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Cadgewith Cove


  • Walking around the wild and rugged Lizard Peninsula.
  • The stunning sight of St Michael's Mount.
  • Sub-tropical conditions that produce rare wild flowers.
  • Secret smuggler’s coves and hidden creeks.
  • Picnic lunches on the golden sands of secluded coves.

Walk from Penzance to Falmouth, a less travelled section of the South West Coast Path that stretches round the remote and wild Lizard Peninsular.

The trail follows rugged cliff tops taking you past deserted coves and whitewashed cottages. Pass St Michael’s Mount which is linked to the mainland by a cobbled causeway and see Loe Pool, Cornwall’s largest freshwater lake.

Due to the sub-tropical conditions, this area of Cornwall is a botanist and nature lover’s paradise. See nature at its finest, with an abundance of rare wild flowers and basking in the turquoise waters of the English channel, spot basking sharks and grey seals.

For all the information you need on the South West Coast Path, you can download our free guide

This is a general stage by stage guide. For all the available day by day itineraries, please see the options on the right.

Starting Point: Penzance

The walk starts in Penzance which is a bustling small town with many cafes, restaurants and an abundance of galleries selling local artwork.

Sections Along the Trail:

Penzance to Porthleven — 13 Miles

Leave bustling Penzance behind as you follow the path around Mounts Bay. Soon you come across the striking ‘St Michaels Mount’- a castle perched upon a small island linked to the mainland by a cobbled causeway. You can explore this delightful island by either walking over when the tide is out, or taking a boat when the tide is in.

An undulating path takes you up to some clifftops and then descends to the lovely beach at Praa Sands where you can pause to watch local surfers riding the waves. Continuing on the path then heads into the attractive fishing village of Porthlevan.

Porthleven to Lizard — 13 Miles

Todays walk begins with a walk along a stretch of beach to the wonderful Loe Bar where Loe Pool sits (Cornwall’s largest freshwater lake).

Birdwatching is very common on the lake so if you wish take a stroll down and see what you can spot. The path continues along cliff edges and down to the fishing village of Mullion Cove. The next few miles to Lizard point can be challenging and boggy underfoot, but worth it as you pass some of the best coastal walking in South Cornwall.

Lizard to Coverack — 11 Miles

The Lizard is sometimes referred to as “Cornwall’s Big Toe” dipping into the ocean. Its an impressive area where sub-tropical conditions allow rare species of plants to grow. The first few miles walk to Cadgwith Cove is a very popular section with its fantastic views back to the lighthouse.

Reach Kannack Sands which is a great area to dip your feet with rock pools where you can see sea cucumbers and starfish. Head up along the cliff top of Black Head Point and then take the path along to the little harbour village of Coverage.

Coverack to Mawman Smith — 15 Miles

Set off inland through Dean Quarry where the rock ‘Gabro’ is produced. Wonderful cliff top walking continues along the path with views across to the Manacles Reef. The reef lies very close to the shipping lanes from Falmouth, where many lives have been lost and ships wrecked.

Reach the former fishing villages of Porthoustock and Porthallow and follow the trail past Nare Point where views of Falmouth come into sight. You soon enter the picture postcard village of Helford where you cross the river by ferry at Helford Passage and continue to Mawnan Smith for your overnight accomodation.

Mawnan Smith to Falmouth — 11 Miles

Today’s walk is a nice gentle one There are beautiful gardens at Glendurgan with sub tropical plants so its worth a stop if you have time (& if the gardens are open). The busy port of Falmouth soon comes into view. Here is the end of your walk and where you will spend your final night.


One of the highlights of this tour is the high standard of the accommodation. We specifically choose the hotels, inns, guesthouses and B&B’s to ensure that you enjoy every minute of your stay. They all offer a warm welcome to walkers, traditional hospitality and delicious local food.

Single Rooms

If you require single rooms we would be happy to accommodate you, subject to availability. There is a single room supplement payable.

Solo Walkers

Solo walkers are welcome, but there is a solo walker supplement to cover the additional cost of luggage transfer.


A hearty breakfast is included each morning. Most of your accommodations will be more than happy to provide a packed lunch on
request and this can be booked on arrival. Dinner is available either at your accommodation or nearby pubs or restaurants.

Additional Nights

We strongly recommend adding extra nights in Penzance and Lizard. In high season or weekends some accommodation will not accept one night stays in these locations. Additional nights can be added at any point on the walk.




Torwood House - Penzance

This beautiful Victorian house is situated on a tree-lined avenue and you will receive a very warm welcome from your hosts.







An Mordros Hotel - Porthleven

The An Mordros Hotel is situated at the heart of the picturesque and highly-regarded coastal village of Porthleven, with outstanding views over the bustling harbour and out to sea.







Atlantic House - Lizard

All rooms in this delightful B&B are bright and sunny, with elegant decor and heavenly beds with plump feather pillows. They offer a nice Cornish breakfast and free WiFi.







Boak House - Coverack

Boak House is a friendly and welcoming B&B in the heart of Coverack, with stunning panoramic views from every aspect of the house.







Trelawne House - Helford

This hotel is situated in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty" and has spacious bedrooms with either stunning sea views or attractive views of the surrounding countryside.







Falmouth Bay Guest House - Falmouth

This is a modern, contemporary guest house, with 8 individually styled en-suite bedrooms, in the heart of Falmouth.




Time of Year

Great months to travel are in April, May and June when the spring flowers are out and September and October when the summer holiday makers have gone home. 


This holiday is graded from moderate to strenuous depending on the itinerary you choose. Although you follow the coast quite closely it includes plenty of up and down and some steep sections.


The route is well way marked and easy to follow. We supply detailed maps and guidebooks so you shouldn’t have any problem finding your way.

Baggage Transfer

Your bags will be transferred from your accommodation as per your itinerary and moved onto your next overnight accommodation. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20kg per person.

General Information

The distances and ascent/ descents are approximations of the recommended routes. 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 walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack.

Getting to Penzance

By Air - Newquay Airport is the closest airport and is served by Flybe from UK Airports. The closest international airports are Bristol and any of the London Airports.

By Rail/Bus - Trains run direct from London Paddington to Penzance (5 hours).

By Car - Penzance is a 5 and a half hour drive from London, there is limited parking and the car parks can often be very busy in the summer months.

Getting from Falmouth

By Air - Newquay Airport is the closest airport.

By Rail/Bus - You can reach London from Falmouth by train which takes 6 hours, this does involve a couple of changes.

By Car - There is parking in Falmouth but again it can be very busy.  If you need to return to Penzance from Falmouth you can do this by bus, it takes around 2hrs.

If you need more information regarding trains and bus schedules please visit the Traveline or Trainline websites.


  • Overnights in B&B's, small hotels and guest houses
  • Breakfasts
  • Luggage transfers
  • A detailed information pack, guidebook and map
  • 24/7 Emergency telephone support from our UK office


  • Lunches, dinners, snacks and drinks
  • Travel Insurance
  • Transport should you need to skip a stage
  • Travel to Penzance
  • Travel from Falmouth


  • Additional nights before, during or after the walk
  • Single room supplements
  • Solo walker supplements

How fit do I need to be?

Although you are following the coast the ascents and descents are often steep and you will need strong knees and a good level of hill fitness. If you currently don’t enjoy that level of fitness, regular walking in hilly terrain supplemented by cardio vascular exercise for at least 3 months prior to your walk is recommended. A good gym or personal trainer will be able to draw up a personalised training programme.

Do I need to be able to Navigate?

Yes, but it's really easy. The path is well waymarked throughout and we supply a detailed map and guidebook so you shouldn't have any problem following the trail.

How far in advance do I need to book?

We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised as Cornwall is extremely popular over the summer months. Even if you are booking last minute we will always try and accommodate your plans, so please do give us a shout.

How do the baggage transfers work?

Your bags will be transferred from your accommodation as per your itinerary and moved onto your next overnight accommodation. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20kg per person.

Are there upgrade options available?

We use a variety of B&B’s, guest houses, small hotels and Inns on our trips. In the larger towns, there are hotel options available. Please note that these can be at a slightly higher upgrade cost, but they are not similar to our ‘In Style’ accommodation options

What personal equipment do I need?

You will need good walking boots (ideally waterproof), comfortable walking clothes, waterproof jacket and trousers, a daypack and hats/gloves etc. We will send you a full equipment list as part of your info pack.

When is the best time of year?

My favourites are April, May and June when the spring flowers are out and September and October when the summer holiday makers have gone home.

Am I able to take my dog?

Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate walkers with dogs as many of the accommodation providers we use do not accept pets.

What happens if I can’t walk a stage?

You can use public transport, local taxis or our baggage van may be able to move you to the next overnight stop. Full details are included in your info pack.

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