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Cornish Coast to Coast Challenge

UK Trek CHALLENGING
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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.


Cornish Coast to Coast Challenge

3 DAYS
  • We meet at our campsite near the small village of Lanivet, in central Cornwall, for a trek briefing and dinner, and get to know the rest of the group with a sociable evening in camp. Night camp.

  • After a good breakfast, we transfer (approx. 30 mins) to the historic fishing port of Padstow on the coast of North Cornwall; a popular tourist destination and now famous for its Rick Stein restaurants. The River Camel meets the sea here, and the first part of our trek takes us inland along the banks of the estuary. It’s flat, providing our legs with a good warm-up, and very scenic. This part of the Camel River is tidal, and an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty; especially rich in birdlife, there’s plenty to watch as we walk along. By the time we reach Wadebridge, the river has narrowed and the landscape changes; we continue southeast, through tiny villages with rows of slate-roofed houses, and open farmland. We eventually leave the Camel, and tackle a long, fairly steady hill through fields and woodland, with wonderful views of the green rounded hills around us. Coming to the small village of Lanivet, we continue south for a short distance to our campsite. Night camp.

    Trek approx. 14 miles / 23km

  • A shorter day lies before us, though a hillier one, as we cross high rolling farmland. We continue our trek, on paths and narrow country lanes across the hills. Before long we come to the beautiful Luxulyan Valley, a steep-sided, thickly wooded valley with a rich copper-mining heritage. Our route takes us under the Treffry Viaduct, built in the 1830s as part of the transportation process to the new harbour at Par. This area is rich in Cornwall’s industrial heritage and part of UNESCO’s Cornwall Mining Landscape World Heritage Site. Our route is now predominantly downhill, with a few undulations, before coming to the Par Canal; we continue on flat paths through Par, known for its china clay, to the coastal path. Our trek finishes overlooking the wide bay and sandy beach at Par. After a group photograph, we transfer back to our campsite (approx 30 mins) to pack up and head for home after an exhausting but exhilarating weekend!

    Trek approx 9 miles / 16km


Prices may vary depending on date.

  • Available pricing options

    Fundraising Option
    Registration Fee £99 Fundraising target £550 Tour Cost - Airline Taxes - Book now
    Full Payment Option
    Registration Fee £99 Fundraising target - Tour Cost £275 Airline Taxes - Book now

    Pricing Explained

    Registration Fee (i)
    Payable on booking

    Fundraising Target (i)
    Paid 10 or 6 weeks prior to trip departure

    Trip Cost (i)
    Payable 8 or 4 weeks prior to trip departure

    WHAT'S INCLUDED

    • All food, accommodation and camping equipment
    • Transfers within trek
    • Discover Adventure leaders; cooks and drivers
    • Full vehicle support
    • Optional pick-ups or drop-offs from Bodmin Parkway Railway Station

    WHAT'S EXCLUDED

    • Travel insurance (optional)
    • Personal items such as drinks, snacks and souvenirs
    • Sleeping bag and sleeping mat
    • Transport to / from the event
    • Entry to any optional sites or activities
    • Any applicable surcharges as per Terms and Conditions
    Download Challenge Details
  • Available pricing options

    Fundraising Option
    Registration Fee £99 Fundraising target £550 Tour Cost - Airline Taxes - Book now
    Full Payment Option
    Registration Fee £99 Fundraising target - Tour Cost £275 Airline Taxes - Book now

    Pricing Explained

    Registration Fee (i)
    Payable on booking

    Fundraising Target (i)
    Paid 10 or 6 weeks prior to trip departure

    Trip Cost (i)
    Payable 8 or 4 weeks prior to trip departure

    WHAT'S INCLUDED

    • All food, accommodation and camping equipment
    • Transfers within trek
    • Discover Adventure leaders; cooks and drivers
    • Full vehicle support
    • Optional pick-ups or drop-offs from Bodmin Parkway Railway Station

    WHAT'S EXCLUDED

    • Travel insurance (optional)
    • Personal items such as drinks, snacks and souvenirs
    • Sleeping bag and sleeping mat
    • Transport to / from the event
    • Entry to any optional sites or activities
    • Any applicable surcharges as per Terms and Conditions
    Download Challenge Details

Detailed Information

  • Accommodation is usually on a twin-share basis in hotels or camp. Occasionally we may use hostel-style accommodation. Please tell us if you know somebody else on the trip that you would like to share with and we will try our best to accommodate your request. If you don't know anyone else in the group don't worry, we always pair you up with someone of the same gender, and a similar age where possible. We do not charge a single supplement if you are a solo traveller.

  • We camp in a friendly, rural campsite ideal for walkers, in shared two-man expedition-style tents (ie sleeping-room only!)
  • The food provided is plentiful and will give you plenty of energy. Where lunch is included, it may be a buffet-style lunch-stop, or a packed lunch. Dinners and breakfasts are generally eaten in camp or at our hotel, depending on the trip. 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.

  • Your trip will be led by experienced Discover Adventure leaders and support crew. Our leaders are selected for their knowledge and experience, friendliness and approachability, sense of humour and ability to safely and effectively deal with any situation that arises; they are also trained in first aid. You are in very safe hands with a Discover Adventure leader. The crew will have mobile phones and/or radios where appropriate, medical kit and other safety apparatus where necessary, as well as vehicle support.

  • Your main luggage will remain at our accommodation (camp, hostel or hotel as appropriate) and you will not have access to it until the end of each day. You should carry a small daypack for items needed during the day.

  • 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 communication devices (eg phones, radios and/or emergency satellite phones), medical kit and other safety apparatus appropriate to the destination. Our leaders always have access to our 24-hour emergency UK back-up. They 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 medical questionnaires and travel insurance as appropriate - is all done with your safety in mind.

Preparing for the Challenge

  • We plan our trips around the optimal weather conditions, but could still be exposed to bad weather at any time. It is vital you are prepared for all conditions. 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.

  • This is designed to be a challenge, and it is vital that you train sufficiently for it. We will supply you with a thorough training guide once you have registered. We expect all participants to train hard in advance, but we respect everyone’s limits and do not expect everyone to maintain the same pace. Inadequate training is likely to have an impact not just on your chances of completing the challenge, but enjoying it too - and we want you to have the time of your life!

    Our challenges attract people of all levels of experience and fitness, all ages and backgrounds. 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 may 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.

Trek Training Weekend

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£160 Special Offer - Only when you book at the same time as registering for your main challenge

Discover Adventure Trek Training Weekends take place in Snowdonia National Park, Wales. This training weekend is designed to put you through your paces to enable you to gauge fitness levels and gain advice from our experienced leaders.

MORE INFORMATION

grade | CHALLENGING (1)

Trip grades range from Challenging (1) to Extreme (5).

CHALLENGING trips involve full days of activity, and are designed to be challenging for those of good health and fitness, but are achievable for most people with a commitment to training and a can-do attitude.

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