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Hiking in Cornwall

Pirate Coves, Fishing Villages, and Coastal Trails

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Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: $5895  
Length: 10 days
Arrive: Bodmin, England
Depart: Bodmin, England
Lodging: 9 nights seaside hotels
Meals: All meals included except 1 lunch and 3 dinners
Activity: Cultural Adventures, Walking, Hiking / Trekking
Trip Level: 8 hiking days on moderate trails with some short steep sections, 4-6 hours a day, van support (for luggage or tired feet)
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Highlights

  • Hike the most spectacular stretches of both the North and South coasts, including renowned “Land’s End”
  • Explore historical sites and colorful fishing villages, including Port Isaac
  • Dine at the restaurants of celebrated chefs Rick Stein and Jamie Oliver
  • Learn about Cornwall’s ancient heritage and enjoy its spirited present

Choosing the Right Trip

We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please contact us.

References

We are proud to have an exceptionally high rate of repeat travelers. For more information, we would be happy to put you in touch with a client who has traveled with us.

Cornwall is an ancient Celtic land filled with legend and a fascinating heritage inextricably linked to the sea. We’ve chosen the most spectacular sections of the Cornish Coastal Path for our adventure, staying in some of its prettiest villages, including Fowey and St. Ives, with our hikes often starting right from our hotel’s front door. You’ll discover breathtaking vistas of secluded coves and a turquoise sea, pass Neolithic stone circles, enjoy talks with historians, and delight in a flourishing dining scene, including a feast at Jamie Oliver’s innovative “Fifteen” restaurant on the beach at Watergate Bay—signature dishes with a Cornish twist!

Itinerary at a Glance

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Days 1-3
Padstow / Port Isaac

From Padstow, our hikes lead to Tintagel, legendary birthplace of King Arthur, and from the golden sands of Constantine Bay to the headlands of Stepper Point. We explore the “higgledy piggledy” cottages of Port Isaac, a fishing village since the 14th century, and dine at St. Petroc’s Bistro, the famed seafood restaurant of chef Rick Stein.

Days 4-6
Watergate Bay / Lamorna Cove / St. Ives

Our hikes bring you to the Bedruthan Steps, volcanic rock stacks that rise dramatically from Bedruthan Beach, and past rugged cliffs and coves to Land’s End, the most westerly point in England. Heading to the sheltered south Cornish coast, hike from the “Merry Maidens,” a Neolithic stone circle, to Lamorna Cove, designated a protected “Area of Outstanding Beauty.” Our base is in St. Ives, haunt of artists for generations.

Days 7-10
Fowey

From the unspoiled village of Gorran Haven, follow a trail to Chapel Point, then explore the Lost Gardens of Heligan, a vast estate with extensive collections from the Victorian plant hunters. Another hike leads from the lovely village of Polperro to Polruan, and we circle Menabilly, Du Maurier’s estate reimagined as “Manderlay” in her haunting novel Rebecca. Depart on Day 10.

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What the Trip is Like

This trip is rated 3+, Moderate to Strenuous. Walking the Cornish Coastal Path is exciting, invigorating, and extremely rewarding, but can also be challenging. The trails range from easy flat grassy clifftop paths to narrow, uneven, and rocky tracks, with many short steep sections, often with steps, and occasional short sections of scrambling over rocks and boulders. Height gains and losses on a daily basis involve a maximum 700 feet up and 700 feet down. With rain, the trails can be muddy and slippery.

Explanation of Trip Levels

 

Departures & Leaders

2015
Jun 20-29, 2015  Richard Bell
Sep 7-16, 2015  Richard Bell

Trip Cost

Prices are for 2015
$5895 (13-15 members)
$6195 (10-12 members)
$6495 (6-9 members)
Single supplement: $960
Forced single supplement: $760
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Trip Cost Includes:

  • Expert leadership of a Wilderness Travel Trip Leader
  • Accommodations in hotels
  • All meals included except 1 lunch and 3 dinners
  • Land transportation and van support
  • Entrance fees to museums, castles, and historic sites as per the itinerary

Trip Cost Does Not Include:

International airfare,transportation to Bodmin and return, any meals not specified after each itinerary day, wine at dinner (except at welcome and farewell dinners), airport departure taxes, optional tipping or gratuities to leaders or staff, additional hotel nights that may be necessitated by airline schedule changes or other factors, travel insurance, and other expenses of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages, laundry, telephone calls).

Trip Payment Schedule

At time of reservation: $500
120 days prior to departure: 20%
60 days prior to departure: Balance

Cancellation and Transfer Fee Schedule

More than 90 days prior to departure: No charge!
46-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

Hotels in Padstow

Days 1 to 3 (3 nights), Padstow, England

In Padstow, we stay at one of the following properties:

St. Ives Harbour Hotel

St. Ives Harbour Hotel

Days 4 to 6 (3 nights), St. Ives, England

The St. Ives Harbour Hotel is located above Porthminster Beach, voted 3rd in the Top 25 beaches in the UK, and just minutes from the "downalong," ...
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The Fowey Hotel

The Fowey Hotel

Days 7 to 9 (3 nights), Fowey, England

Surrounded by gardens and overlooking the historic town of Fowey, this 4-star hotel provides an excellent place to relax at the end of our active ...
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Note: Listed above are our signature accommodations for this trip. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.

Richard Bell

Richard Bell was born and brought up in Yorkshire, on the northeast coast of the UK, and has been an avid traveler all his life (he has now explored more than 100 countries). His first job was working as a purser on cruise ships for P&O and Princess Cruises, including a stint on that infamous vessel the Love Boat. Richard has been a guide now for almost 20 years and leads exclusively for Wilderness Travel in Europe and Nepal. His passion for the outdoors is as great as it ever was, and he is always eager to share his wealth of experience and enthusiasm for the culture, stunning scenery, varied cuisine, and natural history of these fascinating areas. He makes his home in Cornwall in southwest England, and when not leading trips, tends to his fruit and vegetable garden, loves to cook (he derives inspiration for his culinary efforts from the many countries he has visited), and, with his wife, often travels back to the same places where he leads trips to explore even further. Now in his 60s, Richard says he has graduated with honors from the University of Life, and is delighted to be able to share his experiences with our travelers.

Upcoming Trips:

Croatia: Istria and the Dalmatian Coast, September 19-29, 2014
England Coast to Coast, May 24-June 6, 2015
Hiking in Cornwall, June 20-29, 2015
Hiking Norway's Fjord Country, July 7-17, 2015
England Coast to Coast, July 26-August 8, 2015
England Coast to Coast, August 23-September 5, 2015
Hiking in Cornwall, September 7-16, 2015

Client Testimonials:


Richard was responsive, responsible, enlightening, enjoyable traveling companion and excellent tour leader; paid attention to all details, left nothing to chance; flexible; on the look out for unforseen opportunities that we might be interested in and enjoy. Terry D., Palm Springs, CA
Hiking in the Slovenian Alps
I think Richard enjoys his job and it shows. He was very helpful in finding us fine traditional handicrafts. Sharon K., Burnsville MN
Ultimate Everest
I thoroughly enjoyed hiking with Richard. I found him to be very capable, professional, and personable. After my second WT trip, it’s hard to decide whether to chose my third trip (WT, of course) by destination or by leader! Mary Jo B., Franklin WI
Hiking the Haute Route
Richard is on top of everything—fun to be with and cares about each and everyone. This is the second trip with Richard and one of the reasons we decided to take the Croatia trip. Margaret S., Bend, OR
Sailing the Dalmatian Coast
Richard was his usual ubiquitous self! Always there. Always helpful and attentive. Then, without being noticeable, off making arrangements for meals or guides or transportation or other client’s needs. Loads of fun! The best! Jack S., Bend, OR
Sailing the Dalmatian Coast
Hang on to Richard Bell—he's the best guide ever! Jane Koester, Wilmington DE
Slovenia: Hiking the Julian Alps
I always enjoy traveling with Richard. He does all the ‘behind-the-scenes' work to avoid any problems. Jack H., Cockeysville, MD
Istria and the Islands of the Adriatic
We enjoyed Richard as a leader. He was very knowledgeable about history and was also a great chef! Mary M., Stillwater MN Absolutely fantastic. I can’t begin to tell you how good he is! Michael H., Jennings, LA
Hike to the Matterhorn
Good leadership skills, intimate knowledge of the route, handler of important details, and always enthusiastic about the venture each day. Paul L., Chicago Il
Tour du Mont Blanc
This was my first trip with Richard Bell and he is one of your best trip leaders. He is charming, witty, and hilariously funny. Judith K., South Portland, ME
Medieval France: The Lot Valley
Richard is awesome; he has a great sense of humor and absolutely took care of us, and as we had such a small group, really got know each of us. His passion for not just this trip, but others he guides is simply infectious. Darlene R., APO, AE
Medieval France: The Lot Valley
Richard was great. He has a great energy, is enthusiastic, knowledgeable, helpful, humorous, and a warm guy. Steve T., Santa Rosa, CA
Medieval France: The Lot Valley
My wife and I really enjoyed Richard. It was our first trip with him, but it won't be the last. Larry S., Boise, ID
Castles and Caves of Dordogne
Richard generously shared his extensive knowledge of the culture and local cuisine—it made for a very enjoyable experience at mealtimes. Linda K., Toronto, Ontario
England Coast to Coast
Richard exemplifies a WT guide. Excellent interaction skills, and genuinely concerned about clients enjoying themselves. Great sense of humor! Paul W., Gainesville, FL
Hiking Norway's Fjord Country
Richard was absolutely phenomenal in every way.... organizationally, on the hikes, in the pubs. His humor, knowledge, and enthusiasm were unparalleled. Kate F., Santa Monica, CA
England Coast to Coast
Richard is a fantastic leader with seemingly unlimited energy and good cheer. Mark S., Boulder, CO
England Coast to Coast
Richard's attention to detail, conscientiousness, and very caring attitude make him a topnotch guide. Wonderful! Lynne M., Portola Valley, CA
England Coast to Coast
Richard was friendly, fun, energetic, and very sensitive to the needs of all of the participants. I would love to do another trip with him. Karen P., San Marino, CA
Great Hikes and Chefs of Northern Italy's Gourmet Trail
Richard puts his ALL into everything! He is a most capable Trip Leader and an exceptionally entertaining man that looks to creating the most cohesive group. Harriet M., Santa Barbara, CA
England Coast to Coast
Richard is the most organized, knowledgeable, and thoughtful guide I have ever had. I was so happy to meet him and enjoy his beautiful country through his eyes. Ellie Z., Bethesda, MD
England Coast to Coast