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On this Discovery tour we are based for seven nights in the lively town of St Ives. From here we explore wild rugged coastlines, golden sandy beaches, fishing harbours and mining heritage. This southwestern corner of England, with its mild climate, has beautiful gardens. Fans of the TV series Doc Martin or Poldark will recognise some of the scenery. Sample a cup of tea along with a delicious scone dabbed with Cornish clotted cream and strawberry jam as a typical Cornish afternoon tea.


  • Lizard Point, well known to naturalists for rare flowers, insects and seabirds
  • The extensive gardens of Trelissick (National Trust)
  • Picturesque fishing harbours such as Mousehole
  • The celtic village of Chysauster
  • The dramatic coastal cliffs at Zennor

2017  Dates: One week tours start  03 June, 23 Sept

Price in British pounds:  855.00 GBP  based on double occupancy. 
A few single rooms have no supplement, 
Non-member associate fee is 10 GBP per person

Accommodation:   Chy Morvah, meaning ‘house by the sea’ in Cornish, is an appropriate name for this characteristic seaside property. Situated within walking distance of the centre of St Ives, it enjoys wonderful views   along the north Cornwall coast. 36 rooms have private ensuite bathroom, TV and hairdryer. Many have a seaview.  There is a heated outdoor pool. All guests are participating in an HF Holiday so the atmosphere is that of a private club.

Meals: All meals are included. Breakfast is a hot and cold buffet. Lunch is a packed lunch. Dinner is a three course meal with a choice of four main courses including one vegetarian. Special diets can be catered to.


Saturday Arrival day Check in from 2.30pm onwards. Afternoon tea at 4pm.

Sunday: The tip of Cornwall
Our first day is along the wild granite coast of Penwith: we head for Zennor and have a gentle walk out to embrace a feast of wild flowers, views of the Atlantic and maybe a mermaid. Our picnic lunch is by the beach at Sennen Cove. Then in the afternoon we visit the timeless Iron Age village of Chysauster.

Monday: Penzance, Mousehole and Porthcurno
Penzance today where we visit Penlee Gallery with its collection of Newlyn school paintings. Lunch is in Mousehole, and then on to the standing stone circle, the Merry Maidens. Our final call will be Porthcurno, with a choice, the Museum of Submarine Telegraphy (Victorian internet), the Minack Theatre museum, or just sitting on the beach, gazing at the turquoise sea.

Tuesday: Lizard Peninsula
To the most southerly point today via the eclectic Folk Museum in Helston (home to the Flora Dance), to Coverack for our lunch stop, with its fascinating geology and tales of shipwrecks, and then to Lizard Town from where we can walk down to Lizard Point at 49° 57' 30" N, and maybe peek at the elusive Cornish Chough.

Wednesday: Free day for exploration of St Ives with its art galleries and tea shoppes. Perhaps travel further afield to Eden, visit any of the famous gardens, make a pilgrimage to St Michael’s Mount or just relax and swim at Chy Morvah.

Thursday: The Atlantic Coast
We start with a gentle walk along the Great Flat Lode, now part of a Cornish World Heritage Site, then to Tehidy Country Park and a stroll around the lake. Continuing with our mining theme we have lunch at Portreath, a little harbour built for the export of ore to South Wales. Our final stop will be at the wonderfully preserved Engine houses at Pool (NT). 

Friday: The Fal Estuary
Thatch and cob are not normally associated with Cornish buildings; however, at Come to Good, there is a delightful Friends Meeting House. Then on to the lush gardens at Trelissick and afterwards a ferry hop across to the Roseland peninsula for lunch at St Just.  Taking another ferry from St Mawes, we glimpse the fine castles guarding the entrance to the Carrick Roads. We then take our final Cornish tea together, finishing our week of visits.

Saturday: Depart after a leisurely breakfast

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