A Cornish Camino
Cornwall – a romantic county on England’s rugged southwestern tip – has much to offer the adventurous hiker. This place is home to the iconic South West Coast Path, England’s longest waymarked long-distance trail (1015km), and the lesser-known but no less compelling routes of The Saints Way and Saint Michael’s Way.
You will be in awe of a landscape and its wildlife that has long inspired artists and writers alike – think Doc Martin, Poldark, Jamaica Inn, The Wind in the Willows.
Our hiking itineraries celebrate a connection to nature – a belief embraced for centuries by Celtic Saints and Cornish locals. The trails meander along sandy beaches, towering cliffs, sheltered estuaries and over rolling green hills, and coastal valleys.
Cornwall is rich in history, geology, archaeology and pubology. After a long day’s hike navigating your way past Bronze Age Standing Stones, centuries-old churches and crumbling tin mining engine houses, there are countless ‘Ship Inns’ and ‘Kings Arms’ where you can grab a hearty feed.
Walking Cornwall with us means staying in lovely English guesthouses and historic pubs that provide a warm welcome and good comfort at the end of your walking day. The accommodation is an enjoyable part of this trip and we have chosen places with quintessential English character.
You will have daily luggage transfers so you can walk with just a daypack. You will be supported by our own UK based staff should you need any emergency assistance or help during your trip. This leaves you free to focus on enjoying your walk, knowing your luggage will be waiting for you each night and help is at hand.
Discover stone circles and settlements and the ghostly remains of a once thriving tin and copper mining industry; learn of stories of smugglers, legends of giants, and the religious legacy of Celtic Saints.
Wild and dramatic coastline, lush fields, rambling moors, hill-set fishing villages flanking tranquil estuaries, and wild surf beaches – this remarkable destination showcases a surprisingly diverse landscape.
Click on the dot points below to explore and learn more about the region.
Located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and home to fifteen of Britain’s rarest plants. The peninsula includes some of England’s prettiest coves and golden sandy beaches, including the stunning Kyance Cove.
Lies at the half-way point of the Saints Way, a medieval pilgrimage route which begins in Ireland. The abbey was built in Lanivet (meaning holy place/sacred grove) in 1144 to help care for sick pilgrims travelling to Santiago de Compostela. The abbey is now a B&B which accommodates modern day pilgrims and adventurers.
An impressive site, the castle is perched high on a small island and is home to legends of giants, mermaids, and angels. Originally a Benedictine Chapel, the castle has been a destination for pilgrims and monks since the 12th-century.
A wonderous open-air amphitheatre carved into the granite cliffside that overlooks spectacular Porthcurno Bay. The theatre hosts plays, musicals and operas from May to September and day visitors are welcome to explore the theatre and adjoining gardens.
Bohemian St Ives has been an artistic enclave since Victorian times and is famous for its galleries including Tate St Ives and Barbara Hepworth Museum. This gorgeous seaside village is a maze of cobbled streets and pretty fisherman cottages and has been described as the 'dazzling jewel in Cornwall's crown'.
A charming seaside town and working harbour with strong maritime ties. It is home to the third largest natural harbour in the world and renowned for its excellent seafood, cool gastro pubs and beach lifestyle vibe.
Located between Padstow and Newquay, these huge granite rocks dot the landscape at Bedruthan Beach. According to legend, the enormous natural structures are stepping-stones for the giant Bedruthan. The view from the cliff-top is spectacular and is considered one of the best in the UK.
Picture-perfect Padstow sits in a beautiful sheltered harbour at the head of the Camel Estuary. Famous for its fresh seafood, Padstow is a renowned foodie destination. Meander medieval laneways past chic boutiques, cafes, galleries and traditional pubs as you make your way to its pretty harbour.
One of the many adorable fishing port villages along the South West Coast Path. The pretty town sits snugly into a natural harbour where you can watch the fishing boats return with their catch. Enjoy fresh fish & chips and wander narrow laneways while discovering quaint shops, cafes and restaurants.
Please note that July and August is European school holiday period so towns can be busier and accommodation harder to secure. Please book well in advance if you wish to travel at this time.
View our exclusive and detailed destination guide on the Cornwall, South West Coast Path and the Cornish Camino.