6-Night Cornwall Christmas & New Year Guided Walking Holiday

Mousehole Christmas Lights Cornwall
Duration: 6 nights
Type: Guided Walking
Walking Grade: 2 & 3

Cornwall is beautiful all year round but there are some even more spectacular sights around winter. Spend the festive season in Cornwall, socialising and walking in this beautiful place. There’s something magical about walking in winter. Whether it’s the frosty footsteps, the clear crisp air, or the breathtaking views, it’s a wonderful time to go walking. Join our festive breaks and choose from a guided walking holiday in the company of one of our knowledgeable leaders. We pull out all the stops on our festive holidays, with fabulous food, lots of seasonal entertainment and great walks and activities. The walks are tailored to the time of year and will remain flexible to suit the weather conditions. Each day three grades of walk will be offered. So wrap up warm, lace up your boots and go for an invigorating walk.

Holiday Highlights

  • Plenty of exercise to walk off the festive excesses
  • A choice of guided walks in spectacular winter scenery
  • Just relax, soak up the party atmosphere, enjoy wonderful festive fare and leave all the organising to us
  • Evening activities include dancing, quizzes, carol singing and New Year celebrations
  • Cosy Country House and a special festive cheer

What’s included

  • Wonderful meals – full selection at breakfast, your choice of picnic lunch, an excellent evening meal and plenty of festive treats
  • A programme of organised walks and activities
  • The services of experienced HF Holidays’ guides
  • Any transport to and from the walks

Trip Notes

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You're welcome to check-in to your room from 2:30 p.m. onwards (upgraded rooms from 1 p.m.) Please join us for afternoon tea.

The harder walk for today starts at the attractive town of Marazion with a spectacular view of the 300 foot granite island of St Michael’s Mount with its castle and 14th century church. The route follows the South West Coast Path through Cudden Point to Perranuthnoe (where the medium route begins). Both routes then pass through Prussia Cove, named after the notorious, swashbuckling smuggler John Carter, who styled himself the ‘King of Prussia’ because of his resemblance to Frederick the Great, through Kenneggy and on to the long sandy beach at Praa Sands (where the easier walk begins). All three groups head towards Porthleven via Rinsey Head and along the cliffs to Trewavas Head with its old copper mine buildings. We conclude at Porthleven Harbour.

Today’s walks all visit the Bronze Age stone circle of the Merry Maidens, and the easier walk starts from there, heading down to Lamorna Cove with its granite harbour and continuing all the way to picturesque Mousehole. The medium walk takes us down to the beach at St Loy and passes Tater Du lighthouse before descending to Lamorna Cove, around the rocky headland. We continue along the coast path to Mousehole. The harder walk starts past the Logan Rock Inn to the Iron Age castle of Treryn Dinas. We later turn eastward to Penberth Cove and St Loy and the coast path brings us around the rocky headland to Lamorna Cove, and eventually to Mousehole.

We’ll build up an appetite today on the superb local circular walks which start and finish on our doorstep. Our easier and medium walks lead up to the prominent granite tetrahedron of Knill’s Monument which crowns the summit of Vorvas Hill. The easier walk then drops down to the promontory of Carrack Gladden and follows the Coast Path through Carbis Bay and past the Balking House en route to St Ives. The medium walk drops to the coast near Lelant Church and then follows the same stretch of the coast path back; while the harder walk takes us out towards Mussel Point and back along the coast path passing River Cove.

The easier walk today starts from the mining village of St Just – with its medieval Amphitheatre, and follows an inland route across Cot Valley and over the Nanquidno Downs before dropping to the coast path. The medium walk reaches the coast path at Ballowall Barrow from St Just, while the harder walk starts from Botallack and passes through the Kenidjack Valley, round Cape Cornwall to reach Ballowall Barrow. All three walks finish at Land’s End with its views out over granite cliffs to Longships Lighthouse and even as far as Wolf Rock and the Scillies on a good day.

Today’s easier walk heads for the east coast at Church Cove, before following a clockwise circuit around Bass Point and the cliffs of the Lizard. Weather permitting we’ll take a look at Kynance Cove with its amazing rock formations, and then return to Lizard Green along a ‘Cornish hedge’ footpath. The medium walk starts at Mullion, visits the 13th century church and follows the coast path through Mullion Cove and along the cliffs to Kynance. The harder walk starts inland to join the coast path at the quaint fishing village of Cadgwith and then past the collapsed caves of the Devil’s Frying Pan en route to Bass Point, Lizard Head, Kynance and Lizard Green.

Enjoy a final breakfast before making your way home. 

Departure Test

Chy Morvah

Sea, sand and (hopefully) sun await at Cornwall’s Chy Morvah. This coastal bolthole, whose name means ‘House by the Sea’ in Cornish, basks in the famously lovely light of this artist-retreat town on the north coast of one of England’s most desirable holiday destinations. Those artists may have come to paint the sea and sky but you can simply admire it from the house’s privileged position. The building has been designed to maximise the effect of its elevated location, with stunning sea views and vistas of sandy beaches, while the bustling harbour and array of cafés and artists galleries are just a short cobbled street walk away. As well as 39 bedrooms, there are a large main lounge with panoramic views across St Ives Bay and a dining room that boasts similar mouth-watering views. To keep you entertained there’s a garden in which to enjoy the hazy pinky glow that falls on this seaside sanctuary every evening. Beyond the house, the Cornish Coast is the gateway to exploring the area, with easy access to St Michael’s Mount, the pretty fishing village of Mousehole, the beaches and cliffs of north Cornwall and the rugged cliffs of Land’s End. There’s even the option of an evening adventure to the Minack Theatre



Tea & coffee-making facilities, TV, Hairdryer, Toiletries, Wi-Fi

Stay in one of the main building’s beautifully presented rooms or in the adjacent Lanyons House. With 39 bright and airy bedrooms, Chy Morvah has plenty of space and there’s a range of Good and Better Rooms to choose from. Simply but smartly furnished they let the view through the window do the talking.

All ‘Good’ rooms are ensuite and furnished to a high standard. There are also several ‘Better’ Rooms that are either larger or have a desirable view, a more luxurious mattress, larger television, enhanced toiletries and a fluffy bathrobe & slippers – upgrade your stay for just an extra £15 per person per night. You can choose a specific room for an extra £30 per room, subject to availability. Upgrade supplements still apply.


Free Wi-Fi, boot room and drying room, attractive gardens with sea views, heated outdoor swimming pool, multi-purpose activity room, ballroom, library and board games to borrow

After a day strolling the coast, come back to the house and its specially tailored walkers’ facilities. Relax by sitting in the pretty gardens beneath the large mature trees and looking out over the sea. Take a turn in the heated outdoor pool if you still have the energy, or simply relax on the sundeck adjacent to it. Indoors, kick back in one of the lounges. The small bar with its seaside paraphernalia is well-stocked and welcoming while light floods the dining room through panoramic windows.

Food & Drink

As at all our country houses, holidays are full board, from afternoon tea served as a welcome treat through that evening’s meal to a hearty breakfast on the day of departure. Lunch is a chance to stock up on our famous picnic snacks. Food at Chy Morvah is varied and eclectic but has a strong emphasis on ingredients from the area and seasonal produce. Once a week the dining room hosts a Local Food Night, when, over a sociable evening, you might tuck in to Cornish cauliflower and award-winning blue cheese soup, snack on a Stargazy pasty featuring locally caught fillet of mackerel and tuck in to either locally reared pork with a Cornish cider jus or fillet of plaice stuffed with white crab meat, prawns and chives for the best that Cornish land and sea has to offer.

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Essential Information

Essential Equipment

To enjoy walking/hiking comfortably and safely, footwear, clothing and equipment needs to be suitable for the conditions. Safety is our priority and Britain is famous for its changeable weather, so our advice is to come prepared for all eventualities.

  • Footwear with a good grip on the sole (e.g.Vibram sole) is the key to avoiding accidents
  • Walking/hiking boots providing ankle support and good grip are recommended (ideally worn in), and specialist walking socks to avoid blisters
  • Several layers of clothing, which can be added or removed, are better than a single layer (include spares)
  • Fabrics (lightweight and fast drying) designed for the outdoors are recommended
  • Waterproof jacket and waterproof over trousers
  • Warm hat and gloves. Gaiters are an optional but useful extra
  • Denim jeans and capes are not suitable on any walks
  • Rucksack with a waterproof liner
  • Thermos flask for hot drink
  • Water bottle (at least 1 litre)
  • Spare high-energy food such as a chocolate bar
  • Small torch
  • First aid kit – your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication or blister kits (such as Compeed)

Optional Equipment

  • Walking poles are useful, particularly for descents
  • Insect repellent
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun cream
  • Camera

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