View of Tintagel island, Cornwall, England
Fowey Estuary, Cornwall, England
Fish and chips, Cornwall, England
Tintagel Island and Castle, Cornwall, England
View of Boscastle, Cornwall, England
Guillemot flying over the ocean
Boat in Boscastle, Cornwall
Porthcurnick beach, Cornwall
Face of Merlin carved into the rock in Tintagel Island, Cornwall
Wooden door in Tintagel Castle, Cornwall, England
Coastal hike in Cornwall, England
Hiking along the South West Coastal Path, Cornwall, England
Aerial view of Porthurnick, Cornwall, England
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England's Cornwall Walking & Hiking Tour

White-Sand Beaches & Charming Coastal Villages in the Footsteps of King Arthur

Couples, Friends & Solos

6 days 5 nights

Activity Levels 2-4

Premiere Hotels

From: $5,799 - $6,099 pp dbl occ

($1,500 for sgl occ)

A glorious seaside escape for busy souls. That’s Cornwall. Seductive ocean breezes draw you to turquoise waters, wild headlands and the most stunning white-sand beaches, where hidden coves wait to be discovered. Explore charming chocolate-box villages and tranquil fishing ports steeped in history. Hike along scenic woodland trails. Your soles will thank you. So will your soul. 

England Cornwall Walking & Hiking Tour
England Cornwall Walking & Hiking Tour

England

Start/End Exeter

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.

Highlights

  • Explore extensive portions of the South West Coastal Path, the United Kingdom's longest and best-loved National Trail, which traces the English shoreline for hundreds of miles
  • Wander down the narrow lanes of whitewashed fishing villages, along rocky Cornish headlands and on white-sand beaches next to turquoise waters
  • Marvel at vast ocean views and crumbling medieval castles, including iconic locations from the original legends of King Arthur
  • Discover why this idyllic peninsula is so beloved by the English, who come here for the sand and sea and the sunniest weather found in the British Isles
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Accommodations may vary based on departure date.
6 Days Premiere Hotels
Accommodations may vary based on departure.
Day 1
Description

The steep lanes of Boscastle, clustered around a narrow cove, offer a perfectly charming introduction to Cornwall’s quaint fishing villages | Our first coastal hike winds by watchtowers and tidal blowholes, with a chance for birdwatchers to spot razorbills, guillemots and puffins | Gaze across the water at Tintagel Island, where the wizard Merlin is rumored to haunt the sea caves to this day | The site of a former medieval drawbridge is still our only access point to the ruins of Tintagel Castle, legendary birthplace of King Arthur.

Accommodations
Padstow Harbour Hotel
Padstow Harbour Hotel
Padstow
| Premiere Hotel

Light, bright and recently remodeled Victorian boutique hotel that fuses coastal charm with a little luxury and a commanding view over the sandbars and sapphire shallows of the Camel River estuary.
 

Days 2-3
Description

A rugged coastal walk takes you from World War II forts to defenses as old as the Spanish Armada | Check out a still-active lifeboat station, poised to aid in the case of all-too-common shipwrecks | Redefine what you thought you knew about English cuisine | Take in commanding views of shimmering coves as you hike through the South Coast Central Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty | Pop down to the gorgeous beaches of Porthcurnick or Porthbean, or shift gears sunning in the subtropical gardens of our chic hotel.

Accommodations
Hotel Tresanton
Hotel Tresanton
St. Mawes
| Premiere Hotel

This cluster of cottages, nestled on a hillside with splendid sea views, adjoins a yacht club and beach club to create an Italian-inspired oasis. Condé Nast Traveler Reader’s Choice.
 

Days 4-6
Description

Hike to a fish-and-chips lunch at Gorran Haven, where a cluster of fishermen’s cottages remains the same as in years gone by | Climb rocky points and trek along windswept headlands as you continue to trace the South West Coastal Path | Our route along the tranquil Fowey and Boddinick estuaries alternates from waterside to woodland paths | Cornish history looms around every turn as you follow the medieval route to Penleath Point, with a stop at the church where novelist Daphne du Maurier was married | Your week in Cornwall wouldn’t be complete without a boat ride and a last walk to a nearby lighthouse. 

Accommodations
Fowey Harbour Hotel
Fowey Harbour Hotel
Fowey
| Premiere Hotel

This Victorian grande dame dominates the hillside village of Fowey, offering a sweeping view over the estuary and a winning mix of chic and rustic touches.

Activity Level: 2-4

Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. Several routes and a range of levels are offered each day so you can choose how much or how little activity you want to do. Learn more about how we determine activity levels.

Route notes

The terrain on this trip is rugged and rolling with a few steeper sections and climbs and includes a mix of dirt trails, rough rocky paths and paved country lanes. Our routes can be wet and muddy.

Daily Route Options

* Includes shuttle.
Day 1
Walking & Hiking
Level 2 | 5 miles | 400 ft. gain
Day 2
Walking & Hiking
Level 3 | 7 miles | 500 ft. gain
Day 3
Walking & Hiking
Level 3 | 7 miles | 800 ft. gain
Day 4
Walking & Hiking
Level 2 | 3 miles* | 400 ft. gain
Level 3 | 6 miles | 400 ft. gain
Day 5
Walking & Hiking
Level 4 | 9 miles | 1100 ft. gain
Day 6
Walking & Hiking
Level 2 | 5 miles | 500 ft. gain

What's Included

  • Expertise and services of our experienced Trip Leaders
  • Snacks and beverages between meals
  • Additional guides and experts from the region on many trips
  • Van shuttles to support a variety of route options
  • Comprehensive Travel Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at museums, historic sites, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the Travel Planner
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Special events, including wine tastings and other select attractions as mentioned in the Travel Planner
  • On biking and multi-adventure trips, use of fully equipped Backroads titanium bike plus helmet and accessories
  • Trailercycles, carriers, and kid-sized helmets for Family Trips
  • Equipment and experienced guides for kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, sailing and canoeing as described
  • Park and other entry fees
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the Travel Planner
  • Select coach transfers
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

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