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7-Night Cornwall Guided Walking Holiday

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Duration: 7 nights
Type: Guided Walking
Walking Grade: 2 & 3
from £745pp £675pp

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 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.

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.


Option 1 - Around St Ives

Distance: 6½ miles (10km)

Total ascent: 960 feet (290m)

In Summary: Head out on the coast path from the golden sands of Porthminster Beach then inland up and behind the town to reach the coast on the other side of St Ives. We return via the coastal path and explore St Ives island and town at a leisurely pace.

Highlight: Get acquainted with the town, its history and surroundings, giving you a delightful taste of what’s still to come. 

Option 2 - St Ives & Halsetown

Distance: 8 miles (13km) 

Ascent: 1,190 feet (360m)

In Summary: We head down to pick up the coast path to the outskirts of Carbis Bay. Then inland through the village of Halsetown and via ancient field systems to reach the coast path back to St Ives, finishing with a tour of the town. 

Highlight: A varied mix of coast path, fields and town – a wonderful way to acquaint yourself with St Ives and its environs.

Option 3 - St Ives & Beyond

Distance: 10½ miles (17km)

Ascent: 1,400 feet (430m)

In Summary: We start along the coast to Carbis Bay before heading inland following part of St Michael’s Way to Bowl Rock. Then through the charming hamlet of Vorvas before heading to the coast west of St Ives, finishing with a tour of the town.

Highlight: A full-on walk with stunning scenery and plenty of interest, including the legend of Bowl Rock.


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.

 

To note when choosing your walk:  There is a steep, slippery concrete path descending to Carbis Bay and also steep, rocky sections on the coast path especially around Carrack Gladden.

Option 2 - Lelant and Carbis Bay

Distance: 7.5 miles (12km)

Ascent: 1,200 feet (380m)

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.

 

To note when choosing your walk:  There are steep, rocky sections on the coast path especially around Carrack Gladden.

Option 3 - Knill's Monument, Lelant and Carbis Bay

Distance: 10 miles (16km)

Ascent: 1,300 feet (400m) 

In Summary: Head up to Knill’s Monument, then over fields to Lelant via Trencrom Hill. We follow the coast path beside the Hayle Estuary and through dunes overlooking Porthkidney Sands and Carbis Bay before arriving back at St Ives.

Highlight: Stunning views from the top of the iron-age hill fort of Trencrom Hill, including the south coast and St Michael’s Mount.

 

To note when choosing your walk: There are steep, rocky sections on the coast path especially around Carrack Gladden.


Discover more about Chy Morvah and the local area for ideas on how to fill your free day. 


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.

 

To note when choosing your walk:  The coastal path we follow on our return to St Ives can be rough and rocky.

Option 2 - River Cove, Trevail & Trevalgan

Distance: 7½ miles (12km)

Ascent: 1,100 feet (335m)

In Summary: Head along the rugged coast passing coves and rocky headlands to River Cove, a great place for seal spotting. Then we turn inland along a valley to the charming Trevail Mill before heading back to St Ives via ancient field paths. Head along the rugged coast passing coves and rocky headlands to River Cove, a great place for seal spotting. Then we turn inland along a valley to the charming Trevail Mill before heading back to St Ives via ancient field paths.

Highlight : Idyllic River Cove and enchanting Trevail Mill, two secluded hidden gems.

 

To note when choosing your walk:  The coastal path we follow on our return to St Ives can be rough and rocky.

Option 3 - 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.

 

To note when choosing your walk:  The return journey along the coastal path is rocky and undulating with some very steep sections.


Option 1 - Rosewall Hill

Distance: 5½ miles (9km)

Ascent: 690 feet (215m) 

In Summary: We head up through the site of an old uranium mine before ascending Rosewall Hill, passing the remnants of an old tin mine on the way to the tor-like summit. We descend via Trevalgan Hill and return through fields and farms.

Highlight: Unmissable views of Hayle Estuary, Carbis Bay and the brooding moors further west.

Option 2 - Rosewall Hill & Towednack

Distance: 7 miles (11.5km)

Ascent: 925 feet (280m) 

In Summary: Our route takes us along quiet lanes and fields to Towednack before ascending Rosewall Hill. We walk along the tor-like rocky summit before descending over Trevalgan Hill and return through fields and farms.

Highlight: A taste of the moors plus the charming 13th century church at Towednack make this a walk to remember

Option 3 - Rosewall Hill & Zennor Hill

Distance: 12 miles (19km)

Ascent: 1,400 feet (430m) 

In Summary: We take a scenic route around Rosewall Hill then head further west passing Towednack church to reach more remote moorland. We pass Zennor Quoit before gaining the impressive rocky summit of Zennor Hill. We descend to Zennor village before following the field path back to St Ives.

Highlight: Don’t miss this chance to immerse yourself in atmospheric moorland with its intriguing Neolithic monuments a mere stone’s throw from the coast.


Option 1 - Carbis Bay

Distance: 5 miles (8km)

Ascent: 950 feet (300m)  

In Summary: For guests on a 7 night holiday this walk will be a repeat from earlier in the week. We will walk in reverse for alternative views and perspective. A circular walk taking us from St Ives along the South West Coast Path to Carbis Bay. We return via Knill’s Monument and the promontory of Carrack Gladden.

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.

 

To note when choosing your walk: There are steep, rocky sections on the coast path especially around Carrack Gladden.

Option 2 - Carbis Bay and Lelant

Distance:  7.5 miles (12km)

Ascent: 1,200 feet (380m)

In summary: For guests on a 7 night holiday this walk will be a repeat from earlier in the week. We will walk in reverse for alternative views and perspective. We follow the coastal path to Carbis Bay passing through the dunes beside Carrick Gladden and Porthkidney Sands. We ascend to Lelant church and Knill's Monument on our return to St Ives. 

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

 

To note when choosing your walk:  There are steep, rocky sections on the coast path especially around Carrack Gladden.

Option 3 - Knill's Monument, Lelant and Carbis Bay

Distance: 10 miles (16km)

Ascent: 1,300 feet (400m) 

In Summary: For guests on a 7 night holiday this walk will be a repeat from earlier in the week, we will walk the route in reverse for alternative views and perspective. Head up to Knill’s Monument, then over fields to Lelant via Trencrom Hill. We follow the coast path beside the Hayle Estuary and through dunes overlooking Porthkidney Sands and Carbis Bay before arriving back at St Ives.

Highlight: Stunning views from the top of the iron-age hill fort of Trencrom Hill, including the south coast and St Michael’s Mount.

 

To note when choosing your walk:  There are steep, rocky sections on the coast path especially around Carrack Gladden.


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home. 


 

You're welcome to check in from 4pm onwards.


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.

 



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.

 


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 - 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 2 - Mullion to the Lizard

 

Distance: 8 or 10 miles (13km or 16km)

Ascent: 900 or 1,700 feet (270m or 520m)

In Summary: 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.

Highlight: 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 (18km)

Ascent: 1,750 feet (540m)

In Summary: 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.

Highlight: The sense of achievement as you arrive at the Lizard Point lighthouse and become the southern-most person in Britain!

 


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home. 


 

You're welcome to check in from 4pm onwards.


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.

 


Discover more about Chy Morvah and the local area for ideas on how to fill your free day. 


Option 1 - Sennen Cove & Land's End

 

Distance: 5 miles (8km)

Ascent: 750 feet (220m)

In Summary: 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. 

Highlight: 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 (12.5km)

Ascent: 1,620 feet (500m)

In Summary: 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. 

Highlight: 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)

Ascent: 1,900 feet (580m)

In Summary: 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.

Highlight: 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.

 


Option 1 - Beside the Helford River

Distance: 4½ miles (7km)

Ascent: 700 feet (220m)

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 Bream Cove to Trebah Gardens.

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

 

Option 2 - Rosemullion Head

 

Distance: 8½ miles (13km)

Ascent: 1,250 feet (380m)

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 3 - Falmouth to Trebah

 

Distance: 12 miles (19km)

Ascent: 1,550 feet (480m)

In Summary: We start in Falmouth, seeing the historic town and harbour before heading out to Pendennis Head. We head slightly further into the Helford Estuary, passing Polgwidden Cove with its D-Day relics, before reaching Trebah.

Highlight: Falmouth Harbour is always bustling with activity; then follow the coast to the peaceful haven of the Helford River.

 


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. 


You're welcome to check in from 4pm onwards.


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.

 


Discover more about Chy Morvah and the local area for ideas on how to fill your free day. 


Option 1 - 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 2 - 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 3 - Cadgwith, Polpear and Kynance Cove

Distance: 9 miles (14km)

Ascent: 950 feet (280m)

In Summary: Circular route starting at Lizard village making your way to Cadgwith passing by the cave of the Devils Frying Pan, Church Cove and Polpear Cove. We then follow the coast path to Kynance Cove viewpoint then head back to our starting point.

Highlight: Soak up the beautiful view from Kynance Cove before heading back to Lizard village.


Option 1 - Beside the Helford River

Distance: 4½ miles (7km)

Ascent: 700 feet (220m)

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 Bream Cove to Trebah Gardens.

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

 

Option 2 - Helford Passage

Distance: 6½ miles (10.5km)

Ascent: 950 feet (280m) 

In Summary We head north from the small village of Mawnan Smith, joining the South West Coast Path at Maenporth Cove and following the Helford River estuary to Trebah Gardens.

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

 

 

Option 3 - Rosemullion Head

Distance: 8 miles (13.5km)

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 - 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 - Poldhu Cove to Helston

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Ascent: 900 feet (280m)

In Summary:  Starting from Poldhu Cove we follow the coast path along the cliffs to the sands of Loe Bar. Here we turn inland and head towards the 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 to Helston

Distance: 8.5 miles (13km)

Ascent: 600 feet (200m)

In Summary: Walk from Mullion past the Marconi Monument above Poldhu Cove, then on along the cliffs to the sands of Loe Bar. From here we follow the same route as the medium walk and head inland towards the town of Helston.

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


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home. 


You're welcome to check in from 4pm onwards.


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.

 


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 - 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 2 - Mullion to the Lizard

 

Distance: 8 or 10 miles (13km or 16km)

Ascent: 900 or 1,700 feet (270m or 520m)

In Summary: 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.

Highlight: 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 (18km)

Ascent: 1,750 feet (540m)

In Summary: 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.

Highlight: The sense of achievement as you arrive at the Lizard Point lighthouse and become the southern-most person in Britain!

 



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. 


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

As we slowly reopen in the wake of the Coronavirus lockdown, our country house stays are set to be organised a little differently; extra steps have been taken to keep our guests, house teams and leaders safe while we return to action. We ask all our guests to respect the measures put in place.

Initially the overall capacity of the houses has been reduced. Guests must wear face coverings in public spaces. To adhere to social distancing guidelines, we have taken the necessary steps to space out furniture and seating in public areas. In addition, a one-way system will be in place around the house. Adequate signage will be displayed to support the direction of travel to be followed by guests and house teams.

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 have removed all non-essential and reusable items from our rooms for the meantime including cushions, hairdryers, bathrobes, bed throws, and printed materials to reduce the number of items that need to be disinfected. Hairdryers will be available on request. Clean towels will be available on request. 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.

For now, there is no cream tea on arrival day. We have also adapted our food offering to remove all buffets and open food items. Different sittings may be required for breakfast and dinner due to the occupancy and size of the house. Picnic lunches will now be pre-ordered the night before from an order form in the room. The bar in each country house will be open, and we will be offering a table service for drinks. At this time there is no, or only a very limited, evening social programme available. Outdoor swimming pools at those houses that have them will re-open throughout August, except at Freshwater Bay House, where the pool will remain closed for 2020. Indoor swimming pools will remain closed.

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 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 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

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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: £20 per person.

Holiday Prices

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