Cornwall Sennen

A Short Break in Cornwall for Art, Gardens and Walks on the South West Coast Path

Cornwall’s rugged coastline, along with its mild climate and exceptional light, has attracted artists since Turner’s first visit to St. Ives in 1811. With the arrival of railway in the second half of the 19th century, the Penwith Peninsula became more accessible and artist communities developed in St. Ives and Newlyn.

St. Ives has been the home of a branch of the Tate Gallery since 1993 and a new 500 sq m extension built into the rock behind the original building opened in October 2017. The new permanent exhibition explores the history of Modern Art in St. Ives, displaying art by Ben Nicholson, Peter Lanyon, Barbara Hepworth, Piet Modrian, Naum Gabo and Paule Vezelay.

The 19th century also witnessed the creation of several remarkable gardens in Cornwall, inspired by new plants brought by plant-hunting expeditions from around the world. Our tour coincides with the display of magnolia, rhododendron and camellia blossom which announce spring’s arrival in Britain and we visit 3 special Cornish gardens.

The South West Coast Path was developed by coastguards for patrolling Cornwall against the threat of smugglers and today the marked walking trail covers 630 miles of coastline between Minehead in Somerset and Poole in Dorset. We walk 3 sections of the Path and take 2 walks inland.

HIGHLIGHTS of the Cornwall tour include:

  • The new permanent exhibition at Tate St. Ives, exploring the history of Modern Art in St. Ives, with displays of art by Ben Nicholson, Peter Lanyon, Barbara Hepworth, Piet Modrian, Naum Gabo and Paule Vezelay
  • Guided tours of 3 special Cornish gardens – Trewidden, Godolphin and the Lost Garden of Heligan
  • 3 walks on the South West Coast Path, developed originally by coastguards for patrolling Cornwall against the threat of smugglers
Cornwall Cape
Cornwall Fowey
Cornwall camellia
Cornwall rhododendron

L, D included
To allow for flexible travel arrangements, we have two meeting points and times today. For those who wish to fly or drive, we will meet at Newquay airport by midday. Redruth railway station at 15.00 will suit those travelling by train. We offer a complimentary lunch in St. Agnes to guests who join the tour at the airport. Once all together, we walk along the Atlantic Coast on the South West Coast Path before transferring to St. Ives and our hotel for 2 nights.

B, L, D included
This morning, we walk on the Penwith Peninsula, starting from Cape Cornwall. Our destination is Sennen Cove (8.3 km/5.2 miles). In the afternoon, we visit the privately owned Trewidden Garden, guided by the head gardener. The original design of Trewidden dates back to mid-19th century and the garden contains a fine stand of tree ferns as well as magnolias, camellias, rhododendrons and azaleas set within a mature woodland.

B, L, D included
We spend the morning visiting Tate St. Ives and the nearby Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden. The Godolphin Estate near Helston consists of a late 15th century mansion, the adjacent 16th century gardens, orchard and deer park as well as remains of former mines. We explore the area on a 3 km/2 mile walk. Our base for the next 2 nights is Fowey, an important river estuary port since the 14th century.

B, L, D included
We follow the South West Coast Path from Fowey to Par beach (10.9 km/6.8 miles) and have lunch in Charlestown, a charming unspoilt china-clay port, now a favourite location for film productions. On a guided tour of the Lost Gardens of Heligan, we learn the story of the remarkable discovery and restoration of this historic garden.

B, L included
This morning we walk along the Saints’ Way, an inland route connecting Fowey and Padstow. Our journey concludes after lunch with a transfer to Bodmin railway station and Newquay airport.

Trip Price:
TBA per person sharing
TBA deposit per person 
single room supplement

Please note that the single room supplement is imposed by the hotel and not by Kudu Travel. If you are willing to share but no other suitable guest books on the trip, we regret that the supplement will be payable. We shall endeavour to obtain double rooms for single occupancy whenever possible.

Price Includes
  • All accommodation for Days 1 through 5, on a twin shared basis
  • All meals (with beer and soft drinks at restaurant lunches and wine at dinners) as listed in the daily notation
  • All land transportation in a private vehicle, as described
  • All entrance and sightseeing fees except during free periods
  • Gratuities for hotel and restaurant staff (appreciation for tour guides is entirely at your discretion)
Price does not Include
  • Transportation to and from Cornwall
  • Trip cancellation, medical or other insurance
  • Immunisations, prescriptions or other medical requirements
  • Passport, visa and health documentation
  • Personal expenses (laundry, alcohol besides beer/wine with group meals, free time activities, etc.)
  • Meals noted as excepted in the daily notation
  • Transport and transfer of excess baggage

On Kudu trips you will only need money for postcards, presents to take home, the odd G & T or an irresistible ice cream. Festival and opera tickets, museum and gallery entrances, National Park fees, all meals (with a very few exceptions specified in individual itineraries), wine with lunch and dinner, access to specialist books carried by the guides, gratuities for porters and hotel and restaurant staff, boat rides, train trips, internal flights, wine tastings, 4WDs with drivers, the services of skilled local guides and trackers etc are ALL INCLUDED in the cost of your holiday.

We are confident that, like previous very satisfied guests, you will discover that our tours give you excellent value for money.

  • 2 nights in St. Ives
  • 2 nights in Fowey

Photos by Visit Cornwall and Adam Gibbard

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Size of Party
This trip will run with a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 14 guests.