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View of the seaside stage town of St. Ives

Cornwall's Coastal Path

St. Ives to Penzance

6 Days / 5 Nights
View of the seaside stage town of St. Ives

The north and west coasts of Cornwall have a unique atmosphere – a mixture of the charm of St. Ives, famously beloved of artists and home to a branch of the Tate Gallery, to some of the wildest and most dramatic scenery along the entire English coastline. Add to this the wildlife, from Peregrine Falcons to dolphins, the fascinating mining heritage, the exhilaration of standing at Land’s End, the magnificent open-air Minack Theater, and the pretty fishing villages of Mousehole and Newlyn, and you have a magnificent moderate walking holiday.

Experience coastal hikes, wonderful panoramas and enjoy a particularly mild hiking climate. That and much more awaits you on our six-day hiking tour in Great Britain. The starting point of this hiking holiday and numerous experiences is St. Ives, the fabulous coastal town and cultural capital of Cornwall. The route takes you to Zennor, Cape Cornwall, into the charming artist’s town St. Just, onwards to Land’s End, Porthurno and finally into the town of Penzance located directly at the entrance of the English Channel.

  • Culture and History: You experience the history of the region up close in numerous historical sites and sights. Particularly impressive is the Minack Open-Air Theatre, which was built directly into a rocky slope near Porthcurno and is close to the southernmost tip of Great Britain, ‘Land’s End’. Also worth seeing are the two fishing villages of Mousehole and Newlyn, which are still home to many artists.
  • Great Britain’s southernmost point: On the fourth day of your hiking tour you will hike to the famous ‘Land’s End’, the southernmost point of Great Britain.
  • ‘The most beautiful place …’: Nestled behind rocky cliffs and rugged granite hills is the village of Zennor. This community was denoted by the English writer D. H. Lawrence as arguably ‘the most beautiful place, much prettier than the Mediterranean’. Not surprising that the region around Zennor is a nature reserve.
  • Breathtaking coasts and bays: The hikes to the westernmost point of Cornwall, Cape Cornwall, and to the sandy bay ‘Whitesand Bay’ are particularly impressive.

This hiking holiday in Cornwall is assigned our level of hiking ‘Walking’ and with a basic fitness level offers a fantastic break in the picturesque nature of Great Britain. In six days and four daily stages, you can explore particularly beautiful sections of the region’s coastline on nice hiking paths.

Itinerary at a glance

Rugged rock formations, idyllic coves, and the crashing waves – explore the coast of Cornwall, especially at "Land's End"! In St. Ives, discover emerging artists, and in Zennor, let your soul unwind.

This seaside town offers steep streets, magnificent views, a rushing surf and a beautiful light that has magically attracted artists for centuries. The Tate Gallery of St. Ives, the Barbara Hepworth Museum and the Sculpture Garden are just some of the reasons why St. Ives was considered the cultural capital of Cornwall.

Your hiking trip begins with a leisurely hike from St. Ives out to Clodgy Point, later on it goes on hilly terrain of the high cliffs always accompanied by beautiful bays to Zennor. Zennor was described by D. H. Lawrence as "the most beautiful place, much prettier than the Mediterranean" and the area around this beautiful place was certified as a nature reserve. By bus back to St. Ives.

Return by bus to Zennor, from where your walk will take you along the coast to the rocky promontory of Gurnard's Head. You hike to Cape Cornwall, the westernmost point of Cornwall, where the currents of the Atlantic Ocean part. It is worth visiting some of the famous museums before continuing inland to St. Just for overnight accommodation. St. Just is a popular meeting place for painters and potters, the charming place with its cafés and bars invites you to linger.

From St. Just to Whitesand Bay, where spectacular views await you, you may even see some of the seals in this area. The variety of seabirds on your way to the charming fishing village of Sennan Cove with its beautiful beach and wild surf will definitely delight you. On to the famous "Land's End", the westernmost tip of England. Enjoy the view of the wide, blue Atlantic Ocean. Along the steep coast to the open-air Minack Theater. At the end of the day you will meet the idyllic beach of Porthcurno, where you will also spend the night.

Today the hike goes from Porthcurno to the subtropical bay of Lamorna. You walk through an area of exceptional natural beauty, the route changes with each step and leads over rugged cliffs with some ascents and descents through Newlyn to Penzance. The legacy of the historic Artists' Union is still visible on every corner here, in both Lamorna and Newlyn you can see painters, writers, potters and craftsmen at work.

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Route information


Amazing panorama walks not only along the fascinating coast of Cornwall but also into the picturesque heart of the country. The hikes offer a mixture of easy paths along high cliffs and short, intensive ascents and descents on steep paths. You should have a good basic level of fitness.

Prices & Dates


Category: small, family-run inns and B&Bs

Prices per person in EUR

Services & Information

Further details about this tour


  • Accommodation as already mentioned
  • Breakfast
  • Luggage transfer (1 piece of luggage per person)

  • Carefully elaborated route description
  • Detailed travel and tour documents 1x per room (German, English)
  • Service hotline

Arrival / Departure

  • Airport London and by bus and train to St. Ives, approx. 6 hours (train: www.nationalrail.com, bus: www.firstgroup.com) Or airport Newquay (flights from Gatwick and Stansted), Exeter or Bristol. Continue via bus and train to St. Ives.
  • Return from Penzance via bus or train.
  • Please note that a valid passport is required for this walking trip.

Things to note

  • Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price
  • Bus fares (Zennor – St. Ives, St. Ives – Zennor), approx. EUR 15 per person
  • Further important information according to the package travel law can be found here!
  • On arrival in August double overnight in Porthcurno. This extends the journey by one night, surcharge EUR 155 p.p
  • This tour is a partner tour.
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