We are very excited to be able to offer this new Nordic Walking short break in 2018. We have 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 Ros and Marcus, and what a treat we have in store. See the itinerary below for what you’ll enjoy on this fabulous weekend (please note this is a bank holiday) :
You will arrive at the Greenbank Hotel in Falmouth throughout the day/evening and we'll meet at the hotel for drinks from 8pm. You'll make your own way to the hotel but we can arrange lift shares nearer the time.
The Greenbank Hotel is a contemporary yet elegant 4 star hotel perched on Falmouth’s historic waterfront, and it will be a truly unforgettable experience. The rooms are stylish, fresh and comfortable, the reviews from previous travellers are excellent, and if you're feeling indulgent you can book yourself in for a luxury spa treatment. The main bar has far reaching views across The Fal to Flushing and it’ll be the perfect place to meet your fellow walkers. Then off to bed for a great nights sleep before our upcoming adventure.
Saturday 12 mile South Coast & Inland Nordic Walk
Start 9.30 am
We’ll drive 10 mins in our own cars to the start point, Gyllenvase beach - a pretty town beach with Blue Flag status.
From here we’ll walk along the coast towards Swanpool which takes its name from the many swans that have made their home there. We’ll continue on to the beautiful sandy bay of Maenporth 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 take a 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 the rustic Ferry Boat Inn which dates back 300 years for lunch around 1pm. Then we will return following the water back to Falmouth taking in Rosemullion head and stunning views back over Falmouth. (Please note, this walk route may change slightly and may include a ferry crossing and a different pub stop depending on the tides. We’ll find out in January, and if we do take the ferry it will cost an extra £8 per person).
Saturday night - food at The Lookout
We’ll walk a short distance to local restaurant The Lookout, where you can enjoy a 3-course set menu, a glass of wine and tea or coffee to finish. The Lookout is a small, friendly restaurant with a view over the harbour. Their food is freshly prepared on the premises, they have a great mix of delicious dishes and they source as much of their produce from local suppliers as possible. Highly rated.
Sunday 10 mile North Coast Nordic Walk
Start 10 am
We’ll take a minibus to our start point, the picturesque cove of St Agnes which is 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 a National Trail. There will be plenty of time to stop and take in the views as we climb in and out of the coves, rewarding ourselves with the dramatic views that the North coast gives us. 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 enjoy the views of Green Island, Hanover Cove and Cligger Head Mines. 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 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 clifftop airfield, and as we descend to Perranporth Beach you’ll soon spot the only pub on the beach in the UK, The Watering Hole, where we will be stopping for lunch around 1pm.
After lunch we're off up on to the dunes to find St Piran’s Church, once called the Hidden Church as it was buried beneath the sand for many years, along with The Oratory. These dunes are 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.
There are so many sights on this magnificent route, finishing with another little touch of Poldark. As we make our way into Holywell Bay you’ll take in the iconic Gull Rock, used for many encounters between Ross, Demelza and sworn enemy George Warleggan as well as for the challenging horse races between Dwight and Caroline.
Finish around 4pm and back to the hotel to depart.
Double/twin room (inland facing) £349 per person incl VAT
Double/twin room (harbour facing) £375 per person incl VAT
Single rooms are at a supplement. Contact Ros for more details.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like more details. We'll require a £75 non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The balance will need to be paid 8 weeks before your weekend starts. We need a minimum of 12 people on this trip for it to go ahead. Please note that this is a bank holiday weekend.
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