Route: From Padstow to St Ives


The famous and quaint bustling fishing port of Padstow is positioned in a small valley on the sheltered westerly side of The River Camel.  The small busy harbour is full of both fishing and pleasure boats and is surrounded by shops, pubs and places to eat, adding to the charm and vibrancy of the town. Local fishermen supply the many famous restaurants including those of celebrity chefs Rick Stein and Paul Ainsworth.  Padstow is also world famous for its Obby 'Oss festival which is an ancient form of the May celebrations welcoming in the Spring.

Leaving Padstow, the journey moves onwards to scenic Porthcothan Bay; the vibrant seaside resort of Newquay; the wide open sandy beach of Perranporth.

Travel onward to the small narrow harbour at Portreath, steeped in Cornish history, once a busy hub, where coal was imported and copper exported.

Experience the endless sweeping sand dunes at Hayle Towans, with panoramic views across the bay to your destination - the stunning seaside town of St Ives.

" cobbled streets, full of history, legend and tradition, winding between pretty fisherman's cottages..." St Ives has the kind of simple beauty that stops you in your tracks.

This journey will take you along the glorious and dramatic coast of North Cornwall, passing by sleepy coves and wonderful beaches, across dramatic cliff-tops and headlands, witnessing many remains of the Cornish Mining history, with the Atlantic Ocean providing an ever present and breathtaking back drop. 

Walk the Trail offers 3 itineraries along this route to cater for all levels of walker.  If, you feel that you'd like something different, just ask.


All our holiday packages include:

  • Overnight accommodation staying at carefully selected B&Bs, Inns and Hotels
  • A detailed holiday pack
  • Luggage transfers
  • Transport from path to accommodations if necessary
  • Maps
  • Guidebook
  • Emergency support.


Our holiday packages do not include:

  • Transport to and from the start and end of the holiday, unless stated.  We can help you with your options.
  • Packed Lunches and Evening Meals
  • Travel Insurance

Itinerary & Costs

This is our most popular itinerary on the Padstow to St Ives stretch of the Coast Path.

Setting off from Padstow, the bustling port now made even more famous by the chef Rick Stein and ending amongst the cobbled streets of beautiful St Ives the journey will take you along the beautiful and dramatic coast of North Cornwall, a much loved part of the South West Coast Path, passing sites of Cornwalls' mining heritage and glorious unspoilt beaches and coves. A true taste of all this lovely part of the world has to offer.

The Daily Itinerary

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Day 2:
Padstow to Porthcothan
Distance: 13.5 miles Difficulty: Easy
Day 3:
Porthcothan to Newquay
Distance: 10.5 miles Difficulty: Moderate
- Day 4:
Newquay (Fern Pit Crossing) to Perranporth
Distance: 11 miles Difficulty: Moderate/Strenuous

The distance above is based on crossing The Gannel at Fern Pit Cafe, either using the bridge (low tide) or the ferry (high tide / operates May to mid September). There are 2 alternative bridges to take a little further upstream. Penpol Bridge +1 mile or Trenance Bridge +2.5 miles.

Day 5:
Perranporth to Portreath
Distance: 12 miles Difficulty: Moderate/Strenuous
Day 6:
Portreath to St Ives
Distance: 17.5 miles Difficulty: Moderate/Easy

What's Included

  • Accommodation for the length of your holiday including the night before you start walking and the evening after your final day's walking in good quality B&Bs, Inns and small hotels. This will be en-suite wherever possible.
  • Breakfast - This may be a full cooked or continental option depending on accommodation. Evening meals can be arranged with certain accommodations for an additional charge.
  • A Personalised Holiday Pack containing maps and addresses for accommodations, pick up points and daily mileage information.
  • Luggage transfers between each accommodation. 1 bag per person up to 20 kilograms. Additional bags can be added upon request.
  • If you are crossing a river using a ferry or on foot at low tide then we will provide you with the relevant information to assist.
  • Phone line support between the hours of 0900-1900, 7 days a week for the length of your holiday.
  • If required, path to accommodation or round river transfers.

Optional Extras

The following items are optional and can be removed to reduce the cost of your holiday.

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Important Information


5/5 Cheryl from Vermont, USA
I'm home from my trip and wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed it! It was wonderful to have the elves take my luggage every day and to have it show up at the next place. It was a fairly rainy week but the scenery was magnificent and I truly enjoyed the walking. Thank you for all your arrangements --- people at the B&B's were all friendly and kind. I'll go back again someday! Thank you all!
5/5 Katherine from Twickenham
I have just come back from walking between Penzance and Padstow and wanted to say an enormous thank you to you all - it was a wonderful, wonderful time and everything worked perfectly!

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Holiday Summary



5 Days / 6 Nights 13 miles daily avg


Rating: 3


Number in Group: 2

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Cost £599 per person

Based on Two people sharing a Double or Twin Room

Total Cost £1,198

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