South West Coast Path: Westward Ho! to Padstow (8 Days & 7 Nights)8 Days & 7 Nights 4.5 Read 18 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 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.
The New Inn is in the very heart of Clovelly, lying half way down the famous cobbled street. From its inception in the 17th Century, it has had a colourful life having been rebuilt and refurbished many times. Yet it has stayed faithful to the original style of the fabled English designer, William Morris’ Arts and Crafts. Many famous people have passed over the threshold, from authors, artists, actors to Prime ministers.
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.
A beautiful cottage set halfway down Clovelly’s famous high street. Harbour cottage dates from the 14 century (1361) and is still traditionally heated by a solid fuel Aga & wood burners. the front garden is an award winning garden of camellias, roses and various flowers.
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.
Claire and Paul’s lovingly refurbished home is ideally situated for coastal walkers and you will be guaranteed a warm welcome on arrival. Their spacious, luxurious home offers traditional rooms with comfortable beds, Egyptian cotton sheets, feather duvets, throws and cushions. Fluffy towels and bath robes are also provided.
New in 2017 a high quality Bed and Breakfast in the wonderful Hartland Conservation Area of North Devon, whi recently wone ‘Best B&B in the South West’, awarded by ‘Tastes of the West’.
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.
You are assured the warmest of welcomes at this splendid property. You shall be provided with all you need for the most relaxing stay with everything from cosy king-size beds to free wifi.
With 32-year experience in hospitality, Eileen and Michael Luxton, will assure you are provided with a warm & friendly welcome, a comfortable stay and spotlessly clean rooms. It is ideally positioned, directly overlooking the golf course and a short walk from beautiful sandy beaches, Bude town centre, various shop and great restaurants.
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.
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.
The Old Coach House you will find a first-class friendly service as standard. Award winning Breakfasts, cooked to order by Geoff, are served in the spacious Conservatory by Jackie. Jackie and Geoff are also on hand to help with any aspect of your holiday, from suggested walks to advice about places to visit in the area.
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.
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.
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.
A nineteenth century Inn that has now been restored to a modern hotel. The rooms have been transformed into high quality en-suite hotel rooms without losing their traditional and quirky character, meaning that guests can relax in complete comfort. The well-stocked bar, with its slate floors, low wooden beams, and roaring log fire, serves a wide range of good real ale and freshly prepared food. The restaurant specialises in freshly caught seafood and locally sourced ingredients - here you will be served excellent food in a relaxed atmosphere.
A traditional English pub with cosy bars, open fires and original wooden beams. They offer first class accommodation and excellent traditional English fayre. There is a beautiful large beer garden where you can relax in the Summer months and enjoy a cold glass of real ale and the scenic views. Landlords, husband and wife Jonney and Felicity Hawkey and their team of loyal staff are always on hand to help ensure that your visit is a happy one.
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.
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.
The Old Ship Hotel is an historic Grade II listed building in the heart of Padstow and each one of the spacious bedrooms has its own unique character. All have ensuite bathrooms, hot drinks facilities, Freeview and secure safes. You are assured a very warm welcome at the Old Ship Hotel, the perfect place to relax after your days adventure!
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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