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

The walk starts at Constantine Bay and follows the coast path around Trevose Head, passing Booby's Bay and a collapsed cave, before reaching Dinas Head and the lighthouse. The route follows the coast path around Trevose Head before reaching the sandy beaches of Mother Ivey's and Harlyn Bay. The return route is fairly quick, following lanes back to Constantine.

6.7 miles/10.9 km - Easy

Rock to St Minver

The route follows the dunes from Rock to Daymer Bay opposite the Doom Bar, then passes St Enodoc Church - the burial place of Sir John Betjamen - on its way inland to the pretty village of St Minver with its characteristic (and slightly wonky) church spire. The return route passes 3 pubs and Sharp's Brewery, presenting opportunities for the more refreshing kind of Doom Bar, as it descends from the fields of the St Minver Highlands to the St Minver Lowlands along the Camel Estuary.

3.1 miles/5 km - Easy-moderate

Padstow to Harbour Cove

The walk starts along the harbour and then ascends through Padstow's mediaeval network of streets to reach the ancient church and Prideaux Place, once the site of St Petroc's monastery. The walk continues to the Doom Bar via Tregirls Farm where there are panoramic views over the Camel Estuary. The return route to Padstow is along the long sandy beaches of Harbour Cove and St George's Cove.

3.5 miles/5.7 km - Easy-moderate

St Issey to Sea Mills

The route descends into the river valley below St Issey and follows the river past Melingey Mill and joins the Saint's Way to Little Petherick. From here, the route follows the edge of the creek to the tidal enclosure at Sea Mills. The return route is along small lanes, passing Trevorrick Farm and the Pickwick Inn before returning to St Issey via the Ring O' Bells Inn.

4.4 miles/7.1 km - Easy-moderate

Porthcothan to Mawgan Porth

Starting with a bus journey to Porthcothan, this walk follows the coast path from Porthcothan Bay past the Trescore Islands to Porth Mear and High Cove then around Park Head to reach Pentire Steps. From here the route passes the islets along Bedruthan Steps to reach Carnewas near the National Trust tearoom. The final section of the walk rounds Trerathick and Trenance points to reach Mawgan Porth.

4.9 miles/7.9 km - Easy-moderate

Constantine Bay to Porthcothan

The route follows along the coast from Constantine Bay to Treyarnon, then past a series of deep inlets to Porthcothan. The return route is fairly quick, via some lanes, so you can linger on the coastal stretch and explore the headlands between the inlets, or the beaches at low tide.

6.2 miles/10 km - Easy-moderate

Bedruthan Steps

The walk follows the coast path from Pentire Steps via Bedruthan Steps to Mawgan Porth, with stunning views of the coastline. From Mawgan Porth, the route passes the remains of St Eval airfield to which RAF St Mawgan was a minor satellite, but landings are now by flocks of lapwing and patrols are by sheep. The return route is on small lanes and footpaths past a megalith, with plenty of flowers and wildlife.

6.4 miles/10.3 km - Easy-moderate

Daymer Bay to Padstow

The walk starts from Daymer Bay and heads through the sand dunes to Rock, via St Enodoc Church: the burial place of Sir John Betjamen, and itself once buried by the dunes. The next leg is on the passenger ferry to Padstow, where the route ascends from the harbour, passing the ancient church and Prideaux Place, once the site of St Petroc's monastery. The walk continues past Tregirls to the Doom Bar. The beaches of Harbour Cove and St Georges Cove form the return route to Padstow. After a second river crossing, the route follows the sands of Daymer Bay from Rock.

6.8 miles/10.9 km - Easy-moderate

Porthcothan to Harlyn

The walk starts at Porthcothan and follows the coast path past a series of inlets used by smugglers to Treyarnon, and from here to Constantine Bay. The route then passes Booby's Bay and a collapsed cave, before reaching Dinas Head and the lighthouse. The final section is above the sandy beaches of Mother Ivey's Bay to reach Harlyn Bay.

3.6 miles/5.7 km - Moderate

Padstow town

The walk follows Padstow harbour to the North Quay and then the Coast Path to the war memorial. The route follows back lanes to Prideaux Place and then re-enters the town through the churchyard and another back lane. The walks cuts down a "drang" from the harbour to join the Saint's Way and follows this to the obelisk on Dennis Hill where there are exceptional views. The return to Padstow is along the Camel Trail past the National Lobster Hatchery.

4.2 miles/6.7 km - Moderate

The Rumps to Polzeath around Pentire Point

The walk starts near the coast at the Lead Mines National Trust car park and heads out onto the coast path. The route follows the coast onto Com Head, where there is a stunning view of Port Isaac Bay. The coast path continues to Rumps Point, where you can walk through the fortifications and around the headland. The coast path continues to Pentire Point, where there are views across the Camel Estuary, and on to the beach at Pentireglaze. The route finally heads inland at New Polzeath along lanes towards Pentire Farm to complete the circular walk.

5.3 miles/8.6 km - Moderate

Little Petherick Creek and the Camel Trail

From Padstow, the route climbs Dennis Hill to the monument where there are panoramic views of the area. It then follows the Saint's Way up Little Petherick Creek through meadows and woodland to reach Little Petherick's gothic church. From there the path follows the other side of the creek to reach Sea Mills where the remains of the tidal mill enclosures can still be seen. The return route is through fields and down a small track then along the Camel Trail over the old railway bridge spanning Little Petherick Creek.

6.7 miles/10.7 km - Moderate

Harlyn Bay to Padstow

After a bus journey from Padstow to Harlyn, the route follows the coast path along the sandy beaches of Harlyn and Trevone. It then follows the rugged coastline - consisting of arches, stacks, collapsed caves and blowholes - to Stepper Point where a huge stone tower stands as a daymark. From here, the route passes the Doom Bar on the way up the estuary to Padstow, via the expansive sandy beaches of Hawker's, Harbour and St George's coves.

7.4 miles/11.9 km - Moderate

Trevone to Padstow

From Trevone beach, the route follows the rugged Atlantic coast to the daymark at Stepper Point, before turning up the Camel Estuary and passing the infamous Doom Bar, the sweeping expanse of sand at St George's and Harbour Coves, and finally reaching safe harbour in Padstow. The return route goes through Padstow, past the church and manor house at Prideaux Place along lanes and tracks back to Trevone.