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A Cornish Celtic Way - West Section

A Cornish Celtic Way - West Section

A 6-8 night walking holiday from Padstow to Marazion along Cornwall’s northern coast and across St Michael’s Way.

6 to 8 nights
71 miles
Moderate to Moderate / Demanding

From £585 per person

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About this route

From Padstow, the western section of the Cornish Celtic Way follows the South West Coast Path to Lelant, where it diverts inland along St Michael’s Way. These undulating coastal pathways, battered by the Atlantic, offer up dramatic views over beautiful rock formations and the glittering ocean beyond, with sandy bays and rocky promontories.

The route dips inland before St Ives, crossing the marshland and meadows of St Michael’s Way. Part of a designated European Cultural Route, the trail follows a network of pilgrim routes that date back to pre-historic times. It visits churches and standing stones, before delving into the marshes outside Marazion. The closing miles draw you to the coast, where St Michael’s Mount towers above the surf across its tidal causeway, a dramatic end to this pilgrimage walk.

© Contours Walking Holidays A Cornish Celtic Way - West Section map
71 miles (113 km)
2nd January to 24th December

Holiday highlights

Following Cornwall’s most dramatic shoreline, where the sea has carved the coastline into fascinating shapes and left long stretches of golden sand between the headlands.

Wandering the Cornish section of a European Cultural Route, with ancient and spiritual history to investigate each day.

Arriving in Marazion and crossing the tidal causeway to the dramatic island setting of St Michael’s Mount.

Available tours

CodeTourDurationDifficultyPrice per person
CORCWW1 From Padstow to Marazion 6 nights, 5 days walking Moderate / Demanding£585
CORCWW2 From Padstow to Marazion 7 nights, 6 days walking Moderate / Demanding£685
CORCWW3 From Padstow to Marazion 8 nights, 7 days walking Moderate£780

A Cornish Celtic Way - West Section 6 nights, 5 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 Padstow where your first night's accommodation has been booked

Day 1

Padstow to Mawgan Porth. 13.5 miles (21.5km)

Day 2

Mawgan Porth to Holywell(T). 13 miles (21km)

Day 3

Holywell(T) to Porthtowan. 14 miles (22.5km)

Day 4

Porthtowan to Hayle. 16.5 miles (26km)

Day 5

Hayle to Marazion. 14 miles (22km)


Depart from Marazion 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
Extra night (Hayle)
Price on request
Extra night (Marazion)
Price on request

What's included?

  • 6 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.

If you fancy extending your holiday with an extra night or two at the end of your walk, the old town of Marazion is a popular destination for beach holidays and water sports. The town claims to be one of the oldest in Britain, and nearby Mount's Bay is one of the most beautiful bays in the world. The town is perhaps most famous, however, because of its proximity to the island of St Michael's Mount, where you can enjoy its range of shops while admiring the tower and battlements of the castle, which stand almost 230 feet above sea level.

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

Extra night (Standard)
£60.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Hayle)
Price on request
Extra night (Marazion)
Price on request

Tour Facts

Total distance: 70.5 miles (113 km)
Duration: 6 nights, 5 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 13 miles (21 km)
Maximum daily distance: 16.5 miles (26 km)
Code: CORCWW1 Grade: Moderate / Demanding
Season: 2nd January - 24th December
Start of holiday: Padstow
End of holiday: Marazion

Route Profile

A Cornish Celtic Way - West 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 - The nearest rail station to the start of the trail (Padstow) is at Bodmin Parkway (about 19.5 miles away). The nearest rail station to the end of the trail (Marazion) is at Penzance (approximately 4.9 miles away).

By Bus - Buses run to Padstow from Bodmin Parkway. Buses run between Marazion & Penzance Monday to Friday only, so a taxi would be required on a Sunday.

From London - Trains run from London Paddington to Bodmin Parkway.

Return To The Start - To return to the start (Padstow) take a bus/taxi from Marazion to Penzance. Then take a train to Bodmin Parkway, followed by a bus/taxi to Padstow.

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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