Cornwall Spring & Winter Walking Holiday

Great guided walks - specially adjusted for the season

Code: SVSPW

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Activity types:

  • Central location
  • Coastal

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Choosing the level of your walks

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

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From £294.00 - 3 to 7 nights

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Holiday overview

New at HF Holidays

Guided Walking continues throughout the year. Spring and Winter offer fantastic walking days in Cornwall - blow away the cobwebs and enjoy a great selection of guided walks with us.

Between November and Easter we carefully adjust our usual walks to suit the season. We'll often end the day in a cosy pub or tearoom - perfect for warming up after an invigorating walk.

Accommodation

HF Holidays' Chy Morvah in St Ives

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

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

Rooms

'Good' Rooms 

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

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

'Better' Rooms 

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

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

Only an extra £15 per person per night

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

At the house

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

Dining

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

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

Your evenings

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

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

Accessibility

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

More details on St Ives accessibility

Additional information

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

Itinerary

Discover Cornwall on Foot

Cornwall's spectacular coastal path is our gateway to this remarkable stretch of coastline. Our guided walks will take you to rugged granite headlands and glorious sandy beaches that have long made Cornwall a popular holiday destination. We'll also head off the beaten track to peaceful corners, hidden coves and sleepy fishing villages. Join our friendly and knowledgeable guides who will bring this stunning coastal landscape to life.

  • Our experienced guides offer a choice of walks each day, adjusted for the season
  • We'll often end the day in a cosy pub or tearoom
  • Choose the option which best suits your interests and fitness
  • We provide flexible holidays. Join our guided walks, explore independently, or relax at Chy Morvah

HF Holidays walks grade 2 easy

Easier walks 

Carbis Bay

Up to 6½ miles with up to 1,200 feet of ascent

HF Holidays walks grade 2 easy

Medium walks

Kynance Cove

Up to 10 miles with up to 1,950 feet of ascent

HF Holidays walks level 3 medium

Harder walks

Chapel Porth

Up to 12 miles with up to 2,800 feet of ascent

St Ives and Carbis Bay

Available on: 3 Nov 2019

Option 1: St Ives and Carbis Bay

St Ives Harbour

Distance: 3½ miles (6km)

Total ascent: 700 feet (200m)

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

Don’t miss: Take time to explore St Ives harbour after the walk. Once one of the most important pilchard landing ports in Cornwall. 

Option 2: Carbis Bay                                                                                                       Carbis Bay St Ives

Distance: 5 miles (8km)

Total ascent: 950 feet (300m) 

The walk in a nutshell: A circular walk taking us from St Ives to Knill’s Monument and the promontory of Carrick Gladden, before following the coast path to Carbis Bay and back into St Ives.

Don’t miss: There's plenty of time to relax and enjoy the many delights of St Ives. Enjoy wandering through the narrow streets, exploring the harbour, or relaxing with a mug of hot coffee.

Option 3: Lelant and Carbis Bay          

Herring gull at St Ives

Distance:  miles (12km)

Total ascent: 1,200 feet (360m)

The walk in a nutshell: Head up to Knill’s Monument, then drop down to join the coast near Lelant church. We follow the coastal path back to St Ives, passing through the dunes beside Porthkidney Sands, Carrick Gladden and Carbis Bay.

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


St Michael's Mount

Available on: 4 Nov 2019

Option 1: St Michael's Mount

The island of St Michael's Mount

Distance: 2½ miles (4km)

Total ascent: 350 feet (100m)

The walk in a nutshell: Starting from the small village of Perranuthnoe, we take an undulating coastal path to Marazion, with a chance to explore St Michael's Mount*

Don’t miss: 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

Beach att Prussia Cove

Distance: 6½ miles (10km)

Total ascent: 1,100 feet (340m) 

The walk in a nutshell: Starting at the beach of Praa Sands on the west side of the Lizard peninsula, we take the undulating Coast Path to Prussia Cove and Perranuthnoe, with stunning views of St Michael’s Mount.

Don’t miss: 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

Boat at Marazion

Distance:  miles (14km)

Total ascent: 1,650 feet (500m)

The walk in a nutshell: From the mine buildings of Wheal Prosper at Rinsey Head, we join the Coast Path to the mile long beach of Praa Sands, and then on to the historic town of Marazion via Prussia Cove and Perranuthnoe.

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


The Lizard Peninsula and Kynance Cove

Available on: 6 Nov 2019

Option 1: Lizard Coastline                          

Lizard Point and lighthouse

Distance: 4 miles (6½km)

Total ascent: 400 feet (120m)

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

Don’t miss: The Lizard Lighthouse marks the most southerly point of mainland Britain. It was commissioned in 1752 and for over 250 years has provided a welcoming landfall light to vessels crossing the Atlantic Ocean.

Option 2: Kynance Cove                              

Rocky Kynance Cove

Distance: 5½ miles (9km)

Total ascent: 900 feet (280m)

The walk in a nutshell: A stunning circuit around the southern tip of England. We'll head to Church Cove, then continue around the headlands passing Bass Point, the Lizard Point lighthouse and on to Kynance Cove.

Don’t miss: Kynance Cove is a real gem with its serpentine rock formations. Soak up the views from the beach cafe, watching out for beautiful, rare chough wheeling around the cliffs.

Option 3: Mullion to the Lizard

The small harbour and cliffs at Mullion Cove

Distance: 8 miles (13km)

Total ascent: 900 feet (270m)

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

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


The Helford Estuary

Available on: 7 Nov 2019

Option 1: Beside the Helford River    

Maze at Trebah gardens

Distance: 4½ miles (7km)

Total ascent: 700 feet (220m)

The walk in a nutshell: The peaceful Helford River estuary provides a complete change of scene from the gnarled cliffs at the tip of the Cornish peninsula. Our walk takes us from Bream Cove to Trebah Gardens.

Don’t miss: Trebah Gardens are a real delight. Relax amongst the colourful Azaleas that thrive in Cornwall's mild climate.

Option 2: Helford Passage                               

Boats on the Helford River estuary

Distance: 6½ miles (10½km)

Total ascent: 950 feet (280m) 

The walk in a nutshell: 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.

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

Option 3: Rosemullion Head                     

Coast path near Falmouth

Distance: 8 miles (13½km)

Total ascent: 1,150 feet (340m)

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

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


Porthleven

Available on: 8 Nov 2019

Option 1: Helston to Porthleven

Pair of black and white Guillemots

Distance: 4½ miles (7½km)

Total ascent: 500 feet (160m)

The walk in a nutshell: We start in the picturesque town of Helston, before following the Loe Valley till the Loe Bar. Here we pick up the South West Coast Path and enjoy sea views as we make our way to the fishing town of Porthleven.

Don’t miss: The Loe Bar is reputed to be the lake in which Sir Bedivere cast King Arthur's sword, Excalibur.

Option 2: Across Loe Bar                               

Sandy Beach at Loe Bar

Distance: 5 miles (8½km)

Total ascent: 750 feet (240m) 

The walk in a nutshell: 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.

Don’t miss: Stop at Church Cove with its tiny church surrounded by sand.

Option 3: Mullion to Porthleven

Poldhu Cove

Distance:  miles (10½km)

Total ascent: 800 feet (240m) 

The walk in a nutshell:  Walk from Mullion past the Marconi Monument above Poldhu Cove, then on along the cliffs to the sands of Loe Bar. Here we follow the same route as the easier and medium walk and continue along the South West Coast Path to Porthleven. 

Don’t miss: Look out for a wide range of birdlife as you walk atop the cliffs, then explore Loe Pool.

 

 

 

Local area

Discover Cornwall

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

Travel

Travel to St Ives

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

How to get to us by train

By train:

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

Get to us by Taxi

By taxi:

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

Driving to us

By car:

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

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

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

Travel by plane

Travelling from overseas

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

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

Dates & Prices

Date Description Nights Brochure price Buy today for Book
2 Nov 2019 SVSPW - Spring & Winter Walking - St Ives 3 £339.00 £294.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £45 Per Person Book Now
2 Nov 2019 SVSPW - Spring & Winter Walking - St Ives 7 £725.00 £625.00 Save £100 off pp - Autumn TOP OFFER Book Now
5 Nov 2019 SVSPW - Spring & Winter Walking - St Ives 4 £435.00 £360.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £75 Per Person Book Now

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