We are very excited to be able to offer another Nordic walking short break in Falmouth in June 2019. We have again teamed up with Kelly Bennett from Walk Kernow who is an expert on Cornwall and knows all the best trails to drink in the sights and sounds of this naturally stunning area.
Kelly will be leading the walks along with Marcus, and after the great feedback from last years trip we expect this weekend to be popular. See the itinerary below for what you’ll enjoy on this fabulous weekend of stunning views, excellent food and a luxury hotel. Click here for photos of last years trip.
Arrive at Greenbank Hotel anytime on Friday (check in is 3pm)
We would recommend you miss the traffic and get down to Falmouth as early as you can on Friday to explore this beautiful and historic town, once listed as the best place to live in the South West in the Sunday Times Best Places To Live Guide.
Based around a thriving harbour Falmouth is gateway to the beautiful Fal River which runs through an Area Of Natural Beauty. The town is famous for its creative buzz with many art galleries displaying contemporary works and venues showcasing independent films and live bands.
And you'll want to spend time in the amazing Greenbank Hotel, our luxury hotel which is perched on Falmouth’s historic waterfront. It has a view to die for and a harbour facing room is highly recommended. Check it out on Tripadvisor.
Friday is a free day and lunch & dinner are not included, but Marcus will be organising an informal meal in a reasonably priced local eatery at 7.30pm if you'd like to join him.
Saturday 9 mile South Coast & Inland Nordic Walk
Start 9.30 am
We’ll drive 10 mins in our cars to our start point at the beautiful sandy beach of Maenporth Beach with its views of Pendennis Castle and distant views of St Anthony Head lighthouse which was used as the lighthouse in Fraggle Rock.
From here we’ll take the path inland through the woods and on to Mawnan Smith for coffee and cake. Mawnan Smith is a pretty little crossroads village with thatched cottages and an attractive 15th-century church. Then back down through Carwinion with its tropical ferns to the Helford River, bringing us to the remote and tranquil Porth Saxon beach.
We’ll continue on the path following the Helford Estuary which is nestled between the western edge of Falmouth Bay and the Lizard Peninsular. We pass Gledurgan Garden, a National Trust site with a beautiful maze, and Trebah Gardens, both nestled within steep valleys. As we walk towards the Helford Passage we will approach our lunch stop with an idyllic setting and wonderful food, The Ferry Boat Inn or if the tides are right we will cross on the Helford River Boat to The Shipwrights Arms, nestled on the banks of the Helford River. We will then return following the water back to Maenporth following the coast path taking in the stunning Rosemullion Head.
Finish around 4pm and back to hotel
Saturday night -
3 course dinner at The Greenbank Hotel plus glass of wine or soft drink
Sunday 9 mile North Coast Nordic Walk
Start 9.30 am
We’ll take a minibus to our start point, the picturesque cove of St Agnes, steeped in mining history.
From here we’ll walk straight on to the South West Coast Path, England's longest waymarked long-distance footpath and National Trail. There will be plenty of time to stop and take in the dramatic views as we climb in and out of the coves, and as we make our way along the coast you will see the remains of the once thriving Cornish mining industry.
As we continue we’ll wind our way past Green Island, the remarkable Hanover Cove and Cligga Head Mines which mined Wolfram and Tin (munitions). When we pass the headlands of Shag Rock we will get our first glimpse of one of the most beautiful beaches in Cornwall, Perranporth, stretching almost two miles into the distance. At low tide, Perranporth beach and neighbouring Penhale sands join together to form one of the largest stretches of unbroken sand on the North Coast.
As we make our way towards Perranporth you may just see a light aircraft as we pass the cliff top airfield and after we will descend we’ll enjoy a traditional Cornish pasty for lunch at the popular Willow Cafe. After lunch, we're off up on to the dunes where Winston Graham wrote the novel Poldark. Making our way back to the South West Coast we’ll pass through Marram Grass, a familiar feature of Cornwall’s coastal sand dunes, then on through to Ligger Point which is a popular bird watching site. As we round Penhale Point you'll see Holywell Bay, a classic north Cornish beach with a sweep of golden sand and a towering dune system.
As we reach the beach to end our Nordic Walking weekend we will look back at the spectacular view of the iconic Gull Rock, made famous by the new Poldark Series as it was used for many encounters between Ross, Demelza and sworn enemy George Warleggan.
Finish around 4 pm and minibus back to the hotel
Inland facing twin/double £365pp
Harbour view twin/double £392pp
Inland facing single £391
Please note there will be additional car park charges on Saturday and a ferry charge if the tide is right.
Click the Book Now button to and then email firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know which room type you require. Rooms are limited and will be allocated on a first come first serve basis. If you are coming on your own and are happy to share please let us know whether you'd prefer a harbour facing or inland view room. As we only have one single room available most walkers will need to share.
We'll then email you with our details so you can send us a £75 non-refundable deposit by bank transfer to secure your place. The balance will need to be paid 8 weeks before your weekend starts. This trip will require a minimum of 12 people.