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Susan Hartley
Susan Hartley

Diary of my active week in Cornwall

Much more of a day or weekend walker at home I was excited to pack a bit more in and really get to know Cornwall over a week of activity, including cycling and walking. There really is so much to see and do in Cornwall, the famous south west coast path is some 630 miles long and offers something for all. The food and drink was a real highlight with yummy cream days and fish and chips best enjoyed by the sea. There is everything to do here from cycling to shopping and surfing to art galleries, I would highly recommend everyone spending some time here if they are lucky enough!

Day 1

My first night was spent in St Ives, wandering round the pretty cobbled streets and taking in the atmosphere and sampling some of the gorgeous local artwork in the galleries, and a trip down to the harbour which is simply stunning!! St Ives (2)

Day 2

After a comfy night I set out for my first walking day St Ives – Pendeen. 13 miles and commonly referred to as the toughest section of the SWCP (all 630 miles of it!). Finding the path as pretty easy and once on it it’s hard to go wrong, keep the sea to your side and you should be ok – handy to have a map though just in case! This bit was tough but immensely beautiful, after a quick pit stop in Zennor I was on route to Pendeen. Seeing the glorious lighthouse was a great sight after a challenging day!

Day 3

This section today was a much easier 9 miles from Pendeen to Sennen, still tough in parts this was another amazing day and after a wee lunch stop I was trudging the sands of Sennen past the surfers on the beach, headed to lands’ end and then had the pleasant walk back to my night’s accommodation.

Day 4

Today I was heading to Penzance to overnight in Marazion, quick bus journey and I was in the very bustling town of Penzance! Walked 3 miles along the cost path to the lovely village of Marazion and got my first glimpse of St Michaels mount! After an afternoon exploring St Michaels Mount and Marazion – including some dolphin spotting! I headed back to my b&b. St Michaels Mount from Marazion (6)

Day 5

Today I was heading up to Padstow after an easy journey I arrived in beautiful Padstow – a real treat!! Padstow is a lovely place. It has a bustling harbour surrounded by shops, hotels and restaurants. From here I took the ferry to Rock for a circular walk. Padstow is a real ‘must do’ if you are heading to Cornwall. Highlights are the harbour, which includes a lobster hatchery if you wish to adopt your very own lobster! And the abundance of yummy food from ice cream and fish and chips to a Michelin star restaurant.

Day 6

I had 2 nights in Padstow so today I headed out to Constantine Bay to do some more coastal walking. Padstow is a great place for an additional night as there is so much to see and do!

Day 7

My last morning in Padstow I headed down to the harbour to hire a bike! After a glorious 13 mile cycle to Wadebridge – all flat and traffic free on the Camel trail I headed back to hotel to collect bags and catch bus to Newquay.Camel Trail (2)

Day 8

My last day in Cornwall I headed down to the beach to check out the surfing capital of the UK and it’s easy to see why! Newquay has some of the best beaches in the country and offers surfing lessons if you fancy! After a wee walk it was time to head back to the airport to get my flight home. I loved my time in Cornwall and tried to pack in as much as I possibly could. Cornwall offers something for everyone and should be on everyone’s to do list, if you would like to see this wonderful part of the country for yourselves then I highly recommend this walking itinerary in Cornwall.
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