4 to 7 nights
40 to 61 mls (km)
Southwest England
Moderate to Hard
Mar to Oct
£380

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

  • 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

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 Cornwall

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.

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

Path Walkthrough

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.

Our South West Coast Path Itineraries

  • St Ives to Penzance
    Distance: 40 miles (64km)
    SWCP1a
    6 Nights, 5 Days
    from £565 pp
    SWCP1a ~ St Ives to Penzance ~ 6 / 5 classic
    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

    What's Included:
    5 walking days
    6 nights accommodation
    6 breakfasts
    Prices
    Extras
    SWCP1b
    5 Nights, 4 Days
    from £470 pp
    SWCP1b ~ St Ives to Penzance ~ 5 / 4 classic
    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

    What's Included:
    4 walking days
    5 nights accommodation
    5 breakfasts
    Prices
    Extras
    SWCP1c
    4 Nights, 3 Days
    from £380 pp
    SWCP1c ~ St Ives to Penzance ~ 4 / 3 classic
    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 4:Porthcurno to Penzance11 miles/17.5km
    Day 5:Depart Penzance

    What's Included:
    3 walking days
    4 nights accommodation
    4 breakfasts
    Prices
    Extras

    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

    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.

  • Penzance to Falmouth
    Distance: 60.6 miles (97.5km)
    SWCP2a
    7 Nights, 6 Days
    from £655 pp
    SWCP2a ~ Penzance to Falmouth ~ 7 / 6 classic
    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

    What's Included:
    6 walking days
    7 nights accommodation
    7 breakfasts
    Prices
    Extras
    SWCP2b
    6 Nights, 5 Days
    from £560 pp
    SWCP2b ~ Penzance to Falmouth ~ 6 / 5 classic
    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

    What's Included:
    5 walking days
    6 nights accommodation
    6 breakfasts
    Prices
    Extras

    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

    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.

  • Falmouth to Looe
    Distance: 55.6 miles (89km)
    SWCP3a
    6 Nights, 5 Days
    from £560 pp
    SWCP3a ~ Falmouth to Looe ~ 6 / 5 classic
    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

    What's Included:
    5 walking days
    6 nights accommodation
    6 breakfasts
    Prices
    Extras
    • 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

    You choose which day you would like your holiday to start on. We will book your holiday in accordance with your requirements.

    Our South West Coast Path holidays are available to walk March to October.

    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.

    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.

    Looking for different mileages or a different number of nights? Please contact us to discuss how our itineraries can be adjusted to meet your specific needs. Call one of our helpful team on +44 (0)1291 689774 or e-mail us here.

    South West Coast Path Client Reviews

    4.8/5 based on 17 reviews
    The scenery is magnificent, the hiking is challenging with its ups and downs, but very satisfying. People everywhere, including fellow hikers, were friendly and gracious.
    - July 2019
    Keep doing a good job, Celtic Trails. This holiday gave me a total disconnect from my daily life. The "light sport" nature of walking, plus the beauty of the coast, plus the authenticity of the villages all come together to create an extremely special experience. In addition, the time spend on the trail with loved ones strengthens the bonds.
    - June 2019
    Celtic Trails provided excellent, personalised service - everything was provided to a high standard. The scenery was amazing and the route planning was excellent, which made it challenging but achievable for us.
    - May 2019
    Excellent, personalised service, everything provided and to a high standard. Amazing scenery, excellent route planning, which made it challenging, but achievable or us. Lovely places to stay.
    - May 2019
    Pleasant and relaxing time; great to have the details of baggage transfer, B&B selection and booking handled. Proud to have completed the walk, which was challenging at times.
    - May 2019
    Pleasant and relaxing time. Good options for trips. Very responsive and organised.
    - May 2019
    A well organised holiday with a useful information pack.
    - May 2019
    Celtic Trails are beyond compare.
    - September 2018
    All accommodations were very good.
    - July 2018
    We would definitely use you again. Really well organised, accommodation was superb! Bags were in our rooms each day.
    - June 2018
    We have walked with you four times before and you met our expectations again. There were issues with the trail, which is out of your control.
    - May 2018
    "Very very happy with all accommodations! Thank you for planning such an excellent trip!"
    - June 2017
    "Getting up in the morning and just being able to walk out the door to hike is a real pleasure."
    - September 2016
    "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."
    - 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.
    - September 2014
    Celtic Trails have never let us down. We most enjoyed the truly spectacular coastline, especially Weymouth to Lulworth.
    - May 2019
    It was certainly the most demanding, physically, of the 5 Celtic Trails walks I have completed - even allowing for the years of ageing in-between! Celtic Trails provide well-researched routes and provide excellent responses to questions. We were blessed with excellent weather for the spectacular scenery.
    - May 2019
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