About the challenge
Cornwall has a distinctive and colourful culture, with its dramatic natural beauty and landscapes shaped by a history full of character and turmoil. Its past, from mining and china clay to fishing and smuggling, has inspired tales from Jamaica Inn to Poldark.
Our wonderful and rewarding weekend’s trek takes us from Cornwall’s north coast, up over the county’s hilly spine and down to the south coast, finishing at the beautiful dunes of Par Sands.
En-route we take in flat riverbanks, hilly farmland, secluded wooded gorges and wild coastline, as we immerse ourselves in this diverse, beautiful county.
Dates & prices
|Departs||Days||Charity||Availability||Registration fee||Fundraising target||Payment option|
|02 Jun 2017||3||Open challenge||Spaces||£75||+||£550||Or||£275||Book now|
|22 Sep 2017||3||Open challenge||Spaces||£75||+||£550||£275||Book now|
|01 Jun 2018||3||Open challenge||Spaces||£99||+||£550||£275||Book now|
|21 Sep 2018||3||Open challenge||Spaces||£99||+||£550||£275||Book now|
Cross Cornwall from north coast to south
Diverse walking from flat riverbank to secluded valleys
Immerse yourself in inspiring Cornish landscapes and history
Days 1-2: Arrive at camp; walk from Padstow along Camel estuary then uphill onto the hills
Day 3: Hilly walking through high farmland hills and woodland to beaches of Par Sands
What makes it challenging?
Challenging 24-mile route
Varied walking across rugged and remote landscapes with some long steep hills
Discover Adventure reserves the right to change the route or itinerary for safety reasons should local conditions dictate.
The tour cost includes all accommodation, meals and camping equipment except sleeping bag and sleeping mat. It also includes full trip support of experienced Discover Adventure leaders, drivers and cooks (see Trip Support below).
It does not include personal travel insurance (optional), extra food, drinks, souvenirs or personal items, or entry to any optional tourist sites you may wish to visit. We strongly recommend you carry a credit card in case of personal emergency.
We camp in a friendly campsite in open countryside, in shared two-man expedition-style tents (ie sleeping-room only!)
All food is included except where specified in the itinerary. The food is very good, will give you lots of energy and there is plenty of it! Please let us know any dietary requirements well in advance.
Being vegetarian or having other dietary requirements is not usually a problem provided you let us know well in advance. If you know there are plenty of foods you cannot eat you may wish to bring extra snacks from home so you can top up your energy supply.
Discover Adventure Crew
Your trip will be led by experienced Discover Adventure leaders. Our leaders are selected for their experience in harsh wilderness environments, knowledge of travel in remote areas, friendliness and approachability, sense of humour and ability to safely and effectively deal with any situation that arises. You are in very safe hands with a Discover Adventure leader.All our leaders are from the UK or other English-speaking countries. Most work for us on an ad-hoc basis and have ‘real’ jobs in-between trips! We never send our leaders to the same destination for months on end – we want them to be as enthusiastic about your trip as you are. The number of crew and support vehicles looking after you will depend on the final size of your group, but the team will be looking after every aspect of your trip whether that’s leading the trek, looking after camp or making your lunch! At Discover Adventure we pride ourselves on our high leader: trekker ratio and believe it leads to greater trip enjoyment as well as excellent trip safety.
Space in camp is limited and hard-sided luggage is not recommended, so we suggest your kit is packed in a soft rucksack or expedition kitbag. Ask us about our specially-designed low-cost kitbags if you don’t have one already. You should bring a small daypack to carry for items needed during the day as you will not have access to your main luggage until the evening.
Your safety, and that of the rest of the group, is our highest priority. Our trips are designed and planned with safety in mind. Your crew will be equipped with radios and emergency mobile phones, medical kit and other safety apparatus where necessary. They always have access to our 24-hour emergency UK back-up. Our leaders are responsible for safety on the trip, and will make any changes to the itinerary they deem necessary should local conditions dictate. Pre-trip administration – such as compulsory medical questionnaires – is all done with your safety in mind.
Preparing for the challenge
We trek on a mix of wide, flat riverside trails, dirt or grass footpaths, and quiet rural lanes. Some sections may be muddy. There are steep inclines both up and down.
The environment we walk through needs the respect of all its users to be preserved. Please walk on the path surface rather than on the vegetation growing beside it, don’t remove stones from the paths and don’t take short-cuts. Please follow the Countryside Code.
You will trek approximately 23 miles on this trip overall. It’s more useful when training to think about the hours you need to walk for, and the type of terrain you will be trekking over! This trek is achievable for most people provided they train well in advance. We will supply you with a thorough training guide when you have registered. Please note that we do not permit dogs on our treks.
Average temperatures for Cornwall:
May – September 10 – 25°C
Even in the summer months we can be exposed to rain, strong winds and storms, and it could be very hot or cool. Be prepared for any weather! You will need appropriate, good quality footwear and clothing to cope with the weather conditions.
Clothing & Equipment
We are trekking through varied terrain and could be exposed to bad weather at any time so be prepared for quickly changing conditions and temperatures. We provide you with a detailed packing kit-list on registration, as well as details on useful discounts you are entitled to as a Discover Adventure customer. We are always available if you need advice.
Our challenges attract people of all levels of experience and fitness, all ages and backgrounds. We expect all participants to train hard in advance to achieve this challenge, but we respect everyone’s limits. We design our challenges so that everyone can go at their own pace: this is not a race. For logistical and safety reasons we sometimes need to re-group, so the front-runners will find themselves waiting for the slower ones. Please relax, and remember that this is a team effort that enables people to achieve their personal goals and earn sponsorship.
We insist that you have had a tetanus injection in the last 10 years.
Worldwide Sustainable Tourism
Long before ‘Responsible Tourism’ became a recognised phrase, we designed and ran our trips to ensure they made minimum impact on the environment and a positive impact on the local communities we pass through.
Discover Adventure Projects
We are supporting a tree-planting project in Peru and a children’s home in Tanzania on a long-term basis. If you would like to ‘give something back’ please consider donating £5 to our projects when you sign up.
We encourage all our customers to offset emissions connected with their trip. You can offset at any time in the lead-up to departure by visiting Climate Care via our website and making a donation to a worthwhile project supported by them.
Alternatively, if you wish to take more practical action in the UK you can volunteer for a day with TCV and work on an environmental project local to you. Work may include construction footpaths, dry stone walling, creating wildlife habitats or planting trees in your community. Volunteer today at www.tcv.org or call 01302 388883.