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South West Coast Path: Westward Ho! to Padstow (10 Days & 9 Nights)

10 Days & 9 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.
Walk the South West Coast Path from Devon into Cornwall from the wonderfully named Westward Ho! to the fashionable seaside town of Padstow. The trail varies every step of the way swooping down from high cliffs to secluded coves, meandering through pretty villages and crossing vast sandy beaches. Enjoy freshly caught fish for dinner, wander through Clovelly’s cobbled streets and explore Tintagel Castle, the birthplace of King Arthur. Wildlife is ever present, such as dolphins, seals, whales and seabirds including, if you are lucky, puffins.

What To Expect

This walking tour takes you along spectacular coastal trails from high sea cliffs down to secluded coves and through very pretty seaside villages. So if you want to follow trails through both Devon and Cornwall and soak in the sea views at every turn this is the tour 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

Ideal if you have an interest in:

Coastal & Island, National Parks & Trails

Inspiration:

  • Classic

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.

Navigation

The route is well waymarked. We supply detailed maps and guidebooks so you shouldn’t have any problem finding your way.

Accommodations

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.

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.

Additional Nights

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.

Included
  • Overnights in carefully selected B&B’s, guesthouses, small hotels and inns
  • Breakfasts
  • 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
Excluded
  • Travel to Westward Ho!
  • Travel from Padstow
  • Lunches & dinners
  • Snacks and drinks
  • Travel Insurance
  • Transport should you need to skip a stage
Extras
  • 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 Air - Exeter Airport is served by Flybe from London and Edinburgh. The closest international airports are Bristol and any of the London Airports.

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).

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.

General Information

The distances and ascent/ descents are approximations of the recommended routes.

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 Westward Ho! and overnight Day 2 Westward Ho! to Clovelly 11 miles / 18 km Day 3 Clovelly to Hartland Quay 10 miles / 16 km Day 4 Hartland Quay to Morwenstow 8 miles / 13 km Day 5 Morwenstow to Bude 7.5 miles / 12 km Day 6 Bude to Crackington Haven 10 miles / 16 km Day 7 Crackington Haven to Tintagel 11 miles / 18 km Day 8 Tintagel to Port Isaac 9.5 miles / 15 km Day 9 Port Isaac to Padstow 12 miles / 19 km Day 10 Onward travel

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