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Cornwall's Creeks, Coves & Coastal Trails

United Kingdom

from $3,895* per person 7 Days June, October
Boutique accommodations Exertion level: 4
Operator: The Wayfarers 16 people max
  • St austell rail station, united kingdom
  • Active & Adventure trips
Exotic plants and sunny beaches contrast with craggy coves and stormy seas in the Celtic county of Cornwall, home to some of Britain's most atmospheric landscapes.

With the crashing waves of the Cornish coast never far from sight, we follow in the footsteps of novelist Daphne du Maurier on the South West Coast Path, visiting ancient fishing villages, secluded beaches and sub-tropical gardens. We explore storm-weathered castles, eat in traditional thatched pubs and sail across peaceful estuaries.

One of the Walk's highlights is a trip to the mysterious Lost Gardens of Heligan, a once-neglected Victorian estate, now fully restored to its former glory. Another is the estuarial ravine garden of Trebah from where the US troops embarked for Omaha beach in the D-Day landings of 1944.

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Itinerary

Sunday

Rendezvous in our lovely hotel on the banks of the river, near Fowey, for The Wayfarers' Welcome Dinner and Introductory Talk.
Overnight: Golant-by-Fowey
Monday

We step from our hotel onto the Saints Way, an ancient north-south trading route across Cornwall, taking us to the edge of the town of Fowey where we cross the river of the same name (pronounced Foy as in Joy). Passing Ferryside, Daphne du Maurier's first Cornish home, we follow her footsteps with far reaching views of Fowey and the river before lunch in the ancient fishing village of Polruan. We join the South West Coast path in Fowey where our trail takes us to the setting of Daphne du Maurier's most famous novel, Rebecca.
Overnight: Golant-by-Fowey
Tuesday

We walk through the Georgian harbor of Charlestown before joining the coast path and heading off the beaten track to Trenarren. After finding the secluded beach of Hallanewe walk up the valley and down to lunch in the village of Pentewan, once an important harbor to the local China clay industry. This afternoon we head inland to discover the Lost Gardens of Heligan.
Overnight: St Mawes
Wednesday

We visit St Mawes Castle, built by King Henry VIII in the 1540's, before following the river Fal to the hidden church of St Just in Roseland. We then cross the peninsula to lunch in the harbor village of Portscatho. We continue along the South West Coast path and to the Percuil River to return by ferry to our seaside hotel.
Overnight: St Mawes
Thursday

From St Mawes we board the ferry for Falmouth, where we join a coastal trail for our walk to Mawnan Smith and a pub lunch. A hike along the sparkling Helford River takes us to the world-famous Trebah Gardens.
Overnight: Mawnan Smith
Friday

We cross the river by ferry to the tiny village of Helford then walk the coastal path to the mouth of the estuary at Dennis Head. We see the church of St Anthony-in-Meneage, standing at the water's edge, and follow the creek to the exquisite village of Manaccan for lunch in a thatched pub. We go on to Daphne du Maurier's 'Frenchman's Creek' and home by ferry to Mawnan Smith for our Farewell Dinner.
Overnight: Mawnan Smith
Saturday

The Wayfarers provide a transfer to Truro Rail Station.

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