The Lizard: Penzance to Falmouth

Penzance to Falmouth in 4 days Walking Reisecode: CSL5

We offer two different holidays from Penzance to Falmouth– choose from 4 or 5 days walking, depending on how far you want to walk each day. This is a great route in its own right allowing you to explore the most southerly point of Great Britain (Lizard Point), walking along the rugged coastline with hidden coves steeped in history.

This is the shortest holiday covering the route from Penzance to Falmouth. You have two days of 13 miles and two other days of 17 miles. Walking the whole route over 4 days can be quite challenging in some sections and so you need to be a fairly experienced walker to tackle this itinerary.

Meilen Km
Tag 1 Nach Penzance für die erste Übernachtung fahren
Tag 2 Penzance - Porthleven 13 21
Tag 3 Porthleven - Lizard 13 21
Tag 4 Lizard - Porthallow 17 27
Tag 5 Porthallow - Falmouth 17 27
Tag 6 Ab Falmouth nach dem Frühstück abfahren

Penzance to Porthleven – Islands of wonder, beaches, history

After spending your first night in Penzance you begin your walk along a tarmac path adjacent to Mounts Bay with views of St Michael’s Mount. Once you reach the peaceful village of Marazion the trail takes you along the coastline where you wind your way along the trail on a fairly flat track. This section does require close attention in following the waymarker posts to avoid walking inland. The trail then picks up a bit once you reach Perran Sands where you walk in and out of the coves. Continuing along the trail you reach Prussia Cove which was an area known for smuggling exports. After climbing out of the Prussia Cove you have a good section of cliff-top walking and you will pass to the side of the impressive beach of Praa Sands. The rest of this section is a mixture of  fields, as you head more inland, then dramatic cliff-top walking before you eventually reach Porthleven.

Porthleven to Lizard – Long sandy beaches, lighthouses and birdlife

You begin your walk out of Porthleven by passing the iconic Porthleven clock tower. After walking along the coastal trail you pass Loe bar which is a freshwater lagoon and a popular spot for keen birdwatchers. The trail then passes over the tiny beach at Gunwalloe where the church of St Winwaloe hides in the sand dunes. Beyond here the trail is along exposed cliff tops rewarding you with some of the best views over the treacherous rocks where many ships have been wrecked in bad weather. The trail continues along the coast down towards Lizard Point – the most southerly point in Great Britain. The village of Lizard is just less than a mile inland from here. Lizard can surprise many visitors with its coloured houses and shops which make for an interesting change from previous villages you pass.

Lizard to Porthallow – Wild to Mild

You begin this section by setting off from the most southerly point of Great Britain at Lizard lighthouse. The trail then continues on passing by Lions Den which is a spectacular natural hole caused by the collapse of a former cave. As you traverse around the coastal path you pass Housel Bay with its hidden cove.  From here the trail is fairly flat with some short steep sections and once you reach the small fishing village of Cadgwith you’ll have to climb down and out of the quaint fishing village. Cadgwith is a wonderful seaside village with lots of surprising thatched houses.   After leaving Cadgwith the path traverses round through thick blackthorn, gorse and bracken. You will encounter some extraordinary geology along this section including Old Serpentine Works which was a thriving Victorian rock factory steeped in history. After crossing the sandy beach of Kennack sands the path is fairly flat but with a few steep climbs as you cross over the cliff-tops toward the seaside village of Coverack.

The path then changes as you pass to the side of Dean Quarry where you have to stick closely to the path. After passing Dean Point you come away from the cliff tops and follow the route inland when you reach Godrevy Cove. The trail passes through fields, past the small village of Porthoustock and then onto Porthallow. Porthallow marks the half way point on the full South West Coastal path for anyone fit enough to partake in the full 630 miles of the route.

Porthallow to Falmouth – the Big Finish

The trail re-joins the cliff tops once again following a flat stretch around the coastline to Gillian Creek. Here you need to cross the creek and have a few options on how to safely make the crossing. Depending on tide levels you can cross the creek but only one hour either side of low tide. The best option is to take the path around the estuary which takes between 40-45 mins. The trail then snakes around the flat coastline passing by Bosahan Cove through woodlands.  Upon reaching Helford the easiest way to cross the river is by Helford Ferry, which runs daily from 9.30am-9.30pm during high season (April- June) and then from 9.30am-5.30pm in low season (September- October.) The trail then bends round the side of the coast on a fairly flat path all the way up to Mawnan Smith.

From here the walking is mainly flat with no real climbs. You pass through a series of little beaches along Gatamala Cove and Bream Cove. There are only a few small villages you pass on this section which include Maenporth and Swanpool. Upon reaching Falmouth you walk along its promenade towards Pendennis Castle which marks the finish point on this delightful route.

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Grades - This is not a technically difficult walk and should be easy to tackle for most reasonably fit people.

Terrain - The paths are good, and there are no major route finding challenges.

What’s it like underfoot? Generally good paths and tracks, although a few sections can get muddy after heavy rain.

How much up & down? – More than you’d think! Although you never reach more than 400m above sea level (and most of the time not more than 200m) there are many short steep sections. Most days involve ascents of 200-400m metres, although no section is very steep for very long.

Signposting: Good – the path is well waymarked.

Navigation: Pretty straightforward – good signposting, and generally well defined tracks.

Weather: You may be lucky enough to encounter warm, dry weather over the whole route and enjoy dry paths and tremendous views, but you must be prepared because the weather can change quickly. Good clothing and waterproofs are essential, but don’t forget you sunhat, sunblock and shorts!

                                                                        All Holidays
Accommodation Overnight Bed and Breakfast accommodation in selected hotels, farmhouses, village inns, guest houses and family B&Bs.Full English or Continental breakfast.
Guidebook A detailed guidebook with route information, maps, photos and background information.
Information of Services Along the Route A comprehensive Service Info sheet, including services such as cash points, banks, post offices, village shops, inns, cafes and taxis.
Maps A waterproof map from Harvey Maps covering the whole route.
Personal Itinerary A personal itinerary setting out each overnight stop, including large scale maps of each accommodation, to ensure you find it easily.
Emergency Telephone Support If you get in to difficulties during your holiday, we are always available to help, even out of office hours.
15% discount at Cotswold Outdoors We will issue you with a 15% Discount Card valid at all Cotswold Outdoor stores, and online, for the whole year on confirmation of your booking.
Luggage Transport We will transfer your luggage between each overnight stop if you leave your luggage at the accommodation when you set off in the morning, it will be moved on to your next B&B. You only need to carry a small day sack with the clothes and provisions you require during the day’s walk.
Packed Lunches
Provided for each day’s walking and recommended on this holiday as there will not always be a handy shop or cafe on the route.
Off Road Parking It is not possible to leave your car for the duration of the walk, the B&B’s do not have the space have the space to allow long term parking. Please see the public transport tab for more information on travelling to and from the route.
What’s not Included
Evening Meals Your evening meal isn’t included in the package, but we include full details and recommendations for each evening meal in your itinerary. You will normally be within walking distance of a pub and/or restaurant, or where there is good food available at the accommodation, we’ll book that for you.
Transport to the Start & Away from the Finish Have a look at the “Travel Info” tab above for suggestions. If you’re still struggling, get in touch and we’ll help you sort it out.
Travel Insurance Even if you are based in the UK travel insurance is worth having.

General Travel information for the South West Coastal path area will be in your holiday pack including train and bus timetables where available.

Detailed instructions on getting to your first night’s accommodation by car, or on foot from the nearest train or bus station, will also be included in the holiday pack on individual accommodation maps.

To view train times please visit qjump where you can also purchase tickets in advance. For information on bus timetables please visit traveline

It is usually difficult and expensive to park on the South West Coast path, we recommend traveling by public transport. If you do want to bring your car please get in touch and we can advise you on car parking options.

Getting There:

By Air: The nearest and most convenient International Airports to the trail are any of the London Airports.  Trains run hourly from London Paddington station to Penzance direct or changing at Plymouth or Par depending on time of travel (journey time approx. 6 hours).   Alternatively, you may wish to travel via Cornwall Airport Newquay (direct flights from Europe and connecting flights from London Gatwick – Cornwall airport). There is an hourly shuttlebus from Newquay Airport to Newquay Railway Station from where trains run between Newquay and Penzance changing at Par, however as this train journey can take up to 3 hours depending on your time of travel, it is much quicker to take a taxi from the airport (approx. 1 ½ hours – taxi office can be found within the terminal).

By Road: Penzance is located just off the A30. Leave the M5 motorway just after Exeter at Junction 31 and join the A30. The journey to St Ives will take approximately two hours. Continue on the A30 bypassing Hayle then follow signs for A30 Penzance.

By Public Transport: There is a railway station at Penzance. Penzance Railway Station (PNZ) is the western terminus of the Cornish Mainline from where there are onward services throughout Cornwall and further afield to London (Paddington), Birmingham, Leeds and Edinburgh. There is a taxi rank at the station if needed or local taxi numbers can be found at the back of your services information list. To view train times please visit

Returning from Falmouth:

By Public Transport: There are three railway stations at Falmouth – Penmere (PNM), Falmouth Town (FMT) and Falmouth Docks (FAL). All three stations are located on the Maritime Branch Line, off the Cornish Mainline at Truro from where there are onward services throughout Cornwall and further afield to London (Paddington), Birmingham, Leeds and Edinburgh. There is a taxi rank at Falmouth Docks station if needed but no taxi ranks at Penmere or Falmouth Town Stations – local taxi numbers can be found at the back of your services information list. To view train times please visit   There are train’s from Falmouth back to Penzance changing at Truro (journey time approx. 1 ½ hours) if you need to travel back to collect your car.

By Road: From Truro continue on the A39 towards Truro. At the Carland Cross roundabout join the A30 road towards Exeter. Then at Junction 31 come off the A30 before Exeter and join the M5 motorway.


Penzance has a strong history and was known as the commercial centre for the tin-mining industry back in the 19th century. Penzance is the ideal spot for a rest day as there is so much to explore in the surrounding area. For example, St Michael’s Mount is a short distance away from Penzance and a true holiday highlight to explore the history behind the castle and gardens.


Preisspanne EUR (€)
Nur Unterkunft, Karte und Reiseführer (Buch) 628 €
mit Gepäcktransport 628 €
mit Lunchpaketen 628 €
mit Gepäcktransport und Lunchpaketen 628 €

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