- Walking the best of Cornwall’s north coast from St Ives to Padstow & Tintagel.
- Rugged cliff tops, peaceful and pristine coves.
- Tintagel and its mystical connections to King Arthur and Merlin.
- The quaint port of Port Isaac, where TV drama Doc Martin was filmed.
- Freshly caught fish and chips at Rick Stein’s famous restaurant.
A self-guided walking tour experiencing the highlights of Cornwall’s north coast from St Ives to Padstow & Tintagel.
Enjoy overnight stays in the quaint fishing towns and villages of St Ives, Padstow and Tintagel and follow trails through designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Walk along the rugged clifftops and hear the wild Atlantic seas crashing against the rocks. As a contrast, pass through secluded and peaceful golden sandy coves.
Encounter Cornish history first-hand as you pass the ancient remnants of the mining industry and hear locals regale in the local pubs about the legend of King Arthur and Merlin.
Day 1: Arrive St Ives & overnight
St Ives is a bustling fishing village with a wonderful harbour, winding narrow streets, art galleries, and plenty of restaurants.
Settle into your charming accommodation, then begin to explore!
Overnight: St Ives
Day 2: Loop Walk via The Carracks & Rosewall Hill
The beginning of today’s walk takes you along the South West Coast Path and past beautiful coastal scenery to The Carracks, rocky islands just offshore and which mean “rocky” in Cornish.
Continue inland climbing Rosewall Hill for more fabulous views before walking back into St Ives.
walk: 9 miles
Overnight: St Ives
Day 3: Free day in St Ives or optional walk.
St Ives is a mine of shops and galleries so you can, if you wish, spend the day exploring the town. There is even a small Tate Gallery here that you can visit. Alternatively you may wish to take a walk along the St Michael’s Way to Marazion, where you can see the iconic view to St Michael’s Mount.
Walk: 8 miles (optional)
Overnight: St Ives
Day 4: Transfer to Mawgan Porth. Walk to Padstow
A transfer of about 1 hour, brings you to the beautiful golden beach of Mawgan Porth further up Cornwall’s north coast. After walking along its stunning coastline and some trails inland reach the fishing port of Padstow, your home for the next 2 nights.
Walk: 10 miles
Day 5: Free day in Padstow or optional walk.
The town of Padstow is very charismatic with its little harbour and tiny cobbled streets that stretch away from the sea. There’s plenty to explore here and don’t forget to sample the excellent fish & chips at Rick Stein’s famous shop/restaurant.
Alternatively you can walk along the South West Coast Path to Constantine Bay or take the little ferry to Rock and take a short loop walk.
Walk: 7 miles
Day 6: Transfer to Port Isaac. Walk to Tintagel
A transfer (30 mins) brings you to the picturesque village and harbour of Port Isaac, the setting of the TV drama, Doc Martin. Explore Port Isaac, steeped in history, before striding out along the spectacular coastline to Tintagel and its stunning hilltop castle and mystical King Arthur associations. Locals claim he was even born in the castle!
Walk: 9.5 miles
Day 7: Tintagel Loop Walk via Boscastle
Today you initially walk inland through the surrounding countryside, villages and farmland. Reach Boscastle further up the coast and discover its Medieval centre and distinctive harbour. It is a village associated with many authors and artists who have been inspired by its remoteness and rugged beauty. Perhaps have a fortifying lunch in a local pub before setting off down the South West Coast Path and back to Tintagel.
Walk: 10 miles
Day 8: Onward travel
An included transfer is provided to Bodmin Parkway Railway Station, from where you can make your onward journeys.
You will stay in a mixture of carefully chosen B&B’s and guest houses.
Single Rooms & Solo Walkers
If you require single rooms we would be happy to accommodate you although there is a single room supplement payable.
We welcome solo walkers on this trip although you should of course take extra care in the outdoors when walking solo.
A hearty breakfast is included each morning. 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 in nearby pubs or restaurants
We regularly use the following properties but may accommodate you elsewhere if these are not available.
3 Porthminster B&B - St Ives
This B&B is located in a large & elegant Victorian house only a 5 minute walk from the centre of St Ives. All the rooms have a great sea view and offer lots of light, plus a fresh and contemporary style.
Althea Library B&B - Padstow
This Grade II listed building has been tastefully converted from a school library into a lovely B&B, with a patio, lounge, and a breakfast area, which overlooks the garden.
Trevenna Lodge - Tintagel
Trevenna Lodge is ideally located in a quiet location just a five minute walk from the centre of the village. All the guest rooms have been individually furnished and decorated to a high standard.
This trip is available to start on any day of the week from March to October.
Time of Year
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.
Grade & Terrain
This tour is graded as moderate. Most of the walks are along coastlines and so do include elevations and losses as you walk up and down to the cliffs from the beaches. Walking inland at times will be more rolling and not as challenging. You will be following well-trodden trails for the most part, but when walking inland, you may be walking on trails through farmland and occasionally on wooded trails and country lanes
Navigation, Route Notes & Maps
When walking on the South West Coast Path the route is well way marked and easy to follow. However, for all the walks we provide comprehensive route notes, OS maps and you will also 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.
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.
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.
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.
Getting to St Ives
By Rail/Bus - Trains run from London to St Erth (3hrs), where you need to change trains to St Ives (15mins)
By Car - St Ives is a 5 and a half hour drive from London, there is limited parking and the car parks can often be very busy in the summer months.
By Air - You can also fly into Newquay Airport. From here you can take a public bus to Newquay Bus Station (one every 30 mins). Then you can take a bus to St Ives from here. The journey takes about 2 hours and buses only run every 4 hours, so be sure to check the timetables on the Traveline website
Getting from Tintagel
A transfer from your accommodation in Tintagel will be included to Bodmin Parkway Train Station. From here there are direct trains to London Paddington which takes about 4 hours. More information can be found on the Traveline or National Rail.
- 7 Nights in B&B’s and guesthouses
- 7 Breakfasts
- Luggage transfers
- Transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
- Detailed Information Pack, route notes and map
- 24/7 telephone support
- Travel to St Ives
- Travel from Bodmin
- Dinners & lunches
- Drinks and snacks
- Personal equipment
- Travel insurance
- Additional nights before or after the holiday
- Single room supplement if single room required.
- Solo traveller supplement (if applicable)
How fit do I need to be?
This tour is graded as moderate. Most of the walks are along coastlines and so do include elevations and losses as you walk up and down to the cliffs from the beaches. Walking inland at times will be more rolling and not as challenging.
How far in advance do I need to book?
As far in advance as possible! We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised as Cornwall is extremely popular, especially during the summer months. If booking at short notice we will always try and accommodate your plans.
What personal equipment do I need?
You will need good walking shoes/boots (ideally waterproof), comfortable walking clothes, waterproof jacket and trousers, a daypack and hats/gloves etc.
When is the best time of year?
This Cornwall itinerary is very enjoyable at any time between March and October , although it is particularly lovely in late spring and early Autumn.
How do the baggage transfers work?
All baggage transfers are included. We request that you have only one piece of luggage per person and it should weigh only 20kg.
Am I able to take my dog?
Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate walkers with dogs as many of the accommodation providers we use do not accept pets.
What happens if I can't walk a stage?
You can use public transport or local taxis to continue to your next overnight stop.