South Cornwall Coast Path

Guided Trail

Code: SVLSC

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Activity types:

  • Central location
  • Coastal
  • Wildlife

Level

  • Medium
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Holiday overview

A guided walking trail holiday in Cornwall, following part of the South West Coast Path National Trail from Cape Cornwall, rounding the granite cliffs of Land’s End and finishing at Helford. This trail was made throughout history by the fishermen, farmers, miners, smugglers, coastguards and patient soldiers watching for invasions which never came. With wonderful vistas, magnificent beaches, secret coves and almost forgotten fishing villages, this is a magnificent section encircling the coast of Cornwall.

Holiday Highlights

  • The splendid cliff-top path from Cape Cornwall to Porthcurno Bay, visiting the unique open air Minack theatre along the way
  • Brilliant coastal scenery throughout the walk
  • Land’s End and Lizard Point, the western and southern tips of England
  • Quaint fishing villages including Mousehole, Cadgwith and Coverack

What’s included

  • 7 nights’ Full Board en-suite accommodation with all meals
  • The services of an experienced HF Holidays’ guide
  • All transport to and from the route is provided on walking days
  • Social activities in the evening 

Accommodation

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   4-star Visit Britain Guest Accommodationalong the north Cornwall coast.

 

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

Our classic bedrooms offer comfortable accommodation and an en-suite bathroom with bath or shower. They also have TV, hairdryer, and tea and coffee making facilities. Single rooms are available for an extra £8 per night.

You can enjoy extra space or exceptional views plus additional facilities including a towelling robe and complimentary slippers when you upgrade to a premium bedroom. Premium rooms are available at just £5 extra per person per night.    

If you are travelling with your family, we have a selection of 3 and 4-bedded family bedrooms. These have all the facilities of our classic rooms plus full sized twin or double beds for adults and bunk beds or occasional beds for children.

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Facilities

All our Country Houses are tailored to walkers and outdoor enthusiasts and have excellent boot and drying rooms and laundry facilities.

Chy Morvah has been designed to make maximum use of its splendid elevated position and sea views. The panoramic main lounges enjoy views across St Ives Bay and form a flexible and sociable open-plan room.

The dining room is particularly light and has a conservatory front overlooking the gardens and the sea. There is also a ballroom which can be used for a variety of evening activities and a comfortable bar. Free WiFi is available in some public rooms. There is also a range of board games and books.

Chy Morvah has attractive gardens with sea views. The heated outdoor pool is always popular with our guests (open April – September, weather permitting). Table football and boules are available in the garden.

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Food

All holidays at our Country Houses are Full Board with all meals included, from dinner on arrival to breakfast on the day of your departure.

Visit England Breakfast Award logo at HF HolidaysStart your day with our extensive breakfast. Choose from a wide selection on the cold buffet and/or a full cooked breakfast. Maybe enjoy a lighter option of fruit and yoghurt followed by scrambled egg, go for porridge followed by a full English breakfast, or select something in between.

Choose from our famous self-select picnic lunches - everything you need to keep you going on a day outdoors. Your own choice of sandwiches is prepared to order, and you can add crisps and snacks, fruit, nuts, chocolate bars, sweets and biscuits as you wish.     

Our house-based Leisure Activities include an in-house lunch (generally soup, sandwiches etc).   

The relaxed dinner is a highlight of any stay at our Country Houses. With tables seating up to 10 and no seating plan, it offers a great opportunity to get to know your fellow guests. There is always a choice of dishes for every course, featuring good British cooking and often local specialities. A vegetarian option is always available.

All our Country Houses have a well-stocked bar serving local beers, wine and spirits.

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Evening

Guided Walking: enjoy a glass of wine or local beer in the bar before a talk about the next day's walks. After dinner there will be an activity or entertainment which you will be welcome to join. These vary from week to week but a highlight during summer is a performance at the famous open air Minack Theatre (usually every Tuesday). In addition there could be the opportunity to enjoy a talk on local history, a team quiz, or a stroll into St Ives itself. Alternatively if you prefer, feel free to just relax in our lounge or bar.

Leisure Activities: many of our Leisure Activities holidays continue into the evening with programmed sessions. Other holidays will have the evenings free, and you will be welcome to join in other social activities that may be happening in the house.

Family holidays: our activity leaders are on hand to organise children’s activities and games for younger children before dinner. These could include rounders, outdoor games, or crafts. After dinner there are further activities for the whole family.

Self-Guided Walking: there may be evening social activities happening in the house during your holiday, and you will be most welcome to join in. However, not all self-guided holidays will have evening activities available – if these are important to you, please check before booking.

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Accessibility

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

Arrival & car parking facilities

  • There is ample free parking for guests, with 2 spaces for disabled drivers
  • The surface of the car park is tarmac and the car park is on level ground
  • Assistance can be provided with luggage

Main entrance & reception

  • From the main car park to the main house there is a smooth pathway, which has 2 sets of steps to the Reception door (3ft wide)
  • The first set has 7 steps (each being 8 inches high, 11 inches deep) and the second set has 2 steps (both are 8 inches high, 24 inches deep). There is a handrail (32 inches high) and the steps are lit at night time
  • Entrance from disabled parking is via 2 steps with limited access through the ballroom fire door
  • There is level access from the main car park to the Lanyons building, however all bedrooms in Lanyons are on the first and second floor
  • Assistance and porterage is available on request

Public areas - hall, stairs, landing, corridors etc

  • All public areas are well lit and carpeted, with the exception of Ballroom, Art Studio and games Room which have wooden flooring
  • Minimum door width is 2ft 6 inches 

Public areas - sitting room, lounges

  • The main house has main office / mini-shop, lounge, bar, conservatory, dining room, ballroom and public toilets on the ground floor and bedrooms on various floors, including the ground floor
  • Lanyons has the following facilities on the ground floor: Art room, games room, washing and drying facilities, boot room and public toilet
  • The door widths to the public rooms are: Ball room 5ft, bar 3ft, ballroom fire door 2ft 6inches, art room 3ft and games room 3ft. The lounge has no door
  • The lounge is L shaped, approximately 50ft x 20ft 

Public WCs

  • Unisex public toilets on the ground floor are accessed via 1 step of 8in high. The door is 2ft 6inches wide
  • Toilet seat height 18 inches, hand basin 30 inches high
  • The ladies toilet on the ground floor is accessed via 3 steps up (a hand rail, each step is 8 inches high and 11 inches wide), followed by 3 steps down (each step is 8 inches high and 12 inches deep). The entrance door to the ladies toilet is 3ft wide, the cubicle door is 2ft 6 inches
  • Toilet seat height 18 inches, hand basin 32 inches

Dining room & bar

  • The ground floor dining room seats 60 in circular tables
  • The table height is 16 inches, the armless chairs are 18 inches high with the back rest of 40 inches
  • The approximate size of the dining room is 50ft x 20ft
  • Waitress service, except on buffet nights. Assistance available, if required
  • The bar has tub stools that are 18 inches high and the high bar stools are 30 inches high
  • Tables in the bar area are 16 inches high. The approximate bar area is 15ft x 10ft 

Outdoor facilities

  • Outdoor pool, which can be accessed from the Basement level rooms without incurring any steps
  • Pool size 20ft x 30ft. Heated between May and September
  • Pool surrounded by paving stones
  • The pool complied with the relevant Health & Safety standards, but does not have lifting equipment
  • Pool alarm situated beside the pool for emergencies 

Bedrooms

  • Bedrooms are situated on the lower ground, ground, first and second floors of the main house and first and second floor of Lanyons
  • The two bedrooms best suited for anyone with restricted mobility are room 24 (single) and room 33 (twin), both are on the ground floor of the main house
  • The beds are 2ft 6 inches high and 3ft wide
  • Minimum door width 2ft 6 inches
  • All bedrooms are en-suite, most rooms are with a shower, but rooms with bath are also available
  • All rooms are carpeted and well lit
  • All furniture, including beds is movable 

Bathrooms

  • All en-suite, most with a shower, but rooms with bath are also available
  • Bathrooms for rooms 24 and 33 have a shower. Bathroom door width 2ft 6 inches, toilet height 16 inches, hand basin 30 inches, shower step 10 inches high. No hand rail
  • Lino flooring 

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 

Holiday itinerary

Planned Itinerary

Cornwall to Porthcurno

Starting at Cape Cornwall, we walk past Carn Ballowall towards Porth Nanven and then along easy paths to Whitesand Bay and Sennen Cove.  We traverse granite cliffs to Land’s End and continue over some of the most spectacular stretches of Britain’s coastline. Granite cliffs take us on past Mill Bay, over Gwennap Head and down to Porthgwarra, a delightful cove with unusual tunnels through the cliffs, and finally to the Minack Theatre, a unique open-air theatre created in the cliffs with the Atlantic as a backdrop.  We descend to Porthcurno and finish the first day’s walk in an area that has seen many advances in telegraphy by the former Cable and Wireless Company. 11¼ miles (18km), with 2400 feet (730m) of ascent; terrain varied – sometimes rough and narrow with numerous short ascents and descents, at other times easy beach walking.

Porthcurno to Mousehole

Leaving Porthcurno we ascend to Treryn Dinas, home of the Logan Rock, before we drop down to Penberth Cove (National Trust), completely unspoilt by commercialism. Further ascents and descents bring us to sheltered St Loy and its boulder-strewn beach. We have a short section through lush vegetation before returning to rougher sections as we approach Lamorna Cove and continue, with views of St Michael’s Mount, to Mousehole. There will be time to explore this delightful harbour, as the built-up section from here through Penzance will be omitted from the walk. 8 miles (13 km) with 1,860 feet (570m) of ascent; rugged with several short ascents and descents becoming easier towards Mousehole.

Marazion to Porthleven

Starting at Marazion we walk along low sandstone cliffs towards Perranuthnoe, and then pass Cudden Point and Prussia Cove to reach the long sandy beach of Praa Sands. Dramatically sited at Rinsey Head, and Trewavas Head, we see partly restored mine buildings before continuing between fields and crumbling cliff edges to the fishing harbour of Porthleven to meet our coach. 10 miles (16km), with 1,800 feet (550m) of ascent; easy tracks becoming more rugged and difficult, ending with a series of ascents and descents on narrow cliff paths.

Porthleven to Lizard Green

Returning to Porthleven harbour we follow the remains of a coast road to Loe Bar, the sand bank between Loe Pool, Cornwall’s largest freshwater lake, and the sea. We continue along the coast path to the fishing cove of Gunwalloe and then to Church Cove and the church of St Winwaloe, nestling down on the beach behind protective rock. The path continues to Poldhu Cove and the cliffs where the first radio signals were sent across the Atlantic by Marconi in 1901. A magnificent stretch of cliff scenery brings us to Mullion Cove and then to the scenic Kynance Cove. When we reach Lizard Point, the most southerly point in England we head inland to Lizard Green and our return coach.14 miles (22.5km), with 2510 feet (765m) of ascent; easy paths giving way to narrower and more difficult terrain; apart from a few little steep valleys, much of the walking is over level ground high above the cliffs.

Lizard Green to Coverack

From Lizard Green, we walk back down towards Lizard Head and Polpeor Cove (the most southerly point in England) and past the Lizard Lighthouse. We continue towards a second Church Cove and past a collapsed cave known as the Devil’s Frying Pan, to Cadgwith. The path continues past the disused serpentine works at Poltesco across Kennack Sands, on to Black Head and down to Coverack village. 11 miles (18 km), with 2225 feet (680m) of ascent; short steep ascents and descents, then easier walking around Black Head.

Coverack to Helford

We start the day at Coverack beside a shingle beach and on to the raised beach of Lowland Point. Soon quarries, active and derelict, force the path away from the coast towards St Keverne. We rejoin the coast at Porthallow and continue to Nare Point where we get a view of the wooded Helford River estuary. We continue to the houses on the Gillan Creek, and reach the hamlet of St Anthony. The coastal path then goes towards Dennis Head before descending through the woods of the Bosahan Estate to Helford Village. 10½ miles (16.5km), with 1,640 feet (500m) of ascent; a short ascent then good coast paths before turning inland on minor roads to ford (or ferry across) Gillan Creek – then wooded (often muddy) riverside walking into Helford.

The itinerary may be subject to change at the discretion of the leader with regard to the weather and other external factors 

Local area

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

Eden 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 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

Minack 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

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

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

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

Travel

Chy Morvah, Bishops Road, The Belyars, St Ives, Cornwall TR26 2DB

By train: The nearest railway station is St Ives, however you may find the journey to St Erth on the main line more convenient.  Please note that St Erth has a very steep bridge. 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).

By taxi: St Ives station is only ½ mile from Chy Morvah, but it is rather a steep uphill walk. Taxis cost approx £3.50 per taxi for this short transfer. Every year we negotiate a pre-booked rate for these journeys. Details of our current recommended taxi company and rates will be sent to you with your booking. We recommend pre-booking your taxi and the taxi company will arrange shared taxis wherever possible. The return taxi journey can be arranged on your behalf by the Chy Morvah Manager.

By car: Head to Cornwall via the A30. At a large roundabout take the A3074 signposted to St Ives. Pass through Lelant and Carbis Bay. Pass the Treganna Castle on the left, then as you approach St Ives take the left fork, following signs to visitor parking and leisure centre. Follow the road and turn left up the steep hill. Almost immediately the road turns left again by the Longships Hotel, but at this junction turn right and go up the hill. Chy Morvah is in front of you. 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.  Free parking is available.

To help you plan your journey, use www.traveline.info

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28 Jun 2016, 1:54 p.m.

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Always a reliable product - very good food, well organised

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The food was lovely. I enjoyed the walking. It was a most relaxing week.
22 Jun 2016, 9:18 p.m.

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My first HF holiday and I was very impressed with everything.
21 Jun 2016, 5:51 a.m.

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As always a very well organised holiday. Everything spot on from food to transport and walks.

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I walked both the north and south Cornwall coast path and throughly enjoyed it. The walks were all on the hard end of the scale but manageable. We had plenty of time to complete the walks with no rushing. I took over 150 photos and so that says what a beautiful area Cornwall is to walk in. I would say the 14 mile day on the south side is quite tiring. I think it would be better to take some distance off and add it to the 10 mile day the following day. Of course due to logistics I'm not sure this would work.
28 Oct 2015, 4:14 a.m.

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This was my first experience with HF and while our group of 8 had a wonderful I had a number of questions prior to our arrival. The first several emails I sent went unanswered leaving me wondering if the company was legitamet. One of the other women sent an email to someone who responded and from there our communication was with her. Initially, though it was very frustrating.

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The Guided South Cornwall Coast Path holiday was wonderful. Chy Morvah was comfortable though a bit musty smelling in the lounge area. The food was better than I ever expected, the staff eager to meet the needs of every guest and the leaders wonderful. The evening activities were varied and fun and every aspect of the trip seemed well organized. I look forward to participating again in the very near future.
24 Oct 2015, 3:58 p.m.

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Excellent holiday company that caters for all your needs.

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The perfect base for the South coast walk. Hotel, staff, food were excellent. I couldn't fault it. Very well organised, all I had to do was the walking!
20 Oct 2015, 6:12 a.m.

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Well organised from booking to the hotel & staff to the walks.

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Well organised from booking to the hotel & staff to the walks.
3 Sep 2015, 8:47 a.m.

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This is a brand that you can trust. They deliver what they say they are going to deliver and they do it well.

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The Cornish Coastal Path is an iconic walk. It is challenging but rewarding. We had a good leader, a great international group and decent weather.
3 Sep 2015, 8:31 a.m.

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�� This trip was my first experience with HF Holidays and I am very impressed

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�� good walks
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the service in the dining room could have been better - often had to wait for things, or have to find a member of staff to ask for tea/coffee for breakfast for example.
3 Sep 2015, 6:01 a.m.

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My first hiking with HF. Everything was very good. Good walk, good food, and good weather as well :)
Thank you for your feedback following your first HF Holidays experience. We're delighted you enjoyed your Guided Walking holiday at St Ives, Cornwall. It's one of our favourite places to walk! Until next time.

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8 Apr 2017 SVLSC - South Cornwall Coast Path - St Ives 7 £779.00 £769.00 Save £10 PP Book Now
24 Jun 2017 SVLSC - South Cornwall Coast Path - St Ives 7 £849.00 £769.00 Save £80 PP - special Early Booking Offer Book Now
30 Sep 2017 SVLSC - South Cornwall Coast Path - St Ives 7 £779.00 £769.00 Save £10 PP Book Now

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Information

  • Standard single room: (2016) £8 per night; (2017) no supplement
  • Premium single room: £15 per night (2017 only)
  • Premium twin/double room: (2016) £5 per person per night; (2017) £10 per person per night
  • Non-member associate fee: (2016) £5 per person; (2017) £10 per person

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