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The "100 Mile Challenge" Cornwall Walking Holiday

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Getting to and from The 100 Mile Challenge Walk

If you ask us for a quote we will include public transport or parking information to suit your walking holiday and for those booking we advise and assist in helping you to work out and book the best travel options for your walk.

As this is a circular route you can start and end at any location. However depending on whether you are using car or public transport some places work better than others. Consider as well that wherever you start you will be returning for a second night at the end of the walk so you may want to make sure you start and end in one of the more stunning locations with better facilities such as Fowey Boscastle or Padstow. Ask for advice and suggestions!

Cornwall Challenge Walking Holiday arrival by trainTrain -  Easiest options are the Mainline fast Trains from London and the Midlands which run regularly to Liskeard or Looe and you can start the walk from either location. Liskeard is less than 4 hours on the fast train from London and for Looe you change here for the stunning scenic branch line journey to Looe down the Looe Valley taking around 45 minutes. 

If you want to stay in one of the smarter harbour towns then trains to Bodmin Parkway take 4 hours from where you can reach Padstow in an hour by bus. For Fowey the trainline runs close by at St Austell and Par stations and regular buses are around 20 minutes onto Fowey. We can help with private transfers from the stations if you prefer.

Cornish Challenge Walk Public Transport options Coach Arrival - National Express Coaches run from London to Liskeard which is the easiest option as it gives access directly to the trail. You can also take Coach travel to St Austell (for Fowey) or Wadebridge or Bodmin (For Padstow) and get to these points with short local bus rides.  Coach Travel is the cheapest way of arriving if you have the time and patience (but generally the service is much slower and less comfortable than the trains).

The 100 mile Challenge Walking Holiday Cornwall Parking and Car arrivalCar  - As its a circular route you can start and end anywhere. From the walking point of view Boscastle is the best option as you finish with the dramatic last day over the Tors on Bodmin Moor dropping back to sea level and your car - and Boscastle is a pleasant place to start and end with long stay parking options. Fowey and Padstow also have long stay car parks which we can advise on and if you are after the best options in accommodation and restaurants these are the best places to start / end. Finally the quickest and most economical option by car is Jamaica Inn - its right on the A30 main road into Cornwall on the Eastern side of the route so is by far the quickest point to reach. Parking there unlike other locations is also free for the duration of your walk.

100 mile Challenge coast to coast walk in Cornwall for overseas visitorsArriving from Overseas - Those arriving from overseas will usually arrive in the UK at London Gatwick or London Heathrow airport from where you can catch direct trains to Liskeard.(see the train information above). Those arriving at London Heathrow will usually take a 1/2 hour underground train / overland train service into London Paddington to catch the fast inter city trains to Devon and Cornwall.

Internal Flights - There is also a regional airport at Exeter (Devon) and Newquay (Cornwall) and you can catch internal flights from other UK airports as well as Heathrow and Gatwick. Once in Exeter a short bus ride connects you with the Train Service which you can use to reach the trail (see above).  Bristol airport may also be of use if you can find flights arriving there from overseas.

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