The South West Coast Path: Cape Cornwall To Helford
Trek a section of the South West Coast Path National Trail and explore 65 miles of spectacular Cornish coastline awash with stories of smugglers, piracy, and plunder.
This enchanting section of the South West Coastal Path explores a wide array of coastal landscapes, from the dramatic cliffs of Land’s End and the secluded coves of Mullion and Kynance, to the smaller fishing villages hugging the inlets and estuaries of Cornwall’s southern coastline.
Admire breathtaking views of St Michael’s Mount and visit the pretty fishing village of Mousehole. After the spectacular coastal scenery of Mount’s Bay, the coastline heads south on to the wild promontory of the Lizard Peninsula – the most southerly point on the British mainland.
Experience the earthy appeal of traditional Cornish fishing villages like Cadgwith and Coverack before following the trail north to the Helford River whose steep slopes are densely wooded and rich in wildlife and whose literary connections lend an additional layer of romance and mystery to this rewarding walk.
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The South West Coast Path: Cape Cornwall To Helford
Every step of the journey has been carefully planned to help you make the most of your walking adventure. Click on the blue tabs below for more information.
This guided trail holiday is operated by HF Holidays – an award-winning British heritage brand that has been leading the way for walking and special interest holidays since 1913.
All HF Holidays Leaders undergo a thorough assessment before guiding a trail, ensuring they’ve got the passion and knowledge to go beyond the guidebook and point out plenty of highlights along the way. One of the biggest advantages is convenience. They’ll take care of all the planning and navigation, leaving you free to focus on the joy of the journey.
Accommodation, food, and transport to and from walks are all included in your holiday price. You’ll stay in one of HF Holidays 16 characterful country houses where comfortable en-suite rooms and full-board come as standard. There’s a cream tea on arrival, a hearty daily breakfast, plus packed lunches, and three-course evening meals. Vegetarian choices and dietary requirements can be catered for (please give advance notice when booking).
HF Holidays grade this walk as a Level 3 – Medium to Challenging
Walks follow well-defined paths, though often in hilly or upland areas, or along rugged coastal footpaths. These may be rough or steep in sections and will require reasonable fitness.
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Journey from Cape Cornwall to Helford and tick-off a host of highlights along the way. You’ll round the granite cliffs of Land’s End, drop into storied smuggling haunts like Mousehole, marvel at the remarkable Minack Theatre, and visit Lizard Point – mainland Britain’s most southerly spot.
Day 1 - Arrival Day
Day 2 - Cape Cornwall to Porthcurno
Day 3 - Porthcurno to Mousehole
Day 4 - Marazion to Porthleven
Day 5 - Porthleven to Lizard Green
Day 6 - Lizard Green to Coverack
Day 7 - Coverack to Helford
Day 8 - Departure Day
Accommodation on this holiday is at Chy Morvah – HF Holidays’ Grade II-listed house in the seaside resort of St Ives. There are 39 well-appointed guest rooms in three categories (Classic, Premium, and Superior) – many with bay windows and sea views. It also has a main lounge overlooking St Ives Bay, a ballroom for evening activities, a licenced bar, and a sea-facing dining room for a wide range of dishes made with fresh and seasonal ingredients. Elsewhere, there’s a handy boot and drying room, a small terrace, manicured gardens, and a heated outdoor pool (open May to September).
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Walking from St Ives Station
This guided trail holiday involves walking as a group on well-defined paths, though often in hilly or upland areas. These may be rough and steep in sections and will require a good level of fitness. HF Holidays want you to be confident that you can meet the demands of each walking day and get the most out of your trip. Please be sure you can manage the mileage and ascent detailed in the daily itineraries. It is important for your own enjoyment and that of your fellow guests that you can maintain the pace.
Food & Drink
HF Holidays has 16 UK country houses where all stays come with full-board as standard. There’s a cream tea on arrival, a daily cooked or continental breakfast, a wide range of packed lunch options, plus three-course evening meals. Vegetarian choices and dietary requirements can be catered for (please give advance notice when booking).
Maps, Guidebooks and Merchandise
The official guidebook and map for the Trail are available from the National Trails Shop along with a wide range of gifts and other merchandise.
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