Route: From Westward Ho! to Padstow


Westward Ho! is a seaside village near Bideford in North Devon.  Known for its surfing seas and sandy beach this makes for a relatively easy start for your walk, however, most of the walk is described as moderate to strenuous, and the stretch between Hartland Quay and Bude is said to be the toughest part of the whole South West Coast Path. 

There are though, some stunning views and good photo opportunities as you walk past the pretty fishing village of Clovelly, the dramatic cliff tops at Hartland Quay and onto Bude with it's glorious beaches. Then to Boscastle and onwards to the home of King Arthur at Tintagel, with plenty of rugged cliffs. Next is Port Isaac, a picturesque fishing village nestling in a sheltered cove and the walk ends with an easier section into Padstow.

A challenging journey but with many rewards as you traverse through beautiful scenery steeped with myth and legend.

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 has proved to be our "most popular" itinerary on the Westward Ho! to Padstow section of the South West Coast Path.

The Westward Ho! to Padstow section of the South West Coast Path is a journey of contrasts from the sandy beaches in the early stages, to a stunning but strenuous stretch between Hartland Quay and Bude. However, this popular itinerary will still allow you time to soak up this rewarding and exhilarating journey. Pass by the rugged imposing remains of King Arthurs legendary cliff-top Castle at Tintagel and un-spoilt fishing villages such as Port Isaac and Boscastle as you make your way to your journeys end at the bustling fishing port of Padstow.

The Daily Itinerary

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Day 1: Arrive
Westward Ho!
Day 2:
Westward Ho! to Clovelly
Distance: 11.5 miles Difficulty: Easy/Strenuous
Day 3:
Clovelly to Hartland Quay
Distance: 10 miles Difficulty: Strenuous
Day 4:
Hartland Quay to Bude
Distance: 15 miles Difficulty: Strenuous
Day 5:
Bude to Crackington Haven
Distance: 10 miles Difficulty: Strenuous
Day 6:
Crackington Haven to Tintagel
Distance: 11.5 miles Difficulty: Strenuous/Moderate
Day 7:
Tintagel to Port Isaac
Distance: 9 miles Difficulty: Strenuous
- Day 8:
Port Isaac to Padstow
Distance: 12 miles Difficulty: Strenuous

The last 0.5 miles of today's distance is using the ferry between Rock and Padstow. Tide height will determine where in Padstow the ferry docks. Whilst the ferry operates all day, the last ferry depends on the time of year.


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.
  • We now offer all our routes on the Komoot App. Use one of the most popular route apps for turn by turn voice navigation, the ability to use offline, and sync with Garmin and Wahoo products.

Optional Extras

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

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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!

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Holiday Summary



7 Days / 8 Nights 11.5 miles daily avg


Rating: 4


Number in Group: 2

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Cost £799 per person

Based on Two people sharing a Double or Twin Room

Total Cost £1,598

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