Cornwall & Cotswolds Hiking Tour – 13 Days
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. TOUR DIRECTOR: STEWART BENNETT Look in any direction from England’s…
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.
TOUR DIRECTOR: STEWART BENNETT
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. We’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, we’ll 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.
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!
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.
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.
• 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
• 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)
• High-energy snacks
• Walking poles are particularly useful for descents
• Insect repellent, sun hat, sunglasses, sunscreen
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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DAY 4: Farmland and the Coast of West Cornwall
6 miles (10.5km) with 850 feet (260m) of ascent
From St Ives we 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.
8 miles (14km) with 1,350 feet (420m) of ascent
Crossing prehistoric fields from St Ives, we pass the farming and mining hamlets of Trevega, Boscubben and Treveal; then on to Mussel Point and River Cove where we may see seals before returning to St Ives on the South West Coast Path
11 miles (18 km) with 1,750 feet (540m) of ascent
Following the Tinners’ Way from St Ives, we 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
5.5 miles (9km) with 800 feet (240m) of ascent
From an inland start at Polgigga, we 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.
8.5 miles (13.5km) with 1,700 feet (520m) of ascent
Starting at St Loy, we 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.
11.5 miles (18 km) with 2,300 feet (700m) of ascent
Walking from Lamorna Cove, we 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
5 miles (8.5 km) with 750 feet (240m) of ascent
From Poldhu Cove we 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.
8 miles (13km) with 1,000 feet (320m) of ascent
Walking from Mullion, we pass the Marconi Monument on our way to Poldhu Cove. From the sands of Loe Bar, we head inland around the freshwater lake of Loe Pool then through the Penrose Estate to the market town of Helston
10 miles (17 km) with 1,600 feet (480m) of ascent
From Mullion Cove with its beautiful harbour we 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
4 miles (7km) with 700 feet (220m) of ascent
From Mawnan Smith we follow a route to Bream Cove and then track along the coast to the fishing village of Durgan. We then walk on to the sub-tropical gardens at Trebah on the northern side of the Helford River. We’ll have plenty of time left to explore the gardens if you wish.
8 miles (13km) with 1,150 feet (340m) of ascent
Starting on the outskirts of Falmouth, we head for Maenporth Beach, Rosemullion Head and Toll Point en route to the fishing village of Durgan and Trebah Gardens.
12 miles (19km) with 1,550 feet (480m) of ascent
We 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 we head slightly further into the Helford Estuary, passing Polgwidden Cove with its D-Day relics before reaching Trebah.
DAY 10: Around the Slaughters
6 miles (10.5km) with 400 feet (120m) of ascent
On this circular walk from Bourton we visit the pretty villages of Lower and Upper Slaughter following the river Eye. We return via Salmondsbury Camp to Bourton.
7 miles (11.5km) with 550 feet (180m) of ascent
We visit both Upper and Lower Slaughter and the medieval village of Lower Harford.
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, we cross country to the Warden’s Way and the Slaughters and back to Bourton.
DAY 11: The Windrush Valley to Burford
6.5 miles (10.5km) with 350 feet (120m) of ascent
From Little Barrington we 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.
8.5 miles (14km) with 550 feet (160m) of ascent
Our start is a typical Cotswold village, Windrush, continuing to Great Barrington with its Norman church and Palladian mansion built in 1737. From here we continue on the same paths as the Easier Walk to Burford.
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 we follow the Medium Walk into Burford.