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Cornwall - Lizard Peninsula, cliff top hostel and the Eden Project LONG WEEKEND

  • Dec 14, 2012 · 6:00 PM
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All spaces have now been sold. Please see the comments section at the end of this page for details of anyone selling their space on this trip (need to be of the same gender). The FAQ section below provides more details on this process of buying a space from someone:

We'll be heading down to the magical Cornwall for a 3 night trip and some breathtaking coastal hiking as well as a visit to the world famous Eden Project. We've also managed to secure what is probably the best hostel in the UK exclusively for our group a mere week before Christmas, making this a perfect pre Christmas treat. It's a 4 star hostel set high on a breathtaking cliff peninsula facing the sea and nestled next to a lighthouse, it's also the most southerly building in mainland Britain and is on the South West Coastal path.

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, Coverack and Porthleven

This is probably our most magical and enchanting weekend yet and with just 24 spaces it's also one of the smaller ones!

Weekend Description

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).

Let me elaborate on the magic of Lizard Point itself. The Lizard, as well as being England's most southerly point and spectacularly beautiful in places also has some very unique geology being mainland Britain's only example of an ophiolite - a rock formed from the eruption of oceanic crustal and upper mantle material.

The video explains the fascinating and unique Lizard peninsula in more detail:

Consequently the Lizard Peninsula has some very unique, unusual and colourful rocks such as the green and red serpentine rock.

Our hostel was originally built in the 1860s as Polbrean Villa for the artist Thomas Hart and was restored by the National Trust at a cost of nearly half a million pounds. The hostel is situated right next to the lighthouse in an elevated and stunning location overlooking the cliffs and sea with 5 out of the 7 rooms having a sea view.


Friday 14th December

Head over to Lizard Point in Cornwall. We'll also be stopping for a brief snack at the motorway services en route (it's a very long drive). We have this 28 bed hostel booked exclusively for us.

Saturday 15th December

Saturday's hike: The Lizard to Coverack village

Distance: 10.5 miles (17km)
Rating: 7.5 out of 10
Walking time: About 5 hours of walking with a few hills

A stunning walk right from the door of our hostel through a designated AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty). Although not as long as many of our walks, this hike has some challenging climbs along the coastal cliff paths. The walk takes in such highlights as the Devils Frying Pan (a collapsed cave), the picture postcard Church Cove and the dreamy and sleepy fishing village of Cadgwick. We'll then head onto the coastal village of Coverack for some well earnt refreshments

Sunday 16th December

Sunday's hike: The Lizard to Porthleven village

Distance: 14 miles - 22km, (8.5 mile option too)
Rating: 8 out of 10 (14 mile hike), 7 out of 10 (9.5m hike)
Walking time: Approx 5 to 6 hours

Starting our hike again from the hostel door, we'll embark upon a picturesque walk exploring the West section beyond Lizard Point walking along some very isolated coastline with truly spectacular and in places breathtaking views.

We shall pass the Lizard National Nature Resereve, 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 embarking on a final and gentler beach walk to Porthleven

The walk is 14 miles long, but there is an option to stop after 9.5 miles (and we'll collect you later).

Monday 17th October

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. This trip will require taking Monday off work.


Packed lunches are included in the cost and will be provided for Saturday, Sunday and Monday. You will need drinks for the trip and money for meals and drinks in the evenings

The price includes:

• 3 nights in single sex dormitory accommodation (2, 4 and 6 bed rooms)

Healthy continental style breakfast on Saturday, Sunday and Monday

• Packed lunches on Saturday, Sunday and Monday

• Two guided hikes by an experienced and trained Walk Group Leader (MTE) and Mountain Leader (MTE) and 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


Your safety is paramount to us and these walks are led by a very experienced and also trained hike guide - both Walk Group Leader (MTE), Mountain Leader (MTE) and qualified Outdoor Activity First Aider. 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. It could be cold, wet and windy, so please ensure you have adequate clothing and kit for these conditions

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  • jess

    Great really enjoyed it, changing my hairstyle though to avoid the he-man comparisons. Having seen the news about flooding in cornwall we were so lucky with the weather, imagine those walks this weekend!

    December 23, 2012

  • babs

    Wild, windy and wonderful. Great hiking amongst awesome and frequently surprising scenery, with the whole spectrum of smiley people and mince pies at every turn to boot.Thanks,Graham

    December 19, 2012

  • Viktor

    Sorry bit of spamming but for those who are now interested in going to Kew Gardens, after seeing Eden, they have a few tickets for free over the hols:

    1 · December 18, 2012

    • AMIT

      Have 10 free tickets for Dec 30th, 9 taken, 1 left if anyone wants it FCFS.

      December 19, 2012

    • Phaninder

      I'm in

      December 19, 2012

  • Tracie

    The Cornish Coastline is a wonderous place of great beauty, a not too be missed hike. Great people, good times and lots of giggles.

    1 · December 18, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    What a privilege to stay in such a stunning location!!!!!! It was a fantastic weekend and Sunday's walk was the best ever!!!!

    2 · December 18, 2012

  • Anthony J.

    A fantastic weekend and the perfect location to escape.

    1 · December 18, 2012

  • AMIT

    Good group, good hikes, good food and good sights

    1 · December 17, 2012

  • Andy

    Great weekend. Cheers Graham.

    1 · December 17, 2012

  • Tiziana

    Perfect, one of the best hiking route I've ever done (Italy, Wales and England): reasonably challenging, spectacular views, picturesque villages, breath-taking wind. Good ales too! And fun people, friendly locals, warm room. Count me in for the next one there.

    1 · December 17, 2012

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