Hidden Coves, Fishing Villages, and Hiking the Cornish Coast

Overview

Set on the western edge of Great Britain, Cornwall is an ancient cultural haven surrounded by the sea and filled with legends. We’ve chosen the most spectacular sections of the Cornish Coastal Path for our adventure, with overnights in some of Cornwall’s loveliest coastal villages, including Fowey and St. Ives. Many of our hikes start right from our hotel’s front door! We’ll hike along towering cliffs and golden beaches, explore fascinating sites including Tintagel, legendary home of King Arthur, and soak up the local lore. We’ll take full advantage of the flourishing dining scene, including Jamie Oliver’s “Fifteen” restaurant—signature dishes with a Cornish twist.

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-3
Padstow / Port Isaac

From the working fishing port of Padstow, one of our hikes brings us from the medieval harbor town of Bocastle to the ruins of Tintagel Castle, forever linked with tales of King Arthur. We walk the sands of Constantine Bay past the isolated lighthouse at Trevose Head, and explore the whitewashed “higgledy piggledy” cottages of Port Isaac, a fishing village since the 14th century. One of our dinners is at St. Petroc’s Bistro, the acclaimed seafood restaurant of chef Rick Stein.

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Days 4-6
Porthcothan / Land’s End / Lamora Cove / St. Ives

At the horseshoe-shaped bay of Porthcothan, we walk cliff trails to the impressive volcanic rock stacks called the Bedruthan Steps, and we hike to famed Land’s End, the westernmost point in England. Following in the footsteps of pirates and smugglers, we take the trail through photogenic Lamora Cove, tucked beneath the headlands. Our base is St. Ives, a quaint seaside town and a haunt of artists for generations.

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Days 7-10
Fowey / Polperro / Saints’ Way

We explore the Lost Gardens of Heligan, a vast estate with botanical collections from the Victorian plant hunters, then ferry across St. Austell Bay to the riverside port of Fowey. One of our hikes brings us from Polperro, with its ancient cottages and fishermen’s lofts, to Palruan, with our paths never far from the sea. Another walk circles Menabilly, Daphne Du Maurier’s estate, which she reimagined as Manderlay in her haunting novel Rebecca. We bid farewell to Cornwall with a beautiful hike along The Saints’ Way, a long-distance footpath marked with Celtic crosses, a legacy of early Christian travelers. Depart on Day 10.

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Highlights

Highlights

Hike the most spectacular stretches of Cornwall’s north and south coasts, including renowned “Land’s End”
Explore ancient sites and colorful fishing villages, including Port Isaac
Dine at the restaurants of celebrated chefs Rick Stein and Jamie Oliver
Learn about Cornwall’s Celtic heritage and spirited present
Three-night stay at each historic hotel—less packing!

Details

Length: 10 days
Cost From: $4995  
Arrive: Bodmin, England
Depart: Bodmin, England
Lodging: 9 nights seaside hotels
Meals: All meals included except 2 lunches 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 if you wish to skip a day’s hike)

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