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South West Cornwall Trail Running

South West Cornwall Trail Running

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

3 to 5 nights
61 miles
Easy / Moderate to Demanding

From £330 per person

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About this route

This leg of the South West Coast Path is the wildest and most isolated. It winds from Penzance along the rugged red-green cliffs of the Lizard and through the shaded woods that line the creeks of the Helford River. As with every stage of this immense coastal trail, South West Cornwall features frequent and sometimes brutal ascents and descents, but a visit out to St Michael’s Mount, a rocky island crowned by a vast fortress and priory, will warm your legs up slowly, ready for the challenge ahead.

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Interactive
© Contours Walking Holidays South West Cornwall Trail Running map
Penzance to Falmouth
61 miles (98 km)
2nd January to 24th December

Holiday highlights

Running along the coast of the Lizard Peninsula, where black rocks cut out into the sea and the rare geology of the shoreline provides a home for all sorts of flowering plants.

Visiting tiny fishing ports protected from Atlantic gales by granite sea walls.

Enjoying the wild isolation of the place, with coves and smugglers' hideaways to explore as you run.

Available tours

CodeTourDurationDifficultyPrice per person
R-SWCO1 From Penzance to Falmouth 3 nights, 2 days running Demanding£330
R-SWCO2 From Penzance to Falmouth 4 nights, 3 days running Moderate£410
R-SWCO3 From Penzance to Falmouth 5 nights, 4 days running Easy / Moderate£490

South West Cornwall Trail Run 3 nights, 2 days running

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

Important information

Please note that the Helford Passage Ferry Service operates from Good Friday or 1st April to October 31st.   If the ferry is not running the alternatives are a 13 mile detour or to take a taxi; therefore if you wish to run this route outside of these dates, please contact us to discuss your requirements.

Start

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

Day 1

Penzance to The Lizard. 27.5 miles (44km) / 3320 ft (1012 m) ascent

Day 2

The Lizard to Falmouth. 34 miles (54km) / 4131 ft (1259 m) ascent

Finish

Depart from Falmouth 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?

  • 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.

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

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

Tour Facts

Total distance: 61 miles (98 km)
Duration: 3 nights, 2 days running
Minimum daily distance: 27.5 miles (44 km)
Maximum daily distance: 34 miles (54 km)
Code: R-SWCO1 Grade: Demanding
Season: 2nd January - 24th December
Start of holiday: Penzance
End of holiday: Falmouth

Route Profile

South West 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 (Penzance). There is a choice of stations at Falmouth. Falmouth Town or Falmouth Docks depending on the location of your accommodation.

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

From London - Trains runs from London Paddington station to Penzance.

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

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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