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South West Coast Path: Padstow to St Ives (7 Days & 6 Nights)

7 Days & 6 Nights 4.6 Read 45 reviews
  • Walk the Padstow to St Ives section of the South West Coast Path.
  • Freshly caught fish and chips at Rick Stein’s in Padstow.
  • Walking for miles along white and pristine sandy beaches.
  • The wild Atlantic surf crashing into the cliffs below you.
  • Vast selection of local Cornish galleries and traditional culinary delights.
A 7 Day & 6 Night fast paced itinerary which will give you plenty of exercise Stretching between the fishing villages of Padstow and St Ives, this section of the South West Coast Path in Cornwall is one of the best. Smell the crashing Atlantic rollers, taste freshly caught fish and relish the cliff top views on this 61 mile adventure. Tempting beaches, picturesque fishing villages, wild seas crashing and secluded coves are all features of this wonderful walk from Padstow to St Ives along Cornwall’s Atlantic Coast. Padstow has become synonymous with Rick Stein, the TV chef, and is a delightful mix of quaint houses, quays, inns, restaurants and gift shops. Heading south you will discover a collection of quiet villages, estuaries full of fauna and flora and some of the UK’s best beaches. By the time you arrive in St Ives, the most famous of Cornwall’s holiday towns, all you will want to do is turn around and do it all over again. If you love walking, the South West Coast Path should be on your “must do” list and the Atlantic South Coast section from Padstow to St Ives is a real treat. Not only will you enjoy fabulous walking each day but each overnight stop is a highlight. With great walking, beaches, birdlife, restaurants, shops and a rich history you will be delighted with each and every day.
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What To Expect

If you love walking, then this section of the South West Coast Path is a “must-do”. Cliff top and coastal walking, huge sandy beaches, hidden coves, great birdlife and overnight stays quaint fishing villages and traditional Cornish towns. If these sound like the perfect ingredients for a walking tour then this trip is for you!

Trip Type:

Classic Routes | If you’re the active, outdoorsy type, who’s interested in taking on the great routes of the world or looking for a challenge, then our Classic Routes are for you. We’re talking the West Highland Way, Tour Du Mont Blanc and the Passau to Vienna Danube Cycle Path, to name but a few!


Inn to Inn Walking | Walk from place-to-place changing accommodations each night. Generally staying in B&B’s, inns, and guesthouses.

This trip is suitable for:

Solo Travellers

Ideal if you have an interest in:

  • Long-Distance Trails
  • Coastal Walking

Grade & Terrain

This holiday is graded from easy to moderate to moderate depending on the itinerary you choose. Although you follow the coast quite closely it includes plenty of up and down and some steep sections. You will be walking on a national trail, so the paths are usually well-maintained.


The path is well waymarked throughout and we supply a detailed map and guidebook so you shouldn't have any problem following the trail.  

Accommodation Information

One of the highlights of this tour is the high standard of the accommodation. We specifically choose the hotels, inns, guesthouses and B&B’s to ensure that you enjoy every minute of your stay. They all offer a warm welcome to walkers, traditional hospitality and delicious local food.

Single Rooms

If you require single rooms we would be happy to accommodate you, subject to availability. There is a single room supplement payable.

Solo Walkers

Solo walkers are welcome, but there is a solo walker supplement to cover the additional cost of luggage transfer.

  • Accommodation in B&B's, guesthouses and country inns
  • Daily breakfast
  • Door to door baggage transfer
  • Access to maps, GPX tracks and daily route information with the Macs Adventure smartphone navigation app
  • All your trip documents provided digitally through your online Macs “My Account”
  • Emergency telephone support from our office in the event of a problem
  • Lunches & dinners
  • Snacks and drinks
  • Travel Insurance
  • Travel to Padstow
  • Travel from St Ives
  • Additional nights before, during or after the walk
  • Accommodation upgrades

When To Go

You can start this trip on any day between April & October subject to availability (in some cases we can book this tour in March - please reach out to your adventure specialist to discuss). This area is very popular so it is best to book far in advance.

Time of Year

We recommend April, May and June when the spring flowers are out and September and October when the summer holidaymakers have gone home. 

Getting to the Start

By Air Newquay Airport is served by Flybe and Air Southwest from UK Airports. The closest international airports are Bristol and the various London airports.

By Rail/Bus—Trains run from London to Bodmin Parkway (3h40) and connect with buses to Padstow. Use Traveline to plan your journey.

By Car—Padstow is a five hour drive from London and long stay parking is available for £2 per day.

Getting from the End

By Bus/Train - Bus to St Erth (15min) and train to London (5h). Returning to Padstow to collect your car is possible by train and bus but will involve a couple of changes. You can find information for travelling to and from Padstow & St Ives by clicking on the Traveline Website. See National Rail for booking trains in advance.

Baggage Transfer

Your bags will be transferred from your accommodation as per your itinerary and moved onto your next overnight accommodation. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20kg per person.

General Information

Please note that due to the G7 Summit taking place in St. Ives on 11-13 June 2021 - this tour is not bookable from early to mid-June.


Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sun hat, sunscreen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack.

Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care.

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Day 1 Arrive in Padstow and overnight Day 2 Padstow to Mawgan Porth 18 miles / 29 km Day 3 Mawgan Porth to Perranporth 17.3 miles / 27.8 km Day 4 Perranporth to Portreath 12 miles / 19 km Day 5 Portreath to St. Ives 19 miles / 30 km Day 6 Free day in St. Ives or Optional (15km) Carracks & Rosewall Hill Loop Walk Day 7 Onward travel

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