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Cornish Coastal Challenge

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About the Challenge

This beautiful weekend trek follows the dramatic coastline of North Cornwall. The landscapes are spectacular, with rugged cliffs, hidden coves and old fishing villages forming a beautiful backdrop to the blue sea.

Starting at Trevose Head, west of Padstow, we walk for 22 hilly miles to St Agnes Head – a challenging distance considering the terrain. We pass the well-known beach stacks of Bedruthan Steps, as well as old reminders of Cornwall’s mining heritage, while Poldark fans will recognise some key filming locations, such as Holywell Bay, with the much-filmed Gull Rocks off-shore.

This is a tough weekend challenge, but a spectacular and inspiring experience which will give you an unforgettable sense of achievement!


Cornish Coastal Challenge

3 DAYS
  • We meet at our accommodation in the early evening for dinner and an evening briefing. After a good meal we have an opportunity to get to know the rest of the group and then a good night’s sleep ready for the rest of the weekend. Night hostel

    Transport will be arranged to pick you up from the nearest railway station if required.

  • After a good breakfast, we have a short transfer to Trevose Head, a wild, unspoilt headland jutting into the Atlantic, complete with lighthouse. The rugged cliffs stretch for miles before us, and on a windy day the full might of the churning sea illustrates why this coastline was notorious for its shipwrecks. Our cliff-top path undulates dramatically, with very few flat sections, but fabulous views all the way –rolling grassy fields and wildflowers, sandy coves, wide sweeping bays, and jagged islands jutting off the coast. We pass Porthcothan Bay, a lovely cove with a wide sandy beach and grassy dunes; this was Poldark’s Nampara Cove. Further south we stop to admire the views over Bedruthan Steps, a well-known beauty spot known for its dramatic slate stacks offshore, and continue over spectacular clifftops paths to Watergate Bay, a short distance from Newquay. Here we transfer back to our accommodation.

    Trek approx 12 miles / 20km

     

  • After breakfast we transfer to Holywell Bay, south of Newquay – a fabulous place to resume our coastal challenge. The beautiful wide sandy beach, with its distinctive Gull Rock offshore, will be instantly recognisable to Poldark viewers as the Warleggans’ beach. We continue past the three-mile-long sweep of Perranporth beach, popular with surfers, and head out onto rugged St Agnes Head, known for its mining heritage. These heathland landscapes were used to film Nampara Valley, part of the Poldark estate, including many of the iconic clifftop horse-riding scenes. This beautiful headland is a wonderful end to our trek, and after transferring back to base, we say our farewells and head for home after an exhausting but exhilarating weekend!

    Trek approx 10 miles / 15km


Prices may vary depending on date.

  • Available pricing options

    Fundraising Option
    Registration Fee £80 Fundraising target £500 Tour Cost - Airline Taxes - Book now
    Full Payment Option
    Registration Fee £80 Fundraising target - Tour Cost £250 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 and accommodation
    • Transfers within trek
    • Discover Adventure leaders 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
    • 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 £80 Fundraising target £500 Tour Cost - Airline Taxes - Book now
    Full Payment Option
    Registration Fee £80 Fundraising target - Tour Cost £250 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 and accommodation
    • Transfers within trek
    • Discover Adventure leaders 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
    • 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 £80 Fundraising target £500 Tour Cost - Airline Taxes - Book now
    Full Payment Option
    Registration Fee £80 Fundraising target - Tour Cost £250 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 and accommodation
    • Transfers within trek
    • Discover Adventure leaders 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
    • 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

  • We sleep in hostel dorm rooms, usually sharing with 2-5 others on the trip. Dorm rooms are single-sex.
  • Accommodation is in a well-located youth hostel, which is comfortable with good shared facilities. Rooms are dorm-style; some have en-suite facilities. All bedding is provided. Dorm rooms are single-sex.
  • 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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£170 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.

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GRADE | demandING (2)

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

DEMANDING trips ramp up the challenge with some long days over tough terrain, and require good stamina, fitness and determination.

See Trip Grading Explained.

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