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.
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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.
The ferry at Rock only operates between March and October, however outside these dates a taxi or bus journey is possible to travel around the River Camel to avoid this issue.
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.
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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.
The following items are optional and can be removed to reduce the cost of your holiday.
7 Days / 8 Nights 11.5 miles daily avg
Number in Group: 2
Based on Two people sharing a Double or Twin Room
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