St Ives to Penzance
This is the most remote section of the South West Coast Path and offers some challenging walking (daily distances have been kept short because of this). Its rugged path hugs the coastline around Cape Cornwall and then down to Land’s End which is the most westerly tip of Britain.
The beauty of the area is hard to beat with windswept heath and wild flowers dominating the cliff tops and turquoise seas with golden beaches below. Fantastic views, plenty of birdlife and delicious seafood can all be found on its 40 mile stretch. Listen to the waves crashing below, watch for dolphins and relax for lunch in one of the sandy coves on this wonderful coastal adventure.
The walk starts in the bustling fishing village of St Ives with its narrow cobbled streets and picturesque harbour. Heading south the attractive coastline dominates and you may even see across to the Scily Isles if it’s a clear day. The coast path heads round past St Just which is the most westerly town in England to Cape Cornwall and then the small fishing community at Sennen Cove. Porthcurno follows with its spectacular open air theatre which is situated right beside the sea and eventually you reach the busy town of Penzance.
WALKING DIFFICULTY: This is a coastal walk, for the most part along quite high cliffs with quite a lot of ups and downs. It will not be beyond the average walker but distance covered per hour will be low.
ACCOMMODATION: Our standard itinerary provides accommodation in either 3 or 4 star bed and breakfasts or small hotels or inns. When quoting for a holiday a draft itinerary is provided showing typical accommodation used on the route.
ADDITIONAL NIGHTS: An extra night is recommended in St Ives, there is lots to see and do. Also due to its popularity in high season the number of places offering a single nights accommodation is very limited.
NAVIGATION: Navigation is generally straight forward, follow the acorn signs and keep the sea on your right!
BAGGAGE TRANSFERS: All our prices include transfering one bag per person (max weight 20kg) between your overnight stops.
TRAVEL BY RAIL:
Arriving: London mainline trains go from Paddington to St Erth (about 5 hours), where you change for a short (15 min) train trip to St Ives.
Returning: From Penzance trains are direct to London Paddington (about 5 hr 30 min)
TRAVEL BY CAR:
Arriving take the M5 from Bristol, then the A30 from Exeter, this takes you to within just a few miles of St Ives (travel time traffic free 2 hours from Exeter). Long Term Secure Parking can be arranged in St Ives.
Returning: Penzance to St Ives is only a 15 minute taxi ride, or there are regular bus services, or a 25 min train trip via St Erth.
TRAVEL BY AIR:
Arriving, Newquay Airport has regular flights from London Gatwick. It is about a 60 minute taxi ride from the airport to St Ives.
Returning: Penzance to Newquay airport is about a 60 minute taxi ride. (Taxi ride costs approx £100)
This walk can be done at anytime of the year, but because of the vagaries of the weather we would usually recommend March to October
5 Day Walking Itinerary (6 nights accommodation) from £515 per person
4 Day Walking Itinerary (5 nights accommodation) from £455 per person
Single supplement (for person walking on their own) £30 per night
Extra Day to visit the Ancient Sites inland of Pendeen £60 per person
Extra nights from £50 per person