Overview

The Lizard Peninsula is the southern-most tip of England and offers a beautiful coastline combined with a relatively mild climate. The tour includes a great variety of coast and heathland, taking clients through picturesque fishing villages, as well as the tree-lined creeks that inspired the novels of Daphne du Maurier.

6 –12 NIGHTS Available Helston, England
Direction

By Rail: There is a railway station in both Truro and Penzance, with a direct route from London Paddington. The journey time is 4½ to 5 hours

By Car: If you are arriving by car, please let us know as the B&B accommodation we use have very limited parking and it will require pre-booking.

From the direction of M5 Exeter, Junction 31:

  • Join A30 and remain in it for approx 81 miles until a roundabout with Wind Farm Take the second exit. (Signed TRURO / FALMOUTH A39)
  • In 5.5 miles (at T junction & Lights) turn Right (Sign for TRURO A39)
Description

Hotel Category

B&Bs, Hotels and Inns (3*) OR Luxury Hotels (5*).

Luggage Transfer

The tour includes transfer of luggage as stated. The tour information pack contains luggage tags from Compass Holidays. Your name and the hotels used throughout the holiday will be on these tags. They should be fixed to your luggage. In the morning the luggage should be left at the reception for collection. Luggage is collected after 9.30am and delivered to the next hotel before 4.30pm.

Grade (Difficulty)

The grade of this tour is moderate.

Start Location

  • Truro or Penzance

End Location

  • Truro or Penzance

Daily Distance Range

  • Minimum:18 miles / 29 km per day
  • Maximum:35 miles / 56 km per day

Duration (Nights)

This tour has a variety of durations from 6 nights to 13 nights.

Availability

This tour is available from January until December.

 

Inclusions/Exclusions
What we'll give. What we won't

What is included in the tour

  • Accommodation at the stated category with breakfast
  • Luggage Transfers
  • Full Tour Pack with colour coded routes on local maps
  • Smartphone App with GPS routes
  • 24-hr emergency helpline

What is NOT included in the tour

  • Lunch, Dinner & Drinks
  • Entrance to attractions unless specified
  • Buses and/or Ferries unless otherwise stated
  • Tourist Taxes where applicable
Altitude

The altitude on this tour reaches a maximum of 482 feet.

Itinerary

Arrive Helston 

A: Circuit from Helston via Loe Pool (Full route: 8.5 miles / 13.7km | Short Route: 6.75 miles / 11 km) 

Enjoy a gentle start to the day with an easy circular walk around the Loe Pool, Cornwall’s largest natural area of fresh water. This route then continues into the woodland of the Penrose Estate and on to the little fishing harbour of Porthleven before returning to Helston. 

Overnight in Helston. No luggage transfer required. 

B: Linear route from Helston to St Keverne, via Manaccan (Full route: 9.5 miles / 15km | Short Route: 5.5 miles / 9 km) 

Today begins with a short taxi transfer (included in the price) across The Lizard to Manaccan. From here you can explore the mysterious calm waters and wooded banks of Frenchmans Creek which inspired many novels from Daphne du Maurier. You will then follow the coast path south along beautiful rugged cliffs and sandy coves through the little harbour at Porthallow to the village of St. Keverne. 

Overnight in St Keverne. Luggage will be transferred.  

C: Circuit from St Keverne via Coverack (Full route: 8.75 miles / 14 km | Short Route: 6.25 miles / 10 km) 

This circular walk takes you south across the rich pastures to the coast of Coverack where pretty cottages cluster around the harbour. You then return along a section of the coast path that varies from rocky cliffs to flat and pebble covered. You will also pass the notorious offshore rocks on Lowland Point that has wrecked an estimated 150 ships. 

Overnight in St Keverne. No luggage transfer required. 

D: Linear route from St Keverne to Mullion, via Arrowan (Full route: 8 miles / 13 km | No Short Route) 

Today begins with a short taxi transfer (included in the price) to Arrowan. You then follow the South West Coast Path passing Kennack Sands, The National Trust “Old Serpentine Works”, Cadgewith and Church Coves before arriving at Housel Beach near Lizard Point.  It then a short bus ride from Lizard to Mullion, the largest village on the Peninsula with shops, inns, restaurants and an art gallery to enjoy. 

Overnight in Mullion. Luggage will be transferred. 

E: Circuit from Mullion via Kynance Cove (Full route: 8.5 miles / 13.7 km | Short Route: 6 miles / 9.7 km) 

Take the bus back to Lizard Village, the most southerly point of the British mainland. It has been a popular holiday destination since Victorian times and the coast around it still attracts modern travellers. From the famous lighthouse, follow one of the most dramatic and beautiful sections of the coast path back to Mullion, past the sheltered beaches and remarkable rock formations of Kynance Cove. Please note, the bus ticket costs £15 and is payable locally. 

Overnight in Mullion. No luggage transfer required. 

F: Circuit from Mullion via Gunwalloe Cove (Full route: 8.5 miles / 13.7 km | Short Route: 6.5 miles / 10.5 km) 

Enjoy a walk over gentle hills, along farmland paths and a boardwalk across rare marshland, takes you to the coast at Gunwalloe fishing village. From Halzephron Cliff you have fine views back to Loe Bar and Porthleven. To complete the circuit of your tour, you follow the coast path past the sheltered beaches at Church Cove and Poldhu Cove back to Mullion. 

Overnight in Mullion. No luggage transfer required. 

Optional Extension to Isles of Scilly from Penzance (2 nights / 3 days) 

Day 1: You will be collected with your luggage from Mullion by taxi and transferred to the ferry port in Penzance to take the morning ferry. Board the ferry with your luggage and travel to the Isles of Scilly. Disembark on St Mary’s Island and then explore at your leisure. The bags will then be tagged and offloaded in Isles of Scilly, with a direct transfer to the hotel. Please note, the ferry boards at circa. 8am each day, so this will mean an early start, or alternatively you can spend an extra night in Penzance.  

Day 2: Free exploration of the Island. 

Day 3: Explore the island at your leisure before returning to the port for the Ferry (usually afternoon). The luggage will be transported from the hotel to the ferry port and loaded onto the ferry. You will disembark the ferry, collect your luggage and stay overnight in Penzance before departing.  

Optional Extension to Land’s End (2 nights, 3 days) 

Day 1: You will be transferred by taxi from Mullion to Porthlevon where you can walk to Penzance via St Michael’s Mount. This route guides you along the South West Coast Path with its rugged coastal terrain and beautiful sea views. Today can be anywhere between 6- and 15-miles walking, depending on your preference for the taxi transfer.  

Overnight in Penzance. Luggage will be transferred.  

Day 2: Travel via bus to Lands End and then enjoy a delightful walk back to Penzance. The route can be shortened at any point by taking a bus journey back to the hotel. You will then stay overnight in Penzance. Please note, the bus is payable locally and will cost from £4 up to £8 per person. 

Overnight in Penzance. No luggage transfer required.

Routing

The routing is subject to accommodation availability and will be as follows using the Route letters above:

The 7 day, 6 night holiday, starting in Truro will be routed B C D E F

The 7 day, 6 night holiday, starting in Penzance will be routed F A B C D

The 8 day, 7 night holiday, starting in Truro will be routed A B C D E F or B C D E F A

The 8 day, 7 night holiday, starting in Penzance will be routed E F A B C D or F A B C D E

The Isles of Scilly extension departs from and returns to Penzance, so will happen before Route F above.

The Eden Project extension departs from Truro, so will happen before Route F above.

If the clients would like to do BOTH the Isles of Scilly and Eden project extension, they will both happen before Route F and will be organised according to accommodation availability.

Important Information

Clothing

The correct clothes are important to ensure comfort during your holiday. We suggest avoiding anything with seams and buttons in sensitive areas. Padded cycling shorts are a good idea. Clothing should take moisture from the body to the outside. Sweatshirts, thin pullovers and breathable jackets are ideal companions during the cooler days. Take light, waterproof jackets and trousers in case there is rain. One size helmets are provided but are not compulsory in the UK. On hot days we suggest a cap or hat and sunglasses to protect from the sun.

Pickup point
Directions.
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