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Cornish Coast to Coast Challenge

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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 £75 Fundraising target £550 Tour Cost - Airline Taxes - Book now
    Full Payment Option
    Registration Fee £75 Fundraising target - Tour Cost £275 Airline Taxes - Book now

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  • Available pricing options

    Fundraising Option
    Registration Fee £75 Fundraising target £550 Tour Cost - Airline Taxes - Book now
    Full Payment Option
    Registration Fee £75 Fundraising target - Tour Cost £275 Airline Taxes - Book now

    Pricing Explained

    Registration Fee (i)
    Payable on booking

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

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

    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 weeks prior to trip departure

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

    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 weeks prior to trip departure

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

    Download Challenge Details

Detailed Information

  • 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, assisted by mechanics and support crew depending on the type of trip. 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. The crew will have radios and/or phones, medical kit and other safety apparatus where necessary, as well as vehicle support.

  • Space 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 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 could be exposed to bad weather at any time so be 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.

  • 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.

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 gauige fitness levels and gain advice from our experienced leaders.

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This trip is designed to be challenging for those of good health and fitness, but is achievable for most people provided they train well in advance. We will supply you with a thorough training guide when you have registered. Training for the challenge is all part of the preparation and requires commitment! Without it, you will find the challenge less enjoyable - and we want you to have the time of your life!

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