A hiking tour along the subtropical south coast of Cornwall with its rugged cliffs, quaint fishing villages and world famous gardens.
A self-guided walking tour
2018 dates: April to mid-October, starting on any day.
Duration: 6 or 8 nights.
Grade: Moderate hiking. The gradients on the well-marked coastal path are in some places steep and strenuous. However most days can be shortened by using buses.
Tour prices: See “Tour prices” below.
Tour code(s): F6 or (with private bathroom throughout) F6E. With 2-night Bodmin Moor extension F8 or F8E.
The Bodmin Moor extension includes prehistoric stone circles and high moorland capped with granite ‘tors’. The relics of the former copper-mining industry are now a UNESCO World Heritage site.
F6, F6E: Nights 1 & 2 Polperro; 3 & 4 Fowey; 5 & 6 Mevagissey.
F8, F8E: Nights 1 to 6 as F6; nights 7 and 8 Darite (Bodmin Moor).
Accommodation. Specially selected guest houses and ‘B&Bs’. En suite or private bathroom facilities can be guaranteed throughout the tour on payment of a supplement (tour codes F6E, F8E).
Meals included. Breakfast each morning; other meals can be obtained locally without pre-booking. However at Darite (F8) it is advisable to reserve a table for evening meal at the local inn.
Extra nights. These can be included at any point on our tours at the time of booking the holiday. On this tour two nights are already included at each stop.
Rail service. Direct from London Paddington rail station via Reading Station to/from Liskeard (change for local train to Looe) and at end of F6 tour direct train back from St Austell. Journey time from Paddington 4.5 to 5 hours; from Reading Station 30 minutes less. Also direct trains from Bristol and Exeter to/from Liskeard and St Austell.
Airports. From London Heathrow (LHR) airport there is a frequent bus shuttle to Reading Station, where direct Paddington to Cornwall trains stop to pick up passengers. There is also a frequent rail service from London Gatwick (LGW) airport to Reading Station. Bristol airport is served by international flights from continental Europe, and has a frequent shuttle bus service to Bristol Temple Meads rail station for direct trains to Cornwall. Exeter airport is even closer to Cornwall, with frequent direct trains. The closest airport for this tour is Newquay (NQY), with flights from London Gatwick. Taxis can be pre-booked at reasonable rates between Newquay airport and Polperro/Mevagissey/Darite.
Tour code F6:
6 nights tour, ES or private facilities most nights: £540. SRS*: £120. STS**: £150.
Tour code F6E:
6 nights tour, ES or private facilities every night: £570. SRS*: £150. STS**: £180.
Tour code F8:
8 nights tour, ES or private facilities most nights: £720. SRS*: £160. STS**: £230.
Tour code F8E:
8 nights tour, ES or private facilities every night: £760. SRS*: £200. STS**: £270.
Please read these notes below on pricing:
- Extra nights £60 per person per night. Single room £80 per person per night.
- SRS* = single room supplement (applicable when 3 or 5 persons book together).
- STS** = solo traveller supplement (applicable when booking is for one person only)
Prices quoted are per person on basis of two people in double or twin-bedded rooms. Included in the price are bed and breakfast each night, with baggage transfers, maps and route directions. ‘ES’ (en suite) facilities means that there is a private bathroom with shower or tub and toilet within the main door of your room. ‘Private facilities’ means that the private bathroom may be outside the main door of your room. When the booking is made for a party of 3 or 5 customers, a single room supplement is payable. When the booking is made for a single traveller, a solo traveller supplement is payable. Note: normally a maximum of 1 single room per booking.
Routefinding is generally easy on this tour, as the coastal path is a well marked national trail. Gradients can be steep with repeated short ascents and descents. On a short section west of Polperro where the coast path is rather narrow and exposed we describe an alternative inland route in case of bad weather. An attractive feature of hiking on this coast is the number of pubs and beach cafes encountered along the way.
Bodmin Moor extension (2 nights). Stop off on your way back from Mevagissey for 2 nights in comfortable farm-house accommodation with private bathroom at Darite on the edge of the beautiful granite upland of Bodmin Moor! Pick-up and drop-off at Liskeard main line rail station included, or discounted price if you arrive in your own car. An amazing landscape contrast after the south coast! Maps and route notes included, also transfer on Day 2 of the extension to the remote village of Altarnun (setting of much of Daphne du Maurier’s novel Jamaica Inn) from where you can walk back across the moor to Darite.
Bodmin Moor extension (2 nights). Stop off on your way back from Mevagissey for 2 nights in comfortable farm-house accommodation with private bathroom at Darite on the edge of the beautiful granite upland of Bodmin Moor! Pick-up and drop-off at Liskeard main line rail station included, or discounted price if you arrive in your own car.
Bodmin Moor offers an amazing landscape contrast to the south coast! The area round the villages of Darite and Minions is now part of the Cornish Mining Unesco World Heritage Site – see the Caradon Mining District page on the Cornish Mining World Heritage website. A visitor centre at Minions explains the history. Also within easy walking distance of Darite and Minions are the precariously balanced natural rock formation called the Cheesewring, the massive dolmen (neolithic tomb) of Trethevy Quoit and the group of neolithic stone circles known as ‘The Hurlers’.
Maps and route notes are included, also transfer on Day 2 of the extension to the remote village of Altarnun (setting of much of Daphne du Maurier’s novel Jamaica Inn) from where you can walk back across the moor to Darite. En route you can take in several ‘tors’ (rocky summits and pinnacles of granite projecting above the rolling surface of the moor). Fox Tor, Kilmar Tor and Sharp Tor each offers magnificent all-round views.
For more information on our Bodmin Moor extension see the factsheet FSF.
To add the Bodmin Moor extension to the Polperro to Mevagissey tour (F6) book tour code F8.
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