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Saints' Way

Saints' Way

A coast to coast walk along an ancient pilgrimage route from the north to the south coast of Cornwall.

3 to 4 nights
28 miles
Moderate to Demanding

From £300 per person

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About this route

The Saints’ Way – or Forth an Syns in Cornish – is an enchanting route across Cornwall from the old fishing town of Padstow to the historic port of Fowey. The trail follows the route used by traders, missionaries and pilgrims from Wales and Ireland during the Dark and Middle Ages. 

Today, the Saints' Way is a fascinating walk through Cornish history, passing countless historic landmarks dating as far back as the Bronze Age. The Saints' Way also passes through a wonderfully varied mix of scenery including tranquil estuaries, secluded valleys, ancient woodland, windswept moors, rolling pastures and several charming villages and towns.

© Contours Walking Holidays Saints' Way map
Padstow to Fowey
28 miles (45 km)
2nd January to 24th December

Holiday highlights

Following in the footsteps of early Christian missionaries while walking across Cornwall from coast to coast.

Admiring the wonderful scenery from the ancient monument of Helman Tor.

Exploring the history along the trail and visiting medieval churches, a series of ancient crosses and several Iron Age hill forts.

Available tours

CodeTourDurationDifficultyPrice per person
STW1 From Padstow to Fowey 3 nights, 2 days walking Demanding£300
STW2 From Padstow to Fowey 4 nights, 3 days walking Moderate£400

Saints' Way 3 nights, 2 days walking

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

Important information

For 2021, single-night stays in Padstow have become challenging to arrange. To arrange this tour, we therefore must book two nights at Padstow. This will necessitate a transfer from Lanivet or Withiel for the second night's stay; or, alternatively, we can book an extra night at the beginning of your walking tour. If you would prefer the latter option to minimise transfers, please add an extra night in Padstow during the booking process, or contact us directly for more information.


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

Day 1

Padstow to Lanivet. 15.5 miles (25km)

Day 2

Lanivet to Fowey. 12.5 miles (20km)


Depart from Fowey 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?

  • 3 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 historic port of Fowey is also a good choice for a rest day. It is located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, has a range of shops and galleries and was once home to authors Daphne du Maurier and Kenneth Grahame.

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

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

Tour Facts

Total distance: 28 miles (45 km)
Duration: 3 nights, 2 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 12.5 miles (20 km)
Maximum daily distance: 15.5 miles (25 km)
Code: STW1 Grade: Demanding
Season: 2nd January - 24th December
Start of holiday: Padstow
End of holiday: Fowey

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 and Exeter.

By Rail - The nearest rail station to the start of the trail (Padstow) is at Bodmin Parkway (about 18 miles away). The nearest rail station to the end of the trail (Fowey) is at Par (4 miles away).

By Bus - Buses run from Bodmin Parkway to Padstow. There is a bus service from Fowey to Par Monday to Saturday only, so a a taxi will be required on a Sunday.

From London - Trains run from London Paddington station to Bodmin Parkway. From there 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 take a bus/taxi from Fowey to Par rail station. From there trains run 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.
"St Petrock's Church in Padstow" by Colin Patey (2021) "St Petrock's Church in Padstow" by Colin Patey (2021)
"Sailing Boats in Fowey" by Gesche Henningsen (2019) "Sailing Boats in Fowey" by Gesche Henningsen (2019)
"Between Lostwithiel and Fowey" by Gesche Henningsen (2019) "Between Lostwithiel and Fowey" by Gesche Henningsen (2019)