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The Classic Cornwall Short Break

Lantic Bay on Cornish coastal path

Not everyone has the time to walk a full week on the trail, you may want to fit in a short section of walking within a longer sightseeing holiday or if it’s your first time on a walking break you may want to play it safe and try a taster trip over 2 or 3 days.

The main consideration is to make the most of your time if its limited, to walk the best bits of the trail, see the most variety and have the quickest entry and exit to the trail from your car or public transport and of course with only a few nights away you want to get the best accommodation you can for your break.

Encounter Walking can provide this for you. We can operate a short section on any part of the South West Coast Path so if you are particularly interested in one area just contact us and tell us where you want to be and we will come up with the options. 

The following route is a great example of a shorter section that works well giving you a great section of Coast Path, lots of variety and stunning walking without having to travel all the way to West Cornwall.  It’s our favourite and ideal for not only on first time walking breaks but also where you are short on time but wanting the best mix of variety of trail along with absorbing and charismatic overnight harbour stops.

Cornish Classic short break route profile

Cornish Classic short break grade of walking

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Mevagissey to Fowey or Looe  - 2 or 3 days - 18  to  30 miles

Pridmouth Beach Fowey, Cornwall Walking Holidays, South West Coastal Path,This is the classic short break. Cliffs, coves, stunning untouched beaches - a real escape but with reasonable daily distances.  All in all a taste of the Coast Path that will see you back for more ! 

Its bonus is the overnight stops in enchanting fishing villages and historic harbours each night with great facilities and accommodation available at the fishing village of Mevagissey,  the tall ships harbour of Charlestown, at Fowey – one of Cornwall’s best and lesser known ports finishing by the beach at Looe. The walking includes sections through inspiring Daphne du Mauriers coastline, golden untouched beaches at Great and Little Lantic Bay, towering cliffs and hidden coves around commanding Gribbin Head and for those taking the last day onto Looe the best days walking between Falmouth and Plymouth on the Coast Path including a great last day lunch stop at the Medieval Harbour of Polperro.

Lanitc Bay South Cornwall Coast Path, Luggage Transfers South West UKOptions you can fit in include a visit The Lost Gardens of Heligan, The Eden Project or take an unforgettable gentle canoe trip up the mysterious River Fowey. Transport in and out is easy with options for long stay parking and easy access to the rail network all the way along the route.

To read about the walking route itself and your overnight stops follow the links below for the South West Coast Path pages and then contact us for advice on how to set up the walk on a two or three day schedule based on your level of fitness.

Day 1 - South West Coast Path - Mevagissey to Charlestown

Day 2 - South West Coast Path - Charlestown to Fowey

Day 3 - South West Coast Path - Fowey to Looe

Walking coastal path into Polperro Cornwall

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