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MN Feasibility study- 2 young guys walking the North Cornwall Coastal Footpath. Advice?

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Draylon Mon 05-Feb-18 19:21:50

DS1, 18.5, has (halleluja!) begun to explore the possibility of a walking holiday with a mate.

OK, OK, I know it's not the Rite of Passage that might be Benidorm... grin but as a lad who never left the house, socially til he was 17, drinks 2 beers a week, likes a bit of a local hike with his mate of a similar disposition; I'm keen to encourage it, and he has asked me to do some research as he knows I'm On It; but, any advice?

A good mate and I did Padstow to Penzance in I think 9 days, staying in pubs and local pubs (no camping!!) but pre-booked, circa 1988?? When we were mid 20's. And, obvs, had a ball!

I'd be interested in knowing whether the whole schtick has changed, if two 18-19 year old lads could do it in a similar way today, in say, early June? Or if such a thing as 'cheap' BnB still exists in Cornwall, just out of season.

Obviously it'd have to be a bit out of high season, these days.

But do you think it'd still be an option?

AttilaTheMeerkat Tue 06-Feb-18 07:44:43

www.southwestcoastpath.org.uk/ is a useful website and the "walk the path section" has lots of information on it also in terms of what to take and accommodation.

Antiopa12 Tue 06-Feb-18 07:49:12

Check out the YHA youth hostels on the route there are a few right on the coastal path
I met a young couple last year doing the route they had a very lightweight tent and camped out when they could

Antiopa12 Tue 06-Feb-18 07:55:57

June is a good time to go - long daylight hours and less crowded
I would be tempted to just let them get on with it themselves learning to rely on themselves in a new environment whilst on a journey will be an invaluable experience including doing the research. They will have a great time!

ronniebarkersauntie Tue 06-Feb-18 11:11:45

I think it’s a great idea.... what a memorable summer for them. There are a lot of towns and villages on the route but I think you (or better still they!) would need to plan ahead and book accommodation as they won’t be the only people doing it in June. B&Bs in North Cornwall can be expensive - so make use of hostels where possible. Also remember to budget for food and drink which they will need plenty of - it’s quite a strenuous walk.
The path is easy to follow and stunningly beautiful but has a lot of ups and downs.
Keeping properly hydrated (not beer!), and out of the sun as much as possible is a necessity that can’t be hammered home hard enough to a pair of 18 year olds. Dehydration and sunstroke are serious and very real risks in this windy and shadeless environment.

specialsubject Tue 06-Feb-18 19:59:48

Good for him. If he lived in new Zealand this would be a standard activity . the UK saddo drinking culture is not universal.

He needs the right gear ( not jeans) and to get in shape.

Draylon Tue 06-Feb-18 20:09:52

Thanks, all!

ShackUp Tue 06-Feb-18 20:16:12

This sounds lovely OP. I've been going to Treyarnon Bay (nr Padstow) since I was little: there's a lovely youth hostel on the cliffs with nice food and a bar. Hope your DS enjoys his trek.

thewalrus Sun 11-Feb-18 21:41:37

Sounds great. Get him a copy of the Trailblazers coastpath book, brilliantly written and very helpful maps. The oliver's Cornish coastpath website (http://oliverscornwall.co.uk/oliverscornishcoastpath.htm) is also useful.
Have done most of the Cornish path now over the last few years, but we tend to stay in posh-ish hotel these days, so can't help much on that score. There are some lovely hostels/pubs though. Even in June, I would book ahead in places like Padstow and especially St Ives.

Draylon Mon 12-Feb-18 23:12:03

Again, thanks for the input!

Nomad86 Thu 15-Feb-18 18:27:22

Bunkhouses and camping barns might be cheaper than bed and breakfast too.

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