Cornish Coastal Challenge Weekend – Walk to Britain’s most southerly point MARCH I APRIL I MAY I JUNE I OCTOBER I NOVEMBER
Cornish Coast around Britains most Southerly Point – St Ives, Praa sands, Porthleven and around the Lizard
3 days, 2 days walking, 2 nights accommodation
Enjoy a weekend walk to Britain’s most southerly point, the Lizard. Sample some of the amazing swimming options in the bays along the way. A chance to encapsulate ourselves in local history and feel the ever changing presence of the sea.
The wildlife is magnificent, and we may even see seals or dolphins en-route as well as an incredible variety of birds and smaller sea life. We offer weekend or long weekend packages, guided or self guided. We are happy to run this as a challenge undertaking more km per day for groups.
- Walk each day on spectacular coastline and experience fine beaches en route
- Discover local wildlife with insights from your guide and experience local history and culture
When is this available?
May, June, October and November 2021
If you choose a camping option it isn’t available year round. Contact us here to propose dates. We will promte 2 dates annually:
June 4-6th 2021
October 8-10th 2021
Please enquire and we will send you a booking form.
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Moderately Challenging, not technical - Trip grade 1
Our challenge starts in the picturesque seaside town of Porthleven. We trek alongside the spectacular sea cliffs of Cornwall’s South coast through areas of outstanding national beauty, spending nights in quaint finishing villages. Swim in stunning bays, enjoying nature and the local wildlife along with Cornwall’s extraordinary geology.
Currently we are offering this for families and groups of up to 10 people. If you are from 2 different families or groups then we will be following latest covid guidelines.
- Finishers Certificate
- Shuttle buses and transfers to the start of the trek and from the finish
- Glass of fizz on completion
- Meals as stated in the programme
- Camping option available with discount
- 3 nights hotel or guesthouse accommodation (St Ives, Porthleven, Lizard town)
- Option to join us in the morning at Porthleven at 9.30am for those travelling locally
- Just weekend option 2 nights accommodation Porthleven and the Lizard
- Extra stage option more of a challenge, do it in 2.
- A chance to examine rock pools, learn more about the sea life, culture and history of this part of the Cornish coast
- Plant and sea mammal identifier
- Meals as started in the Itinerary
- Sleeping bag/roll mat
We arrive to spend the night in St Ives. A picturesque fishing harbour and seaside town. Wander through the maze of narrow cobbled streets, independent shops and fisherman’s cottages.
Praa Sands to Mullion
This stretch of the South West Coast Path is, without a doubt, unique and exceptionally beautiful. The path is fairly level and easy beyond Porthleven, but then becomes narrow in places with some steep ascents and descents.
There is a special sense of wildness and isolation on the Peninsula, notably along Mullion and Predannack Cliffs which are part of the Lizard National Nature Reserve. Here rare heathers and wildflowers grow, adding to the colour and drama of the spectacular views. It is no surprise that the white sand and turquoise sea of Kynance Cove has been recognised as being part of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and the seas are particularly dramatic at high tide, and even more so on a windy day.
The Lizard Peninsula is also known for its banks of pink and yellow flowered Hottentot Fig and its serpentine granite, which is a dark green rock veined with red and white, and, of course, the symbol of Cornwall: the chough. We spend the night in Mullion.
Marazion to Porthleven 18.6km, (+522m), 5 hrs (early start needed) Lunch at 1.30pm.
Porthleven – Mullion 11.9km, (+283m) 3-4 hrs Total: 29.3km 8-9hrs tough
Praa Sands to Porthleven 7.28km (+237m) 2.5hrs LUNCH
Porthleven – Mullion 11.9km (+283m) 3-4hrs Total: 19.18km, challenging
Mullion to Lizard to Coverack 10.4 miles (16.7 km)
A walk through an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty awaits as you set off from the most southerly point of Great Britain after having spent a night on the town. There are a few relatively short steep ascents and descents as you leave Lizard Point, followed by some more strenuous climbs, until you pass the stunning fishing village of Cadgwith and begin the approach to Coverack, which is a lot easier. You will see some extraordinary geology along this stretch as the Path crosses serpentine, granite and schist. Serpentine is a dark green rock veined with red and white which is easily carved and can be polished to a really beautiful sheen. We pass Poltesco and a serpentine factory was established at Carleon Cove in the 1850’s. Its fish were once the order of the day. Pilchards by the thousand, which were caught as they shoaled close to shore in the late summer. Some of the stiles along this stretch have been built of serpentine: beautiful but slippery when wet. We then move on to Kennack Sands, once famous for shipwrecks, it is a National Nature Reserve with beautiful cliffs of layered rock, with veins of talc,
and lovely displays of wildflowers. The history of Kennack Sands goes back a long way. Kennack is itself a mediaeval Cornish placename. The hill behind the Towans was recorded in 1510 as Carn Cunek, and the beach is recorded in 1538 as Porthkunyk. Pill boxes and an anti-tank wall were built on the back of the beach in case of invasion during the Second World War. A steep climb up to join the seabirds around Beagles Point marks the beginning of a stretch with particularly far-reaching views of the Coast Path ahead. Coverack is a picturesque fishing village with an active small port and has excellent café’s on the sea front. We can offer an add on extra night here in Coverack it you don’t need to rush back for monday morning!
Mid-afternoon departures. We will transport you back to St Ives, Marazion or Praah sands depending on the group.
Mullion – Coverack 28km 7-8hrs walking to finish at Coverack. Mullion to finish at the National Trust Lizard point is 16km, +437m, ~5hrs (B,L)
Here is a selection of accommodation accomodation we use all based on a twin share basis in Inn’s and hotels.and wonderful locations. If you would like to stay in a castle or luxuary sea cliff hotel we can add this for a supplement.
St Ives, Mullion and Coverack
You will just walk with your day sack and packed lunch. Your evening bag will be transported to the next destination.
Yes we do and you should be an experienced trail runner to attempt it, the up hills and downhills are steeper than you might imagine.
This is difficult with many accommodations but we will do our best to accommodate your needs.
This depends on the group but yes we can provide a self-guided package on request.