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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You are assured a very warm welcome at Elmscott Farm B&B. All the rooms are well appointed with tea and coffee making facilities. Toiletries, hairdryers and bathrobes are also provided for the guests’ convenience.
Situated a stone’s throw from Hartland Point on the spectacular Atlantic Coastline they offer lovely comfortable accommodation in their 18th century farmhouse on a working farm. A traditional warm welcome awaits you with tea and home baked delicacies on arrival. All their bedrooms look onto a walled garden which offers a peaceful area in which to relax after a long walk, the rooms are well appointed with flat screened TV, hot drinks tray, hair driers and heaters. After a refreshing sleep there speciality is hearty home cooked breakfasts, but if preferred a lighter continental breakfast is available.
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.
The Grosvenor is a comfortable, friendly, family run Guest House, spacious and welcoming with the feel of a small hotel. All of the bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms or showers & WC, with the exception of the single room which has a separate private bathroom. The rooms are comfortably furnished and attractively decorated. Amenities include a hospitality tray, colour TV with remote control, fresh white cotton towels & bed-linen, soap and bath/shower gel dispensers. The bar area offers tables and chairs where you can choose from their selection of board games or cards, or somewhere to check emails etc! There is also a Bar Billiards Table.
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.
Trevigue is a beautiful 16th century farm house located high on the rugged North Cornish cliffs nestled between the idyllic beach of Crackington Haven and the timeless village of Boscastle. Mentioned in the Doomsday book, Trevigue is built around an ancient cobbled courtyard. While retaining its historic feel with flagstone slate floors, oak beamed ceilings and great open fireplaces with roaring log burning fires, Trevigue also manages to have a warm and friendly feel made personal with the Crocker family’s carefully chosen pictures and fine furniture. The interiors at Trevigue encourage you to leave your troubles behind and revel in the peace and tranquility found in excess.
Higher Tresmorn offers quiet and relaxing B&B accommodation, in a friendly and cosy medieval farmhouse that affords breathtaking views over the coastline. At the end of a quiet country lane and set in a designated area of outstanding natural beauty, adjacent to National Trust land. Bed and Breakfast is provided in the very old part of the farmhouse. Three double rooms are available all with kingsize beds, crisp white Egyptian cotton sheets and fluffy duvets to help make for a blissful night’s sleep. There is a cosy sitting room exclusively for the use of guests. Here you can snuggle up to the woodburner on colder evenings and relax with a book from the extensive bookcase or watch television or a dvd.
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.
Originally built in Victorian times, The Avalon was transformed in 2006 with a renovation and refurbishment and was finally redesigned using a mix of the traditional Victorian features with contemporary comforts and finished with a Gothic twist. All rooms have free Wifi access, en-suite shower room, LCD television, refreshment tray, CD clock radio and hairdryer and each also has its very own Victorian fireplace. Peter and Julie offer a comprehensive Breakfast Menu that aims to please everyone and take into consideration those with special dietary needs, therefore they provide alternatives such as dairy free, gluten-free and wheat free foods.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Padstow Harbour Hotel in Padstow with its superb views, striking architecture and award-winning restaurant continues to hold pride of place in Padstow. Recently renovated, this Victorian boutique property has everything that you would require for a most comfortable stay. Their newly refurbished guest rooms are styled individually and comfortably furnished. They come complete with flat screen TVs, tea and coffee making facilities and free Wi-Fi.
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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