South Cornwall Coast Path: Falmouth naar Plymouth

Falmouth naar Plymouth in 6 dagen wandelen Code: CSE7

We bieden drie verschillende vakanties van Falmouth naar Plymouth - kies uit 5, 6 of 7 dagen wandelen, afhankelijk van hoe ver je per dag wil lopen. Dit deel volgt het South West Coast pad langs de ruige kustlijn. Elke overnachting is karaktervol en benadrukt de charme van Cornwall.

Dit is onze middellange vakantie tussen Falmouth naar Plymouth. Met de 6-daagse wandelroute zoals hieronder uiteengezet, beslaat deze een adembenemend deel van de kust van Cornwall met zijn vele stranden, baaien en vissersdorpjes.

Mijl Km
Dag 1 Reis naar Falmouth voor uw eerste overnachting
Dag 2 Falmouth naar Portloe 14 22
Dag 3 Portloe naar Mevagissey 12 20
Dag 4 Mevagissey naar Fowey 18 28
Dag 5 Fowey naar Looe 10 16
Dag 6 Looe naar Portwrinkle 10 16
Dag 7 Portwrinkle naar Plymouth 16 25
Dag 8 Vetrek uit Plymouth na uw ontbijt

Falmouth to Portloe – Fishing docks, 13th Century church and ferries

After spending your first night in Falmouth, your first walking day begins with two short local ferry crossings. You catch the ferry from the Prince of Wales pier to St Mawes which takes 20 minutes to cross and runs twice every hour throughout the year. St Mawes was named after the 5th century Celtic saint Maudez. St Mawes is an idyllic village which has a very interesting history. If you have the time you must stop and visit the 13th century church and St Mawes castle which dates back to Henry VIII. You then take a second local ferry which takes 10 minutes to cross over to Place and runs every half an hour. There are magnificent views back to Falmouth and the River Fal from the windswept stretches around Carricknath Point and St Anthony Head. The path offers fairly easy walking until the approach to Nare Head and Portloe beyond, where you will find several steep ascents and descents and walking becomes a lot more strenuous. The path twists and plummets in places through wooded areas and across high open fields until the welcome descent into Portloe.

 Portloe to Mevagissey – Cornish coasts, wildflowers and clifftops

From Portloe the route begins with a few fairly easy climbs. This section is known as one of the prettiest parts of the coast path with beautiful wildflowers. You will then reach the twin hamlet of West and East Portholland which are wonderful stopping points for a cup of tea or a sweet treat before your climb towards Dodman Point. The climb up to Dodman Point is the highest climb on this section reaching a total of 340 feet. Towering above the sea, Dodman Point offers dramatic panoramic views. Dodman Point is embellished by a large stone cross which was erected in 1896 as a navigational point for sailors. The point was actually once the location of an Iron Age fort, the biggest in the south west. Dodman Point was the ideal spot to build on as on a clear day you can see all the way to Lizard Point and in the other direction you can see towards Berry Head in Devon. After Dodman Point the trail leads downwards towards Gorran Haven. Sheltered from the wind by Dodman Point, Gorran Haven is a popular spot for holidaymakers. The landscape of the path varies with a mixture of wild scrub and pastures with some road walking around Gorran Haven. The path then opens up on the approach to Chapel Point with rewarding views in all directions on your walk downwards towards Mevagissey. Mevagissey is known for its busy fishing port with its double walled harbour and is a splendid spot to gaze at the boats arriving into the harbour. Named after two saints, Meva and Issey, the busying working harbour of Mevagissey is one of the highlights of the Cornish coast. Mevagissey offers a great range in restaurants after a day walking along the coastline.

Mevagissey to Fowey – Rocky coves, Cornish Alps, Eden Project

After leaving the fishing town of Mevagissey the trail begins to climb up and over the cliffs tops. The trail passes by rocky coves between Pentewan and Black Head. The biggest climb on this section is no more than 280 feet just after you pass Black head. There are many steps to ascent along on this stretch as the trail continues to rise and fall past Phoebe’s Point and Silvermine Point. On the approach towards Charlestown you will begin to notice the inland China Clay works around St Austell. The Clay industry boomed in the 19th Century, which resulted in the formation known as the ‘Cornish Alps’ and still continues on today in Charlestown. Much of Charlestown’s Georgian architecture is still very noticeable leading into the village. From here the trail continues along towards Par where the trail diverts past the fishing docks and Par Sand.  A short distance away from Par is the world famous Eden Project (an environmental centre with diverse plant life). You then climb away over the sand dunes from Par Sands towards Polkerris. From here the path is fairly straightforward and easy going. You’ll notice the red and white beacon tower marking Gribbin Head with views back towards Black Head. This tower was built in 1832 as a navigational aid for sailors. From here the gradient gets a little bit more severe to Polridmouth cove. The trail continues on passing St Catherine’s Castle into the quaint town of Fowey (pronounced ‘Foy’).

Fowey to Portwrinkle –  Ferry crossing, Bodigga Cliffs and seals

You begin this section with a short ferry crossing from Fowey harbour to Polruan. The trail begins with easy walking through beautiful Polruan followed by a steep climb up to Pencarrow Head. This is quite a tough section and you will need to take your time going up and down. Although this section is a little strenuous you are rewarded with delightful views, and when you reach Lantivet Bay on a good day you can even see as far as Lizard Point (most southerly point in the UK). The trail then continues on towards Polperro which is a great place to stop for lunch. The next 5 miles are much gentler, passing by Talland Bay and Hore Shore. One of the highlights on this section is the view over to St George’s Island, (also known as Looe Island) which can be spotted from Downend Point. The trail then descends through several fields, passing through Hannafore into the village of Looe. On your way through the quaint fishing village you can spot the statue of Nelson the one-eyed seal along the shore. On passing Looe you first come to the hamlet of Millendreath which was once a thriving holiday spot. The trail then follows up onto Bodigga Cliffs and on through a labyrinth of charming woodlands. Continuing on with splendid views over Keveral beach and Seaton beach the trail begins to climb. From Seaton to Downderry you climb up to 400ft over the clifftops. This section is quite tough going but you are rewarded with an impressive descent into the picturesque fishing village of Portwrinkle. Portwrinkle is known for its history of smuggling and the locals can tell you the tale of the Finnygook ghost.

Portwrinkle to Plymouth – The big finish

Portwrinkle (Cornish name Porthwykkel) is known to be one of the most wonderful spots to visit on this section of the coastal path; especially for keen birders where you may spot a peregrine, buzzard, kestrel and even the rare Dartford warbler. The village is full of history dating back to 17th century when smuggling goods was at a high in the area. Walking along this final stretch of the coast path is fairly easy, although there are some short steep ascents and descents at times. The path passes a military firing range at Tregantle Fort, if the red flag is up this means that the firing range is in use and that you will need to take the alternative route, which re-joins the trail at Sharrow Point. However, if the red flag isn’t flying you are in for a delightful walk along the clifftops and even pass a Napoleonian Fort on this section. The three miles along the top of Whitsands Bay beach, which offers a stunning view all the way to Portwrinkle to Rame Head, is considered one of Cornwall’s hidden gems. The trail then passes the small village of Freathy and Tregonhawke. The urban landscapes of Plymouth are not far away but as you set off from Penlee Point the path becomes surprisingly wilder. This is quite a contrast to your arrival in the thriving city of Plymouth. The finishing point for this section is located at the Mayflower Steps, an iconic spot to complete your holiday. The Mayflower Steps are bordered with the British and American flags and mark the final English departure point of the 102 passengers who set sail on the Mayflower in 1620.

 

 

 

Middelmatig - Uitdagend

Dit is een relatief makkelijke wandeling en meeste mensen met een goede conditie kunnen deze tocht doen. De paden zijn goed en de navigatie eenvoudig.

Terrein: Een kustpad dat voornamelijk door boerenland, veenland, klifpaden en korte delen langs stranden gaat.

Hoe zijn de paden: Voornamelijk goede paden en laantjes maar kleine delen kunnen wat modderig zijn na regen.

Hoeveel klimmen/ dalen: Meer dan je zou verwachten! Alhoewel u nooit hoger dan 200 meter boven zeeniveau (en meestal maar 100 m) klimt zijn er vele korte steile klimmetjes. De meeste dagen hebben een totaal van tussen de 200 en 400 meter stijging, deze zijn echter van korte duur.

Bewegwijzering: Goed. het pad is goed bewegwijzert

Navigatie: Vrij eenvoudig, goede paden en bewegwijzering, houd uw kaart en gidsje echter bij de hand.

Weer: Als u geluk heeft dan is het de hele dag droog en warm weer en geniet u van de prachtige uitzichten, maar neem altijd regenkleding mee, het weer kan snel veranderen.

                                                                        All Holidays
Accommodation Overnight Bed and Breakfast accommodation in selected hotels, farmhouses, village inns, guest houses and family B&Bs. Full English or Continental breakfast.
Guidebook A detailed guidebook with route information, maps, photos and background information.
Information of Services Along the Route A comprehensive Service Info sheet, including services such as cash points, banks, post offices, village shops, inns, cafes and taxis.
Maps A waterproof map from Harvey Maps covering the whole route.
Personal Itinerary A personal itinerary setting out each overnight stop, including large scale maps of each accommodation, to ensure you find it easily.
Emergency Telephone Support If you get in to difficulties during your holiday, we are always available to help, even out of office hours.
15% discount at Cotswold Outdoors We will issue you with a 15% Discount Card valid at all Cotswold Outdoor stores, and online, for the whole year on confirmation of your booking.
Options
Luggage Transport We will transfer your luggage between each overnight stop if you leave your luggage at the accommodation when you set off in the morning, it will be moved on to your next B&B. You only need to carry a small day sack with the clothes and provisions you require during the day’s walk.
Packed Lunches
Provided for each day’s walking and recommended on this holiday as there will not always be a handy shop or cafe on the route.
Off Road Parking It is not possible to leave your car for the duration of the walk, the B&B’s do not have the space to allow long term parking. Please see the public transport tab for more information on travelling to and from the route.
What’s not Included
Evening Meals Your evening meal isn’t included in the package, but we include full details and recommendations for each evening meal in your itinerary. You will normally be within walking distance of a pub and/or restaurant, or where there is good food available at the accommodation, we’ll book that for you.
Transport to the Start & Away from the Finish Have a look at the “Travel Info” tab above for suggestions. If you’re still struggling, get in touch and we’ll help you sort it out.
Travel Insurance Even if you are based in the UK travel insurance is worth having.

 

Goede accommodatie en een vriendelijk ontvangst zijn een essentieel onderdeel van alle vakanties. Wij begrijpen dit en doen ons best om de mooiste accommodaties uit te zoeken. Wij besteden een hoop tijd aan het selecteren van de accommodatie en doen ons best deze zoveel mogelijk aan de wensen van onze klanten toe te passen. Wij bezoeken alle accommodatie en vragen al onze klanten u kort evaluatieformulier in te vullen. Dit geeft ons een goed inzicht op de dagelijkse werkingen van de accommodaties en geeft ons een waarschuwing voordat er problemen ontstaan.

Wij gebruiken een verscheidenheid aan accommodatie op onze tochten, waaronder kleine hoteletjes, pensions in marktstadjes, Bed & Breakfasts in boerderijen, landelijke huisjes en Victoriaanse stadshuizen. Wij selecteren accommodatie die langs of zo dicht mogelijk bij het pad ligt en van goede kwaliteit is. Ook erg belangrijk is dat de gastvrouw/ heer vriendelijk en hulpvaardig is, wij werken al jaren met velen van de accommodaties en wij hebben over deze tijd een goede relatie opgebouwd.

De meerderheid van onze accommodatie is 4 sterren of hoger en is meestal ensuite (met badkamer op de kamer). In sommige locaties (vooral de meer afgelegen waar wij minder keus hebben) is dit niet altijd mogelijk en moeten wij op een of twee nachten een kamer boeken met een gedeelde badkamer. De kans hierop wordt groter als u kort voor vertrek boekt, wij maken u hierop attent als u laat boekt.

Algemene reisinformatie voor het South West Coast gebied zal in je vakantiepakket zitten, inclusief bus en treintijden waar beschikbaar. Je krijgt gedetaïlleerde instructies naar de eerste accommodatie, per auto of openbaar vervoer, op de individuele accommodatie kaartjes.

Om de treintijden te bekijken ga naar qjump waar je ook vooruit tickets kan bestellen. Voor bustijden ga naar traveline

Het is erg lastig en duur om te parkeren bij deze route, wij raden aan om met openbaar vervoer te reizen.

Aanreis:

Per vliegtuig: De dichtstbijzijnste internationale luchthavens zijn de vliegvelden van Londen. Als alternatief kan je ook reizen via Cornwall Airport Newquay (rechtstreekse vluchten vanuit Amsterdam en aansluitende vluchten vanuit London Gatwick – www.cornwallairportnewquay.com/flying-to-cornwall).

Per openbaar vervoer: Er is een treinstation in Falmouth, het is vijf uur reistijd van Londen Paddington met een overstap in Truro. Er zijn drie treinstations in Falmouth – je moet uitstappen in Falmouth Town. Er is een taxistandplaats bij het station mocht je een taxi willen nemen. Ga naar www.nationalrail.co.uk om treintijden te bekijken.

Per auto: Wij adviseren het openbaar vervoer te gebruiken op al onze South West Coast vakanties. Parkeren is bijna nergens mogelijk op deze route.

Terugreis:

Per openbaar vervoer: Plymouth heeft regelmatige rechtstreekse treinen naar Londen (Paddington station, vier uur reistijd).

Falmouth

Falmouth is a thriving harbour town and is famous for its creative exhibitions, independent shops and art galleries. The town has an abundance of seafood restaurants with freshly caught produce and beachside restaurants. Falmouth is also known for its beautiful gardens, like the Trebah Gardens and the Gyllyngdune Gardens which are both wonderful places to explore and to relax in. You can also explore the National Maritime Museum of Cornwall which houses a large collection of boats and listen to stories of past explorers.

Prijzen EUR (€)
Accommodatie, kaart en gidsje €757
met bagagevervoer €838
met lunchpakketten €813
met lunchpakketten en bagagevervoer €890

Verdere opties

Extra overnachtigingen €73
Eenpersoonskamer toeslag (per nacht) €36
Solo Luggage Supplement (per day) €13