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South West Coast Path: Padstow to St Ives (8 Days & 7 Nights)

9 Days & 8 Nights 4.6 Read 25 reviews
  • 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.
  • Walk the Padstow to St Ives section of the South West Coast Path.
Walk along Cornwall’s Atlantic Coast from the charming seaside town of Padstow to bustling St Ives on the South West Coast Path. Golden beaches, picturesque fishing villages, wild seas crashing and secluded coves are all features of this wonderful week of walking. As you head south you will discover estuaries full of fauna and flora, some of the UK’s best beaches and relish each overnight stop, all of which are highlights. 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.

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!

Tour Style:

Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent active trip.

Activity:

Inn to Inn Walking | A classic point to point walking trip, staying in a different location each night

This trip is suitable for:

Solo Travelers

Ideal if you have an interest in:

  • Coastal & Island
  • National Parks & Trails

Inspiration:

  • Classic

Activity Level & Terrain

This holiday is graded from moderate to strenuous 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.

Navigation

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

Accommodations

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.

Included
  • Accommodation in B&B's, guesthouses and country inns
  • Daily breakfast
  • Door to door baggage transfer
  • A detailed info pack, guidebook and map
  • Emergency telephone support from our office in the event of a problem
Excluded
  • Lunches & dinners
  • Snacks and drinks
  • Travel Insurance
  • Travel to Padstow
  • Travel from St Ives
Extras
  • Additional nights before, during or after the walk
  • Accommodation upgrades

When To Go

You can start this trip on any day between March & October subject to availability. 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 holiday makers 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.

Luggage 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.

Equipment

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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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Padstow and overnight Day 2 Walk Padstow to Porthcothan and transfer to Newquay 13 miles / 21 km Day 3 Transfer to Porthcothan and walk Porthcothan to Newquay 10.5 miles / 17 km Day 4 Newquay to Perranporth 11 miles / 18 km Day 5 Perranporth to Portreath 12 miles / 19 km Day 6 Portreath to Hayle 12.5 miles / 20 km Day 7 Hayle to St Ives 6 miles / 10 km Day 8 Carracks & Rosewall Hill Loop Walk (Optional) or free day in St. Ives Day 9 Onward travel

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