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South West Coast Path: Penzance to Falmouth (6 Days & 5 Nights)

6 Days & 5 Nights 5 Read 3 reviews
  • 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.

What To Expect

This section of the South West Coast Path is graded moderate and will suit experienced walkers with good physical fitness. The trail takes you through remote and rugged coastline with dramatic cliffs, past an ancient island monastery and dips down into secret coves. If you are a nature lover there are also plenty of wildflowers and wildlife to spot.

Trip Style:

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

Activity:

Inn to Inn Walking | A classic point to point walking trip, staying in a different location each night

Ideal if you have an interest in:

Coastal & Island

Inspiration:

  • Classic

Grade & Terrain

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.

Navigation

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.

Accommodation Information

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.

Included
  • 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
Excluded
  • Lunches, dinners, snacks and drinks
  • Travel Insurance
  • Transport should you need to skip a stage
  • Travel to Penzance
  • Travel from Falmouth
Extras
  • Additional nights before, during or after the walk

When To Go

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. 

Getting to the Start

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 the End

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.

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. 

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 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.

Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Penzance and overnight Day 2 Penzance to Porthleven 13 miles / 21 km Day 3 Porthleven to Lizard 13 miles / 21 km Day 4 Lizard to Porthallow 17 miles / 27.4 km Day 5 Porthallow to Falmouth 18 miles / 29 km Day 6 Onward travel

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