Discover challenging and dramatic walking trails shaped by the footsteps of traders, smugglers, saints and pirates. Cornish walking trails will reveal ancient tin mines, clifftop castles, timeless fishing villages and wild moors as you travel through a landscape of huge cliffs and hidden coves that goes back to the depths of time itself. In between the coastal drama, iconic harbours such as St Ives and Padstow give walkers access to some of the UK‘s best restaurants and coastal hotels. A county encircled by the wild Atlantic ocean, there is over 330 miles of spectacular world class coast path here taking you around the farthest corners of England - put simply it feels like walking on the edge of the world.
Stretching from coast to coast across the southwest of England, Devon is a richly diverse county with rugged shores and cliffs in the north, and classic Victorian seaside resorts in the south. In between you'll find tranquil green pastures, wooded gorges and the two dramatic wild moors in the National Parks of Dartmoor and Exmoor. Choose Devon for its walking variety, and you'll find that the popular image of cream teas and thatched cottages is true - but that Devon is so much more once you explore it on two feet. Coast to coast routes like the Two Moors Way will offer a journey through it all from the wild northern shores that inspired the Romantic poets to the maritime ports of the south coast.
Free your soul and clear your mind! Walking on the wild moors of these National Parks is a wonderful antidote to modern living. England's last true wilderness, Dartmoor offers 365 square miles of virtually uninhabited freedom with high moors and twisted dramatic granite tors a land of myths, ghosts and legends. Exmoor, its smaller and more gentle neighour, is 250 Square miles of near perfect and unique beauty, with high uplands swathed in heather and steep, wooded gorges and rushing streams. See Dartmoor ponies and Exmoor stags in these wildlife rich areas, home to 30 species of mammals and over 240 types of bird. The moors offer a unique opportunity for more challenging walking where the only human sound you will hear is the rhythm of your own breath.
Avoid the crowds and discover “Secret Somerset” missed by so many rushing headlong for the far South West. The 'land of the summer people' was named in a time when this area could only be visited in the summer months as the sea receded. Today its a rich, fertile and 'for real' landscape crowned by the fine walking ridges of the Mendip and Quantock Hills both protected areas of outstanding natural beauty. Rising up over King Arthur‘s Vale of Avalon along with the magical Tor at Glastonbury, walkers will find hidden gorges, wooded combes and the best inland panoramas of the South West. Also boasting its own Jurassic Coast Path, providing a gateway into the wilds of Exmoor National Park, Somerset offers walking routes without the crowds for those who want to find..... what the rest miss.
Dorset has a comfortable old world “English” feel to it and its walking routes traverse a rather more green and agricultural land of thatched cottages, cream teas.... and fossils ! Walkers here will find the more gentle rolling farmland, pretty villages and chalk ridges beloved by Thomas Hardy that sweep down to end abruptly at the World Heritage Jurassic Coast. Here, alongside the sea, those after more challenging routes can take a walking holiday through time itself amongst the dramatic chalk stacks, cliffs and arches of the Dorsetshire fossil coast. An area that can be very busy in high season but often suits walkers looking for more gentle and less exposed walking than the far west of the region.
Wales offers some of the best walking and outdoor activities to be had anywhere in the world. The 870-mile Welsh Coast Path was only fully opened in 2012 and is the world's first walk along the entire coast of a nation. The terrain is on an equally grand scale with towering cliffs, vast stretches of unspoilt golden sands, imposing castles, offshore islands and to the north there is the backdrop of Snowdonia National Park with its stunning mountains. Wales in general offers walkers great value for money compared to more popular areas like Cornwall with walking options to suit everyone, from those who want the cosmopolitan restaurants and facilities of towns like Tenby and St Davids, through to isolated and remote forests and coastal hills that sit on the very cusp of the Snowdonian Peaks. Bursting with confidence and pride in its “Welshness”, its Celtic history, language and culture there has never been a better time for walkers to enter Wales.
The South West Coast Path is the UK's longest National Trail and one of the top ten walking routes in the world. It snakes, dips and rises continuously on its way through a staggering 1014km (630 miles) of pristine coastline, 450 miles of which is through nationally protected areas. It's a challenge too; walking the entire South West Coast Path is the equivalent to scaling Mount Everest four times! From towering cliffs to hidden coves, ghostly tin mines to lush subtropical wooded creeks. One minute a dramatic rock theatre hewn out of the cliffs, the next a prehistoric fossilized forest or a 20thC Art Deco Island Hotel. What sets The South West Coast Path apart from other trails is that around almost every corner is yet another surprise as you retrace the footsteps and histories of the tin miners, fisherman, smugglers, wreckers and the customs men who chased them.
1st March 2023 - We are now fully booked on our coast path routes until the end of May but please send quote requests in for June onwards as there is availability for the rest of the year. If you do plan to walk between now and June then our inland routes, Coleridge Way, Mendip Way, Saints Way Dartmoor Way and Two Moors Way still have availability for most dates so please get in touch.
Grade - Mainly Easy with some moderate sections - what these grades mean
Overnight stops in Padstow before starting the Saints Way Walk
The Saints Way starts in the heart of Padstow at St Petroc’s Church the original Celtic Monastery at the head of your Cornwall Coast to Coast Adventure. Having explored Padstow’s harbour you leave the fishing and Rick Steins Restaurants behind you and climb quickly to ascend Dennis Hill with its dramatic granite obelisk and rewarding views back over the golden Camel Estuary and rugged north Cornwall coastline.
The Saints Way then picks its way along hidden inland creeks and pills along an old sanding track linking old silver and lead mines to the creek head hamlet of Little Petherick with its 14C church. Climbing away from the estuary you now enter the gentle meadow and pasture of the Mellingey Valley passing through ancient manor settlements such as Blable or the “Wolf Pit”.
A long steady climb follows onto the higher ground to climb to St Breock Down, the highest point on the Saints Way path at 700ft. Huge Bronze Age Tumuli and Barrows are flanked here by surreal giant whirring turbines at the St Breock wind farm and at the summit you reach Men Gurta Longstone Cornwall’s largest standing Menhir – otherwise known as the Stone of Waiting.
Over the down the way drops into the delightfully hidden valley of Tregustick moving onto ancient stony drovers lanes that cross the Ruthern River or Red River named after its unnatural colour - a result of its tin mining past. For those walking the Saints Way over three days your first overnight is here in the remote parish of Withiel after 10 miles – with a scattering of farmsteads a 14C Church and little else you already feel a long way from the hustle and bustle of Padstow.
Overnight stops at Withiel on the Saints Way
For those walking onto Lanivet on the two Day Saints Way route, you continue through rich pastures and backlanes passing more well preserved Celtic crosses and stone clapper bridges on an easy final 5 mile wander to drop into the village of Lanivet. Lanivet meaning Pagan Sacred Grove has a couple of B&B’s the all important pub as well as a fish and chip restaurant and a shop. So on this trail it’s something of a hub of civilisation. The Church is well worth visiting with several inscribed stones and crosses one carved with the slightly disturbing figure of man with a tail.
Overnight stops at Lanivet on the Saints Way route
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