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Walking Holiday on the UK's
South West Coast Path

from Helford Passage to Looe

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Walking Holiday on the South West Coast Path Cornwall Suggested Tour Duration:
7 nights, 6 days walking
Total Distance:
66 miles
Min/max daily distance:
9/14 miles
Average Daily distance:
11 miles
Grading:
easy to strenuous
Features:
Falmouth,
St Mawes
Lost Gardens of Heligan
Eden Project
Connects with:
Saints Way
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Day 1: Arrive at Falmouth or Looe
You make your own way to Looe (if arriving by car) or Falmouth (if arriving by train or coach). We can assist with coach or train transfers if necessary. Car parking is available for the duration of the walk.
   
Day 2: Helford Passage to Falmouth.    10 miles     moderate
We can transfer you to Helford Passage to commence your walk. The gardens of Trebah, Carwinion and Glendurgan are worth a visit before you commence on the coast path. The wooded path follows along the Helford River and there are occasional views of the estuary through the trees. You head out towards Rosemullion Head where you can see Falmouth and Pendennis Point in the distance. Pendennis Castle, and its counterpart at St Mawes, date from the mid-16th century.
Helford Passage, Cornwall on SWCP walking holiday
Day 3: Falmouth to Portloe.   14 miles   easy, then strenuous
You begin the day with two ferry rides, first across Carrick Roads to St Mawes and then across the Percuil River to Place. The gardens of Lamorran in St Mawes are worth a visit. It is a very pleasant stroll around St Anthony Head and Porthmellin Head to Portscatho in time for lunch. This afternoon you walk around Gerrans Bay to Nare Head. After a few ups and downs the little coastal village of Portloe suddenly comes into sight.
Portloe, Cornwall on SWCP walking holiday
Mevagissey, Cornwall on SWCP walking holiday Day 4: Portloe to Mevagissey.    12 miles     strenuous
Today you walk around Veryan Bay through the villages of West and East Portholland where there is an old limekiln on the beach. After passing Caehays Castle and Gardens you head towards Dodman Point which has a tall granite cross at its summit. Through the small harbour and village of Gorran Haven and then an easy stroll around Chapel Point to Mevagissey.
Optional Day: to visit Lost Gardens of Heligan
Spend an extra day in Mevagissey to visit the Lost Gardens of Heligan.
Day 5: Mevagissey to Charlestown.    7 miles    strenuous
The first electric lights in this 13th century fishing village of Mevagissey were powered by generating fed on pilchard oil! The path becomes a little more adventurous as you pass through the old china clay port of Pentewan and round Black Head. The 18th century port of Charlestown comes into view. The harbour is home to some fine old sailing ships and has been used as a location in many films.
Charlestown, Cornwall on SWCP walking holiday
Optional Day: to visit the Eden Project
Spend an extra day in Charlestown to visit the Eden Project.
Fowey, Cornwall on SWCP walking holiday Day 6: Charlestown to Fowey.  10 miles    moderate
The day begins once again with an easy stroll to Polmear. Then you head up to the red and white daymark tower on top of Gribbin Head, which has been in view for the past couple of days. Relax and enjoy the view before a challenging walk into Fowey. This attractive town is still a working harbour but is home to many sailing boats. In Fowey the South West Coast Path connect with the Saints Way.
Day 7: Fowey to Looe.   12 miles      strenuous
You take the ferry to Polruan to begin the day and then climb uphill from the harbour to the Coastwatch Station. You head for Pencarrow Head and around Lantivet Bay before arriving at Polperro for lunch. Take time to expore the tiny alleyways and narrow streets. After lunch you go around Talland Bay to the Hore Stone and now you can see St George's Island and Looe Bay.
Looe, Cornwall on SWCP walking holiday
Day 8: Depart after breakfast
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What's included
in your UK walking holiday
on the South West Coast Path

  • accommodation at high quality guest houses, inns or small hotels on a bed and breakfast basis
  • room with en-suite or private bathroom, tea and coffee making facilities
  • daily luggage transfer
  • support should there be any problems on route
  • detailed itineraries
This walking holiday in the UK on the South West Coast Path operates March to October and in either direction.
Short walking breaks are also available, with 2 or 3 days walking. Just select the part of the coast path you want to walk.
The above distances are only a suggestion. If you would like to walk longer or shorter distances, we can arrange that too.
We pride ourselves in offering the widest choice of bespoke walking holidays on the South West Coast Path.

Online booking available. A deposit of £55 per person is required to secure the booking, with the balance due 6 weeks before departure.
Other walks
in Cornwall include:

SWCP
NE Cornwall


SWCP
NW Cornwall


SWCP Land's End Circular

SWCP
SW Cornwall


SWCP
SE Cornwall


Saints Way

Copper Trail

Great Gardens of Cornwall

Isles of Scilly

Optional Extras
for your UK walking holiday
on the South West Coast Path

  • upgrade to the region's most elegant, prestigious and famous hotels, where available
  • transfers back to car or station
  • parking facilities
  • rest days
  • inn to inn walks
Helford to Looe:
8 day itinerary
6 days walking and 7 nights accommodation
£515pp
dbl/twin
£613pp
single occ
£683pp
solo traveller
Book South West Coast Path Helford Passage to Looe walking holiday online now
All prices subject to change
Extra night in Mevagissey from £48 per person
Extra night in Charlestown from £48 per person

 

 

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What our customers say:
"Thanks for a good experience. You organized perfect weather!!" Mr Harrison 2014

"Another thoroughly enjoyable holiday. We can relax in the confidence that all we have to do is turn up and walk!"
         Mr Wood 2009
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