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Overview

Walking Holidays
6 - 7 Nights
63.5 miles / 100.5 km
  • Prices from: £575 per person
  • Start: Penzance, Cornwall
  • Finish: Falmouth, Cornwall
  • Availability: Year-round
  • Grading: Moderate
  • Way-marked: Yes

South West Coast Path - Penzance to Falmouth Highlights

Beautiful coastline
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Experience an incredibly varied stretch of coastline with stunning beaches, dramatic cliffs, and jewel-coloured waters.

St Michael’s Mount
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Explore the medieval lanes and ancient castle on the captivating tidal island of St Michael’s Mount.

Mining country
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Discover the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Cornish Mining, a landscape littered with stunning rock formations and former tin mines.

Abundant nature
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Walk through the magical Lizard National Nature Reserve and spot rare wildlife such as the iconic red-billed chough.

Fine food and drink
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Indulge in Falmouth’s vibrant foodie scene and sample the delights of fresh Cornish seafood.

Seaside villages
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Enjoy pretty villages such as the thatched cottages of Mawnan Smith and the picturesque harbour of Porthleven.

A Vastly Diverse Cornish Coastal Trail

The stunning section of the South West Coast Path between Penzance and Falmouth is one of great variety. Stretching past historic St Michael’s Mount and into the tranquil Lizard Peninsula, this section of the trail is fully deserving of its outstanding reputation.

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This 63-mile walk will lead you past sweeping stretches of golden sands and through lush woodland beside the Helford River, with reminders of Cornwall’s fascinating mining history visible throughout. No two days are the same, and whilst the path almost always hugs the coast, this includes a remarkable contrast between dramatic cliff-top vistas and secluded hidden coves.

Villages along the way are still home to busy fishing fleets, which will appear from their sheltered spots amongst the cliffs. Enjoy the tranquillity and isolation of the Lizard Peninsula, the ecological vibrancy of the Fowey Estuary, and the creative spirit of bustling Falmouth.

This section of the South West Coast Path offers plenty of challenges, with steep ascent and descent throughout. We would recommend that you plan to walk shorter distances than you normally would do, to ensure you have ample time to soak up the rewards of the trail.

South West Coast Path (Penzance to Falmouth) Route

Recommended Itinerary

Our most popular itinerary is SWCP-P-F2 which covers the route in 6 days / 7 nights.

Travel to Penzance for your first night’s accommodation
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Arrive in Penzance, the bustling seaside hub of the Land’s End peninsula, where you will stay at your first night’s accommodation.

Day 1: Penzance to Praa Sands (9.5 miles / 15 km)
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Begin your walk with stunning views of Mounts Bay and St Michael’s Mount beyond. You will then follow the cliff-top path and enjoy wonderful coastal views, before reaching the turquoise waters of Prussia Cove and your destination of Praa Sands.

Day 2: Praa Sands to Mullion (11.5 miles / 18.5 km)
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From Praa Sands you will continue around the coast – enjoying the views as the trail traces the outline of the shore forged by the Cornish cliffs below.

Pass Giant’s Rock – a Site of Special Scientific Interest due to its unusual composition, and explore the picturesque fishing village of Porthleven.

The stretch from Porthleven to Mullion is generally easy, making for a pleasant end to the day’s walking.

Day 3: Mullion to Lizard (7 miles / 10.5 km)
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With a shorter walking day ahead you can afford to take your time to enjoy the stunning scenery you will pass. Scenic coves are dotted along the coastline, some of which you can access from the trail and which make for wonderful sheltered spots for a break or a picnic with a view.

Day 4: Lizard to Coverack (10.5 miles / 16.5 km)
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Some challenging walking awaits today with numerous steep climbs and descents, but you will be rewarded with some of the most stunning scenery of the entire South West Coast Path.

A point of geographical extremes, the Lizard Peninsula is home to deserted turquoise coves and golden sands, jagged cliffs, and vibrant wildflowers, all of which you will pass today.

Day 5: Coverack to Mawnan Smith (15 miles / 24 km)
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This section of the trail is just above sea level, making for a pleasant change of perspective from the previous cliff-top walking. It begins with a short inland section before once again joining the coastal route at Porthallow where you’ll find the South West Coast Path half-way marker, showing the 315-mile mid-way point between Minehead and South Haven Point. Gillian Creek is an oasis of shelter and lush greenery after the exposed isolation of the Lizard Peninsula.

At Helford, you will take the ferry (*) across the Helford River, before walking slightly inland to your overnight stop in the pretty village of Mawnan Smith.

* Please note that the ferry operates from April to October. Taxi transfers are included in your package outwith this period.

Day 6: Mawnan Smith to Falmouth (10 miles / 16 km)
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The final day’s walk in this section is one of relatively easy hiking, as you cross fields and picturesque clifftop paths leading into Falmouth. At Pendennis Point enjoy the stunning views back along the coast towards Rosemullion Head.

Pendennis Castle dominates the Point, and from here there’s a final stretch of coastal walking into the attractive port town of Falmouth.

Onward travel
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After breakfast, you will depart Falmouth and start your journey home after a wonderful walking holiday on the South West Coast Path.

What's Included?

Your South West Coast Path walking holiday includes:

  • Carefully-selected accommodation along the route, and trail transfers when applicable
  • En-suite or private bathroom facilities whenever possible
  • Daily door-to-door baggage transfers
  • Comprehensive information pack, kit list, guidebook and map (one set per room)
  • Personalised itinerary with details of your accommodation, route and recommendations for lunch and dinner
  • Traditional English breakfast
  • 24-hour emergency contact number
  • Full financial protection

Your walking holiday doesn't include:

  • Travel insurance
  • Transport to and from the start and end of the walk
  • Ferry crossings
  • Lunches and evening meals

Itineraries & Prices

We offer 2 suggested itineraries for walking the South West Coast Path between Penzance and Falmouth.

Our most popular itinerary is SWCP-P-F2 which covers the route in 6 days.

Tour code
Itinerary
Average miles infoAverage miles per day
Difficulty infoLevel of difficulty
Price per person
SWCP-P-F1
5 Days / 6 Nights
12.5 miles per day
Moderate
From £575
Average miles infoAverage miles per day 12.5 miles per day
Tour code: SWCP-P-F1
Difficulty infoLevel of difficulty Moderate

5 Days / 6 Nights (SWCP-P-F1)

This itinerary lists our preferred overnight stops for this package. Transfers are included when you are staying away from the trail.

Additional nights can be added at any stage along the walk and we would be delighted to adjust it for you.

All of our prices are per person based on two people sharing a room. Our packages include all accommodation, baggage transfers and full information pack.

Single room & solo walker supplements

Single rooms are available at a supplement which covers the additional costs of a single room or single occupancy of a twin or double room.

  • Standard: £35 per night

As we incur additional costs for transferring a single bag there is a solo walker supplement of £10 per day in addition to the single supplement.

Arrive Travel to Penzance for your first night's accommodation
1
Day 1 Penzance to Porthleven 14 miles / 22 km
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Day 2 Porthleven to Lizard 14 miles / 22 km
3
Day 3 Lizard to Coverack 10.5 miles / 16.5 km
4
Day 4 Coverack to Mawnan Smith 15 miles / 24 km
5
Day 5 Mawnan Smith to Falmouth 10 miles / 16 km
Depart Onward travel from Falmouth

Prices

Standard
Good quality B&Bs, Guest Houses & Hotels
£575 per person

Good quality and comfortable B&Bs, guest houses and some hotels located as close to the trail as possible. We will prioritise en-suite facilities or a private bathroom, although in remote areas with limited accommodation this may not always be possible.

SWCP-P-F2
6 Days / 7 Nights
10.5 miles per day
Moderate
From £665
Average miles infoAverage miles per day 10.5 miles per day
Tour code: SWCP-P-F2
Difficulty infoLevel of difficulty Moderate

6 Days / 7 Nights (SWCP-P-F2)

This itinerary lists our preferred overnight stops for this package. Transfers are included when you are staying away from the trail.

Additional nights can be added at any stage along the walk and we would be delighted to adjust it for you.

All of our prices are per person based on two people sharing a room. Our packages include all accommodation, baggage transfers and full information pack.

Single room & solo walker supplements

Single rooms are available at a supplement which covers the additional costs of a single room or single occupancy of a twin or double room.

  • Standard: £35 per night

As we incur additional costs for transferring a single bag there is a solo walker supplement of £10 per day in addition to the single supplement.

Arrive Travel to Penzance for your first night's accommodation
1
Day 1 Penzance to Praa Sands (overnight Porthleven) 9.5 miles / 15 km
2
Day 2 Praa Sands to Mullion 11.5 miles / 18.5 km
3
Day 3 Mullion to Lizard 7 miles / 10.5 km
4
Day 4 Lizard to Coverack 10.5 miles / 16.5 km
5
Day 5 Coverack to Mawnan Smith 15 miles / 24 km
6
Day 6 Mawnan Smith to Falmouth 10 miles / 16 km
Depart Onward travel from Falmouth

Prices

Standard
Good quality B&Bs, Guest Houses & Hotels
£665 per person

Good quality and comfortable B&Bs, guest houses and some hotels located as close to the trail as possible. We will prioritise en-suite facilities or a private bathroom, although in remote areas with limited accommodation this may not always be possible.

South West Coast Path Accommodation

All of the accommodation that we reserve for you has been personally selected by our expert team to ensure it meets our exacting standards. We regularly review our extensive database.

We prioritise accommodation as close to the walking trail as possible. Occasionally, your accommodation may be located a short distance from the trail, or you may need to spend more than one night in the same place, in which case we will provide return transfers.

Travel Information

As an environmentally conscious tour operator, we actively encourage the use of public transport by providing clients with a detailed breakdown of travel options in their information packs. The following information may help with your pre-trip planning.

Getting to Penzance
By Air

Nearest major airports: London Heathrow and London Gatwick

The Heathrow Express operates regular train services to London Paddington. The Gatwick Express offers services to Victoria Station, from which you can connect to London Paddington via the London Underground.

From Paddington Station, you can then connect with a direct train to Penzance.

By Public Transport

Penzance Train Station is well served by direct rail routes from many parts of the UK. It is the terminus of the InterCity line from London and the North.

Journey time is approximately five hours from London Paddington. There are direct train services from The Midlands, the North West and North East of England, as well as from Scotland.

National Express coaches also serve Penzance.

By Car

Penzance is a 5 hour 20 min drive from London. There is limited long-term parking in Penzance and, in peak season, it is very busy. We always recommend public transport.

Departing from Falmouth
By Air

Nearest major airports: London Heathrow and London Gatwick

You can catch a train from Falmouth to London Paddington, and from here the Heathrow Express operates regular train services to the Airport. For Gatwick, take the London Underground from London Paddington to Victoria Station, and from here the Gatwick Express offers services to the Airport.

By Public Transport

There are regular train services from Falmouth to London Paddington via Truro (journey time 5 hours 55 min). There are also train services to The Midlands, the North West and North East of England, as well as to Scotland.

National Express coaches also depart from Falmouth.

By Car

London is a 5 hour 30 min drive from Falmouth. There is limited parking in Falmouth so we always recommend public transport.

If you need to return to Penzance from Falmouth to collect your car take the from Falmouth to Penzance with one stop at Truro (journey time 1 hour 30 min).

Additional Days

We would be delighted to arrange additional accommodation for you along the South West Coast Path – Penzance to Falmouth.

You may wish to plan a rest day or have an additional night at any of the locations along the route which offer activities or sightseeing opportunities – we’ve made some suggestions below. Please request this when you make an enquiry.

Penzance
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  • Take a trip across to St Michael’s Mount – a spectacular tidal island steeped in history. Discover the medieval church and castle, and enjoy sweeping views across the tidal causeway of Penzance and Marazion
  • Enjoy the attractive little harbour, with a wealth of independent galleries and shops
Mullion
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  • Relax in Mullion and Polurrian Coves
  • Take a boat trip from the pretty harbour and try a spot of fishing or bird watching at Mullion Island
Coverack
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  • Enjoy watersports in Coverack Bay or relax on the beautiful beach
  • Visit the small church of St Peter, built in 1885 and with a serpentine pulpit donated by the serpentine factory at Poltesco
Mawnan Smith
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  • Visit Glendurgan Garden, with an abundance of fine trees and exotic plants, along with the laurel Heade Maze
  • Explore the 26-acre Trebah Garden, rated amongst the finest sub-tropical gardens in the world and sometimes referred to as the ‘Garden of Dreams.’
Falmouth
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  • Immerse yourself in Cornwall’s maritime history at the National Maritime Museum
  • Visit fascinating Pendennis Castle – one of Henry VIII’s finest coastal fortresses and an important British defence during WWI
  • Explore a wealth of restaurants and gastropubs – a real foodie’s delight
  • Book a diving trip and explore Cornwall’s hidden treasures

Make an enquiry

South West Coast Path – Penzance to Falmouth

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