CORNWALL - ENGLANDS FAR SOUTH WEST PENINSULA
Cornwall Walking Tours
2021, between May and September, all dates here
Prices range from £777 (B&B) up to £1,057 per week (with all meals).
Phenomenal walking holidays around Cornwall’s dramatic coastline, moors and countryside personally guided by highly experienced knowledgeable and amiable local guide, Martin Hunt.
If anyone is anxious about being part of a group of strangers, from July, I will be offering private “bubble holidays” for groups of 4-6 friends who feel safe around each other, staying at my remote countryside Cornish farmhouse. I am fully vaccinated myself and we would be out in the wilds most of the time, not in close proximity to anyone much. Please contact me to enquire.
After a whole year being unable to travel because of the pandemic, imagine walking through this natural wonderland later in 2021.
Martin’s ‘in depth’ knowledge of Cornwall (and its varied micro climates) gained over many decades of exploring, enable him to select the best area to explore each day, so that you can immerse yourself in the beauty and tranquillity of the dramatic Cornish coastline and moorlands, its breathtaking scenery, history and wildlife – and as Martin usually knows where to find the sunshine, you’ll probably enjoy it in good weather too!
For the past 33 years, Martin has shared Cornwall’s incredible countryside and her wild Celtic charm, with thousands of guests from all over the world. Many of them have regularly told him that Cornwall is one of the most beautiful places they have ever seen and explored on foot and they become regulars – returning time and again.
Cornwall juts out almost 100 miles into the Atlantic Ocean and is Britain’s most southwesterly point. Bathed by the Gulf Stream, it is consequently the mildest part of the United Kingdom. Due to Cornwall’s unusual shape and her varied geological makeup, it makes for ever changing scenery and creates a strange property unique to the west country coastline – individual peninsulas stuck on to one much larger peninsula, and that is Cornwall. Stunning new vistas awaits you around almost every turn of the coastal footpath. In a county only 90 miles long, there are surprisingly about 15 different types of geology – and every type creates its own unique landforms and scenery. Consequently, most visitors are very surprised at the sheer variety of scenery Cornwall has to offer. The wildlife is spectacular and from late April onwards, there are astonishing arrays of wild flowers (many of them quite rare) that will literally take your breath away.
Here in Cornwall, we have a rich legacy of industrial archaeology, as well as prehistoric archaeology. Centuries ago, Cornwall was at the heart of the industrial revolution (although you’d hardly know it these days) and the remains of old tin and copper mines dot the landscape in places – which was the inspiration for Winston Graham who wrote the famous Poldark novels, now made into a popular television series, loved all over the world. Much much older are the numerous ancient sites, where people from the Stone Age upwards through The Bronze and Iron Ages have left their enduring marks in the form of ancient settlements, chambered burial tombs, standing stones and circles, quoits, and other megaliths. In the far west of Cornwall there is a stunning farming landscape designated the finest untouched prehistoric landscape in Europe, where field boundaries made of ancient granite date back almost 5,000 years.
Cornwall is renowned for its bird life and sub tropical gardens, all of European and International importance. Martins overall aim is to give his guests a comprehensive look and immersion into what Cornwall is all about (and has been throughout its long history), through many centuries, up into the present day. Walking though the landscape, we often drop down to remote coves and beaches at our picnic lunchtime – where you may like to take a refreshing swim, or explore the beach, rock pools and sea caves. Alternatively, you could sit back amongst the wild flowers on the cliff top, observing the seals (and perhaps dolphins), birds and the breath-taking views.
If you particularly enjoy wild flora, the best times to walk in Cornwall are between May and mid summer. However, even after mid summer has passed, there are still many flowers on display, especially the maritime heathers which cloak the cliff tops in many places from mid summer until late autumn, often forming a unique phenomena known as ‘wavy heath’.
Up on the high granite moors, there are ‘tors’ of giant rocks, exquisitely sculpted into staggering shapes by weathering over thousands of years – sometimes balanced so finely that one can rock a boulder weighing many tons, simply by standing on it and shifting one’s weight.
Whatever you choose to do during any ‘down moments’, our walks offer time to relax from the rigours and stresses of everyday life. You will meet ‘like minded’ hikers, stay in excellent accommodation, eat fine locally produced food, enjoy healthy invigorating exercise – and discover nature at its finest. Below in the (expandable) gallery is a further glimpse of Cornwall’s spectacular scenery.
Your holiday is important to us and our goal is to make it decision free and relaxing (yet empowering) for you. Included are 7 nights character Cornish accommodation, tasty cooked breakfasts, excellent evening meals (not included with B&B options), five memorable days of stunning walks guided with bonhomie by Martin, with healthy packed lunches and refreshments provided (Martin’s sandwiches and snacks are legendary!) and transport to and from the walks. We take care of everything for you.
We walk Mondays through Fridays, with Saturday reserved for travel to and from Cornwall and Sunday being a free day for rest, personal exploration and/or possibly recovering from a long journey to get here!
Martin’s overall aim has always been to share with you what he has found beautiful, magical and inspirational to him. Not only walking, but looking at and immersing yourself in the rejuvenating nature and spirit of Cornwall, quite rightly designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
We promise you holiday experiences that you’ll treasure for many years to come – ones that will give you a burning desire to visit Cornwall again and again. We measure our success by the fact that a large number of our guests regularly do return – often over and over again. As an example (above), see Martin with a group of women from British Columbia – in a Cornish poppy field (in June). They have now toured with Adventureline some 4 or 5 times…
Regularly filmed in Cornwall are the popular TV series, “Doc Martin” and “Poldark”. Liked hugely in Germany are Rosamunde Pilcher stories, also filmed here. Modern German writer Elizabeth Kabatek writes a blog in which she mentions us: https://ekabatek.wordpress.com/2018/05/25/mein-haeusle-in-cornwall-7/
Many other famous writers and artists have found their inspiration in Cornwall, such as Barbara Hepworth, Bernard Leach, John le Carré, Patrick Gale, Daphne du Maurier, Mary Wesley, Arther Quiller-Couch, Derek Tangye, EV Thompson, John Betjeman, William Golding, Thomas Hardy and AL Rowse – and many others too numerous to mention.
Come and find your inspiration in Cornwall – and perhaps one day you too will create something memorable!
Prices for our Cornwall guided walking holidays in 2021 will range from £777 per person in B&B’s (with evening meals at your own expense) – rising to as much as £1,057 typically, if staying in a good hotel, with breakfasts and 3 course evening meals included. A single room supplement applies at some accommodations. Full details of the various options and prices for 2021 are provided when requesting our Cornwall brochure – Contact us here.
To view photographs from many of our past walking holidays, please visit our Facebook page.
See Adrian Cabello’s remarkable little film of Cornwall’s many moods here: Vimeo
Special thanks to Adrian and Andrew and his team at Radium Audio for the amazing mix and sound design.