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Cornwall: Padstow to St Michael's Mount

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  • Ambling down the tiny streets of iconic Cornish fishing villages such as Mousehole and Newlyn
  • Standing at the tip of dramatic Trevose Head, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
  • Following the St Michael’s Way, an official Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route in the middle of Cornwall!
  • Catching your first glimpse of the abbey on St Michael’s Mount as you complete your pilgrimage route
  • Enjoying both traditional and gourmet meals in local pubs and seaside restaurants
  • Spotting the spires of the 12th century St Enodoc Church, burial site of the poet Sir John Betjeman
Small Cornish fishing ports, legends of Phoenician traders, pirates, coves and the pilgrimage route of Michael’s Way, all feature on this self-guided walking tour of Cornwall that immerses you in the history and local life of the area. Discover a plethora of highlights, relaxing in one of renowned chef Rick Stein’s seafront restaurants, striding out to reach the tip of Trevose Head with views to Newquay, the iconic fishing village of Mousehole, and glimpsing St Michael’s Mount as you reach the south coast. Begin in Padstow, a delightful seaside town and embark on walks that take you along small beaches with green and purple rocks and ride on a tiny ferry that crosses the Camel River Estuary. Pass St. Enodoc Church where the poet Sir John Betjeman is buried, then follow an official Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route from the north to the south coast, the St Michael’s Way. It is said that Welsh and Irish pilgrims and missionaries landed their boats on the northern Cornish coast and walked to the south coast, rather than face the treacherous waters around Land’s End. This inland route is a great contrast to the coastal routes, full of hedgerows, Iron Age hill forts, ancient churches and crosses. As you get closer to your next destination, Marazion, you will begin to get a glimpse of St Michael’s Mount, prominent UK landmark and the official end of the St Michael’s Way. The southern Cornish coast and your exploration of it also has much to offer, including a scenic walk along local bridleways and footpaths near Marazion and trails that follow the coastline to Mousehole, a quaint fishing village that seems to belong on a film set. Penzance is also en route and a town that was once the main commercial hub for the tin mining trade. To this day it remains a bustling town but is now famous for its art galleries and tea shops.
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What To Expect

This easy to moderate walking tour introduces you to the incredible history of the Cornish people and the interesting and wonderful walks along gorgeous coastline, bridleways and quiet lanes. Great food and wonderful pubs, where you may overhear conversations about the areas history of smugglers and pirates.

Trip Style:

Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent active holiday.

Activity:

Multi Centre Walking | You will spend multiple nights in one or more of the locations on this walking holiday

Ideal if you have an interest in:

Historical Journeys, Coastal & Island

Navigation

You will be provided with detailed route notes and maps to help you find your way. There are often waymarks to help you find your way and as always when walking you should be able to read a map and use a compass in case of bad weather.

Accommodation Information

On your 6 night, 7 day Cornwall self-guided walk you will stay in very comfortable B&B’s and guest houses. 

Alternate accommodation

During the high season you might be booked into alternative accommodations which are not listed in the description. If those listed are unavailable the alternative accommodation will be of the same or better standard than those described.

Single Rooms & Solo Walkers

If you require single rooms within your party we would be happy to accommodate you although there is a single room supplement payable. Solo walkers are also welcome for an additional charge.

Meals

6 Breakfasts are included. You can either eat dinner in local restaurants or at the B&B’s, some of which have a restaurant. For lunches you can ask the hotels to make you a packed lunch or you can buy sandwiches or local cheeses, meats and breads in local shops or markets.

Included
  • 6 Nights in B&B’s or guest houses
  • 6 Breakfasts
  • Baggage transfers
  • One transfer from Padstow to Carbis Bay
  • Detailed maps, information pack, and route notes
  • Organisational assistance and backup from our area manager in England and our office
Excluded
  • Travel to Padstow
  • Travel from Marazion
  • Short return ferry ride from Padstow to Rock
  • Dinners and lunches
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Personal equipment
  • Travel insurance
Extras
  • Additional nights before or after the holiday

When To Go

This Cornwall itinerary is very enjoyable at any time between the beginning of April and the end of  October although it is particularly lovely in late spring and early Autumn.

Getting to the Start

Padstow is accessible from Bodmin Parkway Railway Station. There are direct trains to Bodmin Parkway from London Paddington. More information on train times and schedules can be found on the National Rail website. The 555 Western Greyhound bus from Bodmin Parkway to Padstow leaves approximately every hour and takes one hour. Padstow is also accessible from Newquay Airport. Flights arrive here from all over the UK and there is a bus (Western Greyhound 556) to Padstow that takes about one hour.

Getting from the End

Take a taxi or a local bus to Penzance Train Station from Marazion. Then take a train to Bodmin where you can make a change of train and board a train to London.

It is possible to drive to Padstow and park your car here for the duration of the tour. Then make your way back to Padstow via bus and train on the last day. More information regarding parking in Padstow can be found on Padstow's website.

Baggage Transfer

All baggage transfers are included. We request that you have only one piece of luggage per person and it should weigh only 20kg.

Equipment

Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sun hat, sunscreen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard cycling gear such as good boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Padstow and overnight Day 2 Padstow Circular Walk Around Rock 6 miles / 9.6 km Day 3 Padstow to Constantine Bay 12 miles / 19.3 km Day 4 St Michael’s Way- Carbis Bay to Marazion 10 miles / 16 km Day 5 Marazion Circular Walk–Footpaths and bridleways of Perranuthnoe 10 miles / 16 km Day 6 Marazion to Mousehole 6.2 miles / 10 km Day 7 Onward Travel

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