South West Coast Path: Westward Ho! to Padstow (8 Days & 7 Nights)8 Days & 7 Nights 4.6 Read 16 reviews
- Walk in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty from Devon into Cornwall.
- Fantastic local seafood restaurants, like Rick Stein’s in Padstow.
- Sublime views from the many headlands, particularly Hartland point.
- Tintagel Castle, the mythical birth place of King Arthur.
- UNESCO North Devon Biosphere Reserve with special landscapes and wildlife.
What To Expect
Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent active holiday.
Inn to Inn Walking | A classic point to point walking trip, staying in a different location each night
Ideal if you have an interest in:
Coastal & Island, National Parks & Trails
Grade & Terrain
This holiday is graded from moderate to moderate to strenuous depending on the itinerary you choose. Although you follow the coast quite closely it includes plenty of up and downs and some steep sections.
The route is well waymarked. We supply detailed maps and guidebooks so you shouldn’t have any problem finding your way.
One of the highlights of this tour is the high standard of 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.
If you require single rooms we would be happy to accommodate you, subject to availability. There is a single room supplement payable.
Solo walkers are welcome, but there is a solo walker supplement to cover the additional cost of luggage transfer.
We strongly recommend adding extra nights in Padstow and Clovelly. In high season or weekends, some accommodation will not accept one night stays in these locations. From Clovelly, you can take a fishing trip, take a day trip to Lundy Island or experience a once in a lifetime opportunity to swim with Lundy’s friendly seals. Additional nights can be added at any point on the walk.
- Overnights in carefully selected B&B’s, guesthouses, small hotels and inns
- Door to door baggage transfer
- A detailed info pack, route notes and map
- Emergency telephone support from our office in the event of a problem
- Travel to Westward Ho!
- Travel from Padstow
- Lunches & dinners
- Snacks and drinks
- Travel Insurance
- Transport should you need to skip a stage
- Additional nights before, during or after the walk
When To Go
April, May and June are when the spring flowers are out. September and October is also great when the summer holiday makers have gone home.
Getting to the Start
By Car - Westward Ho! is a 4.5H drive from London. There is a long stay car park, however the summer months are very busy, so where possible public transport is advised.
By Rail/Bus - Trains run from London to Barnstaple (3.5H). From here regular buses run to Westward Ho! Use Traveline to plan your journey.
Getting from the End
By Air - Newquay Airport is served by Flybe from UK Airports.
By Rail/Bus - Buses run to Bodmin Parkway connecting to trains for London (3H40).
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.
The distances and ascent/ descents are approximations of the recommended routes.
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.
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.
ItineraryDay 1 Arrive in Westward Ho! and overnight
Arrive in Westward Ho! and check in to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to explore the nearby sights.
The Waterfront Inn is sure to offer you a warm welcome and is a great place to relax after a day’s walking. The bar offers a wide selection of beer, wine and spirits to enjoy over the sunset of Lundy Island. Their menu is packed full of choice from snacks to traditional pub food, pastas, fish dishes, grills and burgers. Food is served to all areas including our comfortable restaurant area, the bar, the lobby, front and rear patios, the beer garden. All of their bedrooms offer en-suite bathrooms and are equipped with tea and coffee making facilities, freeview flat screen TV and free WiFi. Fluffy towels and toiletries are also provided for your added comfort.
A family run guest house, originally built in 1865 as a Victorian Gentleman’s residence. The house has spectacular views across the sea to Baggy Point and Lundy Island and is only a stroll away from sandy beaches, restaurants and pubs. Enjoy their freshly prepared breakfasts sourced from local produce; they are keen supporters of Devon farmers and quality English produce. Breakfast is served in the Golfston Room looking out over Westward Ho, beach and the North Devon coast.
Tors Top is a beautifully positioned and sensitively renovated former gate house at the top of The Kipling Tors. Richard and Lisa provide extremely comfortable beds, luxury bed linen toiletries and towels, a great bathroom and en-suite, a freshly cooked breakfast using local produce as much as possible along side the usual continental.
Cliff side paths are pleasantly combined with some woodland trails through Sloo Woods. Descend into the quiet cobbled streets of Clovelly where cars are banned.
East Dyke Farm B&B is set above the historic and beautiful fishing village of Clovelly on the North Devon coast, overlooking open fields and the sea. They are a 350-acre working farm. Just behind the Farmhouse you will find The Clovelly Dykes, a 2000-year-old Iron Age hill fort which visitors are free to explore at their leisure. Our delightful 19th century Farmhouse is situated on a quiet country road approximately 1 mile from the village of Clovelly and the South West Coastal footpath.
When you arrive at the top of Clovelly street, you will see a path [with a street sign ‘Wrinkleberry Lane’] going up between the Hobby drive [coast path towards Bucks Mills] and the tarmac path up to the visitor centre. This track takes you up to Wrinkleberry and the school where just after the cottages, there is a footpath going across the fields over a style on the left. The path is not always clear on the ground. As you walk up the hill, close to the fence on your left you will see the 2nd style under the power line, when over this, keep parallel with the hedge on your right and you will then see the 3rd style, and on to the 4th and last style, all still following the power line When you reach the road at Burscott turn right and walk up the hill onto the level road and we are the 4th property on the left. It will take you about 20 minutes. If the weather is wet then stay on the road at Wrinkleberry and, at the T junction, turn left up the hill. Take the next left into Burscott and we are the 5th house on the right.
The Red Lion Hotel stands on the quay alongside Clovelly’s ancient harbour.The building dates back to the 18th century, when it was a beer house where Clovelly fishermen gathered to swap their tales.The Red Lion was the birthplace of the sailor, Salvation Yeo, a character in Charles Kingsley’s classic West Country novel “Westward Ho!”. Rich in nautical history, atmosphere and has been beautifully finished with subtle hints of the villages history. The Red Lion has become very popular for North Devon holidays, family celebrations, short breaks, stay-cations and Honeymoons. Each of the 11 rooms are individually decorated and comfortably furnished in a style that charmingly reflects the building’s maritime heritage. The Sail Loft, a conversion of old stores adjacent to the Red Lion, provides the hotel with 6 luxurious and stylish bedrooms all with sea views.
Leaving Clovelly, head to Hartland Point where views to Lundy Island reward you. If you have an adventurous side, trips to swim with the playful seals, seen from Hartland Point can be booked.
The main building has been a hotel since 1886 with its original stables now converted into The Wreckers Retreat Bar. Above the stables were the old corn and hay lofts, now 14 en-suite bedrooms with sea views. Resident Managers: Chris and Jill Johns are the third generation of the Johns family, who, for the last 40 years have managed the hotel.
You are assured a very warm welcome at Elmscott Farm B&B. All the rooms are well appointed with tea and coffee making facilities. Toiletries, hairdryers and bathrobes are also provided for the guests’ convenience.
Situated a stone’s throw from Hartland Point on the spectacular Atlantic Coastline they offer lovely comfortable accommodation in their 18th century farmhouse on a working farm. A traditional warm welcome awaits you with tea and home baked delicacies on arrival. All their bedrooms look onto a walled garden which offers a peaceful area in which to relax after a long walk, the rooms are well appointed with flat screened TV, hot drinks tray, hair driers and heaters. After a refreshing sleep there speciality is hearty home cooked breakfasts, but if preferred a lighter continental breakfast is available.
This challenging section includes the most impressive waterfall on the whole 630-mile SWCP, the 15m high Speke’s Mill Mouth Waterfall. This marks your entry to into the country of Cornwall.
Stop at the smallest property owned by the National Trust in the UK, Hawkers Hut, originally made entirely of driftwood. Beaches and rugged cliffs mark the way along this ship wreckers' haven where over 150 ships have met their end.
Sea Jade is a family run business located in a quiet spot opposite the golf course, with rooms overlooking the fairway. Sea Jade has 7 en-suite rooms and 1 room with private facilities, all rooms have a power solar heated shower, flat screen TV and tea and coffee facilities. Toiletries and hairdryers are available on request. Breakfast is served between 8am – 9am, please advise if you would like an earlier breakfast.
Tommy Jacks offers high-quality rooms, a bar and a bright, family-friendly restaurant. With a surf and skate-inspired theme, this Cornish hotel even its own aquarium. Rooms at Tommy Jacks feature contemporary furnishings and have a TV, iPod dock and tea and coffee facilities. Each has an en suite shower or bath. A relaxed restaurant offers local fish and seafood, stone-baked pizzas, steaks and burgers, along with tempting desserts and a children’s menu. A range of wines, craft beers, cocktails and more can be enjoyed at the laid-back Tommy Jacks Brewpub.
The Grosvenor is a comfortable, friendly, family run Guest House, spacious and welcoming with the feel of a small hotel. All of the bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms or showers & WC, with the exception of the single room which has a separate private bathroom. The rooms are comfortably furnished and attractively decorated. Amenities include a hospitality tray, colour TV with remote control, fresh white cotton towels & bed-linen, soap and bath/shower gel dispensers. The bar area offers tables and chairs where you can choose from their selection of board games or cards, or somewhere to check emails etc! There is also a Bar Billiards Table.
Tintagel Castle approaches in the distance and fantastic panoramic views over the Atlantic paint the skyline for this section, which also features the deep and plunging Scrade Valley.
After Crackington Haven, you will walk a favourite with birdwatchers this rewarding section boasts the highest cliff on the whole SWCP towering 223 metres above the Atlantic Ocean. There are plentiful coves, especially near Pentargaon, and take care around the steep sections along the cliffs while enjoying this scenic walk.
Boscastle House B&B offers stylish, spacious, luxury accommodation overlooking the spectacular Cornish coast. Situated in a commanding position at the top of the village, Boscastle House has extensive views over Boscastle's tumbling roofs towards the North Cornwall coast.
The Riverside was built around 1584 by Sir Richard Grenville. He was the benefactor who provided Boscastle with its fine sea walls. Riverside is situated along the River Valency with thirteen spacious rooms with river or harbour views. Each room has all the facilities you should require. In the restaurant you can choose from an à la carte menu with exceptional food complemented by an extensive list of fine wines. Leading from the dining room is access to their exclusive tea garden next to the running waters of the River Valency.
Bridge house is a comfortable B&B in Boscastle, alongside a choice of en-suite rooms, they have a fabulous licensed tearoom serving all day breakfasts, lunches, cream tea's, cakes and the best coffee in Cornwall. All guest rooms are accessible throughout the day and have digital Freeview televisions with DVD player, wireless internet, tea/coffee facilities, en-suite bathrooms with power showers and modern decor.
Sites along the way include a watchtower, gorge and Iron Age fort. In fact, Tintagel's history is tied tightly to this period, and Tintagel Castle is steeped in stories of King Arthur. You can explore the ruins on the outskirts of the town at the end of today's walk.
You will then pass a historically fishing area. This section provides you with some relatively tough walking through an area designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The Old School Hotel is situated in the beautiful village of Port Isaac in Cornwall. Currently the hotel is used as the school in ITV's Doc Martin, with Martin Clunes. They have 12 rooms altogether, most of the rooms have views of either the cliffs to the west, the port to the south or the Atlantic to the north. All rooms are en-suite, have tea & coffee making facilities and breakfast in our restaurant is included in the rate. Jake Pattenden heads up the experienced kitchen team alongside Karen Smith. Between them, they have many years of experience in creating delicious dishes using the best local Cornish produce from the sea and the land. The Restaurant is open to residents and the general public alike nearly every day of the year.
In the past The Slipway has been a smugglers hideaway and a ships chandlery. Shortly after World War II the building was converted into a seaside guest house and hotel. In 1969, due to its architectural and historic importance, the building was Grade II listed by the National Trust. Rooms are individually furnished and will have all the amenities you require for a lovely overnight stay.
The Gallery B&B Port Isaac is situated in a prime location overlooking Port Isaac bay, internationally renowned for the series Doc Martin. All rooms have uninterrupted panoramic sea views. All rooms have a bespoke contemporary feel, and panoramic sea views over the bay and have all the amenities you require for a lovely overnight stay.
Small valleys mark your way for your final section before hopping aboard the ferry to cross the Doom Bar. Celebrate your trips end by sampling the cuisine at Rick Stein’s highly rated seafood restaurant.
Standing on the quayside, the Old Custom House is still one of the finest buildings in the town. Today it is famous for its fine food, award-winning ales, elegant, accommodation and for its Beauty Studio. The Old Custom House hotel has 24 bedrooms, as it is an old building, each room has a unique view and dimensions. It has long been a pub, providing a focal point for Padstow fishermen, local people and visitors to enjoy a drink and a bar meal. They serve stylish pub grub, washed down with award winning St Austell Brewery ales and a choice of good wines throughout the year. Next door to the Old Custom House is Pescadou restaurant. Although part of the hotel, Pescadou is far from the pub atmosphere. It excels in providing contemporary, informal dining with all dishes cooked to order in the open plan kitchen.
The London Inn opened in 1803 which original housed three fisherman’s cottages and taking its name from an old Local Sloop. The owners will welcome you to their family run pub, full of charm, atmosphere and character. All rooms offer tea and coffee making facilities, TV and hairdryers. All their rooms are situated above the sometimes-busy bar. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the pub. Their classic pub menu is sourced locally using local ingredients whenever possible and comprises of local fish and meat dishes, which can be eaten in the main bar or in the lounge bar area.
Tor View is a modern detached bungalow, with parking, situated within a quiet residential area on the hillside above the town. The rooms are individually designed, two of which have distant Estuary views over the roof tops to Rock and beyond to Bodmin Moor, and our upstairs dining room enjoys panoramic views of the Camel Estuary.
After breakfast, your walking holiday will come to an end. See the Travel Info section for some useful details for your onward travel.
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