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Cornwall's Atlantic Coast - South

Cornwall's Atlantic Coast - South

Padstow to St Ives along the Atlantic Coast section of the South West Coast Path.

6 to 11 nights
66 miles
Easy / Moderate to Moderate / Demanding

From £580 per person

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About this route

Fishing harbours, clusters of thatched cottages, and plenty of Iron Age cliff castles and Bronze Age barrows make this one of the most varied legs of the South West Coast Path.

The coastal landscape here is all-inclusive, populated by broad, sandy bays; rocky promontories; and the dramatic rock stacks of Giants Stepping Stones.

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Padstow to St Ives
66 miles (106 km)
2nd January to 24th December

Holiday highlights

Spying seals, bottlenose dolphins, and even basking sharks down beneath the foam-capped waves.

Enjoying lesser-known beauty spots, including the hidden beach of Porth Joke and the old swing bridge on the approach to Hayle.

Clambering over rocky shorelines to reach broad, sandy beaches.

Available tours

CodeTourDurationDifficultyPrice per person
CACS1 From Padstow to St Ives 6 nights, 5 days walking Moderate / Demanding£580
CACS2 From Padstow to St Ives 7 nights, 6 days walking Moderate / Demanding£675
CACS3 From Padstow to St Ives 11 nights, 10 days walking Easy / Moderate£1060

Cornwall's Atlantic Coast - South 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.

Start

Travel to Padstow where your first night's accommodation has been booked

Day 1

Padstow to Porthcothan(T). 13 miles (21km)

Day 2

Porthcothan(T) to Newquay. 11 miles (17.5km)

Day 3

Newquay to Perranporth. 11.5 miles (18.5km)

Day 4

Perranporth to Portreath. 12.5 miles (20km)

Day 5

Portreath to St Ives. 18 miles (29km)

Finish

Depart from St Ives 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
£40.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£33.00 per person / per night


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

Extra night (Standard)
£55.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Newquay)
£65.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Perranporth)
£60.00 per person / per night
Extra night (St Ives)
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

An extra night gives you the chance to explore some of the villages on the South West Coast Path, catch up with writing postcards, or simply relax those weary legs.

The lively harbour of Padstow is an ideal base for enjoying the unique Cornish atmosphere. There are a variety of shops, cafes and restaurants, as well as boat trips from the harbour and circular walks around the town.

The delightful town of St Ives, with its narrow streets and alleyways that invite exploration, is a good choice for an extra night. It has many fascinating museums, galleries and beautiful beaches where you can spend hours simply strolling and soaking up the wonderful atmosphere.

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

Extra night (Standard)
£55.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Newquay)
£65.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Perranporth)
£60.00 per person / per night
Extra night (St Ives)
Price on request

Tour Facts

Total distance: 66 miles (106 km)
Duration: 6 nights, 5 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 11 miles (17.5 km)
Maximum daily distance: 18 miles (29 km)
Code: CACS1 Grade: Moderate / Demanding
Season: 2nd January - 24th December
Start of holiday: Padstow
End of holiday: St Ives

Route Profile

Cornwall's Atlantic Coast - South 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 Exeter, Bristol and Newquay.

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

By Bus - Various bus services run to Padstow and from St Ives.

From London - Trains run from London Paddington station to Bodmin Parkway. From there you a bus/taxi will be required to Padstow.

Return To The Start - The easiest way to return to the start of the trail is to catch a train from St Ives to Bodmin Parkway, where a bus/taxi will be required 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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Customer reviews from the Cornwall's Atlantic Coast - South

“Overall the B&B's were very good.”
Mr French, UK
“A great holiday and fabulous weather.”
Mr Stedman, UK
“Fantastic weather, fantastic scenery.”
Mrs Horrocks, UK
“It was a wonderful week. Everything was very nicely planned. Thank you.”
Ms Herter, Austria
“We are now safe back in Norway after 2 wonderful walking weeks in Cornwall. Everything worked out very well - B&B were expecting us, transportation very accommodating and flexible when arranging pickups. A very professional arrangement - Thank you very much. Scenery was beautiful, interesting and different from what we are used to in Norway. People we met where very friendly. We ate a lot of good seafood and tasted several local beers, nice ones.”
Mr Haver, Norway
“We really enjoyed it all.”
Mrs Locke, USA
“Very good walking weather. About the right amount of mileage.”
Mrs Daking, UK
“In general it was all very good, you did a great job and we really enjoyed our holiday.”
Mrs Basso, Italy
“Excellent walk, lucky with the weather, great B&Bs and no issues with luggage transfers. Holiday was well put together by Contours, the holiday pack was excellent.”
Mr Fish, UK
"Trevaunance Cove" by David Hacket (2019) "Trevaunance Cove" by David Hacket (2019)
"Porth Mear" by David Hackett (2019) "Porth Mear" by David Hackett (2019)
"Trevone Bay" by David Hackett (2019) "Trevone Bay" by David Hackett (2019)
"Between Porth and Porthcothan" by Sandra Steel (2017) "Between Porth and Porthcothan" by Sandra Steel (2017)
"Porth to Porthcothan" by Sandra Steel (2017) "Porth to Porthcothan" by Sandra Steel (2017)

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