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The Smugglers Way

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Getting to and from The Smugglers Way

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.

Smugglers Way Cornish Walking Holiday arrival by trainTrain Arrival at Looe - Mainline fast Trains from London and the Midlands run regularly to Liskeard. Change here for the stunning scenic branch line journey to Looe down the Looe Valley taking around 45 minutes. 

Departure from Boscastle - There is no train station at Boscastle. Options are to take buses to Bodmin Parkway Station, Plymouth or Exeter (via Bude). Contact us for advice on times and options as services are on rural routes and need some planning. We can also advise on private transfers from Boscastle to Bodmin Parkway which is the nearest mainline station (around 1 hour away).

Public Transport information for the UK Coast to Coast Walk Cornwall Coach Arrival - National Express Coaches run from London to Liskeard from where you can take a train for the 45 minute journey to Looe (see above). 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).

Departure - Buses from Boscastle can be used to connect to National Express Coaches going through Bodmin and Exeter - contact us for advice

Parking and driving information Smugglers Way Coast to Coast Route CornwallLong Stay Parking is available in both Looe and Boscastle at the Council Run car parks which are right on The Smugglers Way route at both ends and we can advise on prices and locations. To get back to your car by public transport requires using buses to the train station at Bodmin Parkway OR Plymouth from where you can take a train to Looe. Please ask for advice on times and options for the date required and we can advise further. If you are in a rush to return to your car we can include a quote for a private transfer which would take around 1.5 hours.

Overseas Travel to the UK Coast to Coast Walking Holiday in CornwallArriving 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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