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Walk West Cornwall Festival

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Get those boots laced up, Walk West Cornwall 2017 will guide you to cliffs, coves and secret crannies…

“Two or three hours’ walking will carry me to as strange a country as I expect ever to see.”
Following tremendous success in 2016, our Walk West Cornwall festival is bounding back from Monday 12th to Sunday 18th June this year, with even more walks to enjoy around the unique landscape of England’s ‘toe’.

The Zen proverb ‘If we are facing in the right direction, all we have to do is keep walking’ might be brilliant motivation to dust off those boots and take to the great outdoors... but which is the right direction? In Cornwall we’re spoiled for choice of stunning walks, both coastal and inland, so where to wander is the quandary.

The brainchild of Property Manager Bev, the inaugural Walk West Cornwall festival was a big hit last summer. With a choice of revitalising romps and scenic strolls, Walk West Cornwall gives everyone the chance to experience hidden Cornwall.

Each of the 21 walks (and talks) is led by an experienced local guide and, as well as being great exercise, will introduce you to spectacular scenery, fascinating facts and intriguing history – and some walks incorporate welcome refreshments or a picnic too (even a pit-stop at an award-winning ice cream farm).

With coastal, art, foraging, historical and adventure walks, rated from ‘Easy’ to ‘Strenuous’, there’s something for all the family, including four-legged friends. Dogs are welcome for a tail-wagging time. You can join as many walks as you wish – or even just pick your one favourite. Most events are free of charge (donations to Children’s Hospice South West are gratefully received) and there’s no charge for children under 12 on any walk.

[Image: Paul Pitman]

The Helpful Holidays team all live in and love the West Country and we're proud to share our special region. By popular demand, some favourite walks from last summer return, plus new walks around The Helford River, St Buryan, Lamorna, Lanyon Mill , St Keverne and Madron, all rich in history, legend and mystery – not to mention breathtaking clifftops and crystal clear seas.

Helford River [Image: Andrew]

Forage Porthleven, led by expert Vix Hill-Ryder from the Family Foraging Kitchen, will amaze and inspire as you discover, pick and prepare all kinds of natural foods growing wild. Walk Back in Time will take you eight miles across the Lizard headland to the point where Marconi received the first wireless signal, plus a visit to the Lizard Wireless Station.

Rest your legs and enjoy an informative free evening talk about the fascinating archaeological dig at Lanyon on the Penwith Moors (the densest concentration of prehistoric remains in England). Or step into the past to discover the startling WWII secrets recently revealed in sleepy Lanyon Mill.

Lanyon Quoit [Image: Steve Bittinger]

All these events and many more await, so come to Cornwall and join us for an experience of a lifetime. We’ve comfortable cottages of all sizes, the perfect way to relax and put up your feet at the end of each day, so why not treat yourself to a break of fresh air and healthy exercise?

We’ve dear little one-bedroom thatched East Barn, and newly converted The Hayloft, accommodating five, both centrally located for all the walk start points. Or why not get a group of friends together and come for fun to Chy Lowen, a coastal house with plenty of room for nine? Whether you’ve just a few days to enjoy a couple of walks or are joining us for a week of serious hiking, check out all our west Cornwall cottages or call (01647 433593) or email us and we’ll recommend somewhere special for you.

East Barn

For more information on the walking festival, get in touch on 01647 434075, or We’ll also have a Walk West Cornwall stand at the Porthleven Food Festival (21st to 23rd April 2017), so do stop by for a chat. We look forward to seeing you!

[Main image: Robert Pittman]

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