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Cornwall: Padstow to St Michael's Mount

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  • Amble down the tiny streets of iconic Cornish fishing villages and trendy Harbour towns
  • Stand at the tip of dramatic Trevose Head, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
  • Follow the St Michael’s Way, an official Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route
  • Catching your first glimpse of the abbey on St Michael’s Mount as arrive in Marazion
  • Eat delicious seafood in Rick Stein's Padstow restaurants
  • Spotting the spires of St Enodoc Church, burial site of the poet Sir John Betjeman
Small Cornish fishing ports, legends of Phoenician traders, pirates, coves and the pilgrimage route of Michael’s Way, all feature on this self-guided walking tour of Cornwall that immerses you in the history and local life of the area. Discover a plethora of highlights, relaxing in one of renowned chef Rick Stein’s seafront restaurants, striding out to reach the tip of Trevose Head with views to Newquay, the iconic fishing village of Mousehole, and glimpsing St Michael’s Mount as you reach the south coast. Begin in Padstow, a delightful seaside town and embark on walks that take you along small beaches with green and purple rocks and ride on a tiny ferry that crosses the Camel River Estuary. Pass St. Enodoc Church where the poet Sir John Betjeman is buried, then follow an official Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route from the north to the south coast, the St Michael’s Way. It is said that Welsh and Irish pilgrims and missionaries landed their boats on the north Cornish coast and walked to the south coast, rather than face the treacherous waters around Land’s End. This inland route is a great contrast to the coastal routes, full of hedgerows, Iron Age hill forts, ancient churches and crosses. As you get closer to your next destination, Marazion, you will begin to get a glimpse of St Michael’s Mount, a prominent UK landmark and the official end of the St Michael’s Way. The southern Cornish coast and your exploration of it also has much to offer, including a scenic walk along local bridleways and footpaths near Marazion and trails that follow the coastline to Mousehole, a quaint fishing village that seems to belong on a film set. Penzance is also en route and a town that was once the main commercial hub for the tin mining trade. To this day it remains a bustling town but is now famous for its art galleries and tea shops.
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Walk St Michael's Way, an official micro-pilgrimage route from Lelant to St Michael's Mount on this easy-to-moderate walking tour. Expect wonderful walks along its gorgeous coastlines, indulge in sumptuous amounts of seafood and have a pint in a classic English pub at the end of your walk - ensuring you chat with the locals to learn about the incredible past of the Cornish people (you never know you might overhear some tales of smugglers and pirates!).

Tour Type:

Slower Adventures | Where walking and cycling meet easy-going exploring, our Slower Adventures are the perfect combination. Most days are filled with picturesque journeys with some free time to dive into the destination and experience the people, local food and culture as you go.


Multi Centre Walking | With a mix of loop and point-to-point walks stay 2 or 3 nights in one place which offers the chance to slow down and really explore a destination.

This trip is suitable for:

Solo Travellers

Ideal if you have an interest in:

  • Foodie
  • Coastal Walking

Activity Level & Terrain

This tour is suitable for most people that are in good physical condition. It is rated easy to moderate but the terrain may be a bit rugged and tricky at times, with rocks and roots underfoot. There are some elevation gains and losses, especially when walking on the coastal paths as the trails follow cliffs and may go up and down to walk along beaches in between.  On the St Michael’s Way route there are also a number of elevation gains and losses, but nothing too significant. It should also be noted that sea fog and sea mist in coastal areas is a thing and can make visibility difficult at times. If you happen to be walking and fog descends on you, ensure you pay close attention to the Macs Adventure app and always be vigilant of the immediate step ahead of you.


Navigationally, for all the walks we provide comprehensive route notes and you will have access to the Macs Adventure Smartphone App enabling you to follow the route using your phone’s GPS. Using this combined with the provided route notes and maps means you should have no problems finding your way

Experience & Fitness

This trip is not suitable for anyone with vertigo, being a coastal path some sections can be narrow and may have exposed cliff-edge walking. The cliff line on the South West Coast Path trails is largely unfenced, so you must keep away from the edge at all times, making sure you take extra caution when there is a steep slope beside the path. Please also be vigilant of other walkers, especially those walking in the opposite direction, ensuring you have enough space to pass safely. If any erosion has taken place a diversion will have been put in place by the local authorities and the affected area will normally be fenced off. Do not enter any fenced-off areas and please ensure you follow these diversions for your own safety as these are in place for trail maintenance and ultimately to avoid any landslip.

It should also be noted that sea fog and sea mist in coastal areas is a thing and can make visibility difficult at times. If you happen to be walking and fog descends on you, ensure you pay close attention to the Macs Adventure app and always be vigilant of the immediate step ahead of you.


You will stay in hand-selected harbour hotels of typical Cornwall character. Expect comfortable bedrooms and the warmest of welcomes in these fine hotels will make your stay extra special. 

Alternate accommodation

During the high season, you might be booked into alternative accommodations which are not listed in the description. If those listed are unavailable the alternative accommodation will be of the same or better standard than those described.

Single Rooms & Solo Walkers

If you require single rooms within your party we would be happy to accommodate you although there is a single room supplement payable. Solo walkers are also welcome for an additional charge. Please note that single/solo supplements can be substantial during peak teams of the year in Cornwall.


A hearty breakfast is included each morning. Most accommodations offer a continental and hearty cooked breakfast, which should keep you going for the day.

Lunch and dinner are not included so you are free to choose from the available options. Most of your accommodations will be more than happy to provide a packed lunch on request and this can be booked on arrival. Dinner is available either at your accommodation or at nearby pubs and restaurants. Booking in advance is essential.

  • 6 Nights in B&B’s or guest houses
  • 6 Breakfasts
  • Baggage transfers
  • Transfers as per your itinerary. Day 3 and 4
  • Detailed maps, information pack, and route notes
  • Organisational assistance and backup from our area manager in England and our office
  • Travel to Padstow
  • Travel from Marazion
  • Short return ferry ride from Padstow to Rock
  • Dinners and lunches
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Personal equipment
  • Travel insurance
  • Additional nights before or after the holiday

When To Go

This tour can be enjoyed from March to October but you can walk at any time of year. You can start on any date that suits your travel plans. Spring and Autumn/Fall are great because it is quieter on the paths but be aware that the weather may not be as favourable - be prepared for colder temperatures, potentially prolonged heavy rainfall and strong winds.

Weather and Climate

By nature, the South West Coast of England is prone to the different extremes of weather year on year. Always be prepared for changeable conditions when walking on the coast and expect anything from soring heat to stormy weather, including strong winds and/or prolonged rainfall. The paths can be rocky in places; so take extra care as these may be slippery when wet. Before you set off each day, it is also important that you pay attention to any weather, wind, or gale warnings in the area (we recommend:

It should also be noted that sea fog and sea mist in coastal areas is a thing and can make visibility difficult at times. If you happen to be walking and fog descends on you, ensure you pay close attention to the Macs Adventure app and always be vigilant of the immediate step ahead of you.

Getting to the Start

Padstow is accessible from Bodmin Parkway Railway Station. There are direct trains to Bodmin Parkway from London Paddington. More information on train times and schedules can be found on the National Rail website. The 555 Western Greyhound bus from Bodmin Parkway to Padstow leaves approximately every hour and takes one hour. Padstow is also accessible from Newquay Airport. Flights arrive here from all over the UK and there is a bus (Western Greyhound 556) to Padstow that takes about one hour.

Getting from the End

Take a taxi or a local bus to Penzance Train Station from Marazion. Then take a train to Bodmin where you can make a change of train and board a train to London.

It is possible to drive to Padstow and park your car here for the duration of the tour. Then make your way back to Padstow via bus and train on the last day. More information regarding parking in Padstow can be found on Padstow's website.

Luggage Transfer

Your bags will be transferred from your accommodation as per your itinerary and moved onto your next overnight accommodation. 

At Macs Adventure, we work in partnership with many luggage transfer providers who set a limit on how many bags/suitcases they will transfer per person, and also the weight of the bag/suitcase.  Your booking includes transfer of 1 bag per person.  It is very important that you read the luggage information specific to your tour before departure. If you do not adhere to these limits, there is a great possibility that you will be charged locally both for extra bags or if they are too heavy. This limitation can be a challenge, especially as airlines generally have limits that are higher. However, our luggage providers have reasons for these limits (usually due to the Health and Safety of their employees), which we must respect.

General Information

The distances and ascent/descents are approximations of the recommended routes and do not include the walk to/from your overnight accommodations.


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 cycling gear such as good boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack.

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Day 1 Arrive in Padstow and overnight Day 2 Choice of Padstow Circular Walk 9 miles / 14 km Day 3 Padstow to Constantine Bay. Transfer to Padstow 12 miles / 19 km Day 4 St Michael’s Way. Carbis Bay to Marazion 10 miles / 16 km Day 5 Marazion Circular Walk. Footpaths and bridleways of Perranuthnoe 10 miles / 16 km Day 6 Marazion to Mousehole. (Choice of two Loop Walks) 10.5 miles / 17 km Day 7 Onward Travel

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