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Cornwall: Coastal England
Explore Miles of the Beautiful Cornish Coastline, Unspoiled Beaches and Stunning Scenery

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Ramble with us along the Cornish coast- the longest stretch of continuous coastline in Britain- and discover a piece of heaven.  Located on a peninsula in the far west of Great Britain, Cornwall’s magnificent coastline extends for nearly 300 miles. Discover countless spectacular beaches, towering cliffs, sweeping bays, turquoise seas, tiny Cornish fishing villages, bustling harbors, smuggler’s coves, beautiful moorland and lush green countryside.

The Southwest Coastal Path in Cornwall provides quiet and scenic walks in the more tranquil areas of Cornwall.  The gentle beauty of the coastline lies in its sheltered river valleys and isolated coves, giving the visitor a sense of spaciousness and intimacy.  Inland, the moorland is a dramatic background for the romantic tales associated with King Arthur.

In addition to majestic coastal views you will also enjoy:

  • Fowey- a charming harbor town designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
  • Polruan- an old fishing village and a well protected haven
  • Lost Gardens of Heligan- gloriously restored 19th century gardens with award-winning international acclaim
  • The Lizard – most southerly promontory of mainland Great Britain
  • Kynance Cove - considered one of the most beautiful beaches in the world
  • St. Michael’s Mount – iconic rocky island with a medieval church and castle
  • St Ives- a classic Cornish fishing village

Cornwall also has a tremendous history based on its Celtic roots, its Celtic Cornish culture, the warmth and friendliness of the people and the Cornish language that can be seen in the village names.

Day 1 Arrival at the train station in St Austell and transfer to your hotel in Fowey.  Fowey is situated on the west bank of the River Fowey on the south coast of Cornwall between Looe and Mevagissey. Designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Fowey has a unique charm and holds a special fascination for visitors.  Its quaint cottages, narrow steep winding streets with glimpses of the shimmering river below, and bustling harbor all create an enchanting appeal. With time permitting there will be a short introductory walk in the afternoon. (D)

Day 2 Walking in the footsteps of the writer Daphne Du Maurier (Rebecca and Jamaica Inn), this walk takes in wonderful countryside, wooded creeks and stunning coastal views. There is a wealth of historical and literary interest as well as plenty of opportunities for refreshments. Walk to Polruan and then take the ferry back to Fowey.  6 miles (B, L, D)

Day 3 After breakfast we take a ferry from Fowey to the beautiful village of Mevagissey and from here we walk to the Lost Gardens of Heligan, glorious gardens in typical 19th century fashion, neglected in the 20th century and only recently restored with award-winning international acclaim.   After lunch we retrace our steps to Mevagissey and take the ferry back to Fowey for the final night. (B, L, D)

Day 4 After breakfast we head south to the pretty town of Marazion set on the shores of Mount's Bay. Check into the hotel, and in the afternoon walk to St Michaels Mount. The Mount is accessed by a causeway, revealed at low tide, once walked by pilgrims in honor of the alleged apparition of St. Michael. At other times, access is gained by means of small ferry boats. (B, L, D)

Day 5 We head for the Lizard, the most southerly point of Britain and we spend a full day walking along the beautiful south coast path, featuring wonderful Kynance Cove. 8 miles (B, L, D)

Day 6 After breakfast we transfer part of the way and then walk into St Ives, the classic Cornish fishing village which has caught the imagination of artists for a century or more and let to the development of the St Ives school of art.  As a result there are several museums including the Barbara Hepworth museum and the Tate Gallery.  Spend time in this wonderful village followed by a walk along the coast path before returning to Marazion for the final night. (B, L, D)

Day 7 Departure after breakfast. (B)

 

Tour prices are per person based on double occupancy. Single supplement is only applicable if you are traveling solo and/or have a room to yourself.

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September 7- 13, 2014 $3,275 $475
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Your trip price includes the following. For additional information, please call or email us at and one of our exceptional Travel Advisors will be happy to share with you all kinds of details.

  • 6 scenic and guided walks
  • 6 nights' lodging in stunning and historic country hotels
  • Double-occupancy room with private bath
  • 7 sumptuous breakfasts, 6 packed or pub lunches, 6 dinners
  • Sightseeing and admission fees
  • Luggage transported between hotels



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“I've traveled to many different countries and this trip ranks as one of the best. Spectacular! We're planning to return with ELR. I've been recommending you to all my friends and colleagues.”
J Ambrozaitis    Waterbury, CT

“The walks were a good mix of gentle and challenging. Spectacular countryside and fascinating villages. The meals were delicious. I enjoyed all the inns! The whole trip, down to the smallest detail, was admirably organized.
V Macy     Somerville, MA

“The walks and hikes were wonderful! From the lovely, craggy hills to the villages! When you work indoors at a desk job all day, it’s breathtaking (sometimes literally!).
V Richard     Tulsa, OK

 


Best Time to Go

May through September

Convenient Airport

London Heathrow (LHR)
London Gatwick Airport (LGW)
Birmingham International Airport (BHX)

From Gatwick Airport there are 3 direct flights to Newquay Airport daily.                                                       

Traveling By Rail

From London Heathrow take the Train to London Paddington.  From Paddington there are direct trains to St Austell in Cornwall.

From Birmingham International Airport (there is a train station in the airport) it takes 5 hours to St Austell in Cornwall with just one change.

It is also possible to take the coach/air link from Heathrow to Reading and pick up the London – St Austell train from there.

For details on schedule and fares please contact BritRail at (800)677-8585 or www.britrail.com. 

Another resource is The Train Line at www.thetrainline.com. 

Weather

Follow this link to the Meteorological Office for information on climate and rainfall averages.

 

 

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