Explorers Connect

Saints’ Way
26th-28th Jun 2020

Walk across Cornwall on this wonderful old pilgrimage route through stunningly varied landscapes, from pretty Padstow on the north coast to fair Fowey on the south.

Duration: 2 nights | Location: Cornwall | Distance: 45km | Price: from £170


OVERVIEW

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Join us on a micro-expedition to walk Cornwall coast-to-coast via an ancient pilgrimage route from Padstow on the north coast to Fowey on the south.

Saints’ Way follows the route of early pilgrims making their way from Ireland and Wales to Brittany or Santiago de Compostella in Galicia, Spain. It ends in Fowey on the south coast, where the pilgrims would have set sail across the sea. Before that happens, however, it goes through gloriously varied landscape as it wends its way across the county.

Starting at the Camel Estuary at foodie-heaven Padstow, our path will take in woodlands, farms, rocky tors, pretty villages, Celtic Cross way markers, and many historic and beautiful churches, to finish at the bustling fishing village of Fowey. 

Expertly guided by Belinda and Neil, you’ll feel all the exhilaration of finishing a solid challenge, with the usual camaraderie of the Explorers Connect community putting a pep in your steps, all over the course of a single weekend.


ITINERARY

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Day 1 (Fri 26th Jun) - Arrival at Padstow

You will be welcomed by your Explorers Connect hosts from 6pm at a campsite near Padstow, where you’ll meet the rest of the group. You can eat out in foodie Padstow or cook yourself a camp dinner. After dinner, there will be a guided evening stroll through the town, down to the Camel Estuary to dip toes in the sea.

Day 2 (Sat 27th Jun) - Padstow to Lanivet (25km / 15mi)

At 8.30am, a taxi will arrive to take everyone’s overnight kit onto the next stop, as we venture out to start the pilgrimage proper. From Padstow, we’ll pass through Little Petherick, onto St Breock Downs, ending up near Lanivet to our very own wilderness campsite for the night. There’s the option for fish and chips to be delivered, and fire pits to gather round for storytelling and chats.

Day 3 (Sun 28th Jun) - Lanivet to Fowey (20km / 12mi)

We’ll set out early to continue our way south via the rocky Helman Tor before following the edge of the Fowey River towards the ancient market town of Lostwithiel. Our arrival in Fowey will be marked by ice cream and / or a cream tea – the Cornish way, of course! If there’s time, we will explore the Polperro Heritage Coast and walk up to Gribbin Head. Taxi transfers back to Padstow will depart at around 4pm, collecting kit along the way. Depending on numbers, we may be able to arrange a drop off at Bodmin Parkway train station. 


ADVENTURE HOSTS

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Saints’ Way will be led by the dream team that is Belinda Kirk (Explorers Connect founder) and the one-and-only Neil Froggitt.

Neil is a consummate professional with a huge passion for outdoor adventure, Neil has led numerous trips for Explorers Connect, and perfectly brings to life our ethos of gently encouraging people outside their comfort zone to discover just what they are capable of, whilst ensuring everyone is having a lovely time and making new friends.

Belinda is the leading voice promoting the benefits of adventure on wellbeing, and uses her life-long passion for adventure and the great outdoors to offer life-changing experiences to other people.

You can find out more about the core values that run through all our trips here.


ACCOMMODATION AND FOOD

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Your accommodation will be carefully selected campsites, including one particularly special wilderness campsite.

You’ll need to bring a tent (or bivvy bag), sleeping bag and mat, plus a pillow if you want some extra comfort.

Your sleeping kit will be transported between overnight locations so you won’t have to worry about carrying a large pack all day.

No food is included in the price, so you’ll need to bring supplies for breakfast and packed lunches too. There is the option to either eat out or have food delivered on the Friday and Saturday nights, but you are also welcome to bring a camp stove if you’d prefer to cook for yourself. As your luggage is transferred for you between stages, weight is less of a concern, so you can get fully creative with your campfire recipes.


LOGISTICS

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The walk starts in Padstow, where we have a limited number of free parking spaces available. It ends in Fowey, where taxis will take us back to Padstow to arrive at roughly 5pm.

Depending on numbers, we may be able to arrange a group drop off at Bodmin Parkway train station. 


DIFFICULTY LEVEL

You will need to be fit enough to walk 23km a day for two consecutive days. Each day there will be plenty of regular breaks for you to collect water or refuel on snacks.


WHAT'S INCLUDED

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  • 2x fully guided walking days with experienced leaders and hosts, Neil & Belinda

  • Careful route planning through spectacular scenery with all responsibility for wayfinding

  • 2x nights carefully selected camping spots

  • All luggage transfers

  • Taxi transfers from the end point to the start point

  • Parking at Padstow for the duration of trip (limited number of spaces)

  • N.B. You will need sturdy walking boots and waterproofs, walking clothes and a day-sack to carry your water and food for the day. You will also need to bring or share a camping stove, small tent/bivvy, and a sleeping mat and bag. A full kit list will be supplied on booking.


DATES AND PRICES

  • Dates: This adventure runs from 6pm on Friday 26th June until approximately 5pm on Sunday 28th June

  • Earlybird: Book before 3rd April 2020 - £170 for members, £185 for non-members

  • Price: 3rd April 2020 onwards - £185 for members, £200 for non-members

  • Terms & Conditions: Click here for our cancellation policy and Ts&Cs

  • N.B. If you would like to book your place with a deposit please call the office, we will be happy to arrange this for you. Tel 0117 405 7497


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QUESTIONS?

If you'd like to know more about this weekend or have a particular question about this or any of our adventures, please email enquiries@explorersconnect.com or call the office on 0117 405 7497 during normal office hours and we'll do our best to help you.


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