Walking the UK’s Southernmost Edge – the South West Coast Path

Your walking holiday takes you along on the beautiful and dramatic Cornish coastal path, one of the finest sections of the South West Coast Path National Trail. Enjoy the unique experience and exhilaration of walking around UK’s most southernmost tip, with two seas, the rough Atlantic current and more sedate English Channel, either side of your walk.

Highlights
  • Walking around Lands End and the Lizard
  • Exploring some of the most beautiful coastal scenery in Europe
  • Discovering smugglers coves, tiny fishing harbours and Cornish seaside villages
  • Some of England's most popular local cuisine, including fresh seafood and the traditional Cornish pasty
  • Explore the iconic St.Ives and St. Michael’s Mount
  • Visit the Roseland Peninsula
  • 4 to 7 nights
  • 43 to 62 mls (view km)
  • St Ives, Southwest England
  • Moderate to Challenging
  • Mar to Oct
  • £355

A Coastal Walk Through Nature

In spring and summer, the Cornwall coast path is decorated with plants not seen elsewhere in Britain. See Cornish history on the southwest coast path from early Celtic periods to 19C tin mining, up close, on foot and at your own pace with walking holidays in Cornwall.

From the cliffs, and where the walk stoops to meet the shore, the clear waters of the coast are known for harbouring a thriving sea-life population - shark, dolphin and orca sightings are all the more likely with walking holidays in Cornwall.

England is world renowned for its impressive gardens and some of the nations best are found in Cornwall, including the tropical gardens of Trelissick & Glendurgan as well as The lost gardens of Heligan. Green fingered walkers may want to consider taking an extra day out to visit the gardens from the south west coast walk.

The Cornish Climate for Walking

UK weather is notoriously changeable, Cornwall has long been a mainstay of finding the best of British weather with one of the most celebrated sections of the British coastline, a place which has secured its place as a World Heritage Site, as well as further renown as the dramatic setting of the Poldark series.

It is worth noting that because of its Mediterranean-like sea climate, accommodation on the Cornish coast path is very popular in high season. Early booking is highly recommended to secure the best accommodation.

Extended Walking Holidays in CornwallWalking Holidays Jurassic Coast

The Jurassic Coast is an extended section of a walker's journey around the coast of Cornwall. From Lyme Regis to Swanage/Langton Matravers, take in the stunning cliffs of the Jurassic Coast, a region renowned for its fossils and spectacular geological strata. View itineraries on our Jurassic Coast Walking Holidays here.


Call us to-day on 01291 689774 or use the enquiry form or for more information/advice on Cornwall Walking Holidays. We will be delighted to help you plan and book the South West Coast Path Walking Holiday suited to your needs.

Path Walkthrough

South West Coast Path walk map
Our South West Coast Path Walking Holidays chart a course around the peninsula

The path can be difficult to navigate in certain sections - but if timed right with weather conditions - can also be a memorable and compelling journey despite the fluctuating levels of terrain. The path towards Pendeen has numerous ascents/descents, but with the path towards Lands End you have some of the best South West cliff scenery and easier walking, giving way to promenades towards Penzance.

The route shifts to narrow cliff paths as you enter Porthleven, past Lizard point, where the route then carves inland toward Porthallow. Check tide times before crossing Gillian Creek, or catch a ferry across Helford River. Two ferry journeys lead out of Falmouth (one if staying in St. Mawes), with fairly easy walking past Place. The path out of Mevagissey is more formidable, until the path turns inland to meet Charlestown, with more harsh terrain walking around Gribbin Point. From there the path is easily followed to Looe.

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South West Coast Path Walking Holiday Itineraries

Prices are per person, based on two people sharing, single person supplements apply.

St Ives to Penzance

Length: 42.6 miles/68.5km | Difficulty: Moderate to Challenging

CodeDurationStart Price 
SWCP 1A6 nights, 5 days£515 (pp)View Itinerary
SWPC 1B5 nights, 4 days£460 (pp)View Itinerary
SWCP 1C4 nights, 3 days£355 (pp)View Itinerary

Penzance to Falmouth

Length: 61.6 miles/99.1km | Difficulty: Moderate to Challenging

CodeDurationStart Price 
SWCP 2A7 nights, 6 days£595 (pp)View Itinerary
SWPC 2B6 nights, 5 days£510 (pp)View Itinerary

Falmouth to Looe

Length: 57.6 miles/92.6km | Difficulty: Moderate to Challenging

CodeDurationStart Price 
SWCP 3A7 nights, 6 days£610 (pp)View Itinerary
SWPC 3B6 nights, 5 days£535 (pp)View Itinerary

Prices based on two people sharing, where there are solo walkers - single supplements apply.

St Ives to Penzance

6 nights, 5 days
Price: £515 (pp)
Solo walker supplement: £35 (pn)
Holiday Code: SWCP1A
DayLocationDistance
Day 1:Arrive St Ives
Day 2:St Ives to Zennor7 miles/ 11.2km
Day 3:Zennor exit to Pendeen via Geevnor Tin Mine7.5 miles/12km
Day 4:Pendeen exit to Sennen Cove via Levant Mine11 miles/17.7km
Day 5:Sennen Cove to Porthcurno via Lands End11.5 miles/18.4km
Day 6:Porthcurno to Penzance11 miles/17.5km
Day 7:Depart Penzance

Itinerary Information: Six nights accommodation with five days walking. Arrive on day in St Ives, walk from day two and leave on the morning of day seven.

Departure Dates: This itinerary can be walked any time between Mar to Oct. You simply choose which day you would like your holiday to start on.

Rest Days: Should you wish, rest days can be taken at stops along the route, view details.

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St Ives to Penzance

5 nights, 4 days
Price: £460 (pp)
Solo walker supplement: £35 (pn)
Holiday Code: SWCP1B
DayLocationDistance
Day 1:Arrive St Ives
Day 2:St Ives to Zennor7 miles/ 11.2km
Day 3:Zennor to Cape Cornwall via Levant Mine11 miles/17.7km
Day 4:Cape Cornwall to Porthcurno via Lands End11.5 miles/18.4km
Day 5:Porthcurno to Penzance11 miles/17.5km
Day 6:Depart Penzance

Itinerary Information: Five nights accommodation with four days walking. Arrive on day in St Ives, walk from day two and leave on the morning of day six.

Departure Dates: This itinerary can be walked any time between Mar to Oct. You simply choose which day you would like your holiday to start on.

Rest Days: Should you wish, rest days can be taken at stops along the route, view details.

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St Ives to Penzance

4 nights, 3 days
Price: £355 (pp)
Solo walker supplement: £35 (pn)
Holiday Code: SWCP1C
DayLocationDistance
Day 1:Arrive St Ives
Day 2:St Ives to Pendeen Watch exit14.25 miles/22.8km
Day 3:Pendeen Watch exit to Porthcurno via Levant Mine and Lands End15.3 miles/24.5km
Day 5:Porthcurno to Penzance11 miles/17.5km
Day 6:Depart Penzance

Itinerary Information: Four nights accommodation with three days walking. Arrive on day in St Ives, walk from day two and leave on the morning of day five.

Departure Dates: This itinerary can be walked any time between Mar to Oct. You simply choose which day you would like your holiday to start on.

Rest Days: Should you wish, rest days can be taken at stops along the route, view details.

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Penzance to Falmouth

7 nights, 6 days
Price: £595 (pp)
Solo walker supplement: £35 (pn)
Holiday Code: SWCP2A
DayLocationDistance
Day 1:Arrive Penzance
Day 2:Penzance to Praa Sands9 miles/14.4km
Day 3:Praa Sands to Mullion10 miles/16km
Day 4:Mullion Exit to Lizard Point8 miles/12.8km
Day 5:Lizard Point to Coverick10.6 miles/17.1km
Day 6:Coverack to Helford Passsage13 miles/21km
Day 7:Helford Passage to Falmouth10miles/16km
Day 8:Depart Falmouth

Itinerary Information: Seven nights accommodation with six days walking. Arrive on day in Penzance, walk from day two and leave on the morning of day eight.

Departure Dates: This itinerary can be walked any time between Mar to Oct. You simply choose which day you would like your holiday to start on.

Rest Days: Should you wish, rest days can be taken at stops along the route, view details.

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Penzance to Falmouth

6 nights, 5 days
Price: £510 (pp)
Solo walker supplement: £35 (pn)
Holiday Code: SWCP2B
DayLocationDistance
Day 1:Arrive Penzance
Day 2:Penzance to Porthleven13.75 miles/22km
Day 3:Porthleven to Lizard Point13 miles/21km
Day 4:Lizard Point to Coverack10 miles/10.6km
Day 5:Coverack to Helford Passage13 miles/21km
Day 6:Helford Passage to Falmouth10miles/16km
Day 7Depart Falmouth

Itinerary Information: Six nights accommodation with five days walking. Arrive on day in Penzance, walk from day two and leave on the morning of day seven.

Departure Dates: This itinerary can be walked any time between Mar to Oct. You simply choose which day you would like your holiday to start on.

Rest Days: Should you wish, rest days can be taken at stops along the route, view details.

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Falmouth to Looe

7 nights, 6 days
Price: £610 (pp)
Solo walker supplement: £35 (pn)
Holiday Code: SWCP3A
DayLocationDistance
Day 1:Arrive Falmouth/St Mawes
Day 2:Falmouth to Portscatho6.2 miles/10km
Day 3:Portscatho to Portloe7.5 miles/12km
Day 4:Portloe to Mevagissey12.3 miles/19.6km
Day 5:Mevagissey to Charlestown7.2 miles/11.6km
Day 6:Charlestown to Fowey10.3 miles/16.5km
Day 7:Fowey to Looe12.1 miles/20.6km
Day 8:Depart Looe

Itinerary Information: Seven nights accommodation with six days walking. Arrive on day in Falmouth, walk from day two and leave on the morning of day eight.

Departure Dates: This itinerary can be walked any time between Mar to Oct. You simply choose which day you would like your holiday to start on.

Rest Days: Should you wish, rest days can be taken at stops along the route, view details.

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Falmouth to Looe

6 nights, 5 days
Price: £535 (pp)
Solo walker supplement: £35 (pn)
Holiday Code: SWCP3B
DayLocationDistance
Day 1:Arrive Falmouth/St Mawes
Day 2:Falmouth to Portloe13.7 miles/22km
Day 3:Portloe to Mevagissey12.3 miles/19.7km
Day 4:Mevagissey to Charlestown7.2 miles/11.6km
Day 5:Charlestown to Fowey10.3 miles/16.5km
Day 6:Fowey to Looe12.1 miles/20.6km
Day 7:Depart Looe

Itinerary Information: Six nights accommodation with five days walking. Arrive on day in Falmouth, walk from day two and leave on the morning of day seven.

Departure Dates: This itinerary can be walked any time between Mar to Oct. You simply choose which day you would like your holiday to start on.

Rest Days: Should you wish, rest days can be taken at stops along the route, view details.

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  • What's Included?

    We include:

    • Accommodation provided in high standard B&Bs, farmhouses and small local inns, with en-suite or private facilities where available
    • Breakfast included in price
    • Flexible itinerary with choice of daily distances to suit requirements
    • Walk pack including Trail Guide, itinerary, accommodation directions, local interest leaflets and holiday planning
    • Daily luggage transfers
    • Information about packed lunches and getting food locally

    Optional:

    • In-house evening meals where available, or choose from a selection of local inns and restaurants
    • Rest days, perfect for exploring local points of interest at your leisure
  • Price Info.

    Be aware that mobile phone reception is patchy on the coast.

    Weekend supplements (Fri/Sat) apply to the following locations ~

    St Ives                                     ~ £20.00 pp (not applicable if rest day taken in St Ives)

    Penzance                                 ~ £20.00 pp (not applicable if rest day taken in Penzance

    Bank Holidays & Short notice bookings may incur extra charges.

    Please note that it may be necessary to stay at some locations for 2 nights.  This is due to accommodations only accepting 2 night bookings at busy times or where there is no accommodation in remote areas. In such cases, if there are no suitable bus services the transfers between the path and your accommodation will be included in your holiday cost.

  • Getting there

    Long distance coach journeys to St.Ives are operated by National Express, National Express tickets are available from the Visit St Ives Information Centre.  There are regular train services from London Paddington with Newquay airport being a 50 minute drive approx. from St.Ives.

    Similarly, Falmouth and Penzance are both easily reached from Newquay airport and westbound train services through Exeter. Looe can also be easily reached by train, there is also a bus service from Plymouth.

  • Best Time to Travel

    The South West enjoys some of the best weather to reach the UK, owing to its status as one of the most popular holiday destinations in the country. Expect mixed weather conditions typical of the UK, albeit much warmer, brighter days on average than the rest of the country.

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Client Reviews of The South West Coast Path

Our past clients rated this walk 4.8 out of 5, read a selection of 4 reviews below.

"Very very happy with all accommodations! Thank you for planning such an excellent trip!"

4.8 out of 5

June 2017

"A fabulous holiday, every accommodation was of an exceptionally high standard in cleanliness, helpfulness and welcome. Glencree house in Penzance deserves special mention for the quality of breakfast. We were overwhelmed by such high standard and quality."

5 out of 5

August 2016

"[we enjoyed] the scenery, the people we met and Margaret’s Rustic Tea Garden - the cream tea was memorable, as was Margaret herself."

5 out of 5

September 2014

"Getting up in the morning and just being able to walk out the door to hike is a real pleasure."

4.5 out of 5

September 2016

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