Far West of Cornwall

A walking holiday from St Ives to Penzance around the most western point of England.

4 to 7 nights
40 miles
Easy / Moderate to Moderate / Demanding

From £340 per person

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About this route

Rugged granite cliffs dotted with the ruins of old tin mines, carpeted in spring with wild flowers and in summer with heather and gorse in purple and gold. This is the gorgeous scenery you’ll enjoy as you walk the coastline of Land’s End Peninsula.

Quoits, standing stones, stone circles, and other mysterious remains litter the landscape, embodying its deep connection to ancient history. With picturesque St Ives, Mousehole, Lamorna and Sennen Cove en route, this is a truly diverse and engaging walk.

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St Ives to Penzance
40 miles (64 km)
2nd January to 24th December

Holiday Highlights

Enjoying spectacular views from Land’s End, the extreme westerly point of England.

Visiting the open air Minack Theatre, which perches spectacularly on the cliffs above Porthcurno Bay.

Walking through an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty as you pass through  the cove at Lamorna.

Available tours

CodeTourDurationDifficultyPrice per person
FWC1 From St Ives to Penzance 4 nights, 3 days walking Moderate / Demanding£340
FWC2 From St Ives to Penzance 5 nights, 4 days walking Moderate£430
FWC3 From St Ives to Penzance 6 nights, 5 days walking Moderate£515
FWC4 From St Ives to Penzance 7 nights, 6 days walking Easy / Moderate£600

Far West of Cornwall 4 nights, 3 days walking

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

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

Day 1

St Ives to Pendeen Watch. 13 miles (21km)

Day 2

Pendeen Watch to Porthcurno. 15 miles (24km)

Day 3

Porthcurno to Penzance. 11 miles (17.5km)

Finish

Depart from Penzance 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.

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 walk 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 walking on your own, or are part of a group but require a room of your own, then the Solo Walker or Single Supplements apply respectively:

A note about transfers
Solo Walker Supplement
£35.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£30.00 per person / per night

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

Extra night (Standard)
£50.00 per person / per night
Extra night (St Ives)
£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

An extra night gives you the chance to explore some of the villages on the path, catch up with writing postcards or just relax.

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.

An extra night in Porthcurno would enable you to see a play at the spectacular open-air Minack Theatre while Penzance, with its interesting museum, fine old buildings and art galleries, is also a good choice for a rest day.

On reaching Penzance at the end of your holiday, consider adding the St Michael's Way extension. This wonderful trail is the only footpath in Britain to have been designated a European Cultural Route. It can be walked in just a day and leads you to St Ives, creating a circular route.

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

Extra night (Standard)
£50.00 per person / per night
Extra night (St Ives)
£60.00 per person / per night

Tour Facts

Total distance: 40 miles (64 km)
Duration: 4 nights, 3 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 11 miles (17.5 km)
Maximum daily distance: 15 miles (24 km)
Code: FWC1 Grade: Moderate / Demanding
Season: 2nd January - 24th December
Start of holiday: St Ives
End of holiday: Penzance

Route Profile

Far West of Cornwall Route Profile

Travel Information

Detailed instructions on how to get to the start of the holiday and back from the end, are sent with your full holiday pack. A summary is given below:

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

By Rail - There is a rail station at the start of the trail (St Ives) and at the end of the trail (Penzance).

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

From London - Trains run from London Paddington station to St Ives.

Return To The Start - The easiest way to return to the start of the trail is to catch a bus from Penzance to St Ives.

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.

Routes on this trail

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Route 2 of 10 routes on the South West Coast Path
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Route 3 of 10 routes on the South West Coast Path
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Route 5 of 10 routes on the South West Coast Path
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Route 6 of 10 routes on the South West Coast Path
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Route 7 of 10 routes on the South West Coast Path
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Route 8 of 10 routes on the South West Coast Path
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Customer reviews from the Far West of Cornwall

“It was great. It was everything we wanted. The scenery and history were amazing. We found we couldn't walk the distances we had signed up for, but we were able to get taxis to mid points to cut the walks shorter. Our hosts were helpful with helping us arrange this.”
Ms Kaplow, USA
“I really enjoyed my holidays, very well organised. I saw beautiful landscapes, beautiful beaches with white sand and a very clear sea, colour turquoise. I met very nice people and the weather was very nice. A lot of sun, hot and often a blue sky.”
Miss Bonin, France
“Actually, almost all aspects of our holiday exceeded our high expectations. Astoundingly beautiful countryside and seascapes, and, really, the friendliest people that we have had the pleasure to meet anywhere.”
Mr Hanson, USA
“The third section of the Southwest Coast Path. Scenery and weather got better and better. Beautiful Cornwall.”
Mr Kuhns, USA
“Really hard walking, but really enjoyed the challenge… …But, for me, that was a part of the adventure and challenge - and beauty!”
Dr Prout, Australia
“Weather was glorious and scenery very beautiful. All went very smoothly.”
Mrs Horrocks, UK
“Hard walking because of mud, rocks, weather, and ups and downs. But we loved it.”
Mr Oberwetter, USA
“Superb planning, great lodging, great breakfasts, great support throughout! All went according to plan! We had a wonderful time and plan to return for another Contours adventure as soon as possible!”
Mr Taylor, USA
“A most enjoyable and spectacular walk, many thanks.”
Mr Sykes, UK

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