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South West Coast Path – Penzance to Falmouth – 4 Nights

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South West Coast Path – Penzance to Falmouth – 4 Nights

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Walk this unique section of the South West Coast Path from Penzance to Falmouth, a less travelled section of the path allowing you to leave the hustle and bustle behind while you escape and take in all this stunning section has to offer. Following cliff top paths, you will be rewarded with endless views over turquoise waters, explore hidden coves, pretty fishing villages and golden sandy beaches while also having the opportunity to take in the most southerly tip of Great Britain, Lizard Point.

Quick Facts

  • 4 nights’ accommodation
  • 4 days’ walking
  • Luggage transfers each walking day
  • Map and guide book plus detailed directions to your accommodation from the trail
  • Expert local knowledge and 24 hour emergency assistance during your trip
  • Explore the most southerly tip of Great Britain, Lizard Point
  • 60 miles (97km) and 10,565ft (3220m) of ascent

About & Details

Spanning 630 miles from Minehead on the Somerset coast to South Haven Point on Poole Harbour, the South West Coast Path is the longest of Britain’s National Trails.  This section of the path from Penzance to Falmouth covers some of the most stunning stretches, taking in views of St Michael’s Mount a stunning landmark before giving way to cliff top views, golden sandy beaches and much more as you make your journey along this beautiful stretch of the coast path.

We take the stress out of your trip with expert local knowledge, hand-picked accommodation, luggage transfers and detailed support to help you find your way. You will need full walking kit including a waterproof jacket and trousers, a small day sack and comfortable walking boots. You will receive a more detailed kit list upon booking. This trip is based on 2 people sharing, so if you are a solo traveller please contact us for further details and we will be happy to help.

Inclusions

  • 4 nights’ accommodation in a good quality B&B or hotel with ensuite or private bathroom and breakfast
  • Luggage transfers each walking day
  • Map and guide book plus detailed directions to your accommodation from the trail
  • Expert local knowledge and 24 hour emergency assistance during your trip
  • Professional event organisation
Exclusions
  • Travel to the start and finish points of the trip
  • Lunches and evening meals
  • Personal insurance (for cancellation, accident, health, emergency evacuation and loss, theft of or damage to baggage and personal effects)
  • Guiding (please contact us if you would like this trip to be guided)

Optional Extras

  • Single room supplement £75 per person per night (subject to availability)
  • Solo traveller supplement £75 per person per night
  • Odd group supplement £75 per group per night may apply if a single room is required.
  • Extra night prior to start (single room) £145 per person
  • Extra night prior to the start (twin room, needs 2 people) £90 per person
  • Extra night at the end of the event (single room) £145 per person
  • Extra night at the end of the event (twin room, needs 2 people) £90 per person

Please select from Optional Extras at checkout.

Getting there and back

Getting There

By road:

  • Routes from the north: M5, A30
  • Routes from the east: M4, M5, A30
  • Routes from the west: M4, M5, A30

By public transport: Great Western Rail operates services from London, Birmingham, Manchester as well as other destinations.  To view train times please visit trainline

By air:
The nearest airport is Newquay with a shuttle bus running from Newquay Airport to Newquay Railway Station from where trains run to Penzance (changing at Par).  The main regional airports are Bristol and Exeter and the .  Although these are further away, they may suit those coming from further away or overseas.

Getting Away

By road:  Take the A39 towards Truro then onto the A30 towards Exeter before joining the M5 motorway.

By public transport: Great Western Rail operates services from Falmouth to London, Birmingham and further afield.  To view train times please visit  trainline.  There are also trains back to Penzance, changing at Truro if you need to return to collect your car.

By air: The nearest airport is Newquay.  The main regional airports are Bristol and Exeter.  Although these are further away, they may suit those coming from further away or overseas.

Evening meals and lunches

You can purchase evening meals either at the accommodation or nearby. When our event planners send you the schedule with itinerary you could prearrange directly with the accommodation or during the walk.

For lunches we would suggest bringing some of your own favourite snack bars and then asking the accommodation for a packed lunch for the following day and also supplementing that at stops en-route.

Accommodation

Accommodation is generally at B&B, guest houses and small hotels. Once booked in, your event planner will send you a list of your booked accommodation. It is possible to adjust according to preference at this stage so please mention it if you wish to change.

Dog-friendly

If you would like to bring your four legged friend, then we will do our best to source dog friendly accommodation. It is usually possible but if it were not, then we would suggest a change of date to enable it or offer a refund. There may be a small surcharge for the overnight stays. Therefore, once booked in, please alert your event planner that you would like to bring your dog and we can proceed from there.

Need a guide?

If you would prefer to have a guide for your walk, even just for one day, then we are happy to help. We can provide a qualified leader (also first aid qualified) to lead your trek or on just one of the sections. Just ask us.
A guide can not only take the stress out of navigation, but you will also find them a great asset in terms of providing an insight into all things environment and nature.

After you book

After placing your booking with us, you will in the first instance receive an automated email from our system confirming receipt of your reservation. If you don’t receive it, it is worth checking your spam/clutter folder.

In the process of placing your booking, you will generally set up an access password to our online gateway where you can review the details of the booking.

Your personal event planner will then be in touch with you to start to confirm the details. This contact will usually be taken up in the working day after receipt of your booking, but may, in busy times, take a little longer. The event planner will then liaise with you regarding the details of the course. If you have any specific requirements, please do mention it at this stage.

At the end of your trip

Unfortunately, all good things come to an end and when you arrive at Falmouth, you have one of several options. If you have not booked an additional night’s stay then we can transfer your luggage to a location of your choice. From there you may have onward travel arranged as per the ‘Getting There and Back’ tab above.

Some people like to treat themselves to a night’s stay in Falmouth at the end. And why not? You’ve earned it. You can arrange this as an optional add on with your event planner.

Dates and prices

For available dates, please click on the ‘book now’ option on the left hand side of the page.  You can reserve your space via this route.

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Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Arrival in Penzance

    Arrive at your accommodation in Penzance.

  • Day 2 - Penzance to Porthleven

    Leaving Penzance behind, your morning starts with a gentle stroll along the cycle path to Marazion where you will quickly be rewarded with the magnificent view of St Michael’s Mount – a historic castle connected to the mainland by a tidal causeway.  After briefly following roads out of Marazion you soon re-join the cliff top path which leads you to the lovely sandy beach of Perran Sands a popular place with local surfers before continuing along the path to Porthleven and your accommodation for tonight.

    14 miles (22.5km) and 2590ft (790m) of ascent.

  • Day 3 - Porthleven to Lizard

    Today starts by passing the iconic Porthleven clock tower as you make your way along the coast towards Loe Bar – the largest natural fresh water lake in Cornwall popular with birdwatchers.  Continue along the path passing the small beach at Gunwalloe where the church hides in the dunes.  From here your walk is along cliff tops rewarding you with some of the most amazing views before reaching Lizard Point, the most southerly point in Great Britain. Your accommodation tonight is in the village of Lizard, just slightly inland.

    14 miles (22.5km) and 2490ft (760m) of ascent.

  • Day 4 - Lizard to Porthallow

    After breakfast re-trace your steps back to Lizard lighthouse and continue along the coast, quickly passing Lions Den – a spectacular natural hole caused by the collapse of a former cave.  From here the trail is mostly flat with some short steep sections before reaching the small fishing village of Cadgwith, a charming seaside village with thatched houses.  Continue until you cross the sandy beach of Kennack sands before making your way along the cliff-tops of Black Head Point towards the harbour village of Coverack.  The route changes after Coverack as you pass through Dean quarry and divert away from the coast before reaching the official halfway point of the South West Coast Path at Porthallow where you will stay tonight.

    16 miles (26km) and 2955ft (900m) of ascent.

  • Day 5 - Porthallow to Falmouth

    Your last day’s walking starts with a flat stretch around the coastline to Gillian Creek, if you arrive during low tide, you can cross via the stepping stones, alternatively at high tide take the path around the estuary which will take approx. 45 mins.  Your walk continues along the coastline passing Bosahan Cove and through woodlands before reaching Helford where you will need to take a short ferry journey across the river.  The Helford River Ferry runs daily between Helford village and Helford (April-October) and payment can be made via cash or card.

    Once off the ferry, the trail follows a fairly flat path along the coast to Mawnan Smith, passing the villages of Maenporth and Swanpool before arriving in Falmouth where your walk finishes with a stroll along the promenade towards Pendennis Castle.

    16 miles (26km) and 2530ft (770m) of ascent.

Notes

Please note: This itinerary is a guide only. It can be subject to change dependent upon viability, course members’ fitness, weather conditions, accommodation availability, or for any other reason that may be deemed necessary. Any timings and mileages are approximate and for guidance purpose only.

We will always endeavour  to accommodate you in the locations detailed in the above itinerary. Due to very high demand, some accommodation providers may occasionally have limited availability and so we may need to accommodate you in an alternative location, nearby. In this case, we will arrange a taxi transfer for you to take you from the trail to your accommodation and back again the following morning. We will notify you of this when confirming your booking.

Why book with us

We know you have a choice of companies providing trips for your next adventures. Here are some of the reasons you should choose to travel with Maximum Adventure:

  • We are an established adventure travel business
  • We have been trading since 2002
  • We are financially protected in accordance with the 1992 travel regulation
  • Knowledgeable and available office staff
  • Qualified leaders and guides with ascents ranging from Ben Nevis to Mount Everest
  • All activities are risk assessed
  • We will provide you with the best service available
  • We are aware this is your holiday/your challenge and will do our best to make it an enjoyable and rewarding experience
  • We have many repeat clients stretching back over a number of years
20+ years adventure organisation experience
Full liability & financial protection
Leading provider of high quality adventure challenges
Great team of staff to support you

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