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South West Coast Path – Stage 6 – Falmouth to Plymouth – 6 Nights

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South West Coast Path – Stage 6 – Falmouth to Plymouth – 6 Nights

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Escape the hustle and bustle as you walk this fascinating section of the South West Coast Path between Falmouth and Plymouth.  Covering 76 miles this ever-changing journey offers a varied walk giving way to endless views as you following cliff lined paths along mile upon mile of protected coastline steeped in history.

Quick Facts

  • 6 nights’ accommodation
  • 6 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
  • Harbour to Harbour walking
  • 76 miles (123km) and 16,0840ft (4,904m) 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.  Starting from the busy harbour at Falmouth discover picture postcard fishing villages, historic harbours and charming villages such as St Mawes, Portloe and Mevagissey as you make your way along the coast, taking short ferry trips over several rivers before finishing your walk in the harbour at Plymouth.

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

  • 6 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 £90 per person per night (subject to availability)
  • Solo traveller supplement £90 per person per night
  • Odd group supplement £90 per group per night may apply if a single room is required.
  • Extra night prior to start (single room) £180 per person
  • Extra night prior to the start (twin room, needs 2 people) £95 per person
  • Extra night at the end of the event (single room) £180 per person
  • Extra night at the end of the event (twin room, needs 2 people) £95 per person

Please select from Optional Extras at checkout.

Getting there and back

Getting There

By road:

  • Routes from the north: M5, A30, A39
  • Routes from the east: M4, M5, A30, A39
  • Routes from the west: M4, M5, A30, A39

By public transport: Great Western Rail operates from London, Birmingham, Manchester as well as other destinations.  Change at Truro for Falmouth.

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.

Getting Away

By road:

  • Routes from the north: M5, A38
  • Routes from the east: M4, M5, A38
  • Routes from the west: M4, M5, A38

By public transport: Great Western Rail operates from Plymouth and connects to London, Birmingham, Manchester as well as other destinations.

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 Plymouth, 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 Plymouth 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

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Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Arrival in Falmouth

    Arrive at your accommodation in Falmouth.

  • Day 2 - Falmouth to Portloe

    Your first day starts by taking 2 short ferry crossings. Make your way to the Prince of Wales pier and catch the ferry to St Mawes which runs twice every hour and takes approx. 20 mins. St Mawes is an idyllic village steeped in history – if you have time St Mawes castle is a great place to visit before taking your second ferry to Place which takes 10 mins and runs every half an hour. After departing the ferry, follow the path out towards St Anthony Head, where you will be rewarded with amazing views over Falmouth and the River Fal. From here the path is mainly easy walking, passing sandy beaches – Portscatho is the ideal place to stop for lunch. The approach to Nare Head becomes more strenuous with steep ascents and descents before reaching the pretty village of Portloe and your accommodation for tonight.

    13.5 miles (22km) and 2820ft (860m) of ascent.

  • Day 3 - Portloe to Mevagissey

    Today continues along the cliff tops as you make your way out of Portloe, passing the beaches of Portholland and Porthluny Cove where Caerhays Castle stands behind the bay.  From here the path becomes more strenuous towards Hemmick Beach, before reaching Dodman Point, with fantastic views, especially on a clear day.  The path continues through Gorran Haven and chapel point passing Portmellon before reaching the busy fishing port of Mevagissey where you will stay tonight.

    12.5 miles (20km) and 2920ft (890m) of ascent.

  • Day 4 - Mevagissey to Par

    After breakfast, leave the harbour of Mevagissey behind and make your way along high cliff paths towards Penare Point and Pentewan.  From here you will pass sandy beaches as you head past Gamas Point before following an uphill stretch towards Black Head.  The path then heads back down to the coastline towards Charlestown with its historic harbour and quay its a great place to stop for refreshments before your final stretch around St Austell’s Bay ending at the small coastal town of Par.

    10.5 miles (17km) and 2229ft (680m) of ascent.

  • Day 5 - Par to Polperro

    Your day starts with easy walking as you follow part of the National Cycle Network around Par Sands towards Gribbin Head where you will be rewarded with fantastic views.  From here follow the high cliff path passing coves and beaches, a small detour leads you to the remains of St Catherine’s Castle sitting on the cliff top before reaching the historic town of Fowey, an ideal place to break for refreshments before taking the ferry crossing to Polruan.  From Polruan the path becomes more strenuous as you climb over cliff tops, dropping down to rocky coves, and turquoise seas before arriving in the village of Polperro where you will stay tonight.

    13.5 miles (22km) and 3000ft (914m) of ascent.

  • Day 6 - Polperro to Portwrinkle

    A similar start to yesterday, after leaving Polperro a gentle walk leads you to the pretty village of Talland Bay where you can enjoy the fantastic views across to St George’s Island as you follow the coast path to Looe.  From Looe the path passes the holiday parks at Millendreath before becoming more challenging but rewarding as you climb up to Bodigga Cliff with views to Rame Head in the distance before heading down to Seaton Beach, a perfect place to stop for a well-deserved rest at the beach café.  Continues to Battern Cliffs, one of the highest points on the South Coast of Cornwall before the final stretch takes you around Whitsand Bay reaching the pretty fishing village of Portwrinkle.

    13 miles (21km) and 2820ft (860m) of ascent.

  • Day 7 - Portwrinkle to Plymouth

    Your last day’s walking will be a varied day of cliff tops, sandy beaches and woodland walking.  Shortly after leaving Portwrinkle you pass behind Tregantle Fort before heading along the top of Long Sands Beach towards Rame Head, where you can take in the South Cornwall Coast and enjoy the wonderful views from its viewpoint. The path continues to the beautiful coastal villages Cawsand and Kingsand Bay which are both great places to stop for lunch before your walk takes you through woodlands, Mount Edgecumbe Country Park and finally Cremyll where you take the ferry across the water to Plymouth. Once off the ferry follow the waterfront walkway into Plymouth. This is the end of your trip unless you have booked additional services with us.

    13 miles (21km) and 2295ft (700m) 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. An additional charge may be payable. We will notify you of this when confirming your booking.

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Reviews

Find some of the reviews our wonderful customers have left for us below, or read them all here!

We realy appreciated the tour we did on Hadrians Wall path in May.Beautiful scenery, decent weather, god arrangements including lodging, transport, bagagehandling etc. We came well prepared . In this preparation Maximum adventures gave us great support, as we are coming from abroad with no knowledge of conditions on the path. We had great BnBs and could concentrate on de daily walks that gave us great pleasure.Thank you England and Hadrians Wall path for your friendly reception and well mantained walking path.Thank you Maximum Adventures for your good service.We would love to come back in the future.

Jerry Kashinski
5 days ago

Maximum Adventure did a great job for us. With less than a month's notice, it set up an itinerary, lodging and luggage porterage for a walk from Carlisle to Newcastle, England along Hadrian's Wall. The lodging was fantastic, as was the itinerary and support during the walk. We'd definitely use Maximum Adventure again and would recommend them without reservation!

Fiona Reilly
a week ago

I was part of a climb on 23/09, didn't think I would make ut, but I did. The descent was a different story.. I got jelly legs and lost my confidence. If it wasn't for James, my Sherpa would never have made it. Can't thank him enough, Will, met you briefly.Both of them were very knowledgeable, we had the most amazing views at the summit...the pain is still worth it and

Tom Graham
3 weeks ago

I walked the West Highland Way with my dad and brother. The organisation was excellent by Samantha. Itinerary and instructions were clear and all the bookings and luggage transfers went smoothly. As a result we were able to ensure the fantastic walk and not worry about anything. I would happily recommend Maximum Adventure to others.

Sarah Bracken
4 weeks ago

Absolutely brilliant guide - knowledgeable, interesting and humorous in addition to looking after our safety so well - making sure we ate and suggesting when to layer up! Would highly recommend!

Diana Straub
a month ago

We just got home from our 8-days Hadrian's Wall hike and we just loved it!Everything was perfectly organized!We had great B&Bs and hotels with very friendly, welcoming and helpful staff. Our favorite was the Dacre House with Clare. But then again, all were great!The luggage was always at the day's destination, no matter how early we got to the accommodation.The description of how to get to the accommodations were clear and precise.The road map and the guide book were waiting for us as we got to the first B&B and were very helpful and interestingThanks, Maximum Adventure!

Kristin Hentschel
a month ago

Praise for the West Highland Hike and the Maximum Adventure planners, esp. our planner Samantha. Great experience in every regard.

Simon Bradish
a month ago

Booked for the 3 UK Peaks adventure, it was organised perfectly and everything when to plan. Accommodation was good, transport excellent, our guide (Patrick) brilliant, so cannot fault the trip and adventure. I personally expected too much from myself and was unable to fully summit as this adventure is not for beginners, I climbed Kilimanjaro in 2003 when I was 42 and twenty years later, although relatively fit, my endurance didn't last. So I did a half summit for Ben Nevis & Scafell, thanks to Patrick for letting go back down on my own, it was brilliant. With Snowdon, a half summit is tricky as you can't descend the way you go up, so I decided to do some hiking in the area while the rest of the group did the climb. I took a chance and went to the ticket office and managed to get a single return ticket up to the summit of Snowdon at 9am which returned down by 11.30am. I was hoping to see my group on top and spring a surprise but the weather was terrible. I highly recommend the trip but make sure you are fit enough otherwise as there is an emphasis on time, so a slow walk up is going to slow everyone down and really delay the trip. Have Fun, Simon Bradish

Denise Parkinson
a month ago

Just an amazing experience. Maximum Adventure booked us into a great hotel in Fort William, and after a great night' rest - we met our guide Innes. Innes was brilliant. He gave us the confidence we needed and looked after the entire group. He also waited until the last person was down off the mountain safely. We also learned a lot about the history and geography of the region as well. It was fantastic. Thank you Maximum Adventure.

mark amos
2 months ago

Great service from MA. Good, prompt communications, the accommodations they booked were all either on the trail or within a mile of it. Good maps, info, and updates.

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
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