Cornwall's Creeks Coves and Coastal Trails
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Cornwall's Creeks Coves and Coastal Trails


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Exotic plants and sunny beaches contrast with craggy coves and stormy seas in the Celtic county of Cornwall, home to some of Britain's most atmospheric landscapes.

With the crashing waves of the Cornish coast never far from sight, we follow in the footsteps of novelist Daphne du Maurier on the South West Coast Path, visiting ancient fishing villages, secluded beaches and sub-tropical gardens. We explore storm-weathered castles, eat in traditional thatched pubs and sail across peaceful estuaries.

One of the Walk's highlights is a trip to the mysterious Lost Gardens of Heligan, a once-neglected Victorian estate, now fully restored to its former glory. Another is the estuarial ravine garden of Trebah from where the US troops embarked for Omaha beach in the D-Day landings of 1944.

Walk Summary


28-SEP-14 - 04-OCT-14


6 nights


Walk Rating: Moderate. Contoured coastal paths, riverbank and estuary trails, with undulations of 150-250 ft and occasional short steeper climbs and descents. 7-10 miles walking per day.


US$3,995.00 per person double occupancy
(single supplement US$535.00)

The Walk begins at Porthallow, arrival at Liskeard Rail Station and ends in Mawnan Smith, departure from Truro Rail Station.

Walk Itinerary


After our rendezvous in Liskeard, we meet in our lovely hotel overlooking the bay at Porthallow, for The Wayfarers' Welcome Dinner and Introductory Talk.

Overnight: Porthallow


Our morning walk takes us along the coastal footpath with sensational views over the romantic Lantic Bay to Polruan. We then take the ferry to lunch in a local pub in Fowey (pronounced Foy) and we will have time to wander around picturesque Fowey before crossing the river to Bodinnick. After passing by Ferryside, Daphne du Maurier's first Cornish home, we take the beautiful Hall Walk which meanders through woodland and along the banks of the river with some of the best views in this area.

Overnight: Porthallow


We walk through the Georgian harbor of Charlestown before joining the coast path and heading off the beaten track to Trenarren. After finding the secluded beach of Hallane we make our way to Pentewan, once an important harbor to the local China clay industry. In the afternoon we head inland to discover the Lost Gardens of Heligan.

Overnight: St Mawes


We start our day with a visit to St Mawes Castle, built by King Henry VIII in the 1540's, before following the river Fal to the hidden church of St Just in Roseland. We then cross the peninsula to lunch in the harbor village of Portscatho. We continue along the South West Coast path and to the Percuil River to return by ferry to our seaside hotel.

Overnight: St Mawes


From St Mawes we board the ferry for Falmouth, where we join a coastal trail for our walk to Maenporth and our lunch overlooking the bay. A hike along the sparkling Helford River takes us to the world-famous Trebah Gardens. We end our day with dinner in a local pub.

Overnight: Mawnan Smith


We cross the river by ferry to the tiny village of Helford then walk the coastal path to the mouth of the estuary at Dennis Head. We see the church of St Anthony-in-Meneage, standing at the water's edge, and follow the creek to the exquisite village of Manaccan for lunch in a thatched pub. We go on to Daphne du Maurier's 'Frenchman's Creek' and home by ferry to Mawnan Smith for our Farewell Dinner.

Overnight: Mawnan Smith


The Wayfarers provide a transfer to Truro Rail Station.

This itinerary represents a typical Walk. We prepare itineraries well in advance of the trip and therefore we reserve the right to make changes due to weather, local events or other circumstances - but always to improve the experience of our guests.


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Hotel Tresanton - Tuesday & Wednesday

Hotel Tresanton

St Mawes
Cornwall TR2 5DR

T: + 44 (0)1326-270-055
F: + 44 (0)1326-270-053

Originally created in the 1940s as a yachtsman's club, Tresanton is a cluster of old houses set on different levels. Completely restored and redesigned in 1997, the hotel has a casual but elegant atmosphere, very much in keeping with its seaside location. It even boasts its own cinema!
All bedrooms are ensuite with magnificent sea views and are individually furnished with antiques and Cornish art. The restaurant, with a mosaic floor and terraces overlooking the sea, has a calm, cool Mediterranean feel. It specialises in the local fish, organic vegetables and excellent meat from a local Cornish butcher.

Budock Vean Hotel - Thursday & Friday

Budock Vean Hotel

Mawnan Smith
Cornwall TR11 5LG

T: +44 (0)1326-250-288
F: +44 (0)1326-250-892

Budock Vean is a privately owned, friendly hotel nestling in 65 acres of award-winning gardens and parkland on the banks of the tranquil Helford River. Its extensive leisure facilities include a health Spa and indoor heated pool, tennis court, golf course, snooker room and private foreshore with peaceful sunlounge.
All bedrooms have private toilet, bath and shower en suite, direct dial telephone, hair dryer, tea & coffee making facilities and TV plus views over the golf course & gardens. Guests can enjoy a walk from the hotel through the valley garden with rare tree ferns, past ponds and waterfalls to the foreshore. Internet access is available in two of the lounges but not in guest bedrooms.
The Wayfarers' guests do not dine in the main hotel restaurant where jacket and tie are required but the hotel respectfully asks other diners to dress smartly (no jeans, combat trousers, shorts, tee-shirts or trainers).

This hotel list is a provided as an example. We may use different hotels of the same quality and style on specific trips. The Wayfarers will notify confirmed travelers of any changes to the hotels.

Photo Gallery

St Mawes Tall ships Sea urchin shells Coastal path Ancient footpath Onwards to lunch Tall ship and fishing boat Coastal View Reflection time Fishing boats - Fowey Cornish sign post St Mawes petrol pump Cornish sunset Budock Vean gardens Sub tropical garden Sub tropical garden pond Church doorway Headstone Coastal views Memorial stone A blooming stile. Coastal views. Superb walking. We know the way. Beauty all around. Creekside trail. Time for reflection. CRL1-09_YK 026.jpg Coastal views. Rhododendrons A welcome snack break on the trail. A subtropical garden. Rhododendrons Buttercup Meadow Lost Gardens of Heligan Wisteria - Lost Gardens Heligan Admiring the view Lunch at The Lugger Inn Photo Opportunity Walking through gardens Walking past The Old Ferry Inn - Fowey Cornish cottage Fishing boat

Travel Information

Before & After Your Walk:

  • Visit The Eden Project near St. Austell – a vast conservatory featuring 8,000 trees and shrubs.
  • Visit the Tate Gallery and Barbara Hepworth's sculpture garden in St Ives
  • During the Walk there is the option to visit the Maritime Museum in Falmouth


Temperatures usually range from around 45º to 65ºF (7º to 18ºC) in spring/autumn and from 60º to 70º F (15º to 21ºC) in summer although it can rise to above 80º F (27ºC) on occasional days. You are likely to need a light jacket or sweater in the evenings. Rainfall is unpredictable but occurs all year round and can be heavy, even in summer. Equally there can be long spells of warm dry weather so you will need to bring clothing to accommodate all situations.

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