West Cornwall (St Ives to Penzance) is reportedly one of the most popular stretches of the south west coast path. But in our experience it is also one of the most logistically difficult - it is so remote. B&Bs abound in Cornwall, but not always in the right place (the place where you want to stop walking for the day!) If you find a good one, chances are they have a minimum two night stay.
That is why we offer a single base holiday (and a lovely one at that) and transport to and and from the path for your walk.
Unpack, settle in, bring your high heels or your fluffy slippers for a night out, or in. Spend your precious holiday time on the path or relaxing, instead of spending it packing and unpacking every day. We'll send you off with a good healthy breakfast, and If you have had a wet day we can get your boots, coats and clothes dry before the next day.
We will take you to the start of your walk and pick you up at the end, usually in our VW T5 campervan, Horace. We will even recommend places to end your walk so you can heartily reward yourselves after a good day's walking, before heading back for a hot shower, snuggly bathrobe and comfy bed.
We can accommodate and transport a group of up to four people, or two groups of two. Walking can be solitary, but there is a real pleasure in sharing the experience over a drink at the end. If you don't know each other at the start of your walk, you probably will by the end!
Our walking holidays include a 6 night stay, bed and breakfast, starting on Saturday and finishing the following Friday. We know that Cornwall has much to offer and you may enjoy a weekend somewhere else on your way home. When you arrive we will sit down, have a drink and discuss where you want to walk, how far each day and what you'd like to eat and drink.
It is your walk, so we don't offer sample itineraries. By Sunday morning you will have your itinerary for the week. But if you want to change it at any point during your stay with us, that's absolutely fine.
We are lucky - we usually want to do the same things, but we appreciate that not everybody does want to, or can. So if only one of you is a walker, you can both come on holiday and we will work out a Plan B for the other. Plan B also works for horrid blisters, torrential rain, sprained ankles or, as in our case, too many oysters....
We honestly think the path speaks for itself, and we want you to discover it for yourself. So we're not going to tell you all about it here. What you do need to know is that this is not a stroll in the park. Some stretches are nice and steady, some involve clambouring over boulders, and some are through cliff-edge hugging sub tropics
There are parts of this walk which will require you to be able to raise your knee well above hip height (the boulders - see previous section). So you will need a certain level of fitness. But don't forget Plan B. If one of you is fitter than the other, we can work around that. Its your walk.
£425 per person in our king size bedroom with en-suite bathroom
£375 per person in our twin room with exclusive use of the family bathroom
Apart from passing the knee-raise test, if you are doing this walk you WILL need walking boots, or good walking shoes. This is not a walk for trainers. You should also have waterproofs, a comfortable day sack or rucksack, layers and (seasonally) gloves and a hat. A pair of binoculars will definitely enhance your walking experience.