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Section 1

Looe to Jamaica Inn (Bolventor)

The Smugglers Way leaves the South West Coast Path at the south Cornish coastal port of Looe

Section 2

Jamaica Inn to Boscastle

Five dramatic tors stand between you and the northern end of the moor this morning.

Boscastle harbour, Cornwall

The Smugglers Way

The Smugglers Way

A tough walk, made tougher because it rained ALL of the time. I was almost hypothermic and so had to do a complete change of clothes on the top of Bodmin moor. Some of the puddles were so large I could almost swim them. I was so relived to get to Boscastle and get to the pub!

Ellie - Walking Co-Ordinator at Encounter  

Distance 36 miles coast to coast  Grade  Mainly Moderate to Strenuous with some Severe grade exposed and open moorland.

Created and developed by Cornishman Frank Squibb in the spring of 1994 this is Cornwall’s best and most challenging coast to coast walking route and for experienced walkers it can be combined with the Saints Way and the South West Coast Path to give Cornwall's most varied week of walking in the 100 mile circular challenge...


Interactive Map

Pricing On This Route

A single walker staying in single or single occupancy en-suite rooms can expect to pay somewhere between £125 and £155 per night, including luggage transfers.

Two people sharing a double or twin en-suite room can expect to pay somewhere between £90 and £120 per person per night, inclusive of luggage transfers.


Please be aware that these prices depend on accommodation chosen, time of year, etc. and are indicative only. For accurate pricing please request a quote.

Our prices include -

  • - Your choices of good quality en-suite B&B, Inn and small hotel accommodation with full breakfast (where available), together with upgrade options.

  • - Detailed walking route planning and ongoing support from specialist walking advisors from your enquiry through to the end of the walk

  • - A full booking administration and holiday management service including information on travel to and from your walking routes

  • - Secure and reliable daily luggage transfers between accommodations

  • - The best available maps & guidebooks along with your own personal detailed route notes & itinerary posted to you whether you are based in the UK or overseas

Please see below for six factors which affect your quoted price - 

1 - The time of year you are walking -  The low season (outside of May to September) is generally cheaper than the peak months.

2 - How early you book. Cheaper accommodation tends to book out first so to get the best prices and choice of accommodation we recommend you book as early as you can. Bookings open for the season the previous summer.

3 - Which routes and areas you choose - Cornwall, South Devon and Dorset are the more expensive regions while Wales, Somerset, North Devon and Dartmoor tend to offer better prices. We also often run seasonal special offers on certain routes so ask if these would be of interest.

4 - Type of accommodation  -  You can choose to upgrade to luxury hotels or downgrade to basic B&B's and we will try to match your walk to your budget. Quotes will show standard options and the costs for any upgrades so you can pick and choose to suit your plans.

5 - The number of walkers - rates are generally based on 2 walkers -  the more walkers the cheaper prices get as we split the costs of providing the walk between the group.

6 - Luggage Transfers - our quotes include two prices - with and without luggage transfers so if you want to keep the costs down you can choose to carry your own luggage to avoid those charges.

If you want to try to get the lowest prices let us know your budget - we can advise honestly and openly what is possible - we don't want to see anyone unable to walk the routes due to costs.


To request a quote costs nothing and there is no commitment to book - so do try us! We usually have quotes emailed back to you within a few days and these documents are very detailed with accommodation choices, website links to the accommodations, route descriptions, daily walking grade and mileage, travel info to the trail and of course a guaranteed price to consider.  All for the specific walk YOU want.

Route Profile And Options

Standard Route
Day 1
Looe to Jamaica Inn (Bolventor)
20 miles
Day 2
Jamaica Inn to Boscastle
16 miles
Daily average 18 miles
Relaxed Route
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Daily average 12.6 miles
Looe to Liskeard
Liskeard to Jamaica Inn (Bolventor)
Jamaica Inn to Boscastle
10 miles
12 miles
16 miles
Add Ten Tors options to day 2's walk
15.5 miles
Ten Tors Challenge on  the Smugglers Way

Experienced walkers can opt to build in  The Bodmin Moor Ten Tors option from Liskeard to Boscastle. A superb but challenging extra day from Liskeard via ancient burial chambers and two stone circles, long lost mining tramways, the Cheeswring Rock Formation and 5 miles of open moorland in the most remote part of Bodmin Moor to rejoin the Smugglers Way at Jamaica Inn.

Contact us for details on the Ten Tors Route.

Extend your walk on the South West Coast Path

1 Smugglers Way Looe to Boscastle then East to Bude on the North Cornwall Coast Path  -  3 or 4 days walking in total

2 Smugglers Way Looe to Boscastle then West to Padstow on the North Cornwall Coast Path - 4 or 5 days walking in total

3 The 100 Mile Challenge - Smugglers Way, Saints Way and North and South Cornish Coast Path - 7 days in total

Contact us for ideas for an extended Smugglers Way experience.

Travel To And From The Route

Train Arrival at Looe - Mainline fast Trains from London and the Midlands run regularly to Liskeard. Change here for the stunning scenic branch line journey to Looe down the Looe Valley taking around 45 minutes. 

Departure from Boscastle - There is no train station at Boscastle. Options are to take buses to Bodmin Parkway Station, Plymouth or Exeter (via Bude). Contact us for advice on times and options as services are on rural routes and need some planning. We can also advise on private transfers from Boscastle to Bodmin Parkway which is the nearest mainline station (around 1 hour away).

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