Mevagissey

Walking in Cornwall

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4.7 / 5 from 3 reviews
Walking & Trekking
Activity level:
Moderate
Activity Rating - Moderate
Trip code: 
TDK
Ways to Travel:
Guided Group, Private Group Adventures
Activity:
Walking & Trekking
Group size:
6–16
Ages:
16+

Enjoy charming stays on the medieval harbour of Padstow and Charlestown’s Georgian harbour where you will set out to discover the ancient Celtic kingdom of Cornwall. Allowing ample opportunities to explore the north and south coast, this route begins by crossing the Camel Estuary by ferry and walking towards spectacular beaches of Polzeath and Daymer Bay, with the opportunity to dine on Rick Stein’s famous fresh-caught fish and chips. Next, head towards the cliffs at Stepper Point, for panoramic ocean views where Peregrine Falcons are known to nest. After visiting the Lanhydrock, the Fowey Estuary and Restormel Castle, join the South West Coastal Path and wander around the charming Lost Gardens of Heligan. Enjoy lunch in the harbourside village of Mevagissey with a host of wonderful dining options and fish straight from the day's catch.  

Highlights

  • Fantastic combination of scenic walking and visits
  • Beaches, estuaries, picturesque seaside towns and villages, castles, gardens and points of interest
  • Padstow, Charlestown, Lanhydrock, Fowey, Mevagissey, The Lost Gardens of Heligan

Key information

  • 6 nights hotel
  • 5 days centre-based guided walking
  • Group normally 5 to 16, plus leader. Min age 16 yrs. 
  • Moderate walks, leisurely pace; good level of fitness recommended
  • Countries visited: United Kingdom, Europe

What's included

  • All breakfasts
  • All accommodation
  • All transport and listed activities

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single supplement
  • Visas and vaccinations
  • Any entrance fees
Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for private group trips:
1 844 227 9087
Trip Notes

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Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

5

Days of Walking & Trekking
Terrain:

The sections of the north and south coast that we will be visiting on this trip are best described as rolling. Paths are typically well maintained though in some places rough underfoot.

Day by day breakdown
Day 216.0km/10.0miles
Day 316.0km/10.0miles
Day 415.0km/9.0miles
Day 57.0km/11.0miles
Day 616.0km/10.0miles

Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Start Padstow

    Padstow is still a working harbour town but this North Cornwall port has seen its popularity surge amongst walkers and foodies in recent years. 

  • Day 2

    Camel Estuary, Rock, beautiful beaches of Polzeath and Daymer Bay

    We set out from Padstow by catching the foot ferry across the Camel Estuary to the small seaside village of Rock. Our route takes us slightly inland to the idyllic beaches of Polzeath and Daymer Bay and then up to Pentire Head. After lunch we walk past St Enodoc Church and along the dunes, returning to Padstow by foot ferry in the late afternoon. Dinner offers a chance to try Rick Stein’s famous fresh caught Fish and Chips or one of the many restaurant choices in town before returning to our townhouse hotel for the evening.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    North Cornish Coast

    Walking from your hotel out of town and along the coastal path, our route leads along the cliffs at Stepper Point, past the observatory with panoramic views of ocean, town and estuary. Keep an eye out for Peregrine Falcons, the fastest birds in the world, known to fly and nest in this area, as you traverse the coast and beaches towards lunch in Trevone or Harlyn Bay or even Constantine Bay depending on our progress. Catching the bus back across the headland in the afternoon provides a leisurely end to a day to remember on the North Cornish coast

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Fowey Estuary, Restormel Castle, Saint's Way.

    We transfer to Lanhydrock Gardens to start walking down the Fowey Estuary. From the gardens, which are well worth an explore, we walk towards the coast passing the picture-perfect Restormel Castle and onto the lovely town of Lostwithiel for lunch. In the afternoon we join the Saint’s Way through the lovely village of Golant and onto Fowey and the South Cornish coast. At the end of the walk we transfer to our new hotel in Charlestown. 

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5

    South West Coastal Path to Mevagissey.

    In the morning we walk directly from our hotel southwards along the South West Coastal Path towards the wonderful town of Mevagissey. On the way we veer from the path to visit the wonderful Lost Gardens of Heligan (found in 1991 after 70 years of neglect and restored to former glory - see 'Money' section for entrance fee) and then into Mevagissey for lunch with fresh seafood caught that morning.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    Carlyon Bay, Polkerris beach and Fowey.

    We again walk out from the hotel, eastwards along the coastal path past Carlyon Bay and onto lunch in the seaside town of Par. The Wonderful Polkerris beach is our next destination in the afternoon before we head into Fowey for afternoon tea in advance of our last night together.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 7

    End Charlestown

    Our exploration of Cornwall ends here, in Charlestown.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

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Essential Info

Visas

Vaccinations

United Kingdom

No vaccinations are obligatory.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts are included. These consist of cooked and continental options each day.

Cornwall boasts some of the best cuisine in the UK. Fish, naturally, is one of the specialities throughout the region. Throughout the week your leader will suggest different restaurants for the evening meal to showcase the full range of Cornish cuisine. Lunch follows a similar theme, with variety and quality paramount. 

Weather

As we are in a coastal area there will always be a degree of wind. Rain can come at any time of year however typically the temperatures rise from around 12 degrees in April to the high 20s or above  in early September. Like much of the UK there have been hotter spells in recent years. Equally the odd bout of unpredictable weather can still occur. 

Is this trip for you?

This trip has been graded moderate, with 6 days of walking on rolling terrain. Each day features up to 5 hours of walking with visits to places of interest. Unsurprisingly for this portion of Cornwall there will be some ascent each day.  You will not need to carry all your luggage with you. Our support vehicle will transfer it on day 4 from Padstow to Charlestown.

A good level of fitness is required, however regular walkers will not find this itinerary challenging. 

Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for private group trips:
1 844 227 9087
Trip Notes

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Accommodation

Old Custom House, Padstow, The Pier, Charlestown

The Old Custom House is well located on Padstow's South Quay. Offering comfortable twin and single rooms, there is also an excellent bar and restaurant. 

The Pier in Charlestown sits in the Georgian harbour (of Poldark fame). The bar and restaurant are sea-facing and there's a wonderful sunny terrace on which to sit and relax. Rooms are comfortable twins.

 

Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for private group trips:
1 844 227 9087
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for private group trips:
1 844 227 9087
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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  • Reviewed September 2021

    Wonderful Cornwall

    A very enjoyable 6 days walking. I've only marked it as very good as I had rooms that looked over roof tops and air conditioning units in both hotels. Some others in the group had harbour views and very big rooms. Be aware that the Old Custom House in Padstow has stairs up and down all over the place. Quite an adventure finding your room!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The north coast is stunning and the visit to The Lost Gardens of Heligan.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    We had Gaby and Tatty as our guides. They are exceptional young women, multi-talented, organised, caring and fun. They always had a supply of snacks and wine gums ready when required! They made this trip very special.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Make sure you pre-book a taxi if you are going by train to Bodmin Parkway. There were only a couple of taxis there and they were both pre-booked. One cabby tried phoning for me but couldn't get anyone. The bus was supposed to arrive in 3 minutes and 35 minutes later we were still waiting for it. Luckily then a taxi did arrive that took me and two others to Padstow.
  • Reviewed July 2021

    Wonderous Cornwall

    I'd forgotten just how beautiful Cornwall is. Turqouise seas, dramatic cliffs and wonderful beaches. The prefect tonic for a tough year for us all. The usual mix of interesting and friendly fellow walkers. A wonderous week, well orchestrated by two great guides. They even secured a week of sunshine. You couldn't ask for more. Thoroughly recommended to anyone who wants to rediscover the charms and beauty of the Cornish coast in the company of a great bunch of like-minded individuals.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Walking along the coast line on days one and two..

    What did you think of your group leader?

    We had 2 and they were both excellent.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Rediscover Cornwall on an Exodus tour as quick as you can !

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I think the walks worked well from a practical perspective with 2 guides so they could manage the fit fast walkers up front and the slower walkers savouring the views from a little way back..so everybody got out of it what they were looking for. Might have been more diffcult to achieve this with one guide. Heligan is a beautiful place but popular and maybe this part could start earlier in the day and would benefit for most of group if there was a guide to get the most out of the sprawling gardens. Small gripe otherwise four glorious coast walks and some wonderful memories. Made me want to book up the Gower walks next!
  • Reviewed July 2021

    A great week walking in stunning Cornwall

    Based in two centres, starting in Padstow then spending the second half of the week in Charlestown on the South coast. Our tour leader, Will, and his colleague Gaby, were prepared to go to any lengths to make sure we were fully supported. The walking required a decent level of fitness, the rating of 3 (moderate) is an accurate assessment, and my phone recorded 51 miles during the five days of walks (and 137,700 steps!). The hotels were both good, although don't expect a sea view, and Will was always able to find us somewhere to eat despite COVID meaning there were a lot more tourists there than usual, and staffing was challenging for many of the restaurants. The scenery is really lovely, both on the coast and inland, and lots of photos were taken and shared.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The first two days were along the most beautiful coastline with secret beaches and spectacular rock formations. I also loved visiting the Lost Gardens of Heligan, something I've wanted to do for a long time.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    He worked extremely hard, could take a joke even at the end of a long day, and kept us all informed and safe. Can't fault him.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Get fit. If you can't manage 10 miles a day, with at least 25% being uphill, you are on the wrong trip and will always be a long way behind the rest of the group. Come properly equipped with waterproof trousers, well walked in boots/shoes, a good rucksack, etc. Don't expect a sea view from your room. My first room I looked out to an a/c unit, and the second room I was below ground level so could only see the tyres of parked cars.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I would have liked an opportunity to take a swim/paddle at the end of one of the walks but it didn't work out that way.

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