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South Cornwall Trail Running

A trail running holiday from Falmouth to Plymouth along the South West Coast Path.

4 to 7 nights
76 miles
Easy / Moderate to Demanding

From £430 per person

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About this route

Perhaps the most gentle stage of the South West Coast Path, our trail running holiday along South Cornwall’s coast runs from Falmouth to Plymouth. It’s still far from flat, ascending jutting headlands to enjoy brilliant views of some of Cornwall’s prettiest seaside villages, but a series of pathways along estuaries, wooded inlets and sandy coves offer gradual slopes and plenty of shade. The Royal Citadel of Plymouth gives the route an imposing finish. It’s also a great place to buy a celebratory ice cream.

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© Contours Walking Holidays South Cornwall Trail Running map
Falmouth to Plymouth
76 miles (122 km)
2nd January to 24th December

Holiday highlights

Sweeping down from wave-battered sandstone cliffs onto smooth pathways along tranquil wooded estuaries and lush, rolling farmland.

Exploring St Anthony's Lighthouse, St Mawes Castle and the rich naval history of fortified Plymouth.

Clambering jutting headlands to vantage points over the whitewashed cottages of Cornwall's prettiest villages.

Available tours

CodeTourDurationDifficultyPrice per person
R-SCOR1 From Falmouth to Plymouth 4 nights, 3 days running Demanding£430
R-SCOR2 From Falmouth to Plymouth 6 nights, 5 days running Moderate£590
R-SCOR3 From Falmouth to Plymouth 7 nights, 6 days running Easy / Moderate£675

South Cornwall Trail Run 4 nights, 3 days running

£NNN per person
  • Itinerary
  • What's included?
  • Extra nights?
  • Tour facts
  • Route profile
  • Travel info
  • Weather

Important information

The Falmouth to St Mawes Ferry operates all year round. However, the St Mawes to Place/St Anthony’s Head Ferry only operates from 30th March to 1st November.   If the ferry is not running the alternative is a water taxi.  As the water taxi service during the winter months is limited, advance booking is essential; please contact us to discuss your requirements.

Start

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

Day 1

Falmouth to Mevagissey. 26 miles (41.5km) / 4006 ft (1221 m) ascent

Day 2

Mevagissey to Polperro. 25 miles (40km) / 4065 ft (1239 m) ascent

Day 3

Polperro to Plymouth. 25 miles (40km) / 4058 ft (1237 m) ascent

Finish

Depart from Plymouth 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

What's included?

  • 4 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.


Plymouth, with its vast number of historic buildings, would make a great stopping location at the end of your holiday regardless of your interests. From museums, gardens and aquariums to boat trips, sports facilities and walking trails, this city is guaranteed to keep everyone occupied and entertained. There are also a number of health spas available if you are in need of a massage, as well as plenty of sports outlets and health food shops to restock your running kit as necessary. Plymouth also boasts a range of fantastic eateries to choose from, prepared by some of the best chefs around using fresh local produce, leaving you spoilt for choice for your evening meal.

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

Extra night (Standard)
£55.00 per person / per night

Tour Facts

Total distance: 76 miles (122 km)
Duration: 4 nights, 3 days running
Minimum daily distance: 25 miles (40 km)
Maximum daily distance: 26 miles (41.5 km)
Code: R-SCOR1 Grade: Demanding
Season: 2nd January - 24th December
Start of holiday: Falmouth
End of holiday: Plymouth

Route Profile

South 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 and Newquay.

By Rail - There is a choice of stations at Falmouth. Falmouth Town or Falmouth Docks depending on the location of your accommodation. There is a rail station at the end of the trail (Plymouth).

By Bus - Various bus services run to Falmouth and from Plymouth.

From London - Trains run from London Paddington to Falmouth Docks rail station.

Return To The Start - The easiest way to return to the start of the trail is to catch a train from Plymouth to Falmouth.

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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