22nd Feb 2020 - 29th Feb 2020
Experience the dramatic Cornish coastline, sandy beaches, history and wildlife. There is something for every adventurer!
Day 1 – A moderate walk of 7 – 8 miles from St Ives going west along the spectacular rugged north coast path to Carrick Rock, also known as Carrick Dhu Mine is sited at the west end of Porthmeor Beach. Its name comes from the words ‘Karreg’ and ‘du’ translating to Black Rock Mine. Between 1856 and 1860 it produced 5 tonnes of black tin and 1120 of copper ore. The route returns through the ancient Celtic field path or the ‘Coffin Path’ along which villagers made their final journeys to Zennor Church. St Senara’s Church is at least 1400 years old and contains the famous ‘Mermaid Chair’. From Zennor the patchwork of tiny fields is bordered by granite walls which date back to prehistoric times.
Day 2 – Travelling by coach with on board facilities to Mullion a civil parish and village on the Lizard Peninsula. Walking northwards along the coast path via Poldhu Cove to Loe Bar. The cove sits in a quite deep inlet flanked by cliffs either side. Along the way you will pass the Marconi Station where the first transatlantic radio signal was sent in 1901. Loe Bar is made up of 2 parts; The Loe, which is the largest natural freshwater lake in Cornwall and the Bar, a half mile shingle bank which separates the Loe from the sea. The walk will then head inland through the Penrose Estate, a large area of parkland owned by the National trust since 1974, to Porthleven. The most southerly working port in the United Kingdom and boasts a quaint harbour, with some interesting old buildings. A moderate, approximately 7-mile walk with a mixture of fairly level paths but with some ascents and descents in places.
Day 3 – Travelling by coach with on board facilities to the extremely picturesque Porthcurno. From the cliffs the bay presents an amazing view, with its white sand and clear waters, its spectacular appearance is breath-taking. The name of the village from the Cornish language has been variously suggested to mean Cove of Horns and Cornwall bay and is home to what once was the largest and most important telegraph station in the world. Find out the amazing story at the Telegraph Museum. Walking westwards, the coastal path leads to Land’s End, one of Cornwall’s best loved landmarks. Famous for its unique location and beautiful scenery. A short walk will then take you along the rugged cliff tops passing the remains of Maen Castle, an iron age promontory fort, to Sennen Cove. The sea can fairly rough at times making it popular with surfers. A moderate approximately 7 – 8 mile walk along good paths and some fields. A few inclines and declines along the way.
Day 4 – A coast to coast walk starting from St Ives following St Michaels Way along to St Michaels Mount. The route which dates back to prehistoric times is thought to of been used by the pilgrims and missionaries who chose to abandon their ships to walk across the peninsula rather than navigate the treacherous waters around Land’s End. The route passes through Trencrom Hill, Crowlas, Ludgvan and Gulval finishing at Mounts Bay where you will find the iconic St Michaels Mount. Cross the causeway or boat hop to the island where the legendary giant once walked. A moderate to strenuous 7-mile walk through a variety of landscape.
Day 5 – A half day local walk within the vicinity of St Ives
Dedicated tour leader, all transport to and from the walks and Half Board accommodation.