Discover the essence of Cornwall on our hiking trip along different sections of the South West Coast Path. At 630 miles, it's England's longest waymarked foot path, following the entire coastline of Cornwall. We'll hike a variety of sections, from the extremely rugged North Coast to the more sedate South Coast, to give us a taste of the Path's diversity. Cornwall is also a place of myth and legend: Tintagel Castle is known as the birthplace of King Arthur and ancient monuments attest to its long settlement. It still retains a distinct cultural identity that reflects its history, and, along with Wales and Brittany, is recognized as one of the Celtic nations. Tin mining has also played an important role here. Most recently Cornwall is the setting of two of the BBC's most popular shows: Doc Martin and Poldark , as well as the landscape portrayed in Daphne Du Maurier's Rebecca. We'll explore it all during our time here, and leave with a feeling of knowing this area in a new way.
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Not included: Travel to Plymouth and from St Austell, transportation to the hotel on Day 1, one dinner, beverages (other than water), guide gratuities, optional activities, and travel insurance.
This trip is for women who have some experience hiking and want to combine hiking with immersion in the history and culture of the area. We spend 3-6 hours hiking on most days. Coastal hiking is by no means flat, often with steep ascents and descents, sometimes on vey rocky paths. Rating: 1 4 5 . We recommend you prepare with aerobic conditioning for a minimum of 30 - 45 minutes 4 days a week with some hikes of two to four hours.
On this trip we combine hiking on different sections of the South West Coast Path with learning about Cornish history and culture. In addition to hiking we'll visit some of Cornwall's well known attractions, sample Cornish pasties, eat dinner in the village depicted in Doc Martin, and experience the diversity packed into a small area.
We'll be staying in locally owned inns and lodges, in double occupancy rooms with en suite bathrooms. Please note: Not all lodgings will have elevators (lifts). It is essential that you are following the packing list closely, pack light and be able to handle your own luggage - including carrying up multiple stairs.
Below is the proposed itinerary for the trip. As is true on any adventure travel trip, plans for any specific day may be modified due to weather considerations, unforeseen circumstances, new opportunities, and group interests.
Visiting an area I had not been to before
Getting to see so much of Cornwall was the main advantage to doing a planned trip like this, as was having the safety of others to do it with rather than going solo, which would have really been my only other option. The planning that went into this was truly amazing, yet the Leaders were flexible enough and capable enough to make revisions when other options were needed. It didn't hurt that the weather was outstanding, either :), but perhaps that was part of the planning. It helps to know the best time of the year to do certain things in certain locales.
Hiking in the most beautiful countryside I've seen.
I’m a frequent hiker in Great Britain, and on this trip returned to the southwest coast after many year’s absence. Coastal walking through Cornwall is rewarded by stunning, unobstructed views from rocky cliffs high above the sea; intermittent smooth sand beaches; picturesque fishing villages; and the promise of both sunny skies over deep blue water and wild, windy storms. AGC’s itinerary, accompanied by great weather and congenial fellowship, allowed us to experience all of it.
A good trip, or any experience really, starts with the vibe of the people. I'd never been on a group trip before and the participants were wonderful--we all got along, all bonded, there were no cliques. Just a great group of women seeing the countryside together, and learning about/from each other as we marveled at the sights.
Amazing scenery, great culture discovery moments, excellent leaders.
The Cornwall scenery is spectacular. That's a major reason I wanted to go. Also -- the sections picked out by the guides for hiking and towns we stayed in were also great. There was also 'free' time for visiting museums, artworks, historical things, etc that were interspersed between hiking trips. I felt as though I was seeing the highlights that I would never otherwise see.
I loved the Wales trip in 2017 and was very excited to do another coastal path section of England. Cornwall was the one part of the UK I had never visited which made it even more of a plus. Walking along the coast, across moors, through small villages is my cup of tea.
Breathtaking views, beautiful villages, interesting history, gorgeous gardens, excellent company and traveling with my wonderful sister.