Boots, boats and beaches: here are some of the great walks around Padstow.
One of the best things about staying in our luxury cottages in Padstow is the proximity to local beauty spots. Surrounded by some of the most jaw-dropping countryside and coast in the country, you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to exploring. Lace up some good walking shoes and head out to discover some of the great walks around Padstow.
Distance: 3.0 miles (4.8 km)
This relatively short walk is perfect for a morning or afternoon blast. Boasting gorgeous views over the River Camel, it turns inland from the South West Coast Path at Harbour Cove and passes the regal Prideaux Place, before heading back into town. Beautiful throughout the year, birdwatchers will enjoy autumn’s feathered throngs of migrant birds who feast on the surrounding fields’ rich pickings.
Distance: 4.6 miles (7.4 km)
The Sir John Betjeman walk takes amblers along stunning north Cornwall coastline, weaving through rolling dunes, alongside golden-sand beaches and the flow of the River Camel. Named for the Poet Laureate Sir John Betjeman, who fell in love with Cornwall during his childhood holidays, the walk eventually leads to the magical St Enodoc Church, where the poet was buried following his death in 1984.
Distance: 5.0 miles (8.0 km)
Beginning at either Polzeath or Pentire Farm, this is another great walk around Padstow. Rewarding walkers with far-reaching views of the coast and a glimpse into the area’s fascinating history, you can make a full day of this adventure or churn through the miles over a few hours. A real highlight of any holiday in Padstow, a visit to the Rumps and its Iron Age hill fort won’t be one you’ll forgot in a hurry.
Distance: 5.8 miles (9.4 km)
One for the views, the superb Padstow to Stepper Point walk covers fairly even terrain, though is a little more demanding due to its length. Starting from Padstow itself, it is well worth the hike, treating two and four-legged walkers along the way to incredible coastal panoramas which extend for miles on a clear day. On warm days, you can cool your toes and paws off in the sea at one of the sandy beaches en route too.
Distance: 6.7 miles (10.9 km)
Although quite a long route, the Rock to St Minver walk has plenty of perks along the way! Following the dunes from Rock to Daymer Bay, passing the (once buried) St Enodoc Church and arriving at the picturesque village of St Minver with its (slightly wonky) church, this lovely route with its characterful churches, beautiful views and three pubs on its return route will give you ample to smile about!
Distance: 6.9 miles (11.1 km)
A real opportunity to stretch your legs and fill your lungs with lots of rejuvenating sea air, this 7-mile walk is a real favourite. Traversing a range of terrains which become more challenging after Gun Point, this route has incredible scenery galore, showcasing the dramatic Stepper Point with its collapsed sea cave, beaches, coves (with secret smugglers’ caves) and wildlife too. Only 6 miles from our luxury cottages at Trevear Farm, Harlyn Bay provides an idyllic spot for a picnic en route as well, or perhaps a refreshing dip!