South West Coast Path: Westward Ho! to Padstow (9 Days & 8 Nights)9 Days & 8 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 trip.
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
Activity Level & 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.
Lower Lodge is prestigious in Westward Ho! history as it the ‘house that was moved’.
Originally built by the present slipway and on a site a little too close to the waves, it was moved stone by stone in the latter part of the last century and rebuilt in Golf Links Road. It still remains the closest Bed and Breakfast to the beach
The house has been lovingly restored by the Moran’s to become a boutique Bed and Breakfast just a minute from our Restaurant and all the local shops, village green and all the amenities and just moments away the slipway and Westward Ho!‘s beautiful vast beach with its blue flag which denotes high environmental and quality standards.
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.
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.
Copps Castle is located one and a half miles north of the village of Hartland on a very quiet country lane, within this designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. They are less than a mile from the rugged South West Coastal Path with its dramatic scenery and breath-taking views.
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.
The Sunrise Guest House is situated just a few steps away from Bude town centre, three sandy beaches and the South West coastal path. It consists of seven en-suite rooms all decorated to a high standard to ensure your comfort. Sunrise offers a wide and extensive cooked breakfast selection that is available from 7:30am to 9:00am which continues to receive high praise from the guests.
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.
The Coombe Barton Inn is a beautiful Cornish seaside pub with excellent home cooked food, real ales and fabulous accommodation. It overlooks the beach makes this the ideal watering hole for walkers. You can always be assured of a warm and friendly Cornish welcome from Landlords Carl and Helen and relax with good food and Cornish keg real ales. They have a wonderful traditional menu, sourcing the local, freshest ingredients from meat and fish to vegetables. Dine in their bar area or restaurant with superb views across the bay or in the glorious summer months outside on the raised decking overlooking the beach. All guestrooms include coffee/tea makers, private bathrooms, and televisions.
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.
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.
A favourite with birdwatchers this rewarding section boasts the highest cliff on the whole SWCP towering 223 metres above the Atlantic Ocean. Tintagel Castle steeped in history and King Arthur is today’s highlight.
Pendrin Guest House, situated near Tintagel Castle (with its links to the legend of King Arthur) in this popular tourist destination. Pendrin House has 7 rooms available throughout the year and you will always receive a very warm welcome from owners Derek and Jo. The guest rooms are all simply furnished and will have all the amenities you require for a lovely overnight stay.
Caslte View is a comfortable Victorian B&B, set in magnificent surroundings with unrivalled views of Tintagel Castle, 11th Century Church & the Atlantic OceanAll rooms with colour TV, Tea & Coffee making facilities. Individually controlled heating.
The King Arthur Arms Inn is a family run, family friendly Inn offering 4 star bed and breakfast accommodation in the heart of Tintagel Village. All rooms have hair dryers, flat screen TV's and tea and coffee making facilities.
Historically a fishing area this section provides you with some relatively easy walking through an area designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (UNESCO).
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.
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.
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. 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 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!
This inn dates back to the 14th century and is the oldest inn in Padstow. They have three guest rooms which have all the amenities you require for a comfortable night’s stay. They also offer a selection of home cooked food.
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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