Highlights

  • Classic Cornish creeks, coasts and cliffs
  • Visit world famous Trebah Gardens and The Lost Gardens of Heligan
  • See settings for Daphne DuMaurier's Rebecca and Frenchman's 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

Meet in Liskeard, then transfer to our lovely hotel overlooking the bay. Welcome Dinner and Introductory Talk tonight.

Monday Overnight: Talland Bay Hotel

We begin along the coastal footpath with sensational views over romantic Lantic Bay to tiny Polruan. Ferry to lunch in a local pub in Fowey (pronounced Foy) before crossing the river to Bodinnick. After passing by Daphne du Maurier's first Cornish home, we take the Fowey Hall Walk, renowned for its exceptional beauty even by Cornwall's high standards.

Tuesday Overnight: Hotel Tresanton

Walk through the Georgian harbor of Charlestown before 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 step back in time to explore the wondrous Lost Gardens of Heligan.

Wednesday Overnight: Hotel Tresanton

Start the day with a visit to St Mawes Castle, built by Henry VIII. We'll follow the River Fal from here to the hidden church of St Just-in-Roseland. After lunch, we continue along the South West Coast Path and return on one of Cornwall's iconic ferry boats to our seaside hotel.

Thursday Overnight: Budock Vean Hotel

After breakfast, ferry to Falmouth to tour Cornwall's award-winning National Maritime Museum. It's a celebration of the influence the sea has had on history and culture, including the maritime heritage of Cornwall. From the museum, we set out by foot on the coast trail toward Maenporth, and lunch overlooking the bay. Afterward, a hike along the Helford River takes us to the world-famous Trebah Gardens. Don't forget your camera for this lush sub-tropical paradise. No matter when you visit, there's something likely to be blooming. Dinner tonight is at a favorite local pub.

Friday Overnight: Budock Vean Hotel

Ferry to the tiny village of Helford, then walk along the coast to the church of St Anthony-in-Meneage, standing at the water's edge. Follow the creek to exquisite Manaccan village for lunch in a thatched pub. We'll visit Daphne du Maurier's 'Frenchman's Creek' before returning to our hotel for our Farewell Dinner.

Saturday

The Wayfarers provide a transfer to Truro Rail Station.
Moderate-Energetic
"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

TRIP DETAILS

6 nights from
$4,695.00
per person, double occupancy
(Single Supplement $675.00)
Our Wayfarers friends' Price is $4,460.00

Dates

From Sep 30 to Oct 6 (more dates)
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Arrival: Liskeard Rail Station
Departure: Truro Rail Station

Activities

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South Cornwall September 2018 Map

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