The world’s largest indoor rain forest with steamy jungles and waterfalls, two hikes through an area so stunning that it's been officially designated an AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty), ancient and quaint fishing villages from a bygone era, smuggler's coves and did we mention superb world class sandy beaches? Welcome to Cornwall!
On this three night trip we will see some of the most enchanting parts of Cornwall. We visit West Cornwall which is renowned for superb hiking along the dramatic and simply breath taking coastline. We'll discover the tiny fishing villages dotted along it and we will explore the world famous Eden project where 135,000 plants, butterflies and birds help replicate the environment of a tropical rainforest. There is even an option to do Kayaking!
We will have 2 hike leaders on this trip to offer a choice of paces and to split up the group sizes
VIDEO link (third party) of west Cornwall, showing many sights from our trip: http://youtu.be/c_I3sjWltRA
Photos. All of the photos on this page (apart from the kayaking ones) have been taken by the hike leader from past trips on the actual routes you will be hiking, so are the views you can expect to see
• Gorgeous historic hostel overlooking Coverack fishing village
• Discovering the unique green and red rocks at Lizard Point peninsula (Britain's most southerly point)
• Hiking to a famous series of mini tidal islands - Kynance Cove
• Two spectacular hikes in an officially designated "Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty"
• Exploring the time encapsulated fishing villages of Cadgwick and Coverack
• Visiting the Eden Project (optional extra) - the world's largest indoor rain forest
• Optional extra activity of Kayaking - details below
Cornwall needs little introduction. Set on a remote tip of England and barely attached to the mainland UK in places, it's an isolated county that has kept it's own Celtic identity and even has it's own Celtic language (Kernowek - spoken by about 2000 people).
It's location gives it a very mild climate where palm trees grow and it's unique culture, spectacular landscape and coastlines have made it a "must see" UK destination attracting over 5 million visitors per year.
For accommodation we're exclusively renting a fantastic hostel just for our group in the picturesque coastal village of Coverack. Set minutes walk from the sea and high on the hill, it has spectacular views of the coastline.
We'll be doing two stunning hikes taking in such delights as the Lizard Peninsula, Kynance Cove, The Devil's Frying Pan, Mullion Cove and the Cornish fishing villages of Cadgwick, Mullion and Coverack
As a new optional extra for this trip we've teamed up with Lizard Adventure who can provide an optional extra activity of kayaking (on Sunday). Please see below for full details
Friday 2nd May
Head over to our exclusively booked hostel nesting on the hills above the village of Coverack. It is a superb hostel and has breath taking sea views.
The view from our hostel taken from one of the hostel bedrooms (panoramic photo):
The harbour of the fishing village of Coverack:
Saturday 3rd May
Hike: The Lizard to Coverack
Distance: 11 miles (18km)
Rating: 8 out of 10
Walking time: About 5 hours of walking with several hills. Can be tiring
Although not as long as many of our walks, this hike has some challenging hills along the coastal cliff paths. The walk takes in such highlights as the Devils Frying Pan (a collapsed cave where the pounding waves blast through an opening in the rock), the picture postcard Church Cove and on to the dreamy and sleepyfishing village of Cadgwick. We'll then hike to the coastal village ofCoverack where our hostel is for some well earnt refreshments overlooking the coastline from our sitting room and of course some cream teas!
The below BBC video explains the unique Lizard peninsula in more detail:
Elevation plot of actual hike (>click here for larger version<):
Sunday 4th May
Hike: The Lizard to Mullion
Distance: 8 miles 13km (14 mile self guided option too 22km)
Rating: 6 out of 10 (8 mile hike), 8 out of 10 (14 mile hike)
Walking time: Approx 3 to 4 hours (8 mile hike)
Starting our hike from the Lizard Peninsula, we'll embark upon a picturesque walk exploring the West section beyond Lizard Point walking along some very isolated coastline with truly spectacular and breathtaking views.
We shall pass the Lizard National Nature Reserve, the rocky stacks of Kynance Cove - a stunning cove that's attracted visitors such as Prince Albert and even the poet Alfred Lord Tennyson was a regular visitor here. It's also featured on the BBCs 7 Wonders program. We'll progress on past Mullion Island and on to Mullion Cove with it's harbour set amongst the rocky cliff outcrops before enjoying a drink nearby. For those hardened hikers, there's an option to extend this into a self guided 14 mile hike to Porthleven (you'll need to pay for the 25 minute taxi ride back however)
Elevation plot of actual hike (>click here for larger version<):
Monday 5th May
We shall visit the Eden project on the way back to London. The Eden project is an incredible collection of plants from around the world housed within the worlds largest green house and also has the worlds largest indoor rainforest. The figures are staggering - it cost £86 million pounds to build, houses an area the size of 30 football pitches and has 135,000 plants! There are two heat and humidity controlled biomes that grow such plants as banana trees, coffee, rubber, olives and even tea.
We can make a group booking for entry which reduces it to £14 per person. This is not included in the trip price and is paid on the day directly to the Eden Project.
As a first for Outdooraholics we have arranged a provisional booking for this with Lizard Adventure:
This is an optional activity being offered directly by Lizard Adventure and needs to be both signed up and paid for directly with them. This activity needs a minimum of 6 people to sign up in order to go ahead and they have a limit on the number of people they can take too. If there is enough interest and a couple of car drivers they could potentially put on 2 instructors and run two groups. This would require 12 or more people signing up with a maximum of 16 people per activity. The price is £45 activity. The activity will take up Sunday afternoon so you will not also be able to do the hike that day.
Please note: This will only be run if a minimum number of people sign up and also require transport to their sites so the numbers depend upon car drivers too. If doing one of these is important please check the situation with signups directly (before booking a space on the trip) with Annette: [masked]
Once everyone is paid we will send further details and put you in touch with Annette
All payments are non-refundable and non transferable unless the trip is cancelled or rescheduled. Once full payment has been received you may sell your space to a member of the same sex, however if you miss the final payment deadline or pull out of the trip before final payment is made your space will be lost and your deposit will not be refunded.
For details on making your final payment please see below:
Please note: this trip starts in Coverack (Cornwall) and you will need to make your own way there and also have transport for the hikes on both days. Public transport isn't viable for this trip and you will need to arrange your own transport. Whilst Outdooraholics cannot get involved with individual transport arrangements, to help people organise their own lift shares if they wish to do this, we have set up the below forum. If you need or can offer lifts, please post to this forum:
Breakfast and packed lunches will be provided for Saturday, Sunday and breakfast only on Monday (The Eden project has a superb cafe with home cooked food for Monday lunch)
The price includes:
• 3 nights in single sex dormitory accommodation (4 to 6 bed rooms)
• Breakfast on Saturday, Sunday and Monday
• Packed lunches on Saturday and Sunday
• Three hikes by an experienced and trained guide (both Walk Group Leader (MTE) and Mountain Leader (MTE) who is also a qualified outdoor activity First Aider.
• Compliance with the 1992 Package Travel Regulations including Financial protection.
The price doesn’t include:
• Transport between London and Cornwall and during the trip
• Evening meals, drinks and personal expenses
• Entry to the Eden Project which we have arranged at a special group rate of £14 each
• Optional extra activity of kayaking
Your safety is very important to us and these walks are led by experienced hike leaders who both have Outdoor Activity First Aid qualifications. The main hike leader is both Walk Group Leader (MTE) and Mountain Leader (MTE) trained. We detail our hikes so you can see what you're signing up for, but in the rare cases where extreme weather dictates we may need to offer an alternative hike/activity for safety. Outdoor activities involve a risk of personal injury and you need to come equipped for the activity you've chosen to participate in.
Appropriate walking clothes and footwear. Hiking boots are strongly advisable for safety as well as warm clothes, waterproof jacket and trousers in case of rain - >for more info please click here<
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