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.
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 have been taken by the hike leader from past trips on the actual routes you will be hiking, so are the exact 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
• Small group trip limited to just 34 attendees AND 2 hike leaders to split into 2 pace groups
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
Thursday 23th February
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 a few minutes walk from our hostel:
Friday 24th February
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 sleepy fishing 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! We start on the Lizard Peninsula and then hike from here back to the hostel (requires a return trip for car drivers to collect their vehicles).
After our hike we shall enjoy a wholesome and delicious home cooked meal in the hostel.
Elevation plot of actual hike (>click here for larger version<):
Saturday 25th February
Hike: The Lizard to Mullion
Distance: 8 miles 13km (14 mile self guided option too 22km BUT would be finishing in the dark, so good torches required!)
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 although the last hour or two will be in the dark so you would need to have a powerful torch and a strong sense of adventure (and you'll need to pay for the 25 minute taxi ride back too)
The below BBC video explains the unique Lizard peninsula in more detail:
The wonderful shiny red Serpentine rock which is found in abundance here:
Elevation plot of actual hike (>click here for larger version<):
Sunday 26th February
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.
Cost and Payment
The cost of this trip is £158. To join us please RSVP Yes and pay the £20 deposit by PayPal with the remainder due by bank transfer before Sunday 27th November. We will send you payment details for this 2 weeks before the deadline. Sadly any spaces not paid for in full by this date will be lost and the deposit and all trip payments are non-refundable and non transferable.
Once full payment has been received for the trip and the trip is sold out (full), then you may try to sell your space to a member of the same sex by advertising it for sale on this page.
For details of how to advertise a fully paid for space for sale (and the process of selling/buying it) please click this link:
The price includes:
• 3 nights in single sex dormitory accommodation (4 to 6 bed rooms)
• Breakfast on Friday, Saturday and Sunday
• Packed lunches on Friday and Saturday
• Dinner on Friday night
• Hikes by trained guides (most of our hike leaders are Mountain Leader trained as a minimum) and are qualified Outdoor First Aiders)
• Compliance with the 1992 Package Travel Regulations including Financial protection.
The price doesn’t include:
• Transport between London and Cornwall and during the trip
• Saturday night dinner where we shall go out to sample the local delicacies, drinks and personal expenses
• Entry to the Eden Project which we have arranged at a special group rate of £16 each
Transport, Accommodation Address and Start Time
The trip starts and ends at the venue and you will need transport to, from and during the trip to the hikes. This trip is not viable on public transport/taxis. Outdooraholics cannot get involved with private lift share arrangements, but to help members arrange this, we have set up the trip specific lift share discussion below where you can offer/request lifts:
We can recommend the below website if you would like to rent a car for the trip:
The accommodation address is listed at the top of this event page along with the start time. The start time is the earliest time when you can arrive at the accommodation although you are welcome to arrive at any time after this or throughout the evening.
Breakfast and packed lunches will be provided for Friday, Saturday and breakfast only on Sunday (The Eden project has a superb cafe with home cooked food where you can buy your lunch on Sunday).
Our hikes are led by experienced and trained guides (most of who have Mountain Leader training as a minimum and are qualified outdoor First Aiders). We detail our hikes to help you choose, but in 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, please come suitably equipped with suitable hiking clothes & hiking footwear as warm clothes, waterproof jacket and trousers in case of rain - >for more info please click here<
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