.

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

 


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home. 


 

You're welcome to check-in to your room from 2:30 p.m. onwards (upgraded rooms from 1 p.m.) Please join us for afternoon tea.


Option 1 - Clodgy Point

 

Distance: 6½ miles (10.5km)

Total ascent: 850 feet (260m)

In Summary: From St Ives we walk out along the 18th century packhorse route of the Tinner’s Way through a prehistoric field system to reach Pen Enys Point. We then return along the superb coast path.

Highlight: There's plenty of time to relax and enjoy the many delights of St Ives at the end of this walk. Enjoy wandering through the narrow streets, perhaps visit the Tate Gallery, or take a boat trip to Seal Island.

 

Option 2 - Mussel Point & River Cove

Distance: 9 miles (14.5km)

Total ascent: 1,450 feet (440m)

In Summary: 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.

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.

 

Option 3 - Zennor to St Ives

 

Distance: 11 miles (18km)

Ascent: 1,750 feet (540m)

In Summary: Follow the Tinners’ Way from St Ives, heading through the fields to the picturesque village of Zennor with its medieval church and Tinners Arms pub.  We return along the rugged coastal path to St Ives past dramatic rocky headlands, hidden coves, and sweeping sea views.

Highlight: With luck you'll see seals, plenty of seabirds, and maybe even dolphins and basking sharks.

 


Option 1 - Across Loe Bar

 

Distance: 5½ miles (8.5km)

Ascent: 800 feet (240m)

In Summary: Follow the South Cornwall Coast Path from Poldhu Cove over Halzephron Cliffs then across the sands of Loe Bar to finish at the fishing harbour of Porthleven.

Highlight: Stop at Church Cove with its tiny church surrounded by sand.

 

Option 2 - Mullion to Helston

 

Distance: 8 miles (13km)

Ascent: 1,000 feet (320m)

In Summary: Walk from Mullion past the Marconi Monument above Poldhu Cove, then on along the cliffs to the sands of Loe Bar. Here we head inland around the freshwater lake of Loe Pool, through the Penrose Estate to the market town of Helston. 

Highlight: Look out for a wide range of birdlife as you walk atop the cliffs, then explore Loe Pool.

 

Option 3 - Mullion Cove to Porthleven

 

Distance: 10½ miles (17km)

Ascent: 1,600 feet (480m)

In Summary: From Mullion Cove we head south to join the coast at Predannack Cliffs. Now heading north we'll tackle a beautiful section of the South West Coast Path all the way to Porthleven. 

Highlight: This section of the Lizard Peninsula offers fantastic walking with stunning headlands and glorious sandy coves.

 


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home. 


You're welcome to check-in to your room from 2:30 p.m. onwards (upgraded rooms from 1 p.m.) Please join us for afternoon tea.


Option 1 - Carbis Bay

 

Distance: 5 miles (8km)

Ascent: 950 feet (300m)

In Summary: 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.

Highlight: 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)

Ascent: 1,200 feet (360m)

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 Baulking House, once used by Cornish pilchard fishermen.

 

Option 3 - St Michael's Way

 

Distance: 11 miles (17.5 km)

Total ascent: 1,300 feet (400m)

In Summary: Follow the St Michael’s Way – a pilgrim route 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. 

Highlight: 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.

 


Option 1 - Porthtowan to St Agnes

 

Distance: 5 miles (8.5km)

Ascent: 1,050 feet (320m)

In Summary: 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 BBC series of Poldark, and head inland over St Agnes Beacon and into St Agnes village.

Highlight: Seeing a spectacular array of seabirds including Fulmars and Guillemots.

 

Option 2 - Porthtowan to Perranporth

 

Distance: 8½ miles (13.5km)

Ascent: 2,050 feet (620m)

In Summary: A fantastic coastal walk from Porthtowan to St Agnes Head and Perranporth. A day of mining history, superb wildlife, and extensive sea views throughout.

Highlight: 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 (19.5km)

Ascent: 2,750 feet (840m)

In Summary: 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.

Highlight: With glorious sandy beaches and rugged headlands, this is the Cornish Coast at its very best.

 


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home. 


You're welcome to check-in to your room from 2:30 p.m. onwards (upgraded rooms from 1 p.m.) Please join us for afternoon tea.


Option 1 - Carbis Bay

Distance: 5 miles (8km)

Ascent: 950 feet (300m) 

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, exploring the harbour, or relaxing with a mug of hot coffee.

 

Option 2 - Lelant and Carbis Bay

Distance:  miles (12km)

Ascent: 1,200 feet (360m)

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 Baulking House, once used by Cornish pilchard fishermen.

 

Option 3 - Trencrom Hill and Carbis Bay

Distance: 8 miles (13km)

Ascent: 1300 feet (400m) 

In Summary: Circular walk heading up towards Knill's Monument, then following the path to Trevarrack and on towards the hill fort of Trencrom Hill. From here we work our way towards Carbis Bay Beach and follow the coast path back to St Ives.

Highlight: Enjoy the glorious views over St Ives Bay from Knill's Monument.


Option 1 - St Michael's Mount

Distance: 5½ miles (8½km)

Ascent: 800 feet (260m)

In Summary: Starting from Higher Kenneggy, we take an undulating coastal path to Marazion, with a chance to explore St Michael's Mount*

Highlight: We finish at Marazion where, tide and opening times permitting, there will be time to walk across the causeway to the Mount to experience this beautiful island.

*Dependant on seasonal opening times

 

Option 2 - Around Mounts Bay

Distance: 6½ miles (10km)

Ascent: 1,100 feet (340m) 

In Summary 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.

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 3 - Rinsey Head to Marazion

Distance:  miles (14km)

Ascent: 1,650 feet (500m)

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

 


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home. 


You're welcome to check-in to your room from 2:30 p.m. onwards (upgraded rooms from 1 p.m.) Please join us for afternoon tea.


Option 1 - Over the cliffs to Land's End

Distance: 5½ miles (9km)

Ascent: 850 feet (260m)

In Summary: From an inland start at Polgigga, we walk across tracks and field paths to Mill Bay and the old fishing village of Sennen Cove, before following the Coast Path over granite cliffs to Land’s End.

Highlight: The final section along the coast to the very tip of Britain at Land's End contains some of Cornwall's grandest scenery.

 

Option 2 - Porthcurno & Land's End

 

Distance: 8½ miles (13.5km)

Ascent: 1,700 feet (520m)

In Summary: Walk along the stunning southern coast from St Loy to Land's End. On the way, you'll discover hidden coves, rugged headlands, and the open-air Minack Theatre.

Highlight: Porthcurno's beautiful white sandy beach, one of the finest in Cornwall. Look out for Rowena Cade’s remarkable open-air Minack Theatre cut into the cliffs above the village.

 

Option 3 - Lamorna to Land's End

Distance: 11½ miles (18km)

Ascent: 2,300 feet (700m)

In Summary: A longer walk along the coast from Lamorna to Land's End. This is coastal walking at its best; an opportunity to stride out and soak up the sea views.

Highlight: A celebratory pint at Land's End is well deserved after a great day with many ups and downs.

 


Option 1 - Clodgy Point

 

Distance: 6½ miles (10.5km)

Total ascent: 850 feet (260m)

In Summary: From St Ives we walk out along the 18th century packhorse route of the Tinner’s Way through a prehistoric field system to reach Pen Enys Point. We then return along the superb coast path.

Highlight: There's plenty of time to relax and enjoy the many delights of St Ives at the end of this walk. Enjoy wandering through the narrow streets, perhaps visit the Tate Gallery, or take a boat trip to Seal Island.

 

Option 2 - Mussel Point & River Cove

Distance: 9 miles (14.5km)

Total ascent: 1,450 feet (440m)

In Summary: 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.

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.

 

Option 3 - Zennor to St Ives

 

Distance: 11 miles (18km)

Ascent: 1,750 feet (540m)

In Summary: Follow the Tinners’ Way from St Ives, heading through the fields to the picturesque village of Zennor with its medieval church and Tinners Arms pub.  We return along the rugged coastal path to St Ives past dramatic rocky headlands, hidden coves, and sweeping sea views.

Highlight: With luck you'll see seals, plenty of seabirds, and maybe even dolphins and basking sharks.

 


Option 1 - Marazion and St. Michael's Mount

 

Distance: 5½ miles (9km)

Ascent: 400 feet (120m)

In Summary: Head out over the RSPB marshes on St. Michael's Way, pausing at the sculpture gardens at Tremenheere, then return to Marazion on the coast path and cross over to St. Michael's Mount.

Highlight: A visit to the cafe in the sculpture gardens for coffee and cake, then a boat trip over to explore the Mount. 

 

Option 2 - Treen to Mousehole

 

Distance: 8 miles (12.5km)

Total ascent: 1,700 feet (520m)

The walk in a nutshell: View the Merry Maidens, then walk along the coast from Treen to Mousehole. On a day of rugged coastal walking we'll pass Logan Rock, the National Trust’s Penberth Cove and the small harbour at Lamorna. 

Don’t miss: The pretty fishing village of Mousehole (pronounced Mauzel) is a charming place to end the walk.

 

Option 3 - Porthcurno to Mousehole

Distance:  miles (15.5km)

Ascent: 2,050 feet (620m)

In Summary: Challenge yourself to this longer, rough coastal walk. We start at the beautiful white sands at Porthcurno with its backdrop of the Minack Theatre, before continuing on past Lamorna Cove to Mousehole.  

Highlight: With plenty of ups and downs this isn't for the faint hearted; but the rewards are the great sea views and sense of achievement when you reach Mousehole.

 


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

 

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 £15-25 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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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

  • Waterproof 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)
  • Sun hat and sunscreen
    Denim jeans and waterproof capes are not suitable on any walks.

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

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: £10 per person.

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Type:
Guided Walking
Walking Grade:
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