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Itinerary

​The journey starts at St Mawes Castle, entrance to the Roseland Peninsular.

Section 1

Falmouth to Portloe

​After breakfast in Portloe you walk straight into dramatic, jagged coves

Section 2

Portloe to Mevagissey

​The next two days feature the beaches and cliffs of St Austell Bay.

Section 3

Mevagissey to Charlestown

Today you round the china clay works and skirt Par Sands

Section 4

Charlestown to Fowey

Today begins with a tiny passenger ferry across the harbour to Polruan

Section 5

Fowey to Looe

Pass through the holiday parks at Millendreath to return to the path

Section 6

Looe to Portwrinkle

This day is one of woodland and cliffs, taking you around Rame Head

Section 7

Portwrinkle to Plymouth

Talland Bay on the South West Coast Path section 6

South West Coast Path Section 6,

Falmouth to Plymouth.

South West Coast Path Section 6,

Falmouth to Plymouth.

“I thoroughly enjoy discovering picturesque fishing villages, bustling ports, and serene hamlets like Portloe, Charlestown, and Fowey. Take a well-deserved Rest Day in my hometown, Mevagissey, to immerse yourself in the authentic Cornish feel of this charming fishing village."

Jade - Walking Advisor at Encounter

Historic Harbours, picture postcard fishing villages, medieval fortifications, tall ships and towering daymarks, but best of all, in between the habitation is mile after mile of empty, protected coastline.

With endless panoramas of the sea, you climb and descend the cliffs through heather, gorse and uplands, away from the crowds, picking your own beach stops from the endless choice of coves and inlets that open up to you along the South West Coastal Path...

Overview

Interactive Map

Pricing On This Route

A single walker staying in single or single occupancy en-suite rooms can expect to pay somewhere between £160 and £200 per night, including luggage transfers.

Two people sharing a double or twin en-suite room can expect to pay somewhere between £115 and £150 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. Pricing is based upon an average cost between 2021 and 2023 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
Falmouth to Portloe
14 miles
Day 2
Portloe to Mevagissey
12 miles
Day 3
Mevagissey to Charlestown
8 miles
Day 4
Charlestown to Fowey
Day 5
Fowey to Looe
10 miles
12 miles
Day 6
Looe to Portwrinkle
8 miles
Day 7
Portwrinkle to Plymouth
13 miles
Daily average 11 miles
Fast Route
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
Day 5
Day 6
Falmouth to Portloe
Portloe to Mevagissey
Mevagissey to Par
Par to Polperro
Polperro to Portwrinkle
Portwrinkle to Plymouth
14 miles
12 miles
12 miles
13 miles
13 miles
13 miles
Daily average 12.8 miles
Relaxed Route
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
Day 5
Day 6
Day 7
Day 8
Daily average 9.6 miles
Falmouth to Portscatho
Portscatho to Portloe
Portloe to Mevagissey
Mevagissey to Charlestown
Charlestown to Fowey
Fowey to Looe
Looe to Portwrinkle
Portwrinkle to Plymouth
6.5 miles
7.5 miles
12 miles
8 miles
10 miles
12 miles
8 miles
13 miles

Option to do "Lost Gardens of Heligan" 4 mile walk on day 3.

Option to do "Eden Project" 4 mile walk on Day 4

Day 6 can be split into 2 at Polperro

Day 8 can be split into 2 at Cawsand 

Travel To And From The Route

Train Arrival  - Fast direct trains run from London, The Midlands and the North to Truro station where you change for the short 1/2 hour branch line run to Falmouth Town station. The fastest trains complete the journey in around 5 hours from London.

Train Departure -  From Plymouth you are at the main regional rail hub with direct services to London, The North, Midlands and Scotland. The fastest trains back to London take only 3 hours from Plymouth

You can also arrive and depart by train from Looe halfway along the trail. Fowey and Mevagissey are easily reached from the same train services above which connect with buses to the coast taking around 20 minutes - ask for details.

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