South West Coast Path
Cornwall's Far West and The Lizard via Land' End
Bude to Plymouth
25 nights and 24 days walking
Day by Day Itinerary
following TrailBlazer Guide Book
Burgh Island, South Devon
South West Coast Path Cornwall’s Far West and The Lizard via Land’s End Bude to Plymouth
25 nights and 24 days Walking holiday
following the TrailBlazer Guide Book
Enjoy a 290 mile self-guided walking holiday on the South West Coast Path from
Bude to Plymouth.
This section visits the quaint villages of Boscastle, Tintagel, Port Isaac and Padstow.Port Isaac is the location for the filming of Doc Martin.
Visit the incredible beaches at Newquay and Perranporth, the amazing sand dunes at Hayle, the quaint picuresque harbour at St Ives, the tin mining heritage at Zennor and Pendeen, Land’s End, Lizard, the UK’s most southerly point.
Our self-guided walking holidays are designed with your comfort and enjoyment in mind and can be tailor-made to your own personal requirements.
The routes are clearly way-marked to provide reassurance on your hiking vacation.
We use high quality guest houses, inns or small hotels with en-suite or private bathroom to ensure you are well rested each night after a busy day hiking and sightseeing. Rest assured that all our accommodation walking holiday providers are hand-picked and offer you that famous British hospitality.
Special diets can be catered for, including vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free.
We organize the luggage transfer so your bags are at your next accommodation when you arrive.
Let’s Go Walking has developed one of the largest choices of walking holidays and our offices are staffed 9am to 9pm to ensure your walking holiday runs without a hitch.
This walking holiday in the UK operates March to October and in either direction.
The daily distances are only a suggestion. If you would like to walk longer or shorter distances, we can arrange that too.
Our stated distances include mileage to the accommodation or pickup point and so may not agree with the guide book mileages.
Rest days can be taken in any location.
Why not combine this walk with a hiking tour in another part of the UK or Ireland. Our staff will be happy to advise on necessary transfers.
Online booking available.
A deposit of £85 per person is required to secure the booking, with the balance due 6 weeks before departure.
Optional extra days and accommodation upgrades can be added during the booking process online.
Suggested Tour Duration:
25 nights, 24 days walking
Min/max daily distance:
Average Daily distance:
easy to severe
ferry across River Camel
ferry across River Gannel
tin mine and beam engine
Minack Theatre at Porthcurno
St Michael’s Mount
ferry across Helford River
ferry across Carrick Roads
Lost Gardens of Heligan
Cremyll ferry to Plymouth
This route connects with:
South West Coast Path Cornwall’s Far West
and The Lizard via Land’s End
Bude to Plymouth
25 nights and 24 days Walking holiday
Day by Day Itinerary
Day 1: Arrive at Bude
If arriving by car, you make your own way to Bude for the start of your walking holiday. We can assist with coach transfers if necessary. Car parking is available for the duration of the walk on the South West Coast Path, and we can return you to your car or station at the end of the holiday.
Day 2: Bude to Crackington Haven 10 miles Strenuous
We can transfer you to Bude to commence your walking holiday.The South West Coast Path continues at the lock where the Bude Canal reaches the sea and climbs up to Compass Point. Then along Widemouth Bay to Millook Haven with its chevron folded rock strata in the cliff.
Day 3: Crackington Haven to Tintagel 11 miles Strenuous ugrades available
You have a stunning cliff top walk to Boscastle with its beautiful harbour inlet and quaint Cornish cottages. There are opportunities to see seabirds, especially puffins, and seals, and the ruined Tintagel Castle.
Day 4: Tintagel to Port Isaac 9 miles Severe ugrades available
This part of the South West Coast Path has interesting and complex geology. Mine workings and quarries are in evidence and you can see echoes of the sailing ships that used to be loaded with slate. The path goes through Trebarwith Strand and Port Gaverne to arrive at the wonderful little Cornish fishing hamlet of Port Isaac.
Day 5: Port Isaac to Padstow 12 miles Strenuous upgrades available
Along the path to Port Quin you may see peregrine falcons hunting along the cliffs and seals basking on the rocks below. Further along you could see puffins nesting on The Mouls island or wild orchids growing on the cliff. Fishing and pleasure boats can be seen entering and leaving Padstow Harbour as you make your way along the Camel Estuary. You take a ferry across to Padstow. The South West Coast Path connects with The Saints Way in Padstow.
Optional day in Padstow upgrades available
Day 6: Padstow to Porthcothan 14 miles Easy
As you make your way back along the Camel Estuary to Stepper Point and Gunver Head you may see nesting sites for razorbills, guillemots and kittiwakes in the summer. Then a gentle stroll along coast path to Harlyn Bay. From Harlyn Bay you walk around Mother Ivey’s Bay andTrevose Head to Constantine Bay. The lighthouse at Trevose Head was the last to be run on compressed air and paraffin the on to Porthcothan.
Day 7: Porthcothan to Newquay 11 miles Moderate
From Porthcothan the South west Coast Path continues around Park Head, and then a highlight of the day, the interesting rock formations of Bedruthan Steps. The South West Coast Path goes along the cliffs above Watergate Bay to Trevelgue Head, which is actually an island which can be reached by a foot bridge. If the tide is out you can stroll to Newquay the famous Cornish seaside town along the beach.
Day 8: Newquay to Perranporth 11 miles Moderate
The route goes via Towan Head and Fistral Beach before you make you way over the River Gannel. Porth Joke is the first bay you come to and is a delightfully quiet cove. Then via Kelsey Head and Holywell Beach to Penhale Point and Ligger Point. Across the wide expanse of Perran Beach into Perranporth.
Day 9: Perranporth to Portreath 12 miles Strenuous
After leaving Perranporth you visit Travaunance Cove which was once a busy port for the tin and copper industry. Then there are interestingly named places such as Tubby’s Head, Tobban Horse, Sheep Rock, Horse Rock and Gull Rock. The cliff top is strewn with heather and gorse, and the surf rolls in over golden sandy beaches as you approach Portreath.r or you can depart by train or bus.
Day 10: Portreath to Hayle 12 miles Moderate
Places like Ralph’s Cupboard, Deadman’s Cove and Hell’s Mouth are a testament to the power of the sea. The Godrevy Lighthouse now provides comfort to sailors. Iron worked in the foundry at Hayle went to make London’s Tower Bridge..
Day 11: Hayle to Zennor 12 miles Severe
A pleasant morning’s walking around St Ives Bay and the River Hayle estuary. After St Ives this is the most deserted stretch of the south west coast path. On a clear day you can see as far back as St Agnes Beacon. Seals can sometimes be sighted on The Carrack
Day 12: Zennor to St Just 11 miles Severe
Zennor is a picturesque miniature village surrounded by interesting rock formations, both natural and man-made, the latter being Neolithic burial chambers and Bronze Age ceremonial sites. As you go further west the lighthouse at Pendeen Watch comes into view as you descend from Chypraze Cliff.
Day 13: St Just to Porthcurno 12 miles Moderate
There is plenty of industrial archaeology from the days of tin and copper mining to poke around. Levant Beam Engine and Geevor Tin Mine are both worth a visit. On a clear day from Cape Cornwall you can see the Scilly Isles. Cape Cornwall is where the Atlantic Ocean meets the English Channel. You are now heading in a southerly direction towards Land’s End across Whitesand Bay and Sennen Cove. After Land’s End you start going south-east and before arriving in Porthcurno you can visit the Minack Open-air Theatre.
Day 14: Porthcurno to Penzance 12 miles Strenuous
The Telegraph Museum is worth a visit before leaving Porthcurno. The walking route goes through Mousehole, pronounced “Mouzel”, a quaint fishing village, then you walk around Mounts Bay via Newlyn back to Penzance.
Optional Day trip to Scilly Isles 4 miles easy or Extra day in Penzance
Take a day trip on the Scillonian from Penzance to St Marys in the Isles of Scilly.
Enjoy the peaceful town of Hugh Town and a gentle stroll around St Marys. Sailing times to and from the Isles of Scilly vary according to tides. Alternatively have a rest day in Penzance and/or visit the many gardens in the area.
Day 15: Penzance to Porthleven 14 miles Strenuous upgrades available
You start the day by walking to Marazion where, if the tide is out, you can walk across the causeway to St Michael’s Mount, or take the ferry. Not to be missed! Then around Cudden Point to Prussia Cove and Betsy’s Cove which were a haunt of an eighteenth-century smuggler named John Carter who called himself ‘King of Prussia’. After Hoe Point and Trewavas Head to will see Porthleven, the stop for tonight.
Day 16: Porthleven to Lizard 14 miles moderate
Porthleven Sands has been voted the 2nd best beach walk in Britain by Country Walking magazine. You walk across Loo Bar, the shingle spit that blocks the course of the River Cober from the sea and creates Loo Pool, the largest natural freshwater lake in the West Country. After Mullion Cove and Kynance
Cove you arrive at The Lizard, the most southerly point of England.
Day 17: Lizard to Coverack 11 miles Strenuous
Take a tour of the lighthouse and the famous wireless station before making your way on to Bass Point. At Cadgwith the route passes through National Trust land to Poltesco. Then along Kennack Sands and around Black Head to Coverack, which has a lovely little harbour.
Day 18: Coverack to Mawnan Smith 14 miles Moderate
Rounding Coverack Beach to Lowland Point, then on past Godrey Cove and Porthoustock. When you get to Porthallow you will be pleased to know that you are at the halfway point of the entire South West Coast Path. At Gillian Greek you can take a shortcut via the stepping stones across to St Anthony-in-Meneage if the tide is out. All too soon you are in Helford. After crossing the Helford River the gardens of Trebah, Carwinion and Glendurgan are worth a visit before you commence on the coast path. The wooded path follows along the Helford River and there are occasional views of the estuary through the trees.
Day 19 : Mawnan Smith to Falmouth 10 miles Moderate
After crossing the Helford River the gardens of Trebah, Carwinion and Glendurgan are worth a visit before you commence on the coast path. The wooded path follows along the Helford River and there are occasional views of the estuary through the trees. You head out towards Rosemullion Head where you can see Falmouth and Pendennis Point in the distance. Pendennis Castle, and its counterpart at St Mawes, date from the mid-16th century.
Day 20: Falmouth to Portloe 14 miles Easy, then Strenuous upgrades available
You begin today with two ferry rides, first across Carrick Roads to St Mawes and then across the Percuil River to Place. The gardens of Lamorran in St Mawes are worth a visit. It is a very pleasant stroll around St Anthony Head and Porthmellin Head to Portscatho in time for lunch. This afternoon you walk around Gerrans Bay to Nare Head. After a few ups and downs the little coastal village of Portloe suddenly comes into sight.
Day 21: Portloe to Mevagissey 12 miles Strenuous
Today you walk around Veryan Bay through the villages of West and East Portholland where there is an old limekiln on the beach. After passing Caehays Castle and Gardens you head towards Dodman Point which has a tall granite cross at its summit. Through the small harbour and village of Gorran Haven and then an easy stroll around Chapel Point to Mevagissey.
Optional Day: to visit Lost Gardens of Heligan
Spend an extra day in Mevagissey to visit the Lost Gardens of Heligan.
Day 22: Mevagissey to Par. 11 miles Strenuous
The first electric lights in this 13th century fishing village of Mevagissey were powered by generating fed on pilchard oil! The path becomes a little more adventurous as you pass through the old china clay port of Pentewan and round Black Head. The 18th century port of Charlestown comes into view. The harbour is home to some fine old sailing ships and has been used as a location in many films. From Charlestown the South West Coast Path passes through Carloyn Bay to Par for your overnight stay
Day 23: Par to Polperro 13 miles Strenuous
The day begins once again with an easy stroll to Polkerris. Then you head up to the red and white daymark tower on top of Gribbin Head, . Relax and enjoy the view before a challenging walk into Fowey. This attractive town is still a working harbour but is home to many sailing boats. In Fowey the South West Coast Path connect with the Saints Way. From Fowey you take the ferry to Polruan to begin the day and then climb uphill from the harbour to the Coastwatch Station. You head for Pencarrow Head and around Lantivet Bay before arriving at Polperro with its tiny alleyways and narrow streets.
Day 24: Polperro to Portwrinkle 13 miles Strenuous
Leaving Polperro the South west Coast soon reaches the the popular fishing village of Looe. Walking on from Looe the path follows the cliff top past Seaton and Downderry when the Long Stone comes into view.
Day 24: Portwrinkle to Plymouth 15 miles moderate
Today you walk along the stunning Whitsand Bay, past Tregantle Fort and heading towards Rame Head. Dive boats are often moored over the Scylla, the naval frigate sunk in 2004 as an artificial reef. Once you round Penlee Point Plymouth Sound comes into view.After walking through Mount Edgcumbe Country Park you take the Cremyll Ferry across the River Tamar to Plymouth. This historic city has many points of interest; the Aquarium, Smeaton Tower, the Barbican and the Hoe to name but a few.
Day 25: Depart after breakfast
Depart after breakfast or extend your holiday and spend some time in the area.
We can transfer you to your car or you can depart by train or bus.
South West Coast Path 26 day itinerary
Bude to Plymouth
24 days walking and 25 nights
Day 1: Arrive Bude
Day 2: Bude to Crackington Haven 10 miles strenuous
Day 3: Crackington Haven to Tintagel 11 miles strenuous
Day 4: Tintagel to Port Isaac 9 miles severe
Day 5: Port Isaac to Padstow 12 miles strenuous
Optional Day to enjoy Padstow
Day 6: Padstow to Porthcothan 14 miles easy
Day 7: Porthcothan to Newquay 11 miles moderate
Day 8: Newquay to Perranporth 11 miles moderate
Day 9: Perranporth to Portreath 12 miles strenuous
Day 10: Portreath to Hayle 12 miles moderate
Day 11: Hayle to Zennor 12 miles severe
Day 12: Zennor to St Just 11 miles severe
Day 13: St Just to Porthcurno 12 miles moderate
Day 14: Porthcurno to Penzance 11 miles strenuous, then easy
Optional Day: day trip to Isles of Scilly
Day 15: Penzance to Porthleven 14 miles strenuous
Day 16: Porthleven to Lizard 14 miles moderate
Day 17: Lizard to Coverack 11 miles strenuous
Day 18: Coverack to Mawgan Smith 14 miles moderate
Day 19: Mawnan Smith to Falmouth 10 miles moderate
Day 20: Falmouth to Portloe 14 miles easy, then strenuous
Day 21: Portloe to Mevagissey 12 miles strenuous
Optional Day: to visit Lost Gardens of Heligan
Day 22: Mevagissey to Par 11 miles strenuous
Day 23: Par to Polperro 13 miles moderate
Day 24: Polperro to Portwrinkle 13 miles strenuous
Day 25: Portwrinkle to Plymouth via Cremyll Ferry 15 miles moderate
Day 26: Depart after breakfast
All prices subject to change
Extra night in Padstow from £49.50 per person
Optional Accommodation Upgrades for
South West Coast Path Bude to Plymouth
Can be added when booking online
Subject to availability Supplement per person per night
If you would like to stay at the Wellington Hotel in Boscastle, we can revise the itinerary so that this is an overnight stop.
Camelot Castle Hotel
Old School Hotel
Port Gaverne Inn
Slipway Hotel sea view room
Slipway Hotel non sea view room
Metropole Hotel sea view room
Metropole Hotel non sea view room
Old Ship Hotel
Old Custom House
Victoria Hotel sea view room
Victoria Hotel non sea view room
Cape Cornwall Golf Club
If you would like to stay at Ship Inn in Mousehole, we can revise the itinerary so that this is an overnight stop.
Polurrian Bay Hotel
If you would like to stay at Polurrian Bay Hotel in Mullion, we can revise the itinerary so that this is an overnight stop.
Coverack Bay Hotel
in your UK walking holiday on the South West Coast Path
- accommodation at high quality guest houses, inns or small hotels on a bed and breakfast basis
- room with en-suite or private bathroom, tea and coffee making facilities
- daily luggage transfer
- support should there be any problems on route
- detailed itineraries
- guide book
- Ordnance Survey 1:25,000 maps
for your UK Walking Holiday on the South West Coast Path
- upgrade to the region’s most elegant, prestigious and famous hotels, where available
- transfers back to car or station
- parking facilities
- rest days
- inn to inn walks
Lunches and Dinners
These are not included.
These are available at overnight locations, either at your accommodation or in the town/village.
These can be provided by your accommodation or can be obtained from a local store, or cafe or inn along the route.
Holiday Travel Insurance
We require that you take out holiday insurance as Let’s Go Biking Ltd accepts no liability for the following:
cancellation, personal accident, illness, loss/theft of personal possessions and/or money, and any unforeseen circumstances, especially travel delays.
This is in addition to our existing
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How to get there:
- By Plane to Newquay from where we can arrange transfer to Bude
- By Car to Bude or Plymouth where parking is available
- By Train to Newquay or Plymouth where we can arrange transfer to Bude
- By Bus to Bude or Plymouth
Our Coastal Walking Holidays include:
- Arran Coastal Way in Scotland
- Causeway Coast Way in Northern Ireland
- Causeway Coast Way and Glens of Antrim in Northern Ireland
- Channel Islands
- Cleveland Way part of the England Coast Path
- Cumbria Coastal Way part of the England Coast Path
- Dingle Way in Ireland
- England Coast Path
- Fife Coastal Path in Scotland
- Great Gardens of Cornwall
- Great Gardens of Devon
- Guernsey, Herm and Sark
- Hebridean Way in Scotland
- Island Hopping in Scotland
- Isle of Anglesey Coastal Path part of the Wales Coast Path
- Isle of Man
- Isles of Scilly
- Jersey Coastal Footpath
- Kerry Way in Ireland
- Lecale Way in Northern Ireland
- Lleyn Peninsula, part of the Wales Coast Path
- Norfolk Coast Path part of the England Coast Path
- Northumberland Coast Path part of the England Coast Path
- Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path part of the England Coast Path
- Pembroke Coast Path part of the Wales Coast Path
- Rye to Ramsgate on England Coast Path
- Solent Way part of the England Coast Path
- Somerset Coast Path part of the England Coast Path
- South West Coast Path part of the England Coast Path
- Tarka Trail
- Wales Coast Path