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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 recognised 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 DuMaurier's Rebecca. We'll explore it all during our time here, and leave with a feeling of knowing this area in a new way. Maximum group size: 14.
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Not included: Travel to Plymouth and from St Austell, transportation to the hotel on day 1, one dinner, alcoholic beverages, 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 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.
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