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South Cornwall

South Cornwall

Falmouth to Plymouth along the peaceful coastline of South Cornwall.

7 to 11 nights
79 miles
Easy / Moderate to Moderate / Demanding

From £695 per person

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About this route

This section of the South West Coast Path is perhaps the most gentle. It tours tranquil estuaries, wooded inlets and sandy coves. Jutting headlands provide stunning vantage points over some of the prettiest villages in Cornwall, where whitewashed cottages jostle for the best view of their harbours.

Yet South Cornwall is not all softness: the Royal Citadel of Plymouth towers over its broad harbour, an imposing part of King VIII’s coastal defences.

We also offer a South Cornwall Short Break option that explores the path from Polperro to Plymouth. Click here for more information.

© Contours Walking Holidays South Cornwall map
Falmouth to Plymouth
79 miles (126 km)
2nd January to 24th December

Holiday highlights

Absorbing the tranquillity of this quieter section of the South West Coast Path.

Visiting St Anthony’s Lighthouse, St Mawes Castle, and fortified Plymouth, with its rich naval history.

Touring the Georgian harbour of Charlestown, complete with square riggers.

Available tours

CodeTourDurationDifficultyPrice per person
SCOR1 From Falmouth to Plymouth 7 nights, 6 days walking Moderate / Demanding£695
SCOR2 From Falmouth to Plymouth 8 nights, 7 days walking Moderate / Demanding£790
SCOR3 From Falmouth to Plymouth 11 nights, 10 days walking Easy / Moderate£1090

South Cornwall 7 nights, 6 days walking

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

Important information

The Falmouth to St Mawes Ferry operates all year round. However, the St Mawes to Place/St Anthony’s Head Ferry only operates from 30th March to 1st November.   If the ferry is not running the alternative is a water taxi.  As the water taxi service during the winter months is limited, advance booking is essential; please contact us to discuss your requirements.


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

Day 1

Falmouth to Portloe/Veryan. 14 miles (22km) / 1886 ft (575 m) ascent

Day 2

Portloe/Veryan to Mevagissey. 12.5 miles (20km) / 2067 ft (630 m) ascent

Day 3

Mevagissey to Par(L). 11 miles (18km) / 1759 ft (536 m) ascent

Day 4

Par(L) to Polperro. 14 miles (22km) / 2260 ft (689 m) ascent

Day 5

Polperro to Portwrinkle(L). 13 miles (20.5km) / 2051 ft (625 m) ascent

Day 6

Portwrinkle(L) to Plymouth. 14.5 miles (23.5km) / 1939 ft (591 m) ascent


Depart from Plymouth 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
£45.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£35.00 per person / per night

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

Extra night (Standard)
£55.00 per person / per night

What's included?

  • 7 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 or to simply relax on one of the sandy beaches for which Cornwall is famous.

Portloe is one of the most attractive and unspoilt fishing villages in Cornwall while Mevagissey is ideally placed for a visit to the outstanding Lost Gardens of Heligan.

Plymouth, with its vast number of historic buildings, is another good choice.

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

Extra night (Standard)
£55.00 per person / per night

Tour Facts

Total distance: 79 miles (126 km)
Duration: 7 nights, 6 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 11 miles (18 km)
Maximum daily distance: 14.5 miles (23.5 km)
Code: SCOR1 Grade: Moderate / Demanding
Season: 2nd January - 24th December
Start of holiday: Falmouth
End of holiday: Plymouth

Route Profile

South Cornwall 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 and Newquay.

By Rail - There is a choice of stations at Falmouth. Falmouth Town or Falmouth Docks. Which is best will depend upon the location of your accommodation. There is a rail station at the end of the trail (Plymouth).

By Bus - Various bus services run to Falmouth and from Plymouth.

From London - Trains run from London Paddington to Falmouth Docks rail station.

Return To The Start - The easiest way to return to the start of the trail is to catch a train from Plymouth to Falmouth.

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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"Near Gorran Haven" by Gesche Henningsen (2019) "Near Gorran Haven" by Gesche Henningsen (2019)