Cornish Coastal Path
A self-guided walking tour from St Ives to Penzance around the most western point of England.
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Activity Level Easy plus
- A self-guided walking tour from St Ives to Penzance around the most western point of England.
- Enjoying spectacular views from Land’s End, the extreme westerly point of England.
- Visiting the open air Minack Theatre, which perches spectacularly on the cliffs above Porthcurno Bay.
- Walking through an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty as you pass through the cove at Lamorna.
Rugged granite cliffs dotted with the ruins of old tin mines, carpeted in spring with wild flowers and in summer with heather and gorse in purple and gold. This is the gorgeous scenery you’ll enjoy as you walk the coastline of Land’s End Peninsula.
Quoits, standing stones, stone circles, and other mysterious remains litter the landscape, embodying its deep connection to ancient history. With picturesque St Ives, Mousehole, Lamorna and Sennen Cove en route, this is a truly diverse and engaging walk.
- 7 nights accommodation in en-suite rooms (where available) in selected B&B’s, hotels, inns and guesthouses along the trail, or a short distance away via taxi provided at our expense.
- Breakfast each day.
- Door to door luggage transfer.
- Maps with the route marked on and a guidebook or route notes describing the trail.
- An information pack containing an itinerary, instructions on how to find your accommodation each night and a packing list.
- Detailed travel instructions on how to get to the start of your holiday and back from the end of it.
Total distance: 40 miles (64 km).
Duration: 8 days/7 nights, 6 days of walking
Minimum/maximum daily distances: 5 miles (8km)/9 miles (14.5km)
Waymarking: The trail is easy to follow with the assistance of the guidebook and maps provided.
Season: Start on any Saturday from March 7 to October 24 (other days of the week on request)
Tour Starts: St Ives.
Tour Ends: Penzance.
Nearest Available Airport: London.
Arrival at St Ives
Travel to St Ives where your first night’s accommodation has been booked. St Ives is a charming seaside town with numerous galleries, cafes and restaurants.
St Ives to Zennor. 6.5 miles (10.5km)
An easy start to the day walking along the coast with dramatic views of the cliffs rising hundreds of feet above the sea. Turning away from the coast as you approach the little village of Zennor, you’d find the Church of Saint Senara dating from the 13th century.
Zennor to Pendeen Watch. 7 miles (11km)
An even more spectacular day today with some exhilarating climbs in and out of several rocky coves. The path takes you to the golden sands of Portherras beach before you catch views of Pendeen Lighthouse, also know as Pendeen Watch built in 1891.
Pendeen Watch to Sennen Cove. 9 miles (14.5km)
Another lovely and scenic walk with views at the westernmost point of England and Land’s End in the distance. The path passes through the small fishing village of Sennen Cove, with its laid back seafront cafes, pubs, restaurants and shops making an ideal stop for the night .
Sennen Cove to Porthcurno. 7 miles (11km)
Starting and ending today at lovely white sand beaches and in between looking out over spectacular coastal views as well as Land’s End. Arguably one of the most scenic portions of the entire Coastal Path.
Porthcurno to Lamorna(T). 5 miles (8km)
A day to enjoy the high cliffs and windswept heath in this secluded section of the path. Look out for the occasional peregrine falcon as well other birds nesting along with the natural land-bridge of Tol-Pedn-Penwith at Gwennap Head. Lamorna Cove is considered one of the most beautiful of all spots in Cornwall with its beautiful beach and massive rock formations and as such, has inspired artists, painters and writers for centuries.
Lamorna(T) to Penzance. 6 miles (10km)
Today’s walk takes you form the famous Lamora Cove through a Nature Reserve and woodland. Mousehole, with its tiny harbor and narrow streets of granite cottages, is a good stop for refreshment. Continuing on to Penzance, the most westerly town in Cornwall and famous for its pirates (singing ones!).
Depart from Penzance after breakfast
Perhaps take time to visit St Michael’s Mount, a medieval castle-topped island that seems to float in the distance.
This itinerary lists our preferred overnight stops for this tour. Sometimes there may be a shortage of available accommodation in a preferred location, in which case we will transfer you from the trail to your accommodation and back again at no extra charge. Overnight stops marked with a (T) will always require transfers as standard.
The daily mileages quoted are average trail miles only and do not include the distance from the trail to your accommodation. We do not expect you to have to walk more than a mile from the trail to your accommodation; should your accommodation be further than this, transfers will be provided as standard.
Transfers allow your holiday to go ahead when accommodation directly on the route is unavailable. Local taxi operators (or your hosts for the night) will pick you up from a suitable location near the trail and take you to your night’s stay; then, the following morning they’ll drop you back off right where you were picked up so you can continue your walk.
Since we foot the extra bill for transfers, you can rest assured that we’ll get you on the trail whenever we can.
7 nights accommodation in en-suite rooms with private bathrooms (where available) in selected guesthouses, inns and hotels and B&B’s.
Below are the additional costs that may apply depending on your requirements. Our standard prices per person are based upon two people sharing a room; if you are walking on your own, or are part of a group but require a room of your own, then the Solo Walker or Single Supplements apply respectively:
Singles: Add $62 per night for a single room; solo traveler add $72 per night.
An extra night gives you the chance to explore some of the villages on the path, catch up with writing postcards or just relax.
The delightful town of St Ives with its narrow streets and alleyways that invite exploration, is a good choice for an extra night. It has many fascinating museums, galleries and beautiful beaches.
If you wish to visit some of the prehistoric remains on the moors or walk to the fascinating Iron Age village of Chysauster, Zennor is an ideal base while an extra night in Porthcurno would enable you to see a play at the spectacular open-air Minack Theatre.
Penzance, with its interesting museum, fine old buildings and art galleries is also a good choice for a rest day.
On reaching Penzance at the end of your holiday, consider adding the St Michael’s Way extension. This wonderful trail is the only footpath in Britain to have been designated a European Cultural Route. It can be walked in just a day and leads you to St Ives, creating a circular route.
You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:
Extra night (Standard) add $114.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Sennen Cove, St Ives, Zennor/Treen) add $131.00 per person / per night
There is a rail station at the start of the trail (St Ives). Train from London Paddington to St Ives (via St Erth) approx 5 hours 30 min.
The nearest rail station to the end of the trail (Penzance). Train from Penzance to London Paddington airport approx 5 hours.