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Cornwall & Cotswolds Hiking Tour – 13 Days

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September 6, 2018 Double: $5,095, Single: $5,395 If booking your own airfare reduce price by $600. Book by December 15, 2017 and SAVE $200 pp or book by March 16, 2018 and SAVE $100 pp.     Look in any direction from England’s southwest corner, and…

September 6, 2018

Double: $5,095, Single: $5,395

If booking your own airfare reduce price by $600.

Book by December 15, 2017 and SAVE $200 pp or book by March 16, 2018 and SAVE $100 pp.

 

 

Look in any direction from England’s southwest corner, and you’ll be hard pressed to see anything that wouldn’t go on a postcard. A seaward glance gives you aqua waters, snug harbours, castles teetering atop cliffs, and beaches. Look landward, and you’ll find limestone hills covered in wildflowers, stone cottages, elegant mansions, botanical gardens, as well as tea rooms serving signature cream teas. This favourite vacation region has been called “preposterously photogenic” and as you hike its wonders, you’ll soon see why!

Begin your exploration at charming Beaulieu. On the grounds are the gothic Beaulieu Palace and gardens and the National Motorsport Museum, showcasing the finest collection of motoring memorabilia in the world. Tour the Lost Gardens of Heligan, 200 acres lost to the world for a century, that was pulled from the brambles only 25 years ago. You’ll also visit the spectacular all-corners-of-the-world Eden Project.

Head to artsy St. Ives (Cornwall) for a free day to explore and four days of guided hiking (each day, choose from easy, medium and hard). Walk to rocky headlands and hidden coves, along ancient pack horse routes crossing fields, by sub tropical gardens and terraced theatre steps, past fishing villages, monuments, and pools to Land’s End.

In the Cotswolds, you stay at Bourton-on-the-Water. Two days of guided hikes begin from this cute-as-a-button village, and include walks along the tranquil valley from the River Windrush to the delightful small town of Burford.

 

Cornwall

An ancient Celtic kingdom, Cornwall has a wild coastline, towering cliffs, and wildflower moorlands. Its beautiful beaches, cozy harbour villages, seaside resorts, and subtropical gardens are the stuff of storybooks. For your free day, visit pretty Penzance!

Cotswolds

Rural rolling hills “wolds,” thatch-roofed cottages, ancient architecture the colour of pale gold, and market towns stuffed with local produce and cheese only begin to describe the splendid place that is England’s Cotswolds. Touched by the generous hand of the medieval wool trade, exquisite buildings humbly gloat old prosperity, and graceful farmlands tumble from the feet of ornate churches and country houses. Declared an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in 1966, its green-backed hills, ancient woods, and wildflower meadows draped with more than 3,000 miles of footpaths, bridleways, and scattered stone walls (including the 102-mile Cotswold Way) make for enchanting hours and perfect days.

 

 

Price Includes

Return airfare from Toronto, airport transfers in England, motorcoach transportation, 12 nights accommodation, 11 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 11 dinners, all highlights listed, a DeNureTours Tour Director, Connections Program and all taxes.

Prices are in Canadian dollars, are per person and include HST.

 

Highlights

• National Motor Museum
• Beaulieu Palace House and Abbey
• Lost Gardens of Helligan
• The Eden Project
• 4 days of guided hiking in Cornwall
• Free time in the Cathedral City of Wells in Somerset
• 2 days of guided hiking in the Cotswolds
• Free morning in Bourton-on-the-Water
• Guided walking tour of Oxford

 

Guided Hikes

• Farmland and the Coast of West Cornwall
• Coast and Cliffs of The Land’s End Peninsula
• The Coast and Coves of Mounts Bay
• The Helford Estuary
• Around the Slaughters
• The Windrush Valley to Burford

 

What to Bring

• Comfortable footwear with a good grip (hiking boots are recommended)
• Waterproof jacket and waterproof over-trousers
• Warm clothing, such as a fleece
• Several layers of clothing, which can be added or removed (hat and gloves are recommended)
• Small backpack
• Water bottle (at least 1 litre)
• Insect repellent, sun hat, sunglasses, sunscreen

 

Accommodation

Weymouth: Rembrandt Hotel (1 night)
St. Ives: Chy Morvah (6 nights)
Bourton-on-the-Water: Harrington House (3 nights)
Gatwick: Gatwick Hilton (1 night)

 

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Cornwall & Cotswolds Hiking Tour – 13 Days

Day 1-2: Overnight flight to Gatwick

Your DeNureTours tour director and motorcoach await your arrival at Gatwick Airport where you’ll head for England’s southern coast. You’ll take a ride on the country’s oldest monorail and visit 800-year-old Beaulieu Abbey, the 1538 Montagu family Palace House, and The National Motorsport Museum.

After a full day, enjoy a welcome dinner and get to know your fellow travellers in Weymouth.

Stay: Rembrant Hotel, Weymouth
Nights: 1
Meals: D

Day 3: Lost Gardens of Heligan, Eden Project

A hearty English breakfast and then south to Cornwall’s finest garden, The Lost Gardens of Heligan! Explore 200 acres of garden history, mystery, and romance in a magical place that, just 25 years ago, were hidden under a blanket of weeds. 

Your next stop: Eden. An ecological and technological feat of engineering, Eden’s Biomes (Rainforest, Mediterranean, and more) put orange and lemon trees, olive groves, gnarled vines, the worlds largest flower, and miles of walkways under one structure, preserving the world’s diverse horticulture in a former Cornish mining pit.

Settle into your hotel for the next 6 nights on the seaside property, Chy Morvah (“house by the sea”). Within walking distance of the centre of St Ives, Chy Morvah overlooks the north Cornwall coast.

Stay: Chy Morvah House, St Ives
Nights: 6
Meals: B, D

Day 4: Cornwall

From Chy Morvah, you’ll explore the dramatic coastline west of St Ives with its rocky headlands, hidden coves, and sweeping sea views.

Meals: B, L, D

Day 5: Land’s End

Follow the impressive cliff-top path along the South Cornwall coast, past Porthcurno, and the stone-terraced Minack Theatre to Land’s End. Expect stunning coastal scenery throughout, sometimes rugged underfoot, as you make your way to the tip of England.

Meals: B, L, D

Day 6: Free day

The beauty of Cornwall is yours to discover however you please today!

Meals: B, L, D

Day 7: The Coast and Coves of Mounts Bay

Put on your shoes and walk the coast from Mullion to the harbour at Porthleven. Pass traditional fishing harbours and delightful coves, with the sea stretching beyond to the horizon.

Meals: B, L, D

Day 8: The Helford Estuary

The peaceful Helford River estuary is a complete change of scene from the Cornish peninsula’s gnarled cliffs. Your walks end at Trebah Gardens with its sub-tropical plants and beautiful sea views.

Meals: B, L, D

Day 9: Cotswolds

Wake to a full English breakfast before boarding the coach to travel north to the City of Wells in Somerset. You’ll visit the historic centre, magnificent cathedral, and the unique moated Bishop’s Palace where the springs in the garden gave Wells its name.

On to the Cotswolds where you will stay at the Harrington House near charming Bourton-on-the-Water. Dating from the Tudor period and of considerable historic interest, the house is a fine example of the mellow Cotswolds architectural style. 

Stay: Harrington House, Bourton-on-the-Water
Nights: 3
Meals: B, D

Day 10: Around the Slaughters

A couple of miles from Bourton-on-the-Water are the twin villages of Upper and Lower Slaughter. The River Eye flows through these picturesque villages, creating a picture-postcard scene.

Meals: B, L, D

Day 11: Windrush Valley, Burford

Enjoy a choice of hikes today along the tranquil Windrush Valley to the delightful small town of Burford.

Meals: B, L, D

Day 12: Bourton-on-the-Water, Oxford

The River Windrush runs through the centre of Bourton-on-the-Water, a lovely village known as the Venice of the Cotswolds.’ Explore the many attractive bridges here before boarding your motorcoach for Oxford.

The City of Dreaming Spires, Oxford is famous the world over for its University and place in history. For over 800 years, it has been a home to royalty and scholars, and since the 9th century an established town. 

Finish the day with a farewell dinner at the hotel with your fellow travellers.

Stay: Hilton Gatwick, Gatwick
Nights: 1
Meals: B, D

Day 13: Return flight home

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel, then take the breezeway over to the airport terminal to check in for your return flight home.

Meals: B

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DAY 4: Farmland and the Coast of West Cornwall

EASIER HIKE
6 miles (10.5km) with 850 feet (260m) of ascent
From St Ives you walk to Clodgy Point, turning inland at Pen Enys Point and returning along the 18th century packhorse route of the Tinners’ Way as it crosses a prehistoric field system.

MEDIUM HIKE
8 miles (14km) with 1,350 feet (420m) of ascent
Crossing prehistoric fields from St Ives, you pass the farming and mining hamlets of Trevega, Boscubben and Treveal; then on to Mussel Point and River Cove where you may see seals before returning to St Ives on the South West Coast Path

HARDER HIKE
11 miles (18 km) with 1,750 feet (540m) of ascent
Following the Tinners’ Way from St Ives, you head for the picturesque village of Zennor with its medieval church and Tinners Arms pub before returning along the coast via River Cove to St Ives.


DAY 5: Coast and Cliffs of The Land’s End Peninsula

EASIER HIKE
5.5 miles (9km) with 800 feet (240m) of ascent
From an inland start at Polgigga, you walk across tracks and field paths to Mill Bay and the old fishing village of Sennen Cove, before following the Coast Path over granite cliffs to Land’s End.

MEDIUM HIKE
8.5 miles (13.5km) with 1,700 feet (520m) of ascent
Starting at St Loy, you follow the Coast Path via the National Trust’s Penberth Cove, the Iron Age remains of Treryn Dinas castle, Porthcurno and Rowena Cade’s remarkable open-air Minack Theatre to finish at Land’s End.

HARDER HIKE
11.5 miles (18 km) with 2,300 feet (700m) of ascent
Walking from Lamorna Cove, you follow the coast path to Land’s End, taking in many of the same sights as the Medium Walk including Gwennap Head and Mill Bay. This is a fairly strenuous walk with lots of up and down.


DAY 7: The Coast and Coves of Mounts Bay

EASIER HIKE
5 miles (8.5 km) with 750 feet (240m) of ascent
From Poldhu Cove you follow the South West Coast Path past Church Cove with its tiny church surrounded by sand; then over Halzephron Cliffs and through Gunwalloe Cove to cross the sands of Loe Bar and finish at the fishing harbour of Porthleven.

MEDIUM HIKE
8 miles (13km) with 1,000 feet (320m) of ascent
Walking from Mullion, you pass the Marconi Monument on your way to Poldhu Cove. From the sands of Loe Bar, you head inland around the freshwater lake of Loe Pool then through the Penrose Estate to the market town of Helston

HARDER HIKE
10 miles (17 km) with 1,600 feet (480m) of ascent
From Mullion Cove with its beautiful harbour you head south to join the coast at Predannack Cliffs before turning north on a beautiful section of the South West Coast Path to Poldhu Cove and Porthleven.


DAY 8: The Helford Estuary

EASIER HIKE
4 miles (7km) with 700 feet (220m) of ascent
From Mawnan Smith you follow a route to Bream Cove and then track along the coast to the fishing village of Durgan. You then walk on to the sub-tropical gardens at Trebah on the northern side of the Helford River. You’ll have plenty of time left to explore the gardens if you wish.

MEDIUM HIKE
8 miles (13km) with 1,150 feet (340m) of ascent
Starting on the outskirts of Falmouth, you head for Maenporth Beach, Rosemullion Head and Toll Point en route to the fishing village of Durgan and Trebah Gardens.

HARDER HIKE
12 miles (19km) with 1,550 feet (480m) of ascent
You start in Falmouth – seeing the harbour and still active docks – before heading out to Pendennis Head, Swanpool and Maenporth. Following a similar route to the other groups you head slightly further into the Helford Estuary, passing Polgwidden Cove with its D-Day relics before reaching Trebah.


DAY 10: Around the Slaughters

EASIER HIKE
6 miles (10.5km) with 400 feet (120m) of ascent
On this circular walk from Bourton you visit the pretty villages of Lower and Upper Slaughter following the river Eye. You return via Salmondsbury Camp to Bourton.

MEDIUM HIKE
7 miles (11.5km) with 550 feet (180m) of ascent
You visit both Upper and Lower Slaughter and the medieval village of Lower Harford.

HARDER HIKE
10 miles (16.5km) with 700 feet (220m) of ascent
Following a clockwise loop from Bourton along the River Windrush to Lower Harford and Naunton, you cross country to the Warden’s Way and the Slaughters and back to Bourton.


DAY 11: The Windrush Valley to Burford

EASIER HIKE
6.5 miles (10.5km) with 350 feet (120m) of ascent
From Little Barrington you follow a route through Westwell and Holwell into Burford, with its packhorse bridge and high street lined with 17th and 18th century houses and inns.

MEDIUM HIKE
8.5 miles (14km) with 550 feet (160m) of ascent
Your start is a typical Cotswold village, Windrush, continuing to Great Barrington with its Norman church and Palladian mansion built in 1737. From here you continue on the same paths as the Easier Walk to Burford.

HARDER HIKE
11.5 miles (19km) with 650 feet (200m) of ascent
Today’s starting point is Sherborne Park and Sherborne, a traditional agricultural estate and feudal village now owned by the National Trust. Heading east across water-meadows and through the Cotswold villages you follow the Medium Walk into Burford.

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