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.
"...to 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.
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Recommended dates to walk this route
This walk can be done all year round but the weather in the winter months may make the walk a little more difficult.
Not one for the faint hearted at 16 miles per day but an epic journey on this stunning section on the South West Coast Path. The Padstow to St Ives stretch takes you over dramatic cliff tops and headlands and along glorious beaches. This is an exhilarating challenge to the more adventurous experienced walker.
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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.
The following items are optional and can be removed to reduce the cost of your holiday.
We would not recommend this particular itinerary be undertaken between the months of November and February only due to the reduced daylight hours at that time of year.
4 Days / 5 Nights 16 miles daily avg
Number in Group: 2
Based on Two people sharing a Double or Twin Room
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