Hidden Coves, Fishing Villages, and hiking the cornish coast

Overview

Set on the western edge of Great Britain, Cornwall is a legendary cultural haven surrounded by the sea and filled with tales of mermaids and pixies. We’ve chosen the most spectacular sections of the Cornish Coastal Path for our adventure, with three overnights in some of Cornwall’s most atmospheric coastal villages, including Fowey and St. Ives. Some 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, mythical home of King Arthur, and soak up local lore. Our adventure also takes full advantage of the flourishing dining scene, including meals at Rick Stein’s St. Petroc’s Bistro and Jamie Oliver’s “Fifteen” restaurant—signature dishes with a Cornish twist.

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-3
Padstow / Boscastle / Port Isaac

From Bodmin, we hike from the medieval harbor town of Boscastle to the ruins of Tintagel Castle, a place forever linked with tales of King Arthur, and from the sands of Constantine Bay past the isolated lighthouse at Trevose Head. We explore the whitewashed “higgledy-piggledy” cottages of Port Isaac, a fishing village since the 14th century, and enjoy a dinner at St. Petroc’s Bistro, the acclaimed seafood restaurant of chef Rick Stein.

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Days 4-7
Porthcothan / Land’s End / Lamorna Cove / St. Ives

At the horseshoe-shaped bay of Porthcothan, we walk cliff trails to the volcanic rock stacks called the Bedruthan Steps and hike to famed Land’s End, the westernmost point in England. Following in the footsteps of pirates and smugglers, we take the trail through Lamorna 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 8-11
Fowey / Polperro / Saints Way

The Lost Gardens of Heligan are home to botanical collections from the Victorian plant hunters. We explore this vast estate, then ferry to the riverside port of Fowey for a hike from Polperro, with its fishermen’s lofts, to Polruan, following paths that are never far from the sea. Another walk circles Menabilly, Daphne du Maurier’s estate, which she reimagined as Manderley 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 11 via Bodmin.

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Highlights

Highlights

Hike the most spectacular stretches of Cornwall’s north and south coasts, and to renowned Land’s End
Explore colorful fishing villages, including picturesque Port Isaac
Dine at the restaurants of celebrated chefs Rick Stein and Jamie Oliver
Learn about Cornwall’s Celtic heritage and legends of King Arthur
Three- or four-night stay at each hotel—less packing!

Details

Length: 11 days
Cost From: $5595  
Arrive: Bodmin, England
Depart: Bodmin, England
Lodging: 10 nights seaside hotels
Meals: All meals included except 2 lunches and 3 dinners (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Cultural Adventures, Hiking / Trekking
Trip Level:

9 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)