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Cornwall Lizard Peninsula Walking – 8 Days

$ 1,050.00

The southernmost point of England’s Lizard Peninsula is surrounded on three sides by ocean, with its own Celtic heritage, unique culture, history and landscape – all of it waiting to be encountered on foot on a Walking Holiday.

8 days from Cape Cornwall to Helford via Land’s End and the Lizard, walk 65 miles of this hilly coast path.

Description

Day 1 Arrive in Cape Cornwall
Arrive in Cape Cornwall today and you will be given an introductory talk about the walking holiday.

Day 2: Cape Cornwall to Porthcurno (B)
Starting at Cape Cornwall, we walk past Carn Ballowall towards Porth Nanven and then along easy paths to Whitesand Bay and Sennen Cove. We traverse granite cliffs to Land’s End and continue over some of the most spectacular stretches of Britain’s coastline.

Granite cliffs take us on past Mill Bay, over Gwennap Head and down to Porthgwarra, a delightful cove with unusual tunnels through the cliffs, and finally to the Minack Theatre, a unique open-air theatre created in the cliffs with the Atlantic as a backdrop. We descend to Porthcurno and finish the first day’s walk in an area that has seen many advances in telegraphy by the former Cable and Wireless Company.

11 miles (18km) with 2,400 feet (730m) of ascent; terrain varied – sometimes rough and narrow with numerous short ascents and descents, at other times easy beach walking.

Day 3: Porthcurno to Mousehole (B)
Leaving Porthcurno we ascend to Treryn Dinas, home of the Logan Rock, before we drop down to Penberth Cove (National Trust), completely unspoilt by commercialism. Further ascents and descents bring us to sheltered St Loy and its boulder-strewn beach. We have a short section through lush vegetation before returning to rougher sections as we approach Lamorna Cove and continue, with views of St Michael’s Mount, to Mousehole.

There will be time to explore this delightful harbour, as the built-up section from here through Penzance will be omitted from the walk.

8 miles (13 km) with 1,860 feet (570m) of ascent; rugged with several short ascents and descents becoming easier towards Mousehole.

Day 4: Marazion to Porthleven
Starting at Marazion we walk along low sandstone cliffs towards Perranuthnoe, and
then pass Cudden Point and Prussia Cove to reach the long sandy beach of Praa Sands.
Dramatically sited at Rinsey Head, and Trewavas Head, we see partly restored mine
buildings before continuing between fields and crumbling cliff edges to the fishing harbour of Porthleven to meet our coach.

10 miles (16km) with 1,800 feet (550m) of ascent; easy tracks becoming more rugged and difficult, ending with a series of ascents and descents on narrow cliff paths.

Day 5: Porthleven to Lizard Green (B)
Returning to Porthleven harbour we follow the remains of a coast road to Loe Bar, the sandbank between Loe Pool, Cornwall’s largest freshwater lake, and the sea. We continue along the coast path to the fishing cove of Gunwalloe and then to Church Cove and the church of St Winwaloe, nestling down on the beach behind protective rock.

The path continues to Poldhu Cove and the cliffs where the first radio signals were sent across the Atlantic by Marconi in 1901. A magnificent stretch of cliff scenery brings us to Mullion Cove and then to the scenic Kynance Cove. After rounding Lizard Head we reach Lizard Point, the most southerly point in England and head inland to Lizard Green for our return coach.

14 miles (22.5km) with 2,510 feet (765m) of ascent; easy paths giving way to narrower and more difficult terrain; apart from a few little steep valleys, much of the walking is over level ground high above the cliffs.

Day 6: Lizard Green to Coverack (B)
From Lizard Green, we walk back down towards Lizard Point and Polpeor Cove and past the Lizard Lighthouse.

We continue towards a second Church Cove and past a collapsed cave known as the Devil’s Frying Pan, to the pretty fishing village of Cadgwith. The path continues past the disused serpentine works at Poltesco across Kennack Sands, on to Black Head and down to Coverack village.

11 miles (18 km) with 2,225 feet (680m) of ascent; short steep ascents and descents, then easier walking around Black Head.

Day 7: Coverack to Helford (B)
We start the day at Coverack beside a shingle beach and on to the raised beach of Lowland Point. Soon quarries, active and derelict, force the path away from the coast towards St Keverne. We rejoin the coast at Porthallow and continue to Nare Point where we get a view of the wooded Helford River estuary.

We continue to the houses on the Gillan Creek, and reach the hamlet of St Anthony. The coastal path then goes towards Dennis Head before descending through the woods of the Bosahan Estate to Helford Village.

10.5 miles (16.5km) with 1,640 feet (500m) of ascent; a short ascent then good coast paths before turning inland on minor roads to ford (or ferry across) Gillan Creek – then wooded (often muddy) riverside walking into Helfinto Helford.

Day 8: Departure Day (B)
The walking tour finished today and you are on own arrangement for onward journey.


Privately customized tour
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Quote will be based on the season of travel, number of passengers, category of the hotel used.

Additional information

OVERVIEW

The southernmost point of England's Lizard Peninsula is surrounded on three sides by ocean, with its own Celtic heritage, unique culture, history and landscape – all of it waiting to be encountered on foot on a Walking Holiday.

DEPARTURE

Private arrangement based on minimum 6 travelers.

HOTELS

Local Inn and lodge will be determined at the time of booking.

INCLUSIONS

All walking days indicated in the itinerary involve minibus or local transport between the walking route.
Accommodation at local Inn or lodge.
Daily Breakfast

EXCLUSIONS

International Airfare/train ticket, Call 1-888-887-1688 to get a quote from your home city
Travel insurance. visa fees, gratuities, drinks, personal spending and optional activities.
Personal expenses, extras in the hotels, tips to guides and drivers and beverages
OPTIONAL TOURS
• 4-hour excursion to Zarskoye Selo and visit to Catherine’s Palace: EUR 70.00 pp
• Visit to folklore show at the Nikolaevsky Palace: EUR 50.00 pp
• 4-hour excursion to Peterhof and visit to the Grand Palace: EUR 75.00 pp
• 3-hour visit to the Hermitage Art Museum: EUR 50.00 pp
• Russian dinner at Restaurant Russian Kitsch: EUR 40.00 pp
• 3-hour guided channel cruise: EUR 50.00 pp
• 3-hour Moscow metro and Arbat tour: EUR 25.00 pp
• 3-hour Moscow by night tour and river cruise: EUR 50.00 pp
• 8-hour excursion to Sergiev Posad: EUR 80.00 pp
• Visit to Old Russian Circus: EUR 70.00 pp
• 6-hours tour of Suzdal and visit to the Nativity Cathedral, Museum of Wooden Architecture, St. Ethymius Monastery and the Transfiguration Cathedral: EUR 80.00 pp

QUESTIONS

Should you have any further questions, please call 1888-887-1688 for assistance.

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