Nestling between two bays the coast and countryside around St Ives offers some of the best walking in the South West
See what's planned
- 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.
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
- Private coach transport to and from the trailheads, when necessary
- Services of our dedicated tour leaders
What's not included?
- 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)
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.
Our bottom line is happy travellers, and to that end we trust our tour leaders to use the itinerary below as a basis for providing you with a great holiday. We expect our leaders to make adjustments to the itinerary if the weather, group ability or other local conditions make that necessary. There are normally more options available to our leaders than those listed below and one or more of these options may well be chosen. All distances, heights & timings are approximate.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we may unfortunately need to withdraw a tour that is currently confirmed to operate and we therefore reserve the right to cancel your booking. We would always do our utmost to give you plenty of notice should we have to do this. Selected elements of this tour, including local attractions and restaurants, may change at late notice. Please ensure you have valid insurance cover before you travel.
Arrival day - St Ives
Treloyhan Manor Hotel
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.
Treloyhan Manor Hotel
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.
Cape Cornwall & Levant
Treloyhan Manor Hotel
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.
The Lizard Peninsula
Treloyhan Manor Hotel
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.
Zennor to St Ives
Treloyhan Manor Hotel
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.
St Ives to Hayle or The Tinners Way
Treloyhan Manor Hotel
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.
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.
Walks & Excursions
Two Grades, Two Leaders, Two Walks
On ‘2x Walks, 2x Leaders, 2x Grades’ departures, where we provide two tour leaders and offer a choice of easier or harder walks each day, we hope to be able to accommodate your choice of walk. However, safety considerations do govern the sizes of groups in each walking grade; the minimum number of participants for a guided walk at a given grade and the maximum group size will be as indicated for the walk grade.
On most departures we are able to accommodate most clients' first choice of walk most of the time, however some flexibility and co-operation may be required. In unusual circumstances where a disproportionately high number of clients wish to walk at one grade, for safety reasons, we may not be able to provide you with your choice of walk each day. Although we will endeavour to accommodate as many clients’ choices as possible, it may be necessary for you to switch between higher and lower grade walks during the holiday. Any decision regarding group sizes and the participants in the day’s walking programme rests with our tour leader(s).
For safety reasons the minimum number of participants on a walk will be 4 plus the leader.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 and St Ives.
As you near the Treloyhan Manor Hotel you will pass Tesco on your left and take the 2nd exit at this roundabout and on your left is the Cornish Arms public house. Carry along the main road for 300 yards and you will see the entrance signposted in blue on the right hand side.
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.
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
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
- 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.
Holiday Specific Kit
In addition, we recommend that you bring a flask with you on your walks each day. Due to the time of year, it is sensible to bring a hot drink out with you to help keep warm.
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
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
If you cannot find the maps or books locally we recommend:
The Map Shop
5 High Street
Upton upon Severn, Worcs
Tel: 01684 593 146
E-mail: [email protected]
If you key many of the local places mentioned in this holiday fact sheet into YouTube, you will find a vast array of spectacular footage of the area.
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.
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.
The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development 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.
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
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.
We welcome all comments about our holidays and value ideas for the future. If you have provided us with an email address we will invite you to complete an online questionnaire or to add feedback to our page on the independent review site 'Feefo'.
Please note that this Holiday Information sheet may be periodically updated and reissued.
In most cases the revisions will be minor and the overall nature
of the holiday will remain unchanged. Should we make a major change
to your holiday arrangements between you booking your holiday and
your date of travel we will notify you to specifically draw your
attention to any significant change.
You may wish to review the latest version of this Holiday Information Sheet online prior to travel.
Please note that any advertised offers, benefits or initiatives may be discontinued at any time.
Ramblers Walking Holidays
Our office is open and our Sales & Reservations team are available to speak to you from:
- 09.00 to 17.00 Monday to Friday
Please quote your Booking Reference number and Tour Code whenever contacting us.
We wish you an enjoyable holiday!
Our holiday walking grades
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.
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.
Discover more about our walking grades