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St Ives & the Cornish Coast

Nestling between two bays the coast and countryside around St Ives offers some of the best walking in the South West.

From£699

  • England

  • 6 nights
  • Half Board
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Moderate Challenging

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Tour codes: 78506

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Our holiday walking grades

Moderate

Grade 4

Full and half day walks at a moderate pace over hilly terrain.

Most of these holidays have an element of sightseeing as well.

Half day walks will probably involve about 3 hours of walking, with full day walks having around 5 hours. Expect ascents and descents of up to 600m.

Challenging

Grade 7

Stamina is the key to these holidays, which will typically be in the Alps or the Dolomites.

There is plenty of ascent and descent over rough and steep ground, so a steady foot and a good head for heights is advisable.

Expect about 800 - 1000m of cumulative ascent and descent each day.

Overview

Holiday Highlights

  • Take the Cornwall Coast Path from the hotel's doorstep
  • Walk the spectacular coastal paths on The Lizard and Land's End, including stunning sections of the South West Coast Path
  • Relish our base at the picturesque fishing port of St Ives
  • Discover golden sands, shimmering seas and swaying palm trees
  • Visit inland villages and the Minack Theatre

Take a dip in the turquoise sea, sink your toes in the powdery sands amongst the palm trees and feel the warmth of the sun on your skin while admiring idyllic views. On a holiday in Cornwall, you’ll almost feel as though you’re in the Caribbean. 

Sublime St Ives

The coast and countryside surrounding St Ives provide some of the top walking routes in South West Cornwall. The town itself is cushioned amid two large bays where you can watch the world go by, or glimpse surfers battling the rolling waves offshore.

The quirky, narrow and winding cobbled streets of this former fishing village are a joy to stroll around. Peruse old, tightly-packed cottages and meander around the picturesque harbour, before heading to the town’s wealth of small shops, galleries and museums. Home to the Tate St Ives and the Barbara Hepworth Museum, this lustrous landscape continues to attract and inspire budding artists with its unique light, beautifully-rugged coastline, secret coves and  long stretches of sandy beaches.

Appealing Accommodation

Sitting directly on the South West Coast Path, we reside in the Treloyhan Manor Hotel which gives easy access to some of the finest walking in Cornwall. From the beautiful trails located right on your doorstep, immerse yourself in blissful beaches and dramatic cliff tops before exploring the most westerly points of England at Land’s End and the Lizard Peninsula where there’s a chance of spotting seals.

Avid hikers will also trek through inland villages, as well as abandoned mining settlements. This will be followed by a visit to the open air Minack Theatre - perched on the cliff edge, overlooking the sea. Meanwhile, enjoy lush woodland walks covering ancient sites, featuring rows of standing stones.

NO Single Room Supplement - rooms without a supplement are subject to availability.

  • Half board en suite accommodation
  • Transport to and from the trailheads, if necessary
  • Services of our dedicated tour leaders
  • Entrance fees (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel Insurance (you can add this when you book)

Holiday Information

Click the button below for a detailed Holiday Information Sheet containing all the particulars about this trip.

NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen

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Itinerary & Travel

Itinerary Details

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival day - St Ives

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

Independent arrival at Treloyhan Manor Hotel in St. Ives. Check in is from 3pm. Meet your tour leader at approximately 6.30pm in the hotel for a briefing before dinner. Dinner each evening is in the hotel restaurant.

Day 2

Land's End

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    5 hours

  • Distance

    9.8 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    685/713m

  • Time

    6 hours

  • Distance

    11 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    1097m

Grade 4 walk - we take transport to Land's End then follow the South West Coastal Path south. We follow a similar route as the more challenging grade 7 walk, but turn inland after Porthcurno to Treen, with an optional diversion to the viewpoint at Logan Rock.

Grade 7 walk - starting at Land's End we walk along the Coastal Path. We visit the Smugglers' Tunnel at Porthgwarra and see the remains of an ancient well at Porth Chapel. We continue until we reach Lamorna.

Day 3

Cape Cornwall & Levant

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    5 hours

  • Distance

    8.5 miles

  • Time

    6 hours

  • Distance

    10.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    700m

Grade 4 walk - our walk today goes along the Cornish coast. We visit Cape Cornwall and pass several disused mines until we reach the National Trust mine at Levant. We turn inland by Geevor Mine and walk through Lower Boscaswell to Pendeen.

Grade 7 walk - starting from Sennen Cove to the east of Land's End, we follow the South West Coast Path north east to Cape Cornwall. Past the Botallack Mine we can explore the various side paths on the cliffs before the Levant National Trust Mine. We continue past this to the Pendeen Watch Lighthouse and Portheras Cove before turning inland to finish our walk in Morvah.

Day 4

The Lizard Peninsula

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    6 hours

  • Distance

    9 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    625m

  • Time

    6 hours

  • Distance

    11 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    625m

Grade 4 walk - we drive to Lizard Point, the most southerly point of Britain. From here we follow the South West Coast Path west to look down on Kynance Cove and from there head inland over the Lizard Nature Reserve. On the east coast, near the Devil's Frying Pan, we pick up the Coast Path again. At Church Cove we cut inland to Lizard Village where Ann's famous pasty shop can be visited. We then continue south to return to Lizard Point.

Grade 7 walk - from a point close to Lizard Point, we walk west along the coast passing Kynance Cove, turning inland across downland. Eventually we reach the east coast of the Lizard Peninsula, and from the Devil’s Frying Pan, we then head back west to Lizard Point.

Day 5

Zennor to St Ives

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    4.5 hours

  • Distance

    7.3 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    472/556m

  • Time

    6 hours

  • Distance

    12.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    500m

Grade 4 walk - from Zennor we follow the 'coffin path' for a few miles before picking up the Coast Path for a challenging but rewarding walk back to St Ives along a spectacular section of the South West Coast way with magnificent views.

Grade 7 walk - we start at the hotel and walk west to join the 'coffin path' at Trowan. From here we continue mainly on the flat through fields to Zennor, beyond which we pick up the undulating Coast Path taking us back to St Ives.

Day 6

St Ives to Hayle or The Tinners Way

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    4 hours

  • Distance

    7 miles

  • Time

    6 hours

  • Distance

    12 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    328m

Grade 4 walk - we take the train to Hayle, then visit the Hayle Estuary Nature Reserve. It is one of the best places to view birds in the UK with its waders, gulls and terns and in the summer months you might catch sight of an osprey. We return via Leland and the South West Coast Path to St Ives, where there will be time to explore this interesting town.

Grade 7 walk - we take transport out to Woon Gumpus Common, then follow an inland route back via an unusually large variety of ancient remains. These include the Boskednan Nine Maidens stone circle and the Bodrifty Iron Age village.

Day 7

Departure day

Meals

Breakfast

Independent departure from the hotel after breakfast. Check out is by 10am. We hope you have enjoyed your holiday and we look forward to welcoming you on another soon.

Departure dates for your selected tour

12th Sep 2020 - 18th Sep 2020 (6 Nights)

26th Sep 2020 - 2nd Oct 2020 (6 Nights)

12th Jun 2021 - 18th Jun 2021 (6 Nights)

10th Jul 2021 - 16th Jul 2021 (6 Nights)

11th Sep 2021 - 17th Sep 2021 (6 Nights)

1st Oct 2021 - 7th Oct 2021 (6 Nights)

Travel Details

Local transport to and from the trailheads, if necessary, is included.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival day - St Ives

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

Independent arrival at Treloyhan Manor Hotel in St. Ives. Check in is from 3pm. Meet your tour leader at approximately 6.30pm in the hotel for a briefing before dinner. Dinner each evening is in the hotel restaurant.

Day 2

Land's End

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    5 hours

  • Distance

    9.8 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    685/713m

We take transport to Land's End then follow the South West Coastal Path south, turning inland after Porthcurno to Treen, with an optional diversion to the viewpoint at Logan Rock.

Day 3

Cape Cornwall & Levant

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    5 hours

  • Distance

    8.5 miles

Our walk today goes along the Cornish coast. We visit Cape Cornwall, pass several disused mines until we reach the National Trust mine at Levant. We turn inland by Geevor mine and walk through Lower Boscastle to Pendeen.

Day 4

The Lizard Peninsula

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    6 hours

  • Distance

    9 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    625m

We drive to Lizard Point, the most southerly point of Britain. From here we follow the South West Coastal Path west to above Kynance Cove and from there head inland over the Lizard Nature Reserve. On the east coast near the Devils Pan Handle we pick up the Coastal Path again. At Church Cove we cut inland to Lizard Village where Annie's famous pasty shop can be visited. We then continue south to return to Lizard Point.

Day 5

Zennor to St Ives

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    4.5 hours

  • Distance

    7.3 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    472/556m

Starting from Zennor, we follow the 'coffin path' for a few miles before picking up the Coastal Path for a challenging but rewarding walk along a spectacular section of the South West Coast way with magnificent views.

Day 6

St Ives to Hayle or The Tinners Way

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    4 hours

  • Distance

    7 miles

We follow the coast out of St Ives to Hayle, visiting the Hayle Estuary Nature Reserve on the way. It is one of the best places to view birds in the UK with its waders, gulls and terns. In the summer months you might catch sight of an osprey. We return to St Ives by train where there will be some time to explore this interesting town.

Day 7

Departure day

Meals

Breakfast

Independent departure from the hotel after breakfast. Check out is by 10am. We hope you have enjoyed your holiday and we look forward to welcoming you on another soon.

Departure dates for your selected tour

17th Oct 2020 - 23rd Oct 2020 (6 Nights)

25th Apr 2021 - 1st May 2021 (6 Nights)

16th Oct 2021 - 22nd Oct 2021 (6 Nights)

Travel Details

Local transport to and from the trailheads, if necessary, is included.

Accommodation

Accommodation information

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each night's accommodation for each departure date.

Treloyhan Manor Hotel

The impressive three-star Treloyhan Manor Hotel sits in sumptuous grounds overlooking the blue waters of Carbis Bay just on the edge of St Ives and within easy walking distance of the centre of town.

Built in 1892 of Cornish granite, the mansion was originally the home of shipping magnate Sir Edward Hain. Today it’s a light, airy hotel with impressive public rooms and comfortable bedrooms. Home cooked dinners are served in the elegant restaurant, and you can have a drink (or a cream tea) in one of the lounges or out on the terrace and then stroll down the coast path right into St Ives. Some of the bedrooms have showers, others baths.

Although the hotel does not have a dedicated bar area, drinks can be purchased from reception or the restaurant for drinking in the comfortable lounges, the outside terrace or over dinner.

Picnic lunches are available from the hotel including a choice of sandwich and a selection of other items from a self service packed lunch 'buffet'.

Free Wi-Fi access is available with good connectivity on the ground floor but patchier in the bedrooms.

Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

This is a two grade holiday with two choices of walks being offered each day, one more challenging than the other. The Grade 4 walks are moderate walks with a moderate amount of ascent and descent. The Grade 7 walks are longer in length and are more challenging with more cumulative ascent and decent. 

In addition to the walks we provide, there is a huge variety of walks in the area, both along the coast path and inland, exploring the local landscapes and villages. If you do not want to join us on the walks, you can choose to wander independently around the streets of St Ives, take a trip to the most westerly point of England at Lands End or the most southerly point on the Lizard Point.  Alternatively, you could visit small fishing villages such as Mousehole, or one of the many gardens open to the public.

Please note that the three walks where we use the South West Coast Path can, in some places,  be very narrow. This tour is not suitable if you suffer from vertigo or dislike drops beside the path as there will not be an alternative route to follow.

Walks & Excursions

Local Transport Costs

All local transport costs in conjunction with the advertised activity programme are included in the holiday cost. There may be occasions where additional visits or excursions are added to enrich your experience, these will be paid for locally by you if you choose to participate. Local transport can be a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses and ferries depending on the itinerary.

Optional Excursions

A range of local excursions and activities may be available to book at your destination through a local operator. We have no involvement in such activities or excursions which are not run, supervised or controlled in any way by us. Your contract will be with the local activity supplier and we accept no responsibility for their actions or omissions.

Spending Money

Holiday Budgeting

When budgeting for your holiday, you will need to consider drinks, any meals not included in the holiday price, non-included entrance fees, optional excursions you may choose to participate in locally and any souvenirs or additional services such as laundry. A general guideline for lunches and drinks is £10-£20 per person per day.

Tipping

Although entirely at your own discretion, tipping is an important aspect of tourism and hospitality life and expectations are fairly high. In order to simplify tipping, we strongly recommend that you allow your leader to take care of making sure tips are given to hotel and restaurant staff and to local guides and drivers. This will be done using some funds provided by us together with, if you wish, a contribution from you, which he/she will collect during the holiday.

Tour Leaders & Local Guides

Tour Leaders

Your tour leader makes the world of difference to your holiday and ours are as passionate about discovering the world on foot as you are. They're resourceful, organised and widely travelled. They will handle all the local administration and other needs that might arise to ensure that you don't have to worry about planning your days and you can enjoy your holiday. Although leading group holidays, they won't forget that every group is made up of individuals. Each tour leader has their own individual style, talents and professional backgrounds and all are trained, qualified, experienced and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting and inspiring as possible.

Leader's Evening Briefing

Each evening, your tour leader will discuss with you the programme for the following day. This will be your opportunity to discuss the details and ensure the planned activities suit your walking ability. If you have concerns on clothing or equipment, this can be discussed then also. If you do not wish to join the organised group programme, please let the leader know.

Your Travel Details

To reach St Ives…

By car: At the end of the Hayle Bypass (A30) take the 2nd exit off the roundabout, sign posted (A3074) to St Ives. Continue along the A3074 towards Carbis Bay. On entering Carbis Bay, you will pass Longstone Cemetery which is on your left. As you near Treloyhan Manor Hotel you will pass Tesco on your left. Shortly after this, on your left is the Cornish Arms public house. Take the next right hand turning into Treloyhan Park Road and then the first left into the driveway of Treloyhan Manor Hotel. Car parks are located to the front and side of the building and the main entrance to the hotel is signposted.

Public transport: the nearest bus and railway station is at St Ives which is less than a mile away. You can order a taxi from the bus or train stations or telephone the hotel who will book one for you. A local taxi company you may wish to phone is Ace Cars (Tel: 01736 797 799). St Ives train station is a branch line. The nearest mainline station is St Erth, 4 miles away. Trains from London, Bristol, Birmingham, the North East and the North West all stop here.

You may also wish to look at the following website for advice on the best way to travel to the hotel: www.rome2rio.com      

Route planning to and from St Ives

The AA and RAC both offer free and detailed on-line route planning facilities on their websites which may help you find our hotels. Details can be found at: www.theaa.co.uk and www.rac.co.uk 

Meeting your tour leader and fellow walkers: Please check the time of dinner (approximately 6.30pm) on arrival at the hotel and aim to be in the hotel lounge half an hour before dinner for an introduction to your tour leader, an outline of the planned programme for your holiday and the chance to meet your walking companions.

Personal Details Check

To ensure that we can accurately administer your holiday arrangements, please confirm that the personal details we hold for you are up to date and that you have provided the information we need to secure your holiday travel and accommodation arrangements. Please check your passport details, date of birth and any other important details necessary for us to properly manage your holiday booking. You can view and update information already provided, and add details not yet asked for, by using the Manage My Booking facility on our website www.ramblersholidays.co.uk, or by calling our Sales and Reservations team on +44 (0)1707 331133. When you receive your booking confirmation please check the details as soon as possible.

Passports and Visas

Passport Information for United Kingdom

Any non UK or EU citizens may be subject to passport, identity card or visa requirements to enter the United Kingdom.

Meals

Half board en suite accommodation. Breakfast is served at the hotel each morning, and home cooked dinners are served in the elegant restaurant, and you can have a drink (or a cream tea) in one of the lounges or out on the terrace. Picnic lunches are available from the hotel including a choice of sandwich and a selection of other items from a self service packed lunch 'buffet'.


Footwear & Kit List

Footwear

Good quality waterproof walking boots with a moulded sole with a deep tread and good ankle support are essential for holidays at grade 7 and above.

General Kit List

Outdoor activities are always safer and more enjoyable if you are prepared.

If you have not travelled with us before the following list might be of use:

  • Waterproof jacket (Goretex or similar) and trousers
  • Lightweight quick-drying trousers
  • Walking T-shirt/shirts
  • Walking socks
  • Fleece or jumper
  • Sun hat, sunglasses, lip salve and sun screen
  • Warm hat and gloves (if appropriate)
  • Swimwear (if appropriate)
  • Day sack (this should be able to carry all you would need for the day's activity)
  • Day sack liner
  • Water bottle - at least 1 litre capacity
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Lunchbox
  • Walking poles (should you find them useful)
  • Sit mat
  • Head torch
  • Survival bag - What is a survival bag? Click here!

This list is not exhaustive and every walker is different and may have their own preference.

Travel Documents Checklist

Documents and Information to take with you:

  • Holiday money
  • Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
  • Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
  • Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
  • Holiday booking confirmation document
  • Travel insurance details (if applicable)
  • Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about

Water To Go

An alternative to bottled water from single-use sealed water bottles is filtered water from a refillable bottle containing its own water filter such as a Water-to-go bottle available from www.watertogo.eu. Just fill up from any water source and save the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

We have negotiated an exclusive 15% discount with our partners Water-to-Go for you as a thank you for helping the environment. Please go to their website at www.watertogo.eu and enter the code RWH17 when ordering. In addition, Water-to-Go will match the discount with a donation to our charity, Heart & Sole, which will allow us to continue to make a difference in the countries you visit on our holidays.

Maps, Guidebooks & Other Information

Maps, Guidebooks & More

Our intended route is covered by the following map:

Ordnance Survey. Outdoor Leisure series (1:25,000): Map no 102: Land’s End

The Map Shop

Maps and guidebooks relating to the areas you will be walking in may be bought before your holiday from The Map Shop at www.themapshop.co.uk

Weather

Visit the following websites for an idea of the climate in your destination:

Staying Healthy On Holiday

Health requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before departure. Advice on vaccinations is available from your GP.

Health Advice for United Kingdom

No compulsory immunisations are required for holidays in the UK although you should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended for life in Britain. Tetanus immunisation is recommended.

Further Travel Advice

For further advice please visit:

You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.

Travel Insurance

Although not compulsory for British and EU citizens resident in the UK, we strongly recommend that you take out travel insurance to cover you in the event of eventualities such as unexpected cancellation, accident or illness before your holiday or the loss of personal possessions.

Visitors who are not British Citizens (or who are not EU citizens resident in the UK), must be adequately insured to join our holidays and will be unable to participate in our local walking and other activity programmes without being able to demonstrate that you have valid travel insurance.

Personal Safety

The UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office provides up to date information on security and local laws for travellers, together with current passport and visa information, at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Please take a few minutes to look at the current advice on your planned destination.

Please be aware of what's going on around you, take sensible precautions with your credit cards and passport and avoid displays of wealth such as wearing expensive jewellery or watches. Do not carry more cash on you than you will need for each day, and we recommend that a money belt is used.

Cultural Awareness

Responsible Travel

We're committed to ethical tourism in all our destinations. Our holidays are designed for you to discover the essence of the country you are visiting. Travelling in small groups not only gives you an up close and personal experience of your destination, but minimises your impact on the immediate environment. We feel that the most important starting point to protect the environment is to be out in it. For more details visit our website.

The Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust

Unlike many tour operators we have our own trust through which RWH Travel’s profits are channelled back into a variety of outdoor, walking-related or environmental conservation projects in the UK. The focus of the Trust’s financial support is Britain’s leading walking charity, The Ramblers, and their role in promoting the benefits and importance of walking to the British public. In addition the Trust welcomes applications for small grants from local organisations in the UK who need support for walking-orientated activities. This includes the establishment of footpaths and bridleways, funding for rebuilding bridges and renovating huts, as well as bursary funding for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for children who could not otherwise afford to do it. Please visit the ‘About Us’ section of our website and click on the Charitable Trust link for more details.

Heart and Sole

We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. See our website for more information and details of some of the projects we support.

Staying In Touch

Mobile Phones

Please do provide us with a mobile phone contact number. We will only use this to contact you with important information relating to your holiday arrangements. 

Do keep your mobile phones switched on and readily available when travelling to the airport or if delayed in transit so that we can contact you with any last minute information relating to your travel arrangements.  

As a matter of courtesy, please switch off your mobile phone during walks, or endeavour to minimise its use. Please also try to minimise the use of mobile devices during group meals.

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