Hiking in Cornwall

Hidden Coves, Fishing Villages, and Hiking the Cornish Coast

Trip Level

This trip is rated a Level 3+ (Moderate to Strenuous) according to our trip grading system. You will need to be comfortable hiking 10 miles a day and being on your feet for up to 6 hours a day. With the exception of one day, you will need to be able to keep up with the moderate but steady pace of the group as there are no alternative hiking options available. Trail conditions, weather, and the group’s level of fitness can affect hiking times and pacing.

Average Hiking Day
• 6-7 miles
• 4-5 hours
• 700 feet gain/loss

Challenge Days
• Day 3: 10.5 miles, 6.5 hours, and 700 feet gain/loss

Terrain

The trails range from easy clifftop paths that are flat and grassy to narrow, uneven, and rocky tracks with short, steep sections that often include steps. On one hike, there is a brief section where you will need to use your hands to scramble over rocks and boulders. Some of the coastal paths can be slippery, sandy, and uneven, especially if it rains. We do not see significant elevation gain and loss on most hikes (usually a maximum of 700 feet gain/loss).

Weather

Due to the Gulf Stream and its westerly location, Cornwall typically has a very moderate climate. However, conditions can quickly shift from idyllic to windy and stormy. Since there is not much shelter on coastal paths, warm raingear is necessary to carry with you on every hike.

Accommodations

We spend multiple nights at a few different properties, including a chic country-style inn and seaside hotels with English charm and comfortable rooms. Since they are often in historic buildings, the rooms are not always of uniform or international size. Our leaders do their best to assign rooms in a fair way so that all participants experience an equal advantage throughout the trip as a whole. Please note that most accommodations in Cornwall do not have elevators. Single rooms can be requested but are not always available, due to the limited space in the hotels. If you prefer a single room, please make your request as early as possible.

Cuisine

Lunches are most often taken picnic-style during one of our hikes, with a couple of meals taken at local pubs and restaurants. Dinners are at local restaurants with a few evenings of fine dining. The menus are varied, and there is an emphasis on locally caught fish. We visit a couple of restaurants that are owned by the internationally respected chef Rick Stein.

Transportation

Our van will transport the group's luggage, so you only need to carry a daypack for items you need for the day (rain gear, sweater, camera, water bottle, etc.). Trip members are always free to skip a day's hike and travel to the next destination in the support vehicle (or spend the day in town).

Choosing the Right Trip

We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please contact us.

References

We are proud to have an exceptionally high rate of repeat travelers. For more information, we would be happy to put you in touch with a client who has traveled with us.