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 2 lunches and 3 dinners
Activity: Cultural Adventures, Walking, Hiking / Trekking
Trip Level: 8 hiking days on moderate to strenuous trails over uneven terrain with some short steep sections and steps, 4-6 hours a day


  • 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

The itinerary was near perfection. The hikes, the scenery, and the food were all sublime. All three of the hotels were superb too.Larry S.—Boise, ID

Choosing the Right Trip

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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, explore historical sites including King Arthur’s legendary Tintagel, and enjoy talks with historians. You’ll also delight in a flourishing dining scene, including a feast at Jamie Oliver’s innovative “Fifteen” 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 the lively port of Padstow, our hikes lead to Tintagel, legendary birthplace of King Arthur, impossibly romantic and tiny St. Enodoc, a 15th century church nestled in the sand dunes, and from the golden beaches of Constantine Bay to the headlands of Stepper Point. We’ll explore the whitewashed “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 westernly point in England. Heading to the sheltered south Cornish coast, hike from the “Merry Maidens,” a Neolithic stone circle more than 4,000 years old, to Lamorna Cove, designated a protected “Area of Outstanding Beauty.” Our base is in St. Ives, haunt of artists for generations.

Days 7-10

From the unspoiled village of Gorran Haven, follow a trail along the headlands 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 Polperro, with its tiny streets of ancient cottages and fishermen’s lofts, to Polruan, and you’ll circle Menabilly, Du Maurier’s estate reimagined as “Manderlay” in her haunting novel Rebecca. Our final hike is along the Saints Way, a long-distance footpath signed with Celtic cross markers that follows the route of early Christian travelers. 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

May 23-Jun 1, 2016

Jun 6-15, 2016
Sep 5-14, 2016

Trip Cost

Prices are for 2016
$5895 (12-14 members)
$6195 (9-11 members)
$6495 (6-8 members)
Single supplement: $820
Forced single supplement: $620
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Trip Payment Schedule

At time of reservation: $600
90 days prior to departure: Balance

Cancellation and Transfer Fee Schedule

Up to 91 days prior to departure: No charge!
61-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
46-60 days prior to departure: 50% 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 2 lunches 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 to the arrival and from the departure cities listed below. For more detailed information, including transfers, please download the Detailed Itinerary.

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2016 Departures

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
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).

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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Richard Bell

Departure Dates: 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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Tim Burford

Departure Dates: June 6-15, 2016

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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Tanya Perret

Departure Dates: June 6-15, 2016, September 5-14, 2016

Tanya Perret has had a passion for the mountains for as long as she can remember. Since 1997, she has led more than 73 hiking trips in the European Alps and Nepal. She has also ascended both Mont Blanc and the Matterhorn and holds the British Association of International Mountain Leader guiding ...
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Client Comments

The itinerary was near perfection. The hikes, the scenery, and the food were all sublime. All three of the hotels were superb too. Larry S., Boise, ID A great trip—interesting and varied hiking plus good food, real cultural activities, and good hotels. A plus that we stayed three nights in each hotel so packing and unpacking were minimized. Mark S., Boulder, CO It was delightful, and we especially enjoyed the six cultural experiences as a nice addition to the walking. Jack H., Cockeysville, MD
The trip was outstanding. We had a LOT of hiking combined with cultural experiences to really give us a good appreciation of Cornwall today and its history. The parts of the South West Coast Path that we hiked were stunning. We LOVED the guided tours of Tintagel, the Levant tin mine, and the Lost Gardens of Heligan, along with our evening performance at the Minack Theater. We particularly liked staying in one hotel for three nights before moving on. Nancy P., Newton Upper Falls, MA