Mevagissey

Walking in Cornwall

6 days
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Walking & Trekking
Suitable for:
Age 16+
Activity level:
Moderate
Activity Rating - Moderate
Trip code: 
TDK
Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Activity:
Walking & Trekking
Group size:
6–16
Min age:
16

Enjoy charming stays on the medieval harbour of Padstow and Charlestown’s Georgian harbour where you will set out to discover the ancient Celtic kingdom of Cornwall. Allowing ample opportunities to explore the north and south coast, this route begins by crossing the Camel Estuary by ferry and walking towards spectacular beaches of Polzeath and Daymer Bay, with the opportunity to dine on Rick Stein’s famous fresh-caught fish and chips. Next, head towards the cliffs at Stepper Point, for panoramic ocean views where Peregrine Falcons are known to nest. After visiting the Lanhydrock, the Fowey Estuary and Restormel Castle, join the South West Coastal Path and wander around the charming Lost Gardens of Heligan. Enjoy lunch in the harbourside village of Mevagissey with a host of wonderful dining options and fish straight from the day's catch.  

Highlights

  • Fantastic combination of scenic walking and visits
  • Beaches, estuaries, picturesque seaside towns and villages, castles, gardens and points of interest
  • Padstow, Charlestown, Lanhydrock, Fowey, Mevagissey, The Lost Gardens of Heligan

Key information

  • 6 nights hotel
  • 5 days centre-based guided walking
  • Group normally 5 to 16, plus leader. Min age 16 yrs. 
  • Moderate walks, leisurely pace; good level of fitness recommended
  • Countries visited: United Kingdom, Europe

What's included

  • All breakfasts
  • All accommodation
  • All transport and listed activities

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single supplement
  • Visas and vaccinations
  • Any entrance fees
Call for general departures:
074 340 4587
Call for private group trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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

5

Days of Walking & Trekking
Terrain:

The sections of the north and south coast that we will be visiting on this trip are best described as rolling. Paths are typically well maintained though in some places rough underfoot.

Day by day breakdown
Day 2 16.0km/10.0miles
Day 3 16.0km/10.0miles
Day 4 15.0km/9.0miles
Day 5 7.0km/11.0miles
Day 6 16.0km/10.0miles

Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Start Padstow

    Padstow is still a working harbour town but this North Cornwall port has seen its popularity surge amongst walkers and foodies in recent years. 

  • Day 2

    Camel Estuary, Rock, beautiful beaches of Polzeath and Daymer Bay

    We set out from Padstow by catching the foot ferry across the Camel Estuary to the small seaside village of Rock. Our route takes us slightly inland to the idyllic beaches of Polzeath and Daymer Bay and then up to Pentire Head. After lunch we walk past St Enodoc Church and along the dunes, returning to Padstow by foot ferry in the late afternoon. Dinner offers a chance to try Rick Stein’s famous fresh caught Fish and Chips or one of the many restaurant choices in town before returning to our townhouse hotel for the evening.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    North Cornish Coast

    Walking from your hotel out of town and along the coastal path, our route leads along the cliffs at Stepper Point, past the observatory with panoramic views of ocean, town and estuary. Keep an eye out for Peregrine Falcons, the fastest birds in the world, known to fly and nest in this area, as you traverse the coast and beaches towards lunch in Trevone or Harlyn Bay or even Constantine Bay depending on our progress. Catching the bus back across the headland in the afternoon provides a leisurely end to a day to remember on the North Cornish coast

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Fowey Estuary, Restormel Castle, Saint's Way.

    We transfer to Lanhydrock Gardens to start walking down the Fowey Estuary. From the gardens, which are well worth an explore, we walk towards the coast passing the picture-perfect Restormel Castle and onto the lovely town of Lostwithiel for lunch. In the afternoon we join the Saint’s Way through the lovely village of Golant and onto Fowey and the South Cornish coast. At the end of the walk we transfer to our new hotel in Charlestown. 

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5

    South West Coastal Path to Mevagissey.

    In the morning we walk directly from our hotel southwards along the South West Coastal Path towards the wonderful town of Mevagissey. On the way we veer from the path to visit the wonderful Lost Gardens of Heligan (found in 1991 after 70 years of neglect and restored to former glory - see 'Money' section for entrance fee) and then into Mevagissey for lunch with fresh seafood caught that morning.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    Carlyon Bay, Polkerris beach and Fowey.

    We again walk out from the hotel, eastwards along the coastal path past Carlyon Bay and onto lunch in the seaside town of Par. The Wonderful Polkerris beach is our next destination in the afternoon before we head into Fowey for afternoon tea in advance of our last night together.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 7

    End Charlestown

    Our exploration of Cornwall ends here, in Charlestown.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

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Essential Info

Visas

Vaccinations

United Kingdom

No vaccinations are obligatory.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts are included. These consist of cooked and continental options each day.

Cornwall boasts some of the best cuisine in the UK. Fish, naturally, is one of the specialities throughout the region. Throughout the week your leader will suggest different restaurants for the evening meal to showcase the full range of Cornish cuisine. Lunch follows a similar theme, with variety and quality paramount. 

Weather

As we are in a coastal area there will always be a degree of wind. Rain can come at any time of year however typically the temperatures rise from around 12 degrees in April to the high 20s or above  in early September. Like much of the UK there have been hotter spells in recent years. Equally the odd bout of unpredictable weather can still occur. 

Is this trip for you?

This trip has been graded moderate, with 6 days of walking on rolling terrain. Each day features up to 5 hours of walking with visits to places of interest. Unsurprisingly for this portion of Cornwall there will be some ascent each day.  You will not need to carry all your luggage with you. Our support vehicle will transfer it on day 4 from Padstow to Charlestown.

A good level of fitness is required, however regular walkers will not find this itinerary challenging. 

Call for general departures:
074 340 4587
Call for private group trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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Accommodation

Old Custom House, Padstow, The Pier, Charlestown

The Old Custom House is well located on Padstow's South Quay. Offering comfortable twin and single rooms, there is also an excellent bar and restaurant. 

The Pier in Charlestown sits in the Georgian harbour (of Poldark fame). The bar and restaurant are sea-facing and there's a wonderful sunny terrace on which to sit and relax. Rooms are comfortable twins.

 

Call for general departures:
074 340 4587
Call for private group trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
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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. 

 

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