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South West Coast Path: Clovelly To Tintagel 26

South West Coast Path: Clovelly To Tintagel

Overview

The South West Coast Path is England’s longest waymarked long-distance footpath and National Trail and one of England’s national treasures. Stretching 630 miles from Minehead in Somerset, the route curls around the entire peninsula of Devon and Cornwall and rounds the south-western tip of England at Land’s End and follows the southern shore through the dramatic scenery of Dorset. We are happy to offer some of the most interesting and scenic parts of the Southwest Coastal Path, featuring the Lizard Peninsula (the most southerly point of the British mainland) and St. Michael’s Mount; the section from St. Ives to Penzance as well from Clovelly to Tintagel.

Starting in the pleasant fishing village of Clovelly, this stretch of the South West Coast Path takes you through the North Devon area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the Hartland Peninsula. The route crosses over from Devon into Cornwall and during the journey walkers will cross numerous valleys, and enjoy the scenery from dramatic cliffs and headlands. The varied landscapes and seascapes along this section are also combined with sights of historical interest such as the castle ruins at Tintagel head dating from the 13th century.

  • The historic fishing village of Clovelly
  • The tumbling waterfall at Speke’s Mill Mouth 
  • The tiny coastal village of Crackington Haven
  • Tintagel – a Cornish castle with links to the stories of King Arthur

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Clovelly

Clovelly is a charming village with picturesque cobbled streets where cars are banned.

Day 2: Clovelly to Hartland Quay | 17 km / 10.5 mi

From the cobbled streets of Clovelly, you will walk through the Hartland Peninsula to Hartland Quay. The path takes you through woodland before crossing farmland across cliff tops. At Hartland Point, the landscape shifts from valleys and woodland to more dramatic scenery, giving way to rocky beaches and a sense of seclusion. There you can optionally book a trip to swim with the playful seals.

Day 3: Hartland Quay to Morwenstow | 13.5 km / 8.5 mi

This section of the route has several ascents and descents making for a challenging walk, but the views are worth it. Leaving the jagged rocky coastline of Hartland Quay, you will cross various river valleys and overlook the rocky coastline. There are views across to Lundy Island and of the Coast Path ahead. Today’s highlight is the impressive 15m high Speke’s Mill Mouth Waterfall, you will also pass the remains of an Iron Age fort at Embury Beacon as you leave Devon and enter Cornwall.

  • Walking for the day: 8.5 miles / 13.5 km
  • Accommodation: The Bush Inn or similar

Day 4: Morwenstow to Bude | 11 km / 7 mi

Leaving Morwenstow, the views remain stunning, particularly from some points such as Higher Sharpnose Point and Steeple Point, and you will continue to cross some river valleys on the way. Stop at the smallest property owned by the National Trust in the UK, Hawkers Hut, originally made entirely of driftwood. Towards Bude, the path eases and becomes less strenuous with the final stretch following sandy beaches.

  • Walking for the day: 7 miles / 11 km
  • Accommodation: The Grosvenor or similar

Day 5: Bude to Crackington Haven | 21 km / 13 mi

Starting out from Bude, the terrain remains easy-going as you follow the cliff path alongside beaches until Widemouth Bay. Shortly after, the route becomes challenging again, traversing valleys with some steep ascents and descents. At Philips Point Nature Reserve grey seals can sometimes be seen. You will pass through Scrade, a particularly steep valley. The route then continues along high cliff paths where you are rewarded with wide views of the ocean and dramatic coastline scenery. The views are excellent from Castle Point, and there are many waterfalls to admire, particularly at Aller Shoot.

Day 6: Crackington Haven to Tintagel | 22.5 km / 14 mi

The path along this section continues through valleys and over cliffs with some impressive drops to the sea. There is often much to see in the way of birdlife along this section, and you will pass areas of wildflowers along the way. At High Cliff, the highest cliff in Cornwall at 700ft, there are incredible views. The path continues past secluded beaches, and you will pass the 120ft high waterfall of Pentargon before passing through the fishing village of Boscastle. This section is particularly noted for its historical significance such as the medieval terraced fields of Bossiney Common. Then as you come to Tintagel Head which was originally a Roman settlement, the remains of a 13th-century castle are visible.

  • Walking for the day: 14 miles / 22.5 km
  • Accommodation: Pendrin or similar

Day 7: Departure

Departure after breakfast or extra nights upon request.

What to Expect

Accommodation

Accommodations include a mix of charming small hotels, B&Bs and guesthouses. They have been carefully selected for their location, atmosphere, cuisine and/or unique services. All rooms have en-suite or private bathrooms.

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*Hotels are subject to availability. In case a particular hotel is fully booked for your desired dates, we will replace it with a hotel of equal or higher value and quality level. We will provide exact accommodation details to you upon booking confirmation.

Meals

Breakfast is included on all days. When no restaurant location is available on the route, lunches and snacks should either be bought from local shops, or packed lunch can be pre-ordered from your hotel the night before. You can have dinner at the guesthouse you are staying at or at the village pubs and restaurants.

Difficulty & terrain

While not too demanding, the route follows the coast quite closely, and it includes plenty of elevation gains and losses and some steep sections (read more about difficulty grades). The route is well waymarked and easy to follow. A comprehensive guidebook and map are supplied. You can also call our 24/7 local assistance phone number anytime. More detailed info on route navigation will be included in your holiday information pack.

When to go

This trip is available from the beginning of April until end-October. It is best enjoyed in the spring and autumn when there are fewer people on the trails; however, it is lovely during the summer months, too. The flexibility of self guided holidays means that there are no fixed dates, and you can start your trip on any date during the season.

Getting there

Up-to-date travel advice on the United Kingdom is available here (for Canadian citizens) and here (for US citizens).

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By plane

Our recommended airports for this tour are Bristol (BRS), London Heathrow (LHR), Gatwick (LGW) or Luton (LTN).

By train or bus
  • There is a train to Barnstaple from London Paddington via Exeter (4 h), then it is 30 min by bus or taxi to Clovelly.
  • On return, take a bus or taxi from Tintagel to Bodmin Parkway (30 min) and then by train (4 h) to London Paddington. Please check the Traveline website for timetables or use the Omio planner above.

Inclusions

Included

  • 6 nights in twin/double rooms with an en-suite or private bathroom (3-star hotels, B&Bs and guesthouses as listed in the itinerary)
  • 6 breakfasts
  • Luggage transfers from hotel to hotel – up to 20 kg per person
  • Detailed journey documentation and practical information: personalised trip notes and maps (hard copy provided at first hotel; one set per room)
  • 24/7 phone assistance by our local office/representative

Excluded

  • Airfare and connecting land transfers
  • Lunches, dinners, drinks and snacks
  • Travel insurance (required – get a quote online)
  • Personal expenses
  • Local tourist taxes and entry fees (payable on-site)
  • Any items not explicitly listed as included

Options, extras & supplements

  • A supplement applies to members of a group who require a single room
  • This holiday is available for solo travellers; a supplement will be charged as accommodation and luggage transfer costs are not shared (we never mix and match – solo travellers will be accommodated in single rooms)
  • Extra nights along the trail are bookable upon request

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