Exploring West Cornwall
South West England
Monday 9th - Saturday 14th September
Come and enjoy the beauty of West Cornwall with its wonderful coastline, picturesque harbours, golden beaches and quaint seaside villages. Follow in the footsteps of the Celtic Saints of old.
Walks and Excursions
We'll walk the South West Coast path from St Agnes to Perranporth, thence onto St Pirans Oratory, now re-excavated from among the sand dunes of Penhale beach and a little further inland, the Church of St Piran, now also excavated. Beside the Church is one of the oldest Celtic crosses in Cornwall.
We shall explore the Fal Estuary, a beautiful natural waterway and important habitat for birds and wildlife. Falmouth itself is a town shaped by the sea. The Falmouth Packet famously carried mail throughout the expanding empire during the seventeenth and eighteenth century. From Falmouth we take the ferry to the fishing village of St Mawes with its steep, narrow streets tumbling their way to the little harbour. In the background, St Mawes castle, built during the reign of Henry Vlll.
We also visit the sub-tropical gardens of Trelissick and spend a day exploring magnificent St Michael's Mount, a small tidal island in Mount's Bay with fairy-tale castle. Half a mile from Marazion, we might walk one way and take the small ferry the other. Truro itself is a lovely city and at its heart, the Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary, completed in 1910.
Walks will be no more than eight miles (and most days considerably less) sometimes over rough terrain on the coast path and classified as easy in length to moderate in terrain. We shall use local transport as much as possible including bus and boat.
Five nights staying at Epiphany Retreat House, Truro, a haven of peace in the very heart of Cornwall; in single rooms (shared facilities) Bed, Breakfast and Evening Meal and packed lunches are included. This beautiful Grade II listed building formally a Bishop's Palace, has a rich history and is set in its own spacious gardens on the edge of Truro, with views across the valley towards the Cathedral and overlooking pastures and fields. The house is a short 15-minute walk from the centre of Truro and plenty of car parking is available.
Regular trains and coaches operate to Truro from all parts of the UK. We shall meet at Epiphany House at 5pm.
Robin Westwood (07443 493943 firstname.lastname@example.org) and Steve Evemy