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A Cornish Celtic Way - East Section

A Cornish Celtic Way - East Section

A 4-6 night walking holiday in the footsteps of Celtic saints, from St Germans to Padstow.

4 to 6 nights
51 miles
Moderate to Moderate / Demanding

From £390 per person

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About this route

The eastern section of the Cornish Celtic Way highlights the pretty vistas of the trail’s gentler half. From St Germans, the trail seeks the sea and enjoys beautiful walking along the Polperro Heritage Coast. The coastline here is calmer than on Cornwall’s northern shore, enjoying gentle gradients and stretches of yellow gorse. Between sheltered coves, the trail strays from the land’s edge to enjoy wooded pathways dappled with shade.

At Polruan, the Cornish Celtic Way East heads inland along the Saints Way. The trails once used by missionaries lead the way across the varied Cornish countryside, delving into lush valleys and through ancient woodland, over windswept moors and rolling pastures. Cornish towns and villages make ideal rest stops along the way, and historic landmarks — some dating back to the Bronze Age — piece together a picture of Cornwall’s rich past.

© Contours Walking Holidays A Cornish Celtic Way - East Section map
St German's/Padstow
51 miles (81 km)
2nd January to 24th December

Holiday highlights

Wandering through the lush woodland of the Polperro Heritage Coast, where the trail is quiet and sheltered.

Walking in the footsteps of ancient pilgrims between the Celtic crosses and old churches of the Saints Way.

Crossing the Cornish peninsula and arriving in bustling Padstow, with brilliant views over the sea.

Available tours

CodeTourDurationDifficultyPrice per person
CORCWE1 From St Germans(T) to Padstow 4 nights, 3 days walking Moderate / Demanding£390
CORCWE2 From St Germans(T) to Padstow 5 nights, 4 days walking Moderate / Demanding£490
CORCWE3 From St Germans(T) to Padstow 6 nights, 5 days walking Moderate£585

A Cornish Celtic Way - East Section 4 nights, 3 days walking

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  • Itinerary
  • What's included?
  • Extra nights?
  • Tour facts
  • Route profile
  • Travel info
  • Weather

Important information

At this time, the majority of the accommodations we use for the Padstow overnight stop are fully booked for September 2020. As such, please note that any bookings for this period are likely to involve either a transfer to alternative accommodation nearby, or an upgrade charge to make use of the luxury hotels in the town. If you wish to stay in Padstow, please get in touch prior to placing your booking to discuss this upgrade charge, which can be considerable.


Travel to St Germans(T) where your first night's accommodation has been booked

Day 1

St Germans(T) to Polperro. 13.5 miles (21.5km)

Day 2

Polperro to Luxulyan(T). 17 miles (27km)

Day 3

Luxulyan(T) to Padstow. 20.5 miles (32.5km)


Depart from Padstow after breakfast

Your Itinerary

This itinerary lists our preferred overnight stops for this tour. Sometimes there may be a shortage of available accommodation in a preferred location, in which case we will transfer you from the trail to your accommodation and back again at no extra charge. Overnight stops marked with a (T) will always require transfers as standard.

Overnight stops marked with an (L) have very limited accommodation, and therefore more often than not will also require a transfer, particularly on bank holidays and weekends. We will use non-transfer accommodation wherever possible.

The daily mileages quoted are average trail miles only and do not include the distance from the trail to your accommodation. We do not expect you to have to travel more than a mile from the trail to your accommodation; should your accommodation be further than this, transfers will be provided as standard.

Below are the additional costs that may apply depending on your requirements. Dog-friendly tours are subject to a Daily Dog Charge, which will be listed below if applicable. Our standard prices per person are based upon two people sharing a room; if you are on your own, or are part of a group but require a room of your own, then the Solo Traveller or Single Supplements apply respectively:

A note about transfers
Solo Traveller Supplement
£55.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£45.00 per person / per night

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£60.00 per person / per night

What's included?

  • 4 nights' accommodation in en-suite rooms (where available) in selected B&B’s, hotels, inns and guesthouses along the trail, or a short distance away via taxi provided at our expense.
  • Breakfast each day.
  • Door to door luggage transfer.
  • Maps with the route marked on and a guidebook or route notes describing the trail.
  • An information pack containing an itinerary, instructions on how to find your accommodation each night and a kit list.
  • Detailed travel instructions on how to get to the start of your holiday and back from the end of it.

Extra Nights & Rest Days

For many walkers, the Cornish Celtic Way offers far too many interesting sights to take in without adding an extra night or two to stop and explore further. We can arrange for you to do this at any of our overnight rest stops.

The lively harbour of Padstow is an ideal setting in which to enjoy the unique Cornish atmosphere. The surrounding area is made up of rugged coastline, quiet coves and glorious sandy beaches, making Padstow a great base for a wide variety of water sports and activities. As well as a plethora of shops and visitor attractions, Padstow is known as one of Cornwall’s great foodie destinations, and is home to Rick Stein’s famous fish restaurant among many other fantastic eateries. Another point of interest is Padstow Museum, which houses a collection of memorabilia giving an insight into the history of Padstow over the past two centuries.

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£60.00 per person / per night

Tour Facts

Total distance: 50.5 miles (81 km)
Duration: 4 nights, 3 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 13.5 miles (21.5 km)
Maximum daily distance: 20.5 miles (32.5 km)
Code: CORCWE1 Grade: Moderate / Demanding
Season: 2nd January - 24th December
Start of holiday: St Germans(T)
End of holiday: Padstow

Route Profile

A Cornish Celtic Way - East Section Route Profile

Travel Information

Useful information and travel links that will assist you in your plans to travel to the start of the holiday and back from the end of it are sent to you with your full tour pack. A summary is given below:

By Air - The most convenient major city and international airports are Newquay, Bristol, Cardiff & Heathrow.

By Rail - There is a train station at the start of the trail (St Germans). The nearest rail station to the end of the trail (Padstow) is at Bodmin Parkway (about 19.5 miles away)

By Bus - Various bus services run to St Germans. Buses run from Padstow to Bodmin Parkway.

From London - Trains run from London Paddington to St Germans.

Return To The Start - To easiest way to return to the start of the trail is to take a bus/taxi from Padstow to Bodmin Parkway rail station. From there, trains run to St Germans.

Weather Information

To find out more about the weather forecast for your chosen holiday's general location, please see the following websites:

  • MetCheck - This website allows you to look up detailed weather information for specific locations as far as six months in advance.
  • Met Office - This website shows regional area forecasts a few days in advance, with a general UK forecast description of up to 30 days in advance.
  • Mountain Forecast - This website shows what the forecast is like up on specific hills and fells, and offers forecasts a few days in advance.

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