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 £260 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.

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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£260
STW2 From Padstow to Fowey 4 nights, 3 days walking Moderate£345

Saints' Way 3 nights, 2 days walking

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

Important information

Please note that accommodation near Bokiddick is limited; therefore you may be accommodated at Lanivet for the STW1 itinerary, shortening the first day's walk by approximately 2 kilometres and lengthening the second day by the same amount.

Start

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

Day 1

Padstow to Bokiddick. 15.5 miles (25km)

Day 2

Bokiddick to Fowey. 12 miles (19.5km)

Finish

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.

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
£40.00 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

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)
£50.00 per person / per night

Tour Facts

Total distance: 28 miles (45 km)
Duration: 3 nights, 2 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 12 miles (19.5 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

Detailed instructions on how to get to the start of the holiday and back from the end, are sent to you on booking. 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 end 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 - Various bus services run to Padstow and from Fowey.

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.

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