Day 1 Arrival in Newquay
From your point of arrival, use the public transport information we provide to make the journey to Newquay.
Day 2 Newquay to Perranporth10.6 or 16.8 Miles / 17 or 27 Km 5-8 Hrs 550-600 Metres
After negotiating the River Gannel (keep an eye on tide times), the trail subsequently follows grassy clifftop paths before later leading you through sand dunes (good for those calf muscles!) and along long sandy beaches – particularly Perran Beach just past the Penhale Army Training Area. From Perranporth, a short transfer brings you to your accommodation.
Day 3 Perranporth to Portreath12.4 Miles / 20 Km 5-7 Hrs 680 Metres
From Perranporth, you pass into an area with a rich mining history as evidenced by the old chimneys that dot the landscape. Wild gorse and heather scrub replace farm holdings as you make your way around St Agnes Head and onwards to Porthtowan and Portreath.
Day 4 Portreath to Hayle11.8 Miles / 19 Km 5-7 Hrs 410 Metres
After a few short, but rather steep, climbs out of Portreath the trail settles down and continues at a more gentle gradient.
A beautiful walk around Godrevy Head is followed by a challenging section along the dunes or, tides permitting, a stretch of wonderful sandy beach as far as Hayle. Transfer from Hayle and overnight in St Ives.
Day 5 Hayle to St Ives6.2 Miles / 10 Km 2-3 Hrs 190 Metres
A short (and optional) walk gives you ample opportunity to explore the beautiful seaside town of St Ives with its many art gallerys and quirky little shops. A prolonged section of road-walking from Hayle takes you inland around the Hayle River Estuary. From Lelant, a stunning coastal path leads you all the way into St Ives.
Day 6 St Ives to Gurnard’s Head9.3 Miles / 15 Km 5-7 Hrs 750 Metres
The trail becomes more rugged south of St Ives but rewards with a beautiful wildness and spectacular scenery. While this hike may seem quite short at first glance, there are numerous climbs in and out of coves that require good stamina. Stock up on provisions before you leave as there are no shops or cafes en route. From Gurnard’s Head, a transfer brings you to your accommodation.
Day 7 Gurnard’s Head to St Just12.4 Miles / 20 Km 6-8 Hrs 715 Metres
After a transfer back to Gurnard’s Head, the wealth of mining ruins that dot the Cornish landscape is testament to the rich heritage of mining in this area. After passing Cape Cornwall, where the Atlantic Ocean meets the English Channel, you leave the trail and make your way into the bustling town of St Just.
Day 8 St Just to Porthcurno11.8 Miles / 19 Km 5-7 Hrs 700 Metres
Your day starts with a lovely walk around Whitesand Bay and onwards into Sennen Cove. From here, it’s not long until you reach Land’s End – the UK’s most south-westerly point. After passing this busy area, the trail becomes more remote again. Perfect for exploring the many cliffs dotted with arches and holes until you reach Porthcurno with its famous open-air Minack Theatre.
Day 9 Porthcurno to Penzance11.2 Miles / 18 Km 4-6 Hrs 520 Metres
Initially, the trail is quite remote with picturesque little coves and tiny settlements from Porthcurno to the wonderfully named village of Mousehole – a good place to stop for refreshments. From Mousehole, the trail mainly follows asphalt roads/paths through the fishing port of Hamlyn and onwards into Penzance.
Day 10 Departure from Penzance
There are regular bus & train services from Penzance to London and other destinations in the UK.
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