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Wilderness Walking

The Coast of Cornwall

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Next Trip: 6th - 12th Apr 2024 Duration: 7 Days / 6 Nights

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Region: Cornwall
Trip Type: Wilderness Walking
Accommodation: Classic
Max Group Size: 8
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With over 400 miles of coastline, soaring cliffs, crescents of white sand and colourful fishing villages, the beautiful Cornish peninsula is a land shaped by the sea.

Above the rolling waves of the Atlantic, hike through areas of outstanding natural beauty, visiting medieval castles, azure blue lagoons and salty sea arches. With your expert guide, learn about the flora and fauna of the region, looking out for seals, dolphins and porpoises. Wind your way through cobbled streets and stop at lovely cafes, local galleries and independent artisan shops. On a trip that showcases the county’s crowning jewels, experience the beauty of the Cornish coast.

Trip Highlights

  • Hike along the beautiful and rugged coastline, enjoying spectacular views.
  • Spend time exploring sandy beaches, rocky inlets and hidden coves.
  • Visit pretty coastal villages, each unique in character, history and charm.

Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1 - Welcome to Cornwall

Arrive at St Austell train station this afternoon and meet your Wilderness guide. Enjoy a short drive to the village of Tintagel, set high on the Cornish coastline and imbued with legends of King Arthur. This afternoon, head out for a beautiful circular hike through Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Walk along the headland and into the footfalls of history, crossing the spectacular bridge to explore Tintagel Castle. At this site where past meets present, and fact meets folklore, explore the ruins of this medieval fortress and learn about the region’s rich history. This evening, settle into your welcoming hotel, which will be your base for the next two nights. (L, D)

Walk details: Up to 6 km/3.5 miles | 190 m/625 ft of ascent | approx. 2 hours

Day 2 - Port Isaac, Port Quin and Padstow

This morning, take a stroll through the winding lanes of Port Isaac, a 14th-century fishing village where white-washed cottages look out over the Atlantic ocean. A short drive to Port Quin takes you to the start of your point-to-point hike where you will follow part of the South West Coast Path – one of the UK’s most treasured national trails. Where ribbons of water meander inland and views stretch far out towards the horizon, this is sure to be a memorable walk. Upon arrival in the coastal village of Rock, board a ferry to make the short crossing to the charming port of Padstow. (B, L, D)

Walk details: 13.5 km/8 miles | 420 m/1,380 ft of ascent | approx. 6 hours

Day 3 - Coverack to Lizard Point

After breakfast, mosey your way south to explore the Lizard Peninsula. Begin your walk in Coverack, a village once famous for smuggling but now peaceful, quiet, and home to a handful of fishing boats. Hike along the coast, passing the arched rock of the Devil’s Frying Pan and the sweeping sandy shores of Kennack Sands. Perhaps roll up your trousers and walk through the surf and with colourful wildflowers speckling the coastline, take in the beautiful views all around. Later this afternoon, arrive at your accommodation and enjoy a delicious dinner after a day spent in the fresh salty air. (B, L, D)

Walk details: 12-17 km/7.5-10 miles | 300-800 m/980-2,620 ft of ascent | approx. 4-7 hours (depending on the route choice)

Day 4 - Lizard Peninsula to Poldhu Cove

After a relaxed breakfast, lace up your boots and begin walking in the morning light. Hike along another section of coastline on a trail that winds its way steadily north. Look out for the serpentine stone that crayons the cliffs in red, white and green as you pass sandy beaches, smuggler coves and sea stacks noisy with seabirds. This afternoon, finish your walk at Poldhu Cove and from the headland, take in the views towards Dollar Cove, named after the wreck of a Spanish ship in 1669, in which the shoreline became awash with silver coins. (B, L, D)

Walk details: 15.5 km/9.5 miles | 540 m/1,780 ft of ascent | approx. 7 hours

Day 5 - Exploring St. Ives

Today nip up the west coast to the picturesque town of St. Ives. Popular with artists, this seaside village is a delightful jumble of cobbled streets, historic buildings and independent shops. Spend the morning enjoying the town, perhaps visiting the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden. An English artist and sculptor, Barbara Hepworth moved to St Ives at the beginning of the Second World War and remained there for the rest of her life. After lunch, join your guide to hike from St. Ives along a wild stretch of coast where wild thyme blooms and the views stretch across an endless ocean. This evening, relax in St. Ives, perhaps taking an after-dinner stroll in the softness of dusk. (B, L, D)

Walk details: 11.5 km/7 miles | 490 m/1,600 ft of ascent | approx. 5 hours

Day 6 - Penberth Cove to Land’s End

Your penultimate day takes you to Land’s End – the most westerly tip of England. After breakfast, begin your hike in a tiny fishing hamlet, where a cobblestone slipway slides into turquoise water and the locals fish for mackerel, crab and lobster. Walk across the clifftops, stopping to explore Minack Theatre, a stunning open-air stage overlooking the Atlantic. Afterwards, pause for a snack and a paddle on a stunning sandy beach. This rocky, winding coastline is beautiful and invigorating, with plunging cliffs, sea caves, and deep blue pools. After reaching Land’s End, transfer back to St. Ives and take some time to relax before a celebratory dinner. (B, L, D)

Walk details: 13 km/8 miles | 600 m/1,970 ft of ascent | approx. 6 hours

Day 7 - St Michael’s Mount and Depart

This morning head out to visit St Michael’s Mount, a tidal island home to an ancient castle, chapel and local community. Immerse yourself in stories of deception and disguise while you explore. Return to the mainland, and pop to Rinsey Head where you’ll have lunch and time for a short stunning walk along the coastal path. Look out for the Wheal Prosper engine house, which strikes a remarkable silhouette against a big blue sky. Afterwards, head to St Austell, where your guide will transfer you to the train station to begin your journey home. (B, L)

Wilderness Walking
The Coast of Cornwall

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Trip Details

Accommodation Read More

This trip features some of the best small hotels and food along the route we travel, all hand-picked by us. Accommodation is in a choice of double or twin rooms with ensuite facilities.

Solo Travellers

There is no supplement charged to solo travellers. However, you will be required to share a room with another person of the same sex. If you request a room for single occupancy, a supplement of £585 is charged.

Due to the nature of the accommodations we use, single supplements are limited and are allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Meals Read More

All meals are included in this trip from lunch on day 1 to lunch on day 7. Included dinners are two courses as standard.

Great food is of paramount importance on all Wilderness England trips, and we will enjoy excellent regional cooking throughout this all-inclusive trip.

On this trip, we generally eat dinner as a group however, if you would like to make alternative arrangements, you are free to do so. Your guide will have an evening off during this trip where they do not eat with the group.

Inclusions Read More
  • 6 nights accommodation in 3 star and 4 star hotels/inns on a B&B basis.
  • All meals during the trip as stated in the itinerary (Meals included indicated as B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • The services of an experienced and knowledgeable guide/driver throughout
  • All transport throughout the trip, starting and finishing in St Austell.
Trip Grading Read More

Blue Graded 4-6

Blue graded walking holidays are suitable for fit and experienced hikers. We walk at a good pace and you can expect to be out for 6-8 hours a day. You will not always be on a path and the terrain underfoot can be rough and boggy, including boulder fields and mountain tops. Daily distances will be typically up to 16km but may be longer occasionally. Daily hike details are available in the itinerary.

Travel Read More

You will be met by your Wilderness England Guide at St Austell Railway Station at 12:15pm on Day 1 of your trip.

The trip will end at St Austell Railway Station at 3:30pm on the final day.

St Austell can be reached by train from central London and we have designed this trip to coincide with trains arriving from and leaving to London so that you can make the journey on the same day. There is also the Night Riviera Sleeper service which calls at St Austell if you’d like to travel on the train overnight.

If you wish to stay in St Austell pre or post trip, it is good base to stay to explore the nearby Eden Project or The Lost Gardens of Heligan.

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Make This Trip Private

Fancy this trip just for your group? Get together with family and friends spend quality time exploring wild places. A private trip allows you to benefit from all the features of the group departure, including hand-picked accommodation and expert local guides but with the advantage of the flexibility to tailor the days to your group. Make the trip more or less challenging depending on your experience or choose to add in some optional extras like castle or distillery visits depending on your interests. The price of a private trip will depend on the number of travellers in your group. Let us know your prefered departure date and we'll take care of the rest.

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Difficulty Grades Explained

Blue Graded Walking Holidays
Blue graded walking holidays are suitable for fit and experienced hikers. We walk at a good pace and you can expect to be out for 6-8 hours a day. You will not always be on a path and the terrain underfoot can be rough and boggy, including boulder fields and mountain tops. Some of the daily walks will involve a mountain ascent of over 3000ft / 900m high. Daily distances will be typically up to 16km but may be longer occasionally. Daily hike details are available in the itinerary.

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Trip Reviews

Rated 4.92 out of 5 based on 13 review(s) of Wilderness Walking – The Coast of Cornwall


Every client receives a feedback survey when they return from their guided, self guided or tailor made holiday with us. Once completed the review is published on our website just as soon as our database updates. The little touches and details are important to us and where issues are raised we make positive changes to our trips to improve your experience.

That’s why we read each of our client’s reviews and although we don’t respond to all of them, if it’s glowing feedback then we get the satisfaction of helping to make your holidays truly memorable.


Joe Brosky

Reviewed on 04/10/2023

Age: 70 - 80
Country: USA
Trip Date: 16/09/2023
Trips Taken: 4

The Bottom Line

The Bottom Line

Good experience with our guide making necessary routing changes because of weather conditions. He always had an evening briefing with group to present options and to develop group consensus. He did not blindly forge ahead but used his expertise to present viable choices and always let the group control our own trip experiences.


Marilyn Nippold

Reviewed on 02/10/2023

Age: 70 - 80
Country: United States
Trip Date: 16/09/2023
Trips Taken: 1

The Bottom Line

The Bottom Line

Be ready for a fantastic experience!


Valee Keogh

Reviewed on 30/09/2023

Age: 70 - 80
Country: United States
Trip Date: 16/09/2023
Trips Taken: 1

The Bottom Line

The Bottom Line

Just do it. No regrets.

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