A Walk from St Ives to Penzance along the Coast Path. The north and west coasts of Cornwall have a unique atmosphere – a mixture of the charm of St. Ives, famously beloved of artists and home to a branch of the Tate Gallery, to some of the wildest and most dramatic scenery along the […]
A Walk from St Ives to Penzance along the Coast Path.
The north and west coasts of Cornwall have a unique atmosphere – a mixture of the charm of St. Ives, famously beloved of artists and home to a branch of the Tate Gallery, to some of the wildest and most dramatic scenery along the entire English coastline.
Add to this the wildlife, from peregrine falcons to dolphins, the fascinating mining heritage, the exhilaration of standing at Land’s End, the magnificent open-air Minack Theatre, and the pretty fishing villages of Mousehole and Newlyn, and you have a magnificent moderate to strenuous walking holiday.
Total Distance 40 miles / 64 kilometres.
£430 per person, based on 2 people sharing a room.
Single room supplement £100.
Supplement for a single person walking alone is £75.
5 nights accommodation and breakfast in selected B+B’s, inns and hotel
Luggage transfer from accommodation to accommodation
Maps and routenotes
Emergency back up.
Anything not mentioned in programme.
Any day March-October subject to accommodation availability.
Day 1: Arrival and first overnight St Ives.
This seaside town offers steep streets, great views, good surf and a beautiful light that has attracted artists for centuries. The St Ives Tate Gallery, The Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden are just some of the reasons why St Ives is called the cultural capital of Cornwall.
Day 2: St Ives to Zennor. 7 miles (11km)
The walk starts out as an gentle walk out of St Ives to Clodgy Point soon becoming a strenuous hike of roller coaster climbs as you walk down towering cliffs into beautiful coves until you reach Zennor, described by D.H. Lawrence as “the most beautiful place, lovelier even than the Mediterranean”. The area around Zennor is designated both an Environmentally Sensitive Area and an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There is limited accommodation here, so you take a short bus ride back to St.Ives for a second overnight here.
Day 3: Zennor to St Just. 11 miles (17.5km)
Heading back out to Zennor, the path continues its rollercoaster journey along the coast passing the remains of an ancient settlement and cliff castle at Gurnard’s Head and the site of an Iron Age cliff fort at Bosigran Castle. Seals are often spotted at the secluded sandy cove of Portheras Cove and from Pendeen Lighthouse you can look out at one of the most dangerous stretches of coast (for ships!), in Britain. The coast path continues to Cape Cornwall, the most westerly point of Cornwall where the Atlantic currents split. This area was is also dotted with the ruins of the once thriving tin mining industry and you can visit Geevor Tin Mine Museum and Heritage Centre at Pendeen along the route before heading inland to St Just for overnight. St Just has a history of farming and mining. It attracts painters and potters and has some great cafes and pubs and a fifteenth century church.
Day 4: St Just to Porthcurno. 12 miles (19km)
The first part of the walk is a mixture of easy open walking along high cliff-tops and short ascents and descents. Walk from St Just to Whitesand Bay enjoying spectacular views, perhaps a view of seals as well as a variety of seabirds such as peregrine falcons, shags, herring gulls and rock pipits, to the lovely fishing village of Sennan Cove with a beautiful beach and great surf. Continue to Land’s End, the most southerly tip of Britain. Continue along the clifftops as far as the open air Minack Theatre (performances May to September). Finally a steep climb takes you down to the idyllic beach at Porthcurno. The path continues – fairly steeply downhill – to the magnificent sands of Porthcurno.
Day 5: Porthcurno to Penzance. 11 miles (17.5km)
A strenuous walk from Porthcurno to the sub-tropical cove of Lamorna. Passing through an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Path changes quite dramatically as it crosses rugged cliffs, with some difficult ascents and descents, and then turns to easy walking on tarmac through Newlyn to Penzance. The historic association of artists with both Lamorna and Newlyn continues today as the area attracts painters, writers, potters and craftsmen. Overnight Penzance.
Day 6: Departure
Depart from Penzance after breakfast.
London airports have good connections by rail or bus. Gatwick is the closest.
Sturdy walking boots and walking socks (with a change of socks in rucksack), rucksack/day pack, 1 x water bottle with 1 litre capacity, insect repellent, sun glasses, sun hat, sun block/cream, compass, torch, first-aid kit.
Mid-April to mid-September. Accommodation will be difficult to obtain on UK national holidays unless booked well in advance (and may require an alteration to the programme).
We recommend that you take out appropriate holiday insurance covering you against illness, injury, and loss or damage to luggage. This insurance should also cover the possibility of your having to cancel your holiday for whatever reason.