• Classic Cornish creeks, coasts and cliffs
  • Visit world famous Trebah Gardens
  • Visit The Lost Gardens of Heligan
  • See settings for Daphne DuMauriers ˜Rebecca and ˜Frenchmans Creek
  • Traditional Cornish Cream Tea
  • 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.

Sunday Overnight: Talland Bay Hotel

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

Monday Overnight: Talland Bay Hotel

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 have time to wander around this picturesque town 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.

Tuesday Overnight: Hotel Tresanton

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.

Wednesday Overnight: Hotel Tresanton

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.

Thursday Overnight: Budock Vean Hotel

From St Mawes we board the ferry for Falmouth, where we visit the National Maritime Museum before joining 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.

Friday Overnight: Budock Vean Hotel

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 Budock Vean for our Farewell Dinner.


The Wayfarers provide a transfer to Truro Rail Station.
"It's much less touristic. You get out in the countryside and see the real life of the country".
Terrain: Contoured coastal paths, riverbank and estuary trails, with undulations of150-250 ft and occasional short steeper climbs and descents. 7-10 miles walking per day


6 nights from
Per person, double occupancy
(Single Supplement $565.00)
Our Wayfarers friends Price is $4,175.00


From Oct 2 to Oct 8 (more dates)
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Arrival: Liskeard Rail Station
Departure: Truro Rail Station


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Hotels - Where we stay

Talland Bay Hotel

Talland Bay Hotel

Explore the coastal path just minutes from our seaview hotel, with its scenic walks to Looe and Polperro, or just relax in the wonderful gardens and enjoy fabulous food on the terrace overlooking the bay. The accommodation here is generously proportioned: each room is unique and impeccably presented with an ensuite bathroom including complementary toiletries and thick cosy bathrobes. The rooms have TV, safety deposit box, hairdryer, tea & coffee facilities, phone, radio and laundry service. The Terrace Restaurant is a unique dining venue. Ingredients are carefully chosen: the freshest seafood landed at Looe, excellent quality meat from nearby farms and seasonal local vegetables.

Hotel Tresanton

Hotel Tresanton

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

Budock Vean Hotel

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.

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What Is Included in the Price of My Vacation

  • Full-time services of two staff - a Walk Leader and Walk Manager
  • backup vehicle for resting walkers and moving luggage
  • Comprehensive Travel Information Package and Reading List
  • Diverse itineraries with an emphasis on history, geography, culture, peoples, flora and fauna
  • Demonstrations, wine tasting, admissions to museums and historic sites
  • All ground transfers (ferries, cable cars, trains, etc.)
  • Maps and unique souvenirs to commemorate your trip
  • First-class accommodations with cultural and historical interest
  • All meals - with choices - (Special dietary requirements? No problem!)
  • Wine with dinner
  • On-trail snacks and refreshments
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants