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Far West of Cornwall Trail Running

Far West of Cornwall Trail Running

A trail running holiday from St Ives to Penzance along the South West Coast Path.

3 to 4 nights
40 miles
Easy / Moderate to Moderate

From £305 per person

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About this route

40 miles of coastal scenery lies between St Ives and Penzance, forming England’s most westerly point. It’s explored thoroughly by the Far West of Cornwall stage of the South West Coast Path, which winds around quoits and standing stones to visit picturesque towns like St Ives, Mousehole, Lamorna and Sennen Cove. Your trail running holiday will lead you on steep ascents to granite clifftops, dotted with the ruins of old tin mines and carpeted with wildflowers and heather. Some of these miles are truly wild, and all enjoy staggering views across the water below.

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© Contours Walking Holidays Far West of Cornwall Trail Running map
St Ives to Penzance
40 miles (64 km)
2nd January to 24th December

Holiday highlights

Running along the coast of Land's End peninsula, England's most south-westerly point.

Following granite cliffs dotted with the ruins of old tin mines, and enjoying a carpet of wildflowers through spring and summer.

Visiting Minack Theatre, an open air site that perches atop the cliffs over Porthcurno Bay.

Available tours

CodeTourDurationDifficultyPrice per person
R-FWC1 From St Ives to Penzance 3 nights, 2 days running Moderate£305
R-FWC2 From St Ives to Penzance 4 nights, 3 days running Easy / Moderate£390

Far West of Cornwall Trail Run 3 nights, 2 days running

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  • Itinerary
  • What's included?
  • Extra nights?
  • Tour facts
  • Route profile
  • Travel info
  • Weather
Start

Travel to St Ives where your first night's accommodation has been booked

Day 1

St Ives to St Just. 19 miles (30km) / 2841 ft (866 m) ascent

Day 2

St Just to Penzance. 23.5 miles (37.5km) / 3110 ft (948 m) ascent

Finish

Depart from Penzance after breakfast

Your Itinerary

This itinerary lists our preferred overnight stops for this tour. Sometimes there may be a shortage of available accommodation in a preferred location, in which case we will transfer you from the trail to your accommodation and back again at no extra charge. Overnight stops marked with a (T) will always require transfers as standard.

Overnight stops marked with an (L) have very limited accommodation, and therefore more often than not will also require a transfer, particularly on bank holidays and weekends. We will use non-transfer accommodation wherever possible.

The daily mileages quoted are average trail miles only and do not include the distance from the trail to your accommodation. We do not expect you to have to travel more than a mile from the trail to your accommodation; should your accommodation be further than this, transfers will be provided as standard.

Below are the additional costs that may apply depending on your requirements. Dog-friendly tours are subject to a Daily Dog Charge, which will be listed below if applicable. Our standard prices per person are based upon two people sharing a room; if you are on your own, or are part of a group but require a room of your own, then the Solo Traveller or Single Supplements apply respectively:

A note about transfers
Solo Traveller Supplement
£40.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£33.00 per person / per night


You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£55.00 per person / per night
Extra night (St Ives)
Price on request

What's included?

  • 3 nights' accommodation in en-suite rooms (where available) in selected B&B’s, hotels, inns and guesthouses along the trail, or a short distance away via taxi provided at our expense.
  • Breakfast each day.
  • Door to door luggage transfer.
  • Maps with the route marked on and a guidebook or route notes describing the trail.
  • An information pack containing an itinerary, instructions on how to find your accommodation each night and a kit list.
  • Detailed travel instructions on how to get to the start of your holiday and back from the end of it.

Extra Nights & Rest Days

Adding extra nights into your trail running holiday not only allows you more time to explore the amazing landscapes of the South West Coast Path, but they can also be used as vital rest days if you need to take a break from running and recover, ready for the next stretch.

The delightful town of St Ives with its narrow streets and alleyways that invite exploration, is a good choice for an extra night. It has many fascinating museums, galleries and beautiful beaches.

Penzance, with its interesting museum, fine old buildings and art galleries is also a good choice for a rest day.

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£55.00 per person / per night
Extra night (St Ives)
Price on request

Tour Facts

Total distance: 40 miles (64 km)
Duration: 3 nights, 2 days running
Minimum daily distance: 19 miles (30 km)
Maximum daily distance: 23.5 miles (37.5 km)
Code: R-FWC1 Grade: Moderate
Season: 2nd January - 24th December
Start of holiday: St Ives
End of holiday: Penzance

Route Profile

Far West of Cornwall Trail Run Route Profile

Travel Information

Useful information and travel links that will assist you in your plans to travel to the start of the holiday and back from the end of it are sent to you with your full tour pack. A summary is given below:

By Air - The most convenient major city and international airports are Exeter, Newquay and Bristol.

By Rail - There is a rail station at the start of the trail (St Ives) and at the end of the trail (Penzance).

By Bus - Various bus services run to St Ives and from Penzance.

From London - Trains run from London Paddington station to St Ives.

Return To The Start - The easiest way to return to the start of the trail is to catch a bus from Penzance to St Ives.

Weather Information

To find out more about the weather forecast for your chosen holiday's general location, please see the following websites:

  • MetCheck - This website allows you to look up detailed weather information for specific locations as far as six months in advance.
  • Met Office - This website shows regional area forecasts a few days in advance, with a general UK forecast description of up to 30 days in advance.
  • Mountain Forecast - This website shows what the forecast is like up on specific hills and fells, and offers forecasts a few days in advance.

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