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St Ives & the Cornish Coast

Immerse yourself in the tranquil embrace of turquoise waters, sink your toes into the velvety sands bordered by palm trees. A visit to Cornwall feels like a tropical escape, evoking the sensation of being transported to the enchanting Caribbean.

  • South West England

  • 7 nights
  • Half Board
  • Coast & Islands

    Landscape

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Grade 4

This Grade 4 holiday includes moderate walks with a moderate amount of ascent and descent. Distances will range from just over 7 miles to just under 10 miles each day. The ascents & descents vary from 472m to 713m. Some walks on this holiday will be at the top end of the grade. 

In addition to the walks we provide, there is a huge variety of walks in the area, both along the coast path and inland, exploring the local landscapes and villages. If you do not want to join us on the walks, you can choose to wander independently around the streets of St Ives, take a trip to the most westerly point of England at Lands End or the most southerly point on the Lizard Point. Alternatively, you could visit small fishing villages such as Mousehole, or one of the many gardens open to the public.

Please note that where we use the South West Coast Path, in some places, it can be very narrow. This tour may not suitable if you dislike drops beside the path as there will not be an alternative route to follow.

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Thoughtfully designed, meticulously planned, carefully graded, and expertly guided walking tours and hiking holidays along well-loved and off-the-beaten-track footpaths.

Overview

Holiday Highlights

  • Embark on the captivating Cornwall Coast Path directly from the hotel's threshold.
  • Walk the spectacular coastal paths on The Lizard and Land's End, including stunning sections of the South West Coast Path.
  • Indulge in the charm of our haven situated in the scenic fishing port of St Ives.
  • Discover golden sands, shimmering seas and swaying palm trees.
  • Visit inland villages and the Minack Theatre.

Discover the captivating beauty of St Ives and its encompassing coastal and countryside landscapes, offering some of the most remarkable walking routes in South West Cornwall. Nestled between two expansive bays, St Ives boasts an idyllic setting for observing the ebb and flow of life or catching glimpses of determined surfers conquering the rolling waves offshore.

The charm of this former fishing village is encapsulated within its enchanting, narrow, and meandering cobbled streets. Wander through clusters of historic cottages and lose yourself in the quaint harbour's picturesque allure. Embark on a journey through the town's array of intimate boutiques, galleries, and museums. The distinguished landmarks of the Tate St Ives and the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture garden stand as testaments to the town's enduring artistic allure. St Ives' radiant illumination, rugged coastlines, concealed coves, and extensive sandy beaches continue to captivate and inspire aspiring artists.

Your hotel, the St Ives Bay Hotel, is strategically situated along the South West Coast Path, offering seamless access to Cornwall's finest walking experiences. Step out onto the doorstep of the hotel and immerse yourself in the tranquillity of nearby pristine beaches and the drama of cliff-top views. Embark on an exploration of England's westernmost points at Land's End and the Lizard Peninsula, with the chance to spot seals basking along the rugged shores.

The journey extends through inland villages and abandoned mining settlements, culminating in an enchanting visit to the open-air marvel of the Minack Theatre, perched precariously on the cliff's edge, overlooking the vast sea. Meanwhile, revel in the embrace of lush woodland walks that unveil ancient sites, adorned with rows of standing stones.

Experience the best of Cornwall's landscapes through invigorating walks that unveil the region's hidden gems and timeless wonders.

  • En suite three-star hotel accommodation on a half board basis
  • All local transport required for the itinerary by private coach
  • Services of a Classic Tour Leader
  • Entrance fees (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Lunches
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel insurance

Holiday Information

Click the button below for a detailed Holiday Information Sheet containing all the particulars about this trip.

NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen

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Itinerary & Travel

Itinerary Details

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival day - St Ives

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

Independent arrival at the St Ives Bay Hotel in St. Ives. Check in is from 3pm. 

Meet your tour leader at approximately 6.30pm in the hotel lounge bar for a briefing before dinner. Dinner each evening is in the hotel restaurant.

Day 2

Land's End and the Minack Theatre

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    5 hours

  • Distance

    9.8 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    685/713m

Take private transport to the start of the first walk, which is at the most westerly point in England at Land's End. Follow the South West Coastal Path south, turning inland after Porthcurno to Treen, with an optional diversion to the viewpoint at Logan Rock.

Day 3

Cape Cornwall and old mine workings

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    5 hours

  • Distance

    8.5 miles

Your walk today goes along the Cornish coast, walking from Kellynack along the South West Coast Path to Cape Cornwall and passing several disused mines until we reach the National Trust mine at Levant. If there is time and it is open, you can take a visit to the mine. You then turn inland by Geevor mine and walk through Lower Boscastle to Pendeen.

Day 4

The Lizard Peninsula

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    6 hours

  • Distance

    9 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    625m

You are driven to Lizard Point, the most southerly point of Britain to start your walk today. From here, follow the South West Coastal Path west to above Kynance Cove and from there head inland over the Lizard Nature Reserve. On the east coast near the Devils Pan Handle, you will pick up the coastal path again. At Church Cove, cut inland to Lizard Village where Annie's famous pasty shop can be visited before continuing our circular walk south to return to Lizard Point.

Day 5

Free day

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Today is scheduled as a free day to take a well earned rest or explore the local area. St Ives itself has many shops, cafes, museums and beaches to explore. 

The causeway to St Michael's Mount may be closed when we arrive on the final walk day, so today could be a good opportunity to visit. 

Day 6

Zennor to St Ives

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    4.5 hours

  • Distance

    7.3 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    472/556m

Due to the level of ascent and descent today, this is probably the most challenging walk of the week, however it will be taken at a pace you are comfortable with. 

Starting from Zennor, follow the 'coffin path' for a few miles before picking up the coastal path for a challenging but rewarding walk along a spectacular section of the South West Coast Path where you will be rewarded with magnificent views.

Day 7

St Michael's Way

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    4.5 hours

  • Distance

    9 miles

The final walk in Cornwall this week takes us to St Michael's Way straight from the hotel doorstep. This is an inland, coast to coast Cornish walk all the way to Marazion. 

The total length of the walk is 8 miles, or 9 miles if you wish to walk across to St Michael's Mount. 

St Michael's Mount is a tidal island, connected to the mainland by an ancient, cobbled causeway. At high tide, the sea covers the causeway and the Mount is inaccessible on foot; at low tide, the causeway is revealed and you are able to walk across to explore the island.

Day 8

Departure day

Meals

Breakfast

Independent departure from the hotel after breakfast. Check out is by 10am. 

We hope you have enjoyed your holiday and we look forward to welcoming you on another soon.

Departure dates for your selected tour

19th May 2024 - 26th May 2024 (7 Nights)

21st Jun 2024 - 28th Jun 2024 (7 Nights)

1st Jul 2024 - 8th Jul 2024 (7 Nights)

8th Sep 2024 - 15th Sep 2024 (7 Nights)

20th Oct 2024 - 27th Oct 2024 (7 Nights)

Travel Details

Private transport to and from the trailheads, if necessary, is included.

Accommodation

Accommodation information

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each night's accommodation for each departure date.

St Ives Bay Hotel

The three-star St Ives Bay Hotel is located close to the town centre, just a short walk away. The hotel has 87 bedrooms offering a selection of single, twin and double rooms. Our allocation of rooms is the classic standard rooms however superior rooms may be available to request at additional cost. The bedrooms have all of the amenities you will need for a comfortable stay. 

We're pleased to inform you that the bedrooms are currently undergoing a progressive refurbishment programme. This means that your assigned bedroom might have recently undergone redecoration and refurbishment, ensuring a fresh and updated experience. We'd like to acknowledge that while the hotel is in the process of these improvements, some of the communal areas and corridors may appear a bit worn.

The hotel caters for many groups and is ideally situated for our walking holiday, in a beautiful location across the road from a stunning beach. The train station is also located across the road, making it ideal if you arrive by public transport. 

There is a bar in the hotel which is ideal for a pre-dinner drink and a restaurant where breakfasts and evening meals will be taken. 

Trip Information

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Holiday Grade

This Grade 4 holiday includes moderate walks with a moderate amount of ascent and descent. Distances will range from just over 7 miles to just under 10 miles each day. The ascents & descents vary from 472m to 713m. Some walks on this holiday will be at the top end of the grade. 

In addition to the walks we provide, there is a huge variety of walks in the area, both along the coast path and inland, exploring the local landscapes and villages. If you do not want to join us on the walks, you can choose to wander independently around the streets of St Ives, take a trip to the most westerly point of England at Lands End or the most southerly point on the Lizard Point. Alternatively, you could visit small fishing villages such as Mousehole, or one of the many gardens open to the public.

Please note that where we use the South West Coast Path, in some places, it can be very narrow. This tour may not suitable if you dislike drops beside the path as there will not be an alternative route to follow.

Walks & Excursions

Local Transport Costs

In the holiday cost, we've included all local transport expenses related to the advertised activity programme for your convenience. If there are additional visits or excursions to enrich your experience, you can choose to participate and cover the costs locally. Depending on the itinerary, local transport may involve a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses, and ferries.

Optional Excursions

At your destination, you may have the option to book various local excursions and activities through a local operator. It's important to note that we are not involved in these activities or excursions, and we do not operate, supervise, or control them in any way. Your contract will be directly with the local activity supplier, and we bear no responsibility for their actions or omissions.

Spending Money

Holiday Budgeting

As you plan your holiday budget, it's essential to account for expenses such as drinks, meals not covered in the holiday price, entrance fees not included, optional local excursions, and any souvenirs or additional services like laundry. For a rough estimate, budgeting around £10-£20 per person per day for lunches and drinks is a helpful guideline.

Tipping

In your holiday price, we've included tipping for our local suppliers, covering hotel and restaurant staff, local guides, and drivers. Should you wish to make an extra contribution for a specific service, this should be given directly to the recipient at your discretion.

Tour Leaders & Local Guides

Tour Leaders

Your tour leader plays a crucial role in enhancing your holiday experience, and they share your passion for exploring the world on foot. In addition to being resourceful and organized they are also well-travelled and deeply enthusiastic about showing you new destinations.  Your tour leader takes care of all the local administration, ensuring you can fully enjoy your holiday without worrying about the logistics. While leading group holidays, they always keep in mind that each group is composed of individuals. Each tour leader brings their unique style, talents, and professional background to the table. Rest assured, they are all trained, qualified, experienced, and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting, and inspiring as possible. Remember, your leader, while on holiday, is your first port of call for any issues, ensuring a smooth and worry-free experience for you.

Leader's Evening Briefing

Each evening, your tour leader will meet with you to review the programme for the next day. This is your chance to discuss details and ensure that the planned activities align with your walking ability. If you have any concerns about clothing or equipment, feel free to bring them up during this discussion. If, for any reason, you prefer not to participate in the organized group program, please inform your leader. Your preferences are important, and your leader is there to make sure your experience aligns with your expectations.

Your Travel Details

To reach the hotel …

By car: At the end of the Hayle Bypass (A30) take the 2nd exit off the roundabout, sign posted (A3074) to St Ives. Continue along the A3074 towards Carbis Bay and St Ives. 

As you near the St Ives Bay Hotel you will see signs for the railway station and Porthminster beach. The hotel is located opposite the beach on a main road leading to St Ives town.  The hotel has a small car park to the rear for 15 cars and it is available on a first come first served basis. Alternatively, the railway station car park is a short walk away or parking along the nearby roads is also an option. 

Public transport: the nearest bus and railway station is at St Ives which is a short walk away from the hotel (0.2 miles). St Ives train station is a branch line. The nearest mainline station is St Erth, 4 miles away. Trains from London, Bristol, Birmingham, the North East and the North West all stop here.

You may also wish to look at the following website for advice on the best way to travel to the hotel: www.rome2rio.com      

Route planning to and from St Ives

The AA and RAC both offer free and detailed on-line route planning facilities on their websites which may help you find our hotels. Details can be found at: www.theaa.co.uk and www.rac.co.uk 

Meeting your tour leader and fellow walkers: Please check the time of dinner on arrival at the hotel and aim to be in the hotel lounge half an hour before dinner for an introduction to your tour leader, an outline of the planned programme for your holiday and the chance to meet your walking companions.

Personal Details Check

To ensure the accurate administration of your holiday arrangements, kindly verify that the personal details we have for you are current and correct. Confirm that you've given us all the necessary information for securing your travel and accommodation. Please review your passport details, date of birth, and any other pertinent information crucial for the management of your holiday.

Additionally, please make us aware of any dietary allergies or intolerances you may have. Your well-being is important to us, and this information will help us make appropriate arrangements for your meals during the trip.

You can access and update the provided information or add missing details through the "Manage My Booking" feature on our website at www.rambleworldwide.co.uk. Alternatively, reach out to our Sales and Reservations team at +44 (0)1707 331133. Upon receiving your booking confirmation, promptly check the details. Your cooperation ensures a seamless and enjoyable holiday experience.

Meals

Your holiday is on a half board basis. Breakfasts and dinners are provided in the hotel restaurant overlooking Porthminster beach. Please note that lunches are not included on this holiday but there will be opportunities to purchase supplies each day.


Footwear & Kit List

Footwear

Lightweight waterproof walking boots with a good moulded sole (such as Vibram or similar) and a deep tread and which provide ankle support are strongly recommended and may be essential for some walks.

General Kit List

Outdoor activities are always safer and more enjoyable if you are prepared.

If you have not travelled with us before the following list might be of use:

  • Waterproof jacket (Goretex or similar) and trousers
  • Lightweight quick-drying trousers
  • Walking T-shirt/shirts
  • Walking socks
  • Fleece or jumper
  • Sun hat, sunglasses, lip salve and sun block
  • Warm hat and gloves (if appropriate)
  • Swimwear (if appropriate)
  • Day sack (this should be able to carry all you would need for the day's activity)
  • Day sack liner
  • Water bottle - at least 1 litre capacity (more than 1 bottle may be required)
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Lunchbox
  • Walking poles (should you find them useful)
  • Sit mat

This list is not exhaustive and every walker is different and may have their own preference.

Travel Documents Checklist

Documents and Information to take with you:

  • Holiday money
  • Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
  • Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
  • Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
  • Holiday booking confirmation document
  • Travel insurance details (if applicable)
  • Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about

Water To Go

Opting for filtered water from a reusable bottle with its built-in water filter, like the Water-to-go bottle available at www.watertogo.eu, is a sustainable alternative to single-use sealed water bottles. Simply refill it from any water source and contribute to saving the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

Exciting news: Water-to-go has introduced two new bottles to their collection. The Active bottle is designed to fit bike water bottle holders, and the Sugarcane bottle is an even more planet-friendly option. Crafted from fibrous cane, a by-product of liquid extraction, it undergoes a process to create plant-based plastic. Explore the details on the Water-to-Go website for this innovative new range.

As a token of appreciation for your commitment to the environment, we've secured an exclusive 15% discount with Water-to-Go for you. Visit www.watertogo.eu and use the code RWW15 during your order.                        

Note: If you're booked on a long-haul holiday departing after November 1, 2023, you'll receive a complimentary Water to Go bottle, sent to your home address 2 or 3 weeks before your holiday. Thank you for being a part of our sustainable journey!

Maps, Guidebooks & Other Information

Maps, Guidebooks & More

Our intended route is covered by the following map:

Ordnance Survey Outdoor Leisure series (1:25,000):

102: Land’s End

103: The Lizard

The Map Shop

If you cannot find the maps or books locally we recommend:

The Map Shop
5 High Street
Upton upon Severn, Worcs
WR8 0HJ
England

Tel: 01684 593 146
Website: www.themapshop.co.uk
E-mail: themapshop@btinternet.com

If you key many of the local places mentioned in this holiday fact sheet into YouTube, you will find a vast array of spectacular footage of the area.

Weather

Visit the following websites for an idea of the climate in your destination:

Staying Healthy On Holiday

Health requirements in destination can change, and it's crucial for you to take responsibility in staying informed. Ensure that you consult a professionally qualified source and comply with any health requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before your departure. Your GP can provide advice on vaccinations. Stay proactive about your health preparations to ensure a safe and enjoyable travel experience.

Health Advice for United Kingdom

No compulsory immunisations are required for holidays in the UK although you should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended for life in Britain. Tetanus immunisation is recommended.

Further Travel Advice

For further advice please visit:

You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.

Travel Insurance

It’s a condition of booking that you obtain adequate travel insurance, from a reputable provider, to undertake the holiday, including UK trips chiefly due to the cancellation element of cover.

The policy must cover the period from the date of booking to the last day of your trip and should include, as a minimum, cover for: medical expenses (including the consequences of a Covid positive test result), mountain rescue including helicopter rescue, death, repatriation, cancellation and curtailment and shall not have exclusion clauses limiting cover for the activities you will partake in on your trip, including altitudes reached in the holiday arrangement. It is your responsibility to check that your policy is adequate for the nature and destination of the holiday booked.

Once you have obtained your travel insurance, please provide us with the name of your travel insurer, the policy number and the insurer’s 24 hour emergency assistance number.

In the event that you fail to obtain suitable Travel Insurance we shall not be liable for any costs incurred or claims made against us due to your failure to comply with this term.

If travelling outside the UK you must carry proof of insurance with you and produce it if reasonably requested to do so by RWH Travel staff, tour leaders or suppliers. No refunds will be made should you be excluded from the walking programme through being uninsured or you being unable to demonstrate that you are insured.

Our house broker MPI should be considered for whom we are an affiliate and contact information is on our website and will be referred to in your booking confirmation.

If you are travelling to an EU country or Switzerland please also ensure that you have either an existing valid EU EHIC card (European Health Insurance Card) or a valid UK GHIC (Global Health Insurance Card). You can apply for a UK GHIC free of charge on the NHS website at https://services.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/cra/start.


Personal Safety

The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office is your go-to for the latest info on security, local laws, and the nitty-gritty of passports and visas at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Make sure to take a quick peek at the current advice for your upcoming destination—it'll only take a few minutes.

When you're out and about, stay aware of your surroundings. Take smart precautions with your credit cards and passport, and maybe tone down the flashy accessories. Less is more, especially when it comes to carrying cash—just enough for the day will do. Consider using a money belt for that extra layer of security. Stay alert, stay safe, and make the most of your travels!

Cultural Awareness

Responsible Travel

We are dedicated to promoting responsible travel practices that prioritise the well-being of both the environment and local communities. We believe in the transformative power of travel and aim to minimize our ecological footprint by selecting eco-friendly accommodations, encouraging waste reduction, and supporting sustainable transportation options where possible. Our walking tours are designed to immerse participants in the local culture, fostering meaningful connections with the communities we visit. We strive to leave a positive impact by engaging in responsible tourism activities, respecting local customs, and contributing to the preservation of natural landscapes. Through our commitment to responsible travel, we aim to create enriching experiences for our guests while actively contributing to the conservation of the destinations we explore.

The Ramble Worldwide Outdoor Trust

Unlike many other tour operators, we take pride in our unique approach. Ramble Worldwide channels its surplus profits back into various outdoor, walking-related, or environmental conservation projects in the UK through our own trust. When you choose us, you contribute to this impactful initiative.

The primary focus of our Trust's financial support is directed towards Britain's premier walking charity, The Ramblers. They play a crucial role in advocating the benefits and significance of walking to the British public. Additionally, our Trust invites applications for small grants from local organizations in the UK that require support for walking-oriented activities. This encompasses initiatives such as establishing footpaths and bridleways, funding for the reconstruction of bridges and refurbishing huts, and bursary funding for organisations that support individuals to enjoy the beauty of the great outdoors..

For more comprehensive details, please visit the 'About' section on our website and click on the Charitable Trust link. Your choice to travel with us goes beyond a memorable vacation; it contributes to meaningful projects that have a positive impact on our community and environment.

Heart and Sole

We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. See our website for more information and details of some of the projects we support.

Staying In Touch

Mobile Phones

Kindly share a mobile phone contact number with us. We'll utilize this solely for crucial communication pertaining to your holiday arrangements.

Ensure your mobile phone remains switched on and easily accessible when en route to the airport or during transit delays. This way, we can promptly reach you with any last-minute updates concerning your travel plans.

In consideration of others, we request that you switch off your mobile phone during walks or make an effort to limit its usage. Additionally, during group meals, please minimize the use of mobile devices. Your cooperation ensures a seamless and enjoyable experience for everyone on the journey.

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