Walk the Cornish Coast

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 Trip Length
4 Days
 Trip Starts
Newquay
 Trip Finishes
Newquay
4 Day Walk the Cornish Coast Itinerary (Intrepid)
Countries Explored: England
Trip Style
Original
Budget
Affordable
Max. Group Size
12
Pace
Leisurely
Guide Level
Fully Guided
Trip Code
BMXN

Overview

Book online and enjoy exclusive savings on Intrepid's 4 Day Walk the Cornish Coast. Explore the stunning windswept cliffs and headlands of Cornwall on this four-day Intrepid Retreats experience. Breakaway from the every day on the southwest coast with this unpack-once getaway. You’ll soak up the views of sun, sand and sea both from your comfortable, family-run accommodation, and on memorable walks through the history and nature of this proper ‘ansom section of Cornish countryside. Enjoy the time to slow down and get to know the places you visit, using the insider knowledge of your local host to...read more discover the backstreets of these harbour towns, feasting on fresh seafood – and a Cornish pasty or two – along the way.

Itinerary

Welcome to your seaside escape in Newquay here in the north of Cornwall. Make your own way to your accommodation, a comfortable, centrally located outfit that boasts great views over Newquay Bay. There will be a welcome meeting at 12 pm, when you’ll meet your local host, your group, and get over an overview of your upcoming itinerary. After your meeting, jump on a public bus and get your first taste of the Cornish coast’s incredible walking routes as you follow a path from Holywell Bay back to Newquay, taking in quintessential Cornish scenery and sweeping views across the bay. When you get back into Newquay, join your leader for an orientation walk. You might wander the harbour or hike up to the 14th-century clifftop hut to soak up gull’s-eye views across the headlands. You can follow the path of the Gannel estuary back into town, and drop into the ornamental Trenance Gardens, backed by the train line viaduct that brought Newquay to the attention of seasonal visitors in the Victorian era. This evening is free for you to find a place for dinner – your host will have suggestions on hand.

Begin the day inspired by the ocean as you undertake a yoga flow this morning. Practice your sun salutation and downward dog and stretch out in preparation for a walk later on. Then, grab your hiking boots and take a transfer to the start of the walk. Head down the coast to a former major centre of Cornish mining, where over 100 mines once dotted the landscape. Take the coastal paths across purple blooming heather and gorse to hilltops that offers panoramic views along the cliffs – on clear days as far as Padstow in the north and St Ives Bay in the south. Pass relics to a mining industry that only ended in the early 20th century, including dilapidated engine houses and chimneys perched on the cliff’s edge. Walk in the footsteps of the miners, all with a backdrop of ocean blues you might more normally associate with the Mediterranean. After the walk, take some time to explore the nearby main village, a jumble of granite cottages and main buildings spread over the surrounding hills and valleys, before returning to Newquay. (B)

Start early and fuel up with a hearty breakfast before you get those legs ready for another walk today, this time heading north to the stretch of Trevose headland that juts out into the Atlantic and boasts views far along the horizon. This is a protected section of rugged coastline and is an official 'Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty', where marine wildlife, rare plants and headland animals will be free to flourish. Take a walk across sandy beaches, past collapsed caves and shipwrecks, look out across the ocean from the lighthouse, see sheltered coves and try to spot grey seals lolling and peregrine falcons soaring. You’ll have worked up an appetite, so enjoy lunch at a small, family-run bakery in Padstow that make Cornish pasties the traditional way. Take some time to wander around this pleasant town clustered around the harbour, before taking a public bus to Newquay and celebrating your final night. (B)

Begin bright and early to get in one last walk before your adventure wraps up. For a change of scenery, your walk today veers inland. Head through the lovely little village of St Newlyn East, passing the charming pub and church before descending into the Lappa Valley. Follow a path along the stream, crossing moors and the track bed of the old Perranporth railway, now reclaimed by nature. Return to Newquay around lunchtime and say your final goodbyes as your Cornish coast adventure comes to an end. (B)

Trip Inclusions

  • Take bracing walks through the mining history of Cornwall and along dramatic, rugged clifftops, as you reconnect with nature.
  • Find peace with the relaxing sounds of crashing waves, the smell of salt spray, and a yoga session overlooking the ocean.
  • Taste the true flavour of Cornwall with a traditional pasty picked up from an inviting local bakery – the perfect way to round of a day of walking.
  • On a departure from the coastline, explore the beauty of the Lappa Valley, passing streams, moors and reminders of the region’s industrial heritage.
  • Hike around a headland that lives up to its official designation as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, where marine wildlife, rare plants and headland animals flourish.

  • Original style hotel (3 nights)

  • 3 Breakfasts included

  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Price is for land, cruise and internal flights as specified. Flights not specified are not included

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