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The Cornish Celtic Saints

Walk in the footsteps of the Cornish Celtic Saints

1-7 August 2021 - LAST DOUBLE OR SINGLE ROOM
12-18 August 2021  FULL
23-29 August 2021 - FULL

Contact info@mccabe-travel.co.uk to book

The Cornish Celtic Way is a new pilgrimage route covering 125 miles through Cornwall from St. Germans to St. Michael’s Mount. It incorporates over 60 miles of the Cornish coastal path as well as two established pilgrimage routes: The Saints’ Way and St. Michael’s Way. The Cornish Celtic Way is divided into 16 walks.

Walk some of the highlights of the route, returning each night to enjoy the peaceful surroundings, comfort and home-cooked food at Epiphany House in Truro.

There are five walking days, each day walking a different part of the Cornish Celtic Way. Experienced local walking guides will lead the walks and our driver will take you to the start and pick you up at the end of each day’s walk. You can expect to cover around 6-8 miles per day over terrain which includes stunning and sometimes steep coastal walks, taking in churches, holy wells and other special places along the way. You will receive a Cornish Celtic Way passport which will be stamped as you visit places along the way.

Relaxed and informal evenings include an optional short spiritual engagement with reflections on the Celtic Saints.

This is a walking pilgrimage, so a good level of fitness is required and it is essential to start preparatory walks before departure.  If for any reason you are unable to complete a walk or need some rest time, you can arrange a taxi for yourself back to base.  As we stay in one location you only need to walk each day with a day pack to carry water, packed lunch, sun cream, hat, rain wear, blister plasters, spare socks etc. Do wear sturdy shoes or boots suitable for walking long distances.

 

Itinerary

  1. Travel to Truro

    Independent travel to Truro. We check in from 16:00 at Epiphany House where we stay for six nights. Dinner is at 18:00 and is followed by an introduction to the Cornish Celtic Way and walking advice with our lead walking guide.

  2. Lansallos to Polruan (6 miles)

    We drive to St. Ildierna Church in Lansallos where we take a beautiful walk down the rough coastal path, enjoying spectacular views round to Lantic Bay. We stop at St. Wyllow in Lanteglos by Fowey for lunch before continuing along gentle Hall Walk through woodlands and fields to Polruan. There are excellent views west from the ruins of St. Saviour‘s Chapel across to Fowey and the coast towards St. Austell and beyond.

  3. Withiel to St. Issey (7.5 miles)

    We drive to Withiel Church and take an inland walk down the valley then up a rough, steep road across fields towards St. Breock Downs for lunch. We then walk on lanes, across fields and along paths to reach St. Issey Church.

  4. Padstow to Constantine Bay (6 miles)

    We travel to St. Petroc Church, Padstow to walk through fields and lanes to the gentle coastal path. Our lunch stop is at St. Merryn Church and from there we make our way on winding roads and across cattle fields to St. Constantine Chapel. Our walk finishes at Constantine Bay.

  5. Crantock to St. Piran’s Oratory (7 miles)

    After breakfast we leave for Crantock Church to walk along roads and across the common to the Holywell on the golf course. We arrive at Cubert Church for lunch. We walk down the valley, across woodland and up a steep lane towards St. Piran‘s Oratory.

  6. Trencrom to St Michael’s Mount (6 miles)

    Our day begins with a drive to Trencrom where we walk up Trencrom Hill and down, across cattle fields to Ludgvan Church and then stop for lunch. In the afternoon it‘s an easy walk to Marazion Beach from where we can enjoy the view of St. Michael‘s Mount.  Our plan is to cross the causeway and visit the chapel on St. Michael‘s Mount.

  7. Homeward bound

    Independent travel home. Check out time is 10:00am.

    Contact info@mccabe-travel.co.uk to book.

Essential Information

Pricing

The cost of this holiday includes pretty much everything, except your travel to Truro.

£1,145 per person in a room in the main house with own separate bathroom
£1,175 per person in a room in the new wing with en-suite bathroom

Contact info@mccabe-travel.co.uk to book

Included

Accommodation for six nights in a double, twin or single room, daily cooked breakfast, packed lunch and a three-course dinner are included, as well as unlimited tea and coffee. We also include all the guide fees and various gratuities, which the tour leader or guide will disburse to those who help us on our journey. We will have our own transport to take us to the start of the walk each day and pick us up at the end of the days' journey.

Travelling Alone

Single rooms are available without any single supplement.

Epiphany House

You will stay for six nights at Epiphany House on the outskirts of Truro. A haven of peace in the heart of Cornwall.

This beautiful historic house sits within spacious, well-kept gardens which look out from Kenwyn over the edge of the cathedral city to the fields near Idless Woods. The house combines comfort with elegance and has a wonderful, peaceful atmosphere.

Formerly the Bishop’s Palace and the home of the Sisters of the Community of the Epiphany, the house now provides an excellent place for retreats and quiet days for those seeking space for rest and reflection.

The house is a 15 minute walk from the centre of Truro, a 5 minute taxi ride from the railway station and easy access to the A30 if you are driving.

There are seven en-suite bedrooms in the new wing which are available for a £30 per person supplement. In the main house each bedroom has a hand basin and its own private bathroom facilities close by. Bedrooms are a mixture of double, twin and single occupancy.

Accommodation & facilities

  • Each en-suite bedroom in the new wing has a shower, hand basin and toilet. All bedrooms in the main house have a hand basin in the room and access to its own private bathroom close by.
  • Bed linen, towels and bathrobes are provided.
  • Hot drinks making facilities are available to all bedrooms.
  • Hairdryers and shaving points are available.
  • Free Wi-Fi in public areas.
  • Plenty of parking spaces.

Any Special Requests for instance, special diets, should be mentioned at the time of booking.

Travel Insurance

You may want insurance cover in the event that you need to cancel your trip. We are not offering UK cover, but you can buy this online or at a post office.

Deposit and Payment

A £200 per person deposit is payable now with the balance due within July. Final details will be confirmed in your travel wallet two weeks before travel. Contact info@mccabe-travel.co.uk to book.

Our Walks

Each day we will walk part of the Cornish Celtic Way. You can expect to cover around 6-8 miles per day over terrain which includes stunning and sometimes steep coastal walks, taking in churches, holy wells and other special places along the way. Luggage remains at Epiphany House, so you only need to walk with a day pack.

Sunshine with scattered showers is not uncommon but equally it can be hot. We will keep an eye on the daily weather forecast and the guide will plan our walking and stops accordingly.

This is a walking pilgrimage, so a good level of fitness is required and it is essential to start preparatory walks before departure.  If for any reason you are unable to complete a walk or need some rest time, you can arrange a taxi for yourself back to base.  As we stay in one location you only need to walk each day with a day pack to carry water, packed lunch, sun cream, hat, rain wear, blister plasters, spare socks etc. Do wear sturdy shoes or boots suitable for walking long distances.

Financial Security

All monies paid are fully protected through McCabe’s membership of the ABTOT bonding scheme. McCabe are also members of the Association of Independent Tour Operators and abide by the Association’s code of conduct.

Practical information

Travel Information

You make your own way to Truro by car, train or coach. You can also fly to Newquay. We suggest that you plan your travel to arrive in Truro between 16:00 and 17:00. Check in begins at 16:00 and dinner is served at 18:00.

By Car
If you are driving, there is plenty of free parking at Epiphany House.  Access from the A30 is straightforward and the postcode is TR1 3DR.

By Train
Truro station is a 5 minute taxi ride from Epiphany House.

By Coach
National Express coaches serve Truro and the coach stop at Lemon Quay is a 5 minute taxi ride from Epiphany House.

By Air
From Newquay Airport to Epiphany House it is a 40 minute journey by taxi.

Taxis
If you prefer to pre book your taxi we suggest you contact the company which is providing our transport throughout the trip. Contact a2btaxistruro.com or call 01872 272989.

If  you decide to take a rest from the full walk on any day you can book your own taxi with a2btaxistruro.com on 01872 272989 to arrange a pick up and return to Epiphany House in Truro.

About The Cornish Celtic Way

The Cornish Celtic Way is a new pilgrimage route covering 125 miles through Cornwall from St. Germans to St. Michael’s Mount. It incorporates over 60 miles of the Cornish coastal path as well as two established pilgrimage routes: The Saints’ Way and St. Michael’s Way. The Cornish Celtic Way is divided into 16 walks.

The aim of the Cornish Celtic Way is to aid people of all ages who are interested in spirituality to explore faith in a different way. We believe that having faith isn’t about just going to a place of worship – it’s about getting out and experiencing it in everyday life as well. We hope that the Cornish Celtic Way will develop spiritual growth and personal reflection through stories of the Celtic Saints, Cornwall’s rich history, incredible landscape and the people and communities that will be encountered along the way.

The Celtic saints engaged with nature and believed an understanding of God is revealed through it. They risked everything to bring Christianity to Cornwall between 500 and 600AD. The Cornish Celtic Way will guide people to walk in their footsteps, see what they saw and experience places of special significance where the Saints had been such as Celtic crosses, standing stones, holy wells and churches.

How to Buy a Copy of 'A Cornish Celtic Way'

Nigel Marns has published the book, ‘A Cornish Celtic Way’ which provides an overall guide for this route. Visit www.cornishcelticway.co.uk to purchase the book for £15 including UK postage. All profits go back into the Cornish Celtic Way project. Do remember that we will give you your Passport on the first evening so there is no need to purchase this.

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