Charity Walk Course
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