Hiking in Cornwall route-map

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

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References

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Departure Notes

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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
Sep 7-16, 2015

2016
May 23-Jun 1, 2016
Jun 6-15, 2016  Richard Bell
Sep 5-14, 2016  Richard Bell

Trip Cost

Prices are for 2015
$5895 (13-14 members)
$6195 (10-12 members)
$6495 (6-9 members)
Single supplement: $960
Forced single supplement: $760
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Trip Payment Schedule

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

Cancellation and Transfer Fee Schedule

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

Trip Cost Includes:

  • Expert leadership of a Wilderness Travel Trip Leader
  • Accommodations in hotels
  • All meals included except 1 lunch and 3 dinners
  • A glass of wine or beer with dinner
  • 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, 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).

Arrival & Departure Information

You are responsible for your own transportation arriving to and from Bodmin, England. For more detailed information, including train transfers, please download the Detailed Itinerary.

Please do not purchase your tickets until you are confirmed on the trip and have reviewed your proposed air schedule with our office. Once your tickets have been purchased, please send us a copy of your airline schedule.

Meeting Place:
Bodmin, England
Date: Day 1

Suggested Arrival Airport:
London Heathrow, England (LHR) or London Gatwick, England (LGW)
Suggested arrival time: Anytime prior to Day 1

Departure:

Bodmin, England
Date: Day 10

Suggested Airport for Departure:
London Heathrow, England (LHR)
Suggested departure time: after 6:30 pm

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.

Our Trip Leaders

Here are the Trip Leaders scheduled for this journey (please note that leader assignments are subject to change).

Richard Bell

Departure Dates: September 7-16, 2015, May 23-June 1, 2016, June 6-15, 2016, September 5-14, 2016

For a man who has traveled to more than 100 countries, been a trip leader for Wilderness Travel for more than 20 years, and has an ever expanding palate to cook exquisite dishes with global infusion (ask him about his infamous slow-cooked lamb with pomegranates), Richard Bell still takes as much ...
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Karen Bell

Departure Dates: May 23-June 1, 2016

Karen Bell, born in the northwest of England, is a specialist of all things English and a lover of the country and its varied landscapes. The wife of veteran Trip Leader Richard Bell, she is a medical scientist, world traveler, and keen naturalist who has an uncanny ability to identify just about ...
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Tim Burford

Departure Dates: September 7-16, 2015

With a big smile on his face and hiking poles in hand, Tim’s jovial persistence to explore the ends of the world, which led him to write hiking guidebooks for such destinations as Chile and Alaska, is only matched by his contagious passion to lead hiking adventures closer to his native ...
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