Kynance Cove

Walking The Lizard Peninsula

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Walking & Trekking
Suitable for:
Age 12+
Activity level:
Leisurely / Moderate
Activity Rating - Leisurely/Moderate
Trip code: 
W05MC
Way to Travel:
Self-Guided Holidays
Activity:
Self-Guided Walking
Min age:
12

This invigorating and unforgettable walk along the Cornish coastline takes in beautiful beaches and fishing villages on the most southerly tip of mainland UK.

An invigorating and unforgettable walking holiday awaits you in Cornwall which has the longest coastline in the United Kingdom and has the most southerly and westerly tips of mainland UK. Famed for its beautiful and impressive coastline, much of which is designated as 'An area of natural beauty (AONB)', the Cornish coast is punctuated by pretty fishing villages, many of which are still working today. This 5 night holiday explores the most Southerly tip of the county - the Lizard Peninsula. Starting in Marazion, where the famed cobbled causeway over to St Michael's Mount crosses the fabulous sandy beach, the walks take in the majestic Cornish coastline with its pretty coves and beaches, including Mullion Cove, Cadgwith Cove, Kennack Sands and the postcard perfect Kynance Cove, all the way down to the wild serpentine cliffs of the Lizard, the most southerly tip of mainland Great Britain. Then track up the eastern, more sheltered side of the peninsula before concluding your holiday in the pretty fishing village of Coverack with traditional thatched cottages and harbour made from the local Serpentine stone.

You stay in the prettiest of villages along the coast, Marazion across from the dazzling St Micheal's Mount, Portleven, the granite stone fishing harbour village, which is famed with the foodie community and offers a good selection of restaurants in which you may want to try the local fish specialities amongst other things. Continuing on to Mullion, the largest village on the Lizard with plenty of inns, cafes, restaurants and art galleries and at its heart a 13th century church, then Lizard itself, the most southerly settlement in Great Britain before reaching your final destination in Coverack.

This is a well balanced walk and is perfectly suited to walkers who want to experience the coastal paths of beautiful Cornwall without the rocky and hillier sections further west.

Highlights

  • St Michaels Mount, steeped in history and folklore with a spectacular castle
  • Wild serpentine cliffs of the Lizard peninsula, Englands most southerly point
  • Postcard perfect rocky coves and beaches and picturesque fishing harbours

Key information

  • 5 nights hotel-to-hotel accommodation in a mix of 3 and 4 star hotels
  • Breakfasts daily
  • Management by your local Headwater-appointed agent
  • Route directions and maps 
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Countries visited: United Kingdom

What's included

  • All breakfasts 
  • All accommodation
  • Route directions and maps
  • Luggage transfers 

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visas and vaccinations 
  • Single accommodation (available on request, compulsory supplement)
  • Transfers for Land only (available on request at additional cost)
Call for general departures:
01606 720003
Call for private group trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

4

Days of Walking & Trekking
Terrain:

Walks on this holiday are on coastal paths. The paths do not include the rocky and hillier sections that you would find further west.

Day by day breakdown
Day 2 17.0km/10.5miles
Day 3 11.5km/7.0miles
Day 4 11.5km/7.0miles
Day 5 17.0km/10.5miles

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Itinerary

Marazion
to
Coverack
  • Day 1

    Arrival in Marazion

    Arrival in Marazion

  • Day 2

    Marazion to Porthleven

    From St Michaels Mount and Mount's Bay, follow the gentle slopes of south Cornwall and the dark metamorphic rock to be found here. Sloping fields run down towards the cliff edge and sheltered coves protect shingle beaches. The landscape becomes wilder, the cliffs higher and the coves narrower as you approach the fishing port of Porthleven where you stay for the night, with a good selection of cafes, pubs and restaurants.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Porthleven to Mullion

    Today the coastal path traverses windswept beaches and dramatic cliffs out towards the western side of the Lizard Peninsula. Often the gulls screeching down below are your only company, however the views are spectacular and the view over Mullion Cove alone is worth the journey. Stay overnight in Mullion, the largest village on the Lizard, with plenty of shops, inns, cafes and restaurants. The 13th century church in the heart of the village is worth a visit and the National Trust owned working harbour is very pretty.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Mullion to Lizard

    With a wonderful sense of isolation, this section of the Cornish coast path is a place of towering cliffs and rolling downs, punctuated by a scattering of isolated villages nestled into steep sided coves. As the miles pass, the landscape becomes wilder, with expansive views back west towards Penzance and the coastline already traversed, and ahead towards Lizard Point, the most southerly point in mainland Britain, passing the postcard perfect Kynance Cove en route before your night in Lizard.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5

    Lizard to Coverack

    A peaceful and sheltered landscape of fishing coves and calmer shores as you pass along the eastern coast of the Lizard peninsular. Beyond the exceedingly pretty Cadgwith Cove with its whitewashed thatched cottages and fleet of small fishing boats, follow the remote section of coast, broken only by the expansive beach at Kennack Sands. Verdant cliffs and tree-lined valleys merge into low moorland as the path heads eastwards and away from the shelter of Lizard Point and Bass Point. In this wild region, the hills can be difficult but the views are stunning. Spend your final night in the picturesque Coverack with traditional thatched cottages and impressive harbour built from the local serpentine stone.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    Leave Coverack

    Depart Coverack after breakfast.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Essential Info

Visas

Vaccinations

United Kingdom

No vaccinations are obligatory.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts included.

Enjoy the local cuisine in a mixture of restaurants, inns, pubs and seaside cafes. Cornwall is famous for its fish and shellfish, dairy produce, wine, beer and of course the humble Cornish Pasty. There are also plenty of traditional fish and chip shops to choose from. 

Weather

With Cornwall being located on the Southern coast of the UK, it is no surprise that the sea has a noticeable influence on the weather and climate of the area. 
In the summer, the average maximum temperature is around 19°C but can get into the late 20's. 
Rain falls year round so bringing hooded waterproof coats and hats will ensure visitors are prepared for any spells of wind and rain the region may experience. 

Is this trip for you?

Walking Conditions
Classification: Self-Guided
Activity Level: 2 (Leisurely/Moderate)
Average daily distance: 14km (8.5ml) 
No. of days walking: 4
Terrain and route: This is a well balanced walk and is perfectly suited to walkers who want to experience the coastal paths of beautiful Cornwall without the rocky and hillier sections further west.
Vehicle Support: This is a self-guided trip for those who prefer to walk independently, but with our assistance to take out the stress of the logistics and planning. We arrange your accommodation, provide you with route directions so that you can walk at your own pace, while your bags are transported from one hotel to the next.

It is important that you are happy following route directions, we make these as accurate as possible and they are regularly checked.

As this is a self-guided holiday there is no group and no leader. There maybe others on the same departure date as you, but you will not be organised together. The routes directions contain a 24-hour emergency assistance telephone number should you need it and in emergencies, the local agent is normally able to dispatch a taxi or pick you up themselves. They may wish to charge for this service.

Call for general departures:
01606 720003
Call for private group trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Hotels

GLENLEIGH HOUSE, MARAZION
Glenleigh House, a conveniently situated Marazion B&B, overlooking St Michael’s Mount and the sweeping panorama of Mount’s Bay, has been owned and run by the Hales family for more than 30 years. With eight comfortable and well appointed bedrooms (many with views to the Mount and sea), you can be assured of a comfortable stay at this friendly Bed & Breakfast. Built in 1898 as the home of a prosperous farmer, Glenleigh House retains its original Victorian charm whilst providing guests with modern amenities such as free Wi-Fi and a fantastic, filling breakfast of your choice to set you up for your day.

WELLMORE END COTTAGE, PORTHLEVEN
Situated close to Porthleven Harbout, the Traditional Cornish Fisherman’s Cottage dates from around 1860. It was once the home of Porthleven’s fresh water well, hence the name.

MOUNTS BAY INN, MULLION
The Mounts Bay Inn is situated at the heart of the traditional fishing village of Mullion, on the beautiful Lizard peninsula in West Cornwall. With its stunning views, rugged coastal walks and rich history filled with tales of smuggling and shipwrecks. The rooms are comfortable and modern. Beyond the village, walkers delight in winding their way along the many footpaths that follow the Cornish coast. Visitors can discover a variety of crystal clear coves and sandy beaches – the nearby Poldhu Cove was even the location for the first trans-Atlantic radio communications conducted by Marconi in 1901. A designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this protected landscape is also home to 15 of Britain’s rarest plants.

PENMENNER HOUSE, LIZARD
Penmenner House is elegant and full of character, the rooms are bright and traditional. This delightful bed and breakfast is only a stone’s throw from the heart of the village and stunning South West Coast Path. Built in 1862 for Nicholas Vivian – a Victorian gentleman who described himself as a proprietor of houses and mines – Penmenner House has a fascinating history.

FERNLEIGH, COVERACK
A great Cornish welcome awaits you at Fernleigh. Fernleigh is a family run bed and breakfast situated in an elevated position overlooking the harbour and bay of the fishing village of Coverack. Coverack is a pretty fishing village with a lot of the original cottages with their thatched roofs. It has its own regatta and Lifeboat day and lots of fundraising events throughout the year.

Call for general departures:
01606 720003
Call for private group trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros  Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros  Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros  Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]

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