One Centre Breaks
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Most of our walkers choose to book multi centre walking holidays on our trails walking onto a new overnight location every night they are away. However you may prefer to stay in one or perhaps two locations only rather than moving on every day.
Advantages of a one or two centre holiday
- You don’t have to pack and unpack your bags every night and can keep access to your car if needed.
- You can get to thoroughly explore the walking and attractions in a particular area.
- Your holiday will often be cheaper as there are no daily bag transfer costs
- You may be keen to stay in a specific accommodation for the duration of your holiday.
The best options for this type of holiday require a mix of good facilities in an inspiring location which is worth spending a few days in. You also ideally need a cross section of walks so you do not have to travel too far (or at all) to complete several different walks from your single location.
Our suggested One Centre breaks can all meet these criteria so scroll down for some options and examples. As ever with Encounter Walking all your walking, route information, transfers and support are provided by us. You just need to turn up, walk, explore and escape !
Fowey sits looking at its sister town Polruan on the other side of the estuary and is simply the best place to stay on the South Cornwall Coast Path in our opinion. A stunning historical natural harbour town at the foot of the mighty Fowey Estuary at the end of a protected 'Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty'. Fowey has so much to explore and the fact that it is still working port has somewhat protected it from the usual tourist trappings that have rather overun some of the other coastal towns. It offers a fantastic variety of walking from your doorstep along with high quality restaurants, facilities and accommodation options.
Walking options whilst staying in Fowey
- Charlestown to Fowey on the South West Coast Path through Daphne du Maurier Coastline
- Fowey to Looe & Polperro on the South West Coast Path – the best section between Falmouth and Plymouth
- Helmans Tor to Fowey on the Saints Way - either Eastern or Western routes
- The Inland "Hall Walk" one of Cornwall’s finest Circular Walks using two small ferries en route or the Gribbin Head walk using both the Coast Path and Saints Way in a circular wander.
Gentle Canoe Trips on the river Fowey to hidden Lerryn, the passenger ferry to Mevagissey with the option to walk to the Lost Gardens of Heligan. Boat trips up the River Fowey and to Polperro, easy visits to The Eden Project and Lanhydrock Estate. Fowey itself has access to nearby stunning unspoilt beaches and inland creeks only accessible to the walker.
Accommodation in Fowey is in B&B’s, Top End Boutique Hotels, and several atmospheric Inn’s overlooking the fascinating harbourside.
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Both provide access to excellent walking along the South West Coast Path on the sections between Portloe and Fowey the highlights of the South Coast Harbours and Coves route. In addition inland walking visits to The Eden Project and the Lost Gardens of Heligan can be built in along with the inland Saints Way to Helmans Tor or routes down the Fowey River Valley. With easy rail and road access both locations are excellent for one centre short breaks and longer holidays.
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Routes include Padstow to Porthcothan and the unspoilt fishing village of Port Isaac on the South West Coast Path along with Day 1 of the Saints Way inland to Withiel or Lanivet for scenic variety. You can hire bikes or walk the Camel trail 18 miles of stunning traffic free trail heading for Bodmin Moor up the stunning Camel Estuary.
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A smaller but idyllic get away option. Boscastle is an unusual and atmospheric fishing village with a tight fjord like harbour and strong connections to the writings of Thomas Hardy. Tucked on the coast at the end of two valleys there are excellent options for a walking break on the Wreckers Coast.
Walking includes reaching Tintagel and King Arthurs Cliff Top Castle, Port Isaac Crackington Haven and Bude on the South West Coast Path. Inland routes following in Thomas Hardy’s footsteps and for the adventurous you can spend a day on the Smugglers Way climbing down from Brown Willy (Cornwall’s highest point) on Bodmin Moor all the way back to sea level at Boscastle.
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The delightful village of Marazion a fantastic one centre location with accommodation right on the beach overlooking stunning St Michaels Mount. Walking options include the St Michaels Way from which you can walk coast to coast and cross Cornwall to visit St Ives on foot. South West Coast Path routes from the Lands End direction pass through stunning harbours at Mousehole and Lamorna with wild unspoilt coastline in between. Head east to get a taste of the entrance to the Lizard Peninsular by walking the coast path to Porthleven and Mullion. A real axis between three areas, Lands End, the Lizard and inland Penwith with options to not only visit stunning St Michaels Mount but to go to sleep every night gazing over the causeway at it in the sunset. Easy access via nearby Penzance and the Mainline Railway.
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Well known as a popular destination for opening up West Cornwall, St Ives's is loved for its idyllic harbour, continental cafe’s and superior eating options along with golden beaches and a town awash with art. This is home to the Tate Gallery, Barbara Hepworth Sculpture and lots more. Providing a range of walking options with day walks on the coast to coast route from St Michaels Mount (St Michaels Way), a classic section of Coast Path to the timeless village of Zennor and options on to wild Pendeen or the gentler beaches in the Gwithian area.
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Lands End Area
With a variety of accommodation options in the Penwith area such as Sennen, St Just and Porthcurno one centre breaks here give access to South West Coast Path walking around the dramatic Lands End Area with inland routes to ancient standing stones and coastal moorland. Add to this Cornwall’s best beach and surfing options at Sennen, a performance at the outdoor cliff Theatre at the Minack and the history and dramatic scenery of The World Heritage Tin Mining Site along the coast in West Penwith.
St Ives, Marazion (St Michaels Mount) and Penzance are also all within easy reach to give a variety of options for a one or two centre break in the far west of the County with some of the best and wildest coastal walking in the West Country.
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Look at any combination of the above locations with perhaps two or three days in each place to build a week long holiday without the complications of moving on every night. Staying in Fowey and St Ives (see above) is the favourite Two Centre Option for those wanting the option to walk every day but be based in two larger locations with plenty of choices for other activities / exploring as an alternative if they want a day off the trails.
We can help with travel between the locations you want to stay in as well as suggest an itinerary with as much or as little walking built in as you want.
Email us for options and we will suggest an itinerary and accommodation based on the best two centres for a walking break.