Circular walks around Padstow

The land around Padstow is relatively flat for North Cornwall, so although many of our walks in this area are reasonably long, you can cover the ground quite fast.

For walks that start and end in Padstow, there are short walks around Padstow Town to the memorial and obelisk, to Harbour Cove and a longer walk around Little Petherick Creek.

For a walk to combine with visiting Padstow, either the Daymer to Padstow or Trevone to Padstow pass Prideaux Place, the harbour and include the Padstow beaches.

6.1 miles/9.7 km - Easy

Trevose Head

A circular walk around the rugged coastline of Trevose Head via the iconic lighthouse and golden sandy bays of Constantine, Booby's, Mother Ivey's and Harlyn, with spectacular wildflowers in spring and summer.

6.7 miles/10.9 km - Easy

Rock to St Minver

A circular walk from Rock along the sand dunes to St Enodoc church, once buried in the sand, and across fields to the mediaeval church of St Minver, returning via 3 pubs and the brewery where "Doom Bar" is made.

3.1 miles/5 km - Easy-moderate

Padstow to Harbour Cove

A short circular walk through Padstow's mediaeval network of streets to the church, the Elizabethan Manor at Prideaux Place and Tregirls Farm, with panoramic views of the estuary, returning along a mile of sandy beaches.

3.5 miles/5.7 km - Easy-moderate

St Issey to Sea Mills

A circular walk from St Issey along the river valley, the Saint's Way to the creek-side church at Little Petherick, and along the creek to the tidal enclosure of Sea Mills, returning via two old Inns.

4.4 miles/7.1 km - Easy-moderate

Porthcothan to Mawgan Porth

A (bus-assisted) one-way walk between the sandy beaches of Porthcothan and Mawgan Porth along the coast with spectacular wildflowers and one of Cornwall's most photographed views over the volcanic rock stacks of Bedruthan Steps, which Victorians liked to think of as a giant's stepping stones.

4.9 miles/7.9 km - Easy-moderate

Constantine Bay to Porthcothan

A circular walk between the sandy beaches of Constantine Bay to Porthcothan via nature's swimming pool at Treyarnon beach and a spectacular series of islands, headlands and tiny coves named after the smuggled wine and pepper that was landed there, and passing the rock where a customs officer was left by the smugglers to drown.

6.2 miles/10 km - Easy-moderate

Bedruthan Steps

A circular walk from Pentire Steps along the coast past with spectacular views of Bedruthan Steps to the sandy beach at Mawgan Porth, returning on lanes past the remnants of main military airfield that RAF St Mawgan was an annexe to, now patrolled by sheep.

6.4 miles/10.3 km - Easy-moderate

Daymer Bay to Padstow

A figure-of-8 walk from Daymer Bay thorough the dunes to Rock, passing the once-buried St Enodoc church, before crossing on the ferry to Padstow, and returning along three miles of sandy beaches.

6.8 miles/10.9 km - Easy-moderate

Porthcothan to Harlyn

A (bus-assisted) one-way walk around Trevose Head past the lighthouse and along the bays of Porthcothan, Treyarnon, Constantine, Booby's, Mother Ivey's and Harlyn.

3.6 miles/5.7 km - Moderate

Padstow town

A short circular walk from Padstow harbour to the viewpoints at the War Memorial and Victorian obelisk, the Elizabethan Manor at Prideaux Place, and including some pretty back streets that lie off the main tourist routes.

4.2 miles/6.7 km - Moderate

The Rumps to Polzeath around Pentire Point

A circular walk across the Iron Age hillfort on the twin headlands of The Rumps and around Pentire Point, with panoramic views of the Camel Estuary and the offshore islands, to the sandy beach at Polzeath.

5.3 miles/8.6 km - Moderate

Little Petherick Creek and the Camel Trail

A circular walk via the Victorian obelisk overlooking Padstow, the creek-side church at Little Petherick and the tidal enclosure of Sea Mills, returning via the Camel Trail bridge which carried the railway that brought the first Victorian tourists to Padstow and Cornish fish to London.

6.7 miles/10.7 km - Moderate

Harlyn Bay to Padstow

A (bus-assisted) one way coastal walk from Harlyn Bay to Padstow via Trevone, Stepper Point - where a huge stone tower stands as a daymark, the Doom Bar and the sandy coves of Hawker's, Harbour and St George's which join into a single huge beach at low tide.

7.4 miles/11.9 km - Moderate

Trevone to Padstow

A circular walk to Padstow from Trevone beach, which tracks the route taken by sailing ships along the rugged Atlantic coast to the daymark at Stepper Point, past the infamous Doom Bar and the sandbanks of Hawker's, Harbour and St George's coves before finally reaching safe harbour in Padstow.