- The best of Cornwall’s south coast, staying in luxury hotels.
- Walk in the footsteps of Daphne du Maurier in the historic town of Fowey.
- Historic Charlestown Harbour, where TV drama Poldark was filmed.
- Trelissick Gardens, with exotic and rare flowers and plants.
- St Mawes fortress, one of Henry VIII’s best preserved castles.
Discover some of the best walks South Cornwall has to offer and stay in two of this area’s finest luxury hotels.
Delightful and sophisticated accommodations in stunning locations set the tone for this self-guided walking tour which follows trails through creeks and coves, past old haunts of author Daphne du Maurier and to special places on the Roseland Peninsula, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Hop onto local ferries for walks through iconic fishing villages, sandy beaches and to colourful gardens with truly exotic flowers and plants. Eat the delicious local seafood, Cornish Sardine, mussels, crab and scallops, to your heart’s content.
Day 1: Arrive Fowey & overnight
Arrive in Fowey, an historic and scenic town located on the beautiful Fowey Estuary. Walk in the footsteps of author Daphne du Maurier who lived and worked here. If you are lucky enough to be in Fowey on a Thursday you can take the short ferry ride to Polruan and visit Headland Gardens, a stunning cliff-side garden with fantastic views overlooking the Fowey Estuary.
Dinner & Overnight: Fowey
Day 2: Creeks and Coves walk
This walk surrounds you in beautiful countryside, wooded creeks and coastal views. First take a short ferry ride from Fowey to Bodinnick. This walk has some inspiring sights all year round, but especially in the spring when the heathland above the turquoise waters is bright with gorse and wildflowers and the hedges are decked in primroses and violets. Great in the autumn too, when the leaves start to turn and heather adds its colour to the heathland. Take the short ferry ride from Polruan back to Fowey at the end of your walk.
Walk: 6 miles
Day 3: Walk in the footsteps of Daphne du Maurier.
Today a loop walk takes you south along the coast towards Gribben Head and past Readymoney Cove and Polridmouth where Daphne du Maurier lived in Point Neptune and Menabilly respectively. Then make your way back to Fowey along The Saint’s Way, way-marked with Celtic crosses.
This afternoon why not indulge in a cream tea at the Fowey Hotel just as Daphne du Maurier did when she lived here.
Walk: 9 miles
Day 4: Transfer to Portloe, walk to St Mawes
A transfer (45 mins) brings you to the lovely fishing village of Portloe, located on the South West Coast Path. Walk inland for a while via Veryan, famous for its white-washed and thatched town houses. Then trails take you along the coast again, before walking down the Roseland Peninsula, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, to St Mawes. This involves a short ferry ride from Place Creek.
Walk: 9 miles
Dinner & Overnight: St Mawes
Day 5: Ferry to Trelissick Gardens, walk to St Mawes
Board a local ferry from St Mawes up the beautiful Fal Estuary to Trelissick Gardens. Explore this wonderful estate run by the National Trust which has tranquil and varied flowers and an outstanding collection of tender and exotic plants.
Afterwards, board another ferry for a very short journey across the estuary to Philleigh and begin your walk down the Roseland Peninsula, at times inland and at times alongside the estuary. Walk via the lovely village of St Just-in-Roseland where there is an exquisite 13th century church with its famed gardens. Paths lead you past flower beds of rhododendrons, magnolias, camellias, azaleas, bamboos, wild garlic and bluebells.
Day 6: Free day to explore.
There are various options open to you today. You can spend some time exploring St Mawes, the Roseland Peninsula’s important port in Medieval times and protected by the almost perfectly preserved Henry VIII’s coastal fortress. Recommended is a visit to the garden of Lamorran which hosts an extensive collection of sub-tropical species set amongst tranquil water gardens.
Alternately you can make the most of the local ferries and take a trip to Falmouth, a bustling seaside town with shops, cafes and restaurants lining the streets.
Walk: 12 miles
Overnight: St Mawes
Day 7: Onward travel
An included transfer brings you to Truro, from where you can catch a train to London.
On this tour you will stay in carefully chosen and hand-picked luxury and boutique hotels. They are in stunning locations, with renowned restaurants and a staff that you will make you feel incredibly welcome.
Single Rooms & Solo Walkers
If you require single rooms we would be happy to accommodate you although there is a single room supplement payable.
We welcome solo walkers on this trip although you should of course take extra care in the outdoors when walking solo.
Breakfast is included each morning. Dinner is included at your hotels on 2 nights (Day 1 and 4). Both restaurants in these hotels are locally renowned and serve fresh local seafood, plus West Country meats and Cornish cheese. On the other nights when dinner is not included, it is available either at your accommodation or in nearby pubs or restaurants. For lunch most of your accommodations will be more than happy to provide a packed lunch on request and this can be booked on arrival, or most of the time you will be able to find a pub or café en route in one of the small fishing harbours or villages.
We regularly use the following properties but may accommodate you elsewhere in hotels of a similar standard if these are not available.
The Old Quay House - Fowey
With 11 luxurious bedrooms, a renowned restaurant and the best estuary views in town, this hotel is the perfect sea front hideaway. Each room has a cool calm decor and large comfy beds.
Tresanton Hotel- St Mawes
Set in what was once a cluster of 5 houses, this beautiful hotel has 30 rooms all individually decorated with Cornish art and magnificent sea views.
This trip is available to start on any day of the week from April to October.
Time of Year
This tour can be enjoyed from April to October and you can start on any date that suits your travel plans. Spring and Autumn/Fall are great because it is quieter on the paths.
Grade & Terrain
This tour is graded as moderate because most of the walks are along coastlines and so do include elevations and losses as you walk up and down to the cliffs from the beaches. Walking inland at times will also have elevation gains and losses. Take extra care when walking along the cliffs and coastline, especially in wet or windy weather conditions.
You will need to be in good physical health in order to fully enjoy the walks on this tour. You will be walking on the South West Coast Path and also on other way-marked trails, country lanes and through woods and farmland.
Navigation, Route Notes & Maps
When walking on the South West Coast Path the route is well way marked and easy to follow. You may also walk on other way-marked trails, but some of the trails may not be way-marked. However for all the walks we provide comprehensive route notes and OS maps, so you shouldn’t have any problem finding your way. You will have to be able to read a map and navigate. We also provide GPS tracks for those who wish to take a GPS unit.
Ferries and Gardens
On this tour the itinerary involves taking local ferries (payable locally). For ferry times and schedules please check the Fal River, Fowey to Polruan, and Fowey to Bodinnick ferry websites, which have all the information. More detailed information will also be listed in your information pack.
Some of the gardens described in the day by day itinerary are open all year round, but some have limited opening to specific days of the week and certain months of the year. Please find the websites below of all the gardens which you can visit to get the details.
Headland Garden, Fowey
Lamorran Gardens, St Mawes
Trelissick Gardens, King Harry
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.
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.
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 Fowey
You can reach Fowey from London via a direct train to Par, which takes about 4 hours (trains run approximately every 1-2 hours). From Par Railway Station a transfer will be provided to your hotel in Fowey. For more information on train and bus times and schedules please visit the Traveline website.
It's also possible to fly into Newquay Airport which is served by Flybe British Airways, Aer Lingus, etc. You will need to take a bus/train combination to get to Par. Again please see the Traveline website for details.
Getting from St Mawes
A transfer from your hotel in St Mawes to Truro Train Station is included. From here you can board a train to London.
Macs Adventure can also arrange private transfers to other destinations should that be required. Please contact your Destination & Adventure Specialist for a quote.
- 6 Nights in handpicked, luxury hotels
- 6 Breakfasts
- 2 Dinners (Nights 1 and 4)
- Luggage transfers
- Transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
- Detailed Information Pack, route notes and map
- 24/7 telephone support from our UK office
- Travel to Par Train Station
- Travel from Truro Train Station
- Local ferries
- Gardens & Castle entrances
- 5 Dinners
- Drinks and snacks
- Personal equipment
- Travel insurance
- Additional nights before or after the holiday
- Single room supplement if single room required.
- Solo traveller supplement (if applicable)
How fit do I need to be?
This tour is graded as moderate because most of the walks are along coastlines and so do include elevations and losses as you walk up and down to the cliffs from the beaches. Walking inland at times will also have elevation gains and losses. You will need to be in good physical health in order to fully enjoy the walks on this tour. You will be walking on the South West Coast Path and also on other way-marked trails, country lanes and through woods and farmland.
How far in advance do I need to book?
As far in advance as possible! We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised as Cornwall is extremely popular, especially during the summer months. If booking at short notice we will always try and accommodate your plans.
What personal equipment do I need?
You will need good walking shoes/boots (ideally waterproof), comfortable walking clothes, waterproof jacket and trousers, a daypack and hats/gloves etc.
When is the best time of year?
This Cornwall itinerary is very enjoyable at any time between April and October , although it is particularly lovely in late spring and early Autumn.
How do the baggage transfers work?
All baggage transfers are included. We request that you have only one piece of luggage per person and it should weigh only 20kg.
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 or local taxis to continue to your next overnight stop.