Set on the western edge of Great Britain, Cornwall is a legendary cultural haven surrounded by the sea and imbued with tales of mermaids, pixies, and ghostly galleons. We'll hike the most spectacular sections of the Cornish Coastal Path on this adventure, with overnights in three of Cornwall's atmospheric coastal villages: the fishing port of Padstow, the market town of Penzance, and Fowey, with its smugglers' pubs. We'll ramble along towering cliffs and sandy beaches, explore fascinating sites including Tintagel, mythical home of King Arthur and his knights, and soak up local lore. Our adventure also takes full advantage of the flourishing dining scene, including a meal at Rick Stein's acclaimed The Seafood Restaurant—expect delightful fresh seafood with a Cornish twist.
Arrive: Bodmin, England
Depart: Bodmin, England
Pricing below is per person and based on double occupancy. The earlier you book, the more choice you’ll have. WT also has the most generous cancellation and transfer policies in the industry, we make it easy if you change your mind. Have a small group of your own? Take over an existing date or choose your own. You’ll have your own private guide–and the adventure–all to yourselves!
$600 due at time of reservation
90 days prior to departure: Balance
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
Scroll through our signature accommodations for this trip below. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.
Days 1-3 (3 nights)
Days 4-7 (4 nights)
Set in the historic seaside town of Penzance, this 22-room boutique hotel, a former Georgian manor house, is just a 10-minute walk from the seafront. Guest rooms are cozy, bright, and airy, with comfy beds and cheerful art prints. Relax in the garden or in the lounge in front of the fireplace. Its restaurant...
Days 8-10 (3 nights)
Surrounded by gardens and overlooking the historic town of Fowey, this is an excellent place to relax at the end of our active hiking days. First opened in 1882, the Fowey offers beautiful views over the river and the sea. And from casual snacks in the hotel's Lookout Bar...
"What an incredible way to see an interesting part of the world. I think this trip is a star of the Wilderness Travel line up."
"One of our best trips—wonderful guides, good group, and amazing country."
Fernandina Beach, FL
"It was delightful, and we especially enjoyed the six cultural experiences as a nice addition to the walking."
"This trip was AWESOME! Beautiful hikes, gorgeous scenery, amazing seaside towns, great cuisine, fabulous lodging (esp. in Padstow), very well crafted itinerary, with an epic lead guide in Richard Bell, whose local knowledge and personal touches were all over everything. Everybody LOVED having 3 nights in each location. The pace was perfect."
Santa Monica, CA
"The trip and the rest of the group were fantastic. Our guides Richard and Karen make a wonderful team, providing humor, knowledge of history and folklore, fauna, and just happy company. This was my first Wilderness Travel trip and I would highly recommend this outfit to anyone. Thank you for all the help in getting me there with the flurry of emails asking many questions. My office contact Brandi was excellent in all areas, and in her follow thru."
South Dartmouth, MA
"The itinerary was near perfection. The hikes, the scenery, and the food were all sublime. All three of the hotels were superb too."
"This was just the right combination of hiking, cultural, and historic experiences and foodie delights. Staying three nights in every hotel makes the trip far more relaxed (no constant packing and unpacking) than most itineraries."
"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."
"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."
Newton Upper Falls, MA
"Loved this trip! It was the perfect combination of excellent/friendly guides, hiking, scenery, regional food, and cultural sights."
"This was the trip of a lifetime for me. I loved walking along the cliffs—I can't even name a favorite day or event because I loved it all."
"This was a well designed and organized trip with super-great trip leaders and beautiful scenic coastal trails."
St Simons Island, GA
"This was a wonderful trip! The countryside was magnificent, the walks well planned, and things ran smoothly. Richard's passion for good food made meals a special treat, and Karen's encyclopedic knowledge of plants and history added to each walk. This was my first Wilderness Travel walk. I loved it and will be back."
New York, NY
"The overall experience was once in a lifetime and some of the most spectacular scenery I have ever seen!"
"A phenomenal trip! And we liked being in the hotels for 3, 4, and 3 nights each. That was an added bonus! It was very smooth and a very nice blend of walks and cultural."
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With more than 200 different adventures to choose from, we want to help you find the trip that’s right for you. Our Trip Level system ranks each trip in two ways: a number rating from 1 to 6 according to the activity, and general travel rigors. 1 is the easiest and 6+ the most difficult—see descriptions below for explanations of each number. A plus (+) sign means the trip is a bit more strenuous than other trips of that level. The detailed explanation of each trip—below the bar with the number rating—is perhaps more important, specifying activities, altitudes, hiking, and travel conditions. The Detailed Itinerary, available by download or mail, gives further information. Our Area Managers can also answer questions and guide you to the trip that best suits your interests.
Level 1 – Easiest
Non-camping journeys, optional walks, little elevation gain or loss.
Level 3 – Moderate
Half- to full-day hikes (3-6 hours) over rolling countryside on most days, occasional steep trails. Many of our hotel-based walking tours are in this category, as are our snorkeling adventures.
Level 5 – Strenuous
Full-day hikes (4-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Trips with hiking at average altitudes of 10,000 to 12,000 feet are in this category.