Trevone to Padstow

From 24th November 2020 to 24th January 2021, the coast path at St George's Cove will be closed for an improvement programme. During this period it will be necessary to follow the diversion from direction 28 along Tregirls Lane to reach direction 38. Backtracking along the route from 38 will be required to visit 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.

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From Trevone beach, the walk follows the rugged coast past the collaped cave and blowholes of the Merope Islands to Stepper Point. The route then heads up the Camel Estuary to reach Hawker's Cove, which at low tide merges with Harbour Cove and St George's Cove into a single huge beach that you can walk along as an alternative to the Coast Path. From here, the route continues to the war memorial overlooking Padstow harbour. The return route goes through Padstow, past the church and Elizabethan manor house and deer park at Prideaux Place and along lanes and tracks to Trevone via Padstow Farm Shop.


  • Route includes paths close to unfenced cliff edges.


Padstow to Trevone walk. Loved it !
I walked Trevone to Padstow circular today - great walk and excellent website. Thank you
It's one of my favourite walks along that stunning coastline!

Vital statistics

  • OS Explorer: 106
  • Distance: 7.4 miles/12.1 km
  • Grade: Moderate
  • Recommended footwear: walking boots or trainers in summer

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  • Sandy surf beach at Trevone and rockpools on adjoining Newtrain Bay
  • Coastal wildlife and wildflowers
  • Rich coastal scenery with arches, islands and collapsed caves
  • Panoramic views from the daymark on Stepper Point
  • Sheltered sandy beaches at Hawker's Cove, Harbour Cove and St George's Cove
  • Historic fishing village and harbour at Padstow
  • Local Cornish food in Padstow

Pubs on or near the route

  • The Golden Lion Hotel
  • The Harbour Inn
  • The London Inn
  • The Old Customs House
  • The Old Ship Hotel
  • The Shipwrights


Alternatively, you can start this walk from the Tourist Information Centre at Padstow (starting from direction 34), then restart from the beginning of the directions once you reach Trevone Beach.
  1. As you approach Trevone Beach, follow the lane past the beach and up the hill until you reach a flight of steps on the left with a coast path sign.

    There are two beaches in Trevone Bay. The rightmost beach, alongside the headland, is sandy and now known as Trevone Beach although was originally called Porthmissen (recorded as Porthmusyn in 1396). To the left is Newtrain Bay, known locally as Rocky Beach (for obvious reasons).

  2. Go up the steps and follow the coast path to a stile.

    In 1765, there is an account by William Rawlings written to the Earl of Dartmouth. When his servants were 3 miles from St Columb, they encountered 60 horses carrying a cargo from a beach 2 miles west of Padstow "having each three bags of tea on them of 56 or 58lbs weight". This points to Trevone being used as the landing point, which makes sense as it is a reasonably sheltered and concealed beach.

  3. Cross the stile and keep left on the path to reach a waymark at the end of the headland.

    Barnacles and lichens can be used to gauge the position of the high-tide line on rocks and therefore a dry place to leave your possessions whilst you go swimming if the tide is coming in.

    Barnacles need to be covered with seawater each day so they grow below the high-water mark for neap tides.

    Black tar lichen occurs just above the barnacle zone. It is quite tolerant of spray and short periods of immersion in seawater so it typically grows in areas which are out of the water at neap tides but may get briefly immersed during spring tides.

    Orange marine lichen is less tolerant of immersion in seawater but can otherwise often out-compete black tar lichen so this usually grows just above the high water mark for spring tides where it may get an occasional splash.

  4. At the waymark, bear right along the coast path and follow it past the Round Hole on your right and another waymark on your left until you reach a gateway in a wall.

    Trevone Round Hole is situated in the middle of the headland on the right-hand side of Trevone beach. The Round Hole is a collapsed cave with a channel that is still open to the sea. At high tide, on a calm day, it's possible to kayak right though to the inside; however this is most unwise if there is a swell running.

  5. Go through the gateway and follow the main path across the coastal heath until you reach a stile near the cliff edge.

    The many caves along the coast here provide ledges where seals haul themselves out of the water. The caves are not accessible from the land so the seals are safe from predators; although there are few land predators today which would be unwise enough take on a seal, they were once hunted here by bears as well as humans.

    Seals are not closely related to other marine mammals. In mediaeval times, seals were classified as fish and could therefore be eaten during lent and on Fridays and Saturdays! However, as you might be able to guess from their features, seals are closely related to dogs, bears and otters. In fact, a dog is very much more closely related to a seal than a cat. The seal species most frequently seen along the Cornish coast are grey seals and common seals.

  6. Cross the stile and follow the path over a small headland and down into a steep ravine, over a footbridge, to a stile.

    The islands ahead are known as the Merope Islands. The middle of the three islands has a blowhole on the seaward side. In a big swell, near high tide, it can blow a jet of water 100ft into the air. You can get a view from the very end of the headland, before you descend into the valley.

  7. Cross the stile and follow the path up to the left and then down to a waymark in the next (Treguddra) gorge.

    The Seven Bays are:

    • Porthcothan
    • Treyarnon
    • Constantine
    • Booby's
    • Mother Ivey's
    • Harlyn
    • Trevone
  8. Cross the stream at the bottom of Treguddra gorge then follow the path directly ahead to the waymark at the top of the hill.

    From the cliffs, there are good views of Trevose Head. The larger beach to the left is Harlyn Bay; the one to the right is Mother Ivy's Bay. To the right of this is the Padstow lifeboat station.

  9. From the waymark, continue on the coast path until you reach a stile.

    In early summer, birdsfoot trefoil can be seen flowering along the coast path.

    The Birdsfoot Trefoil has yellow flowers tinged with red that look like little slippers and appear in small clusters. They are followed by seed pods that look distinctly like bird's feet or claws. Common names referring to the flowers include "Butter and Eggs", "Eggs and Bacon" and "Hen and Chickens", and to the seed pods, the delightful "Granny's Toenails".

    It is a member of the pea family and is poisonous to humans (containing glycosides of cyanide) but not to grazing animals and can be grown as a fodder plant. It is the larval food plant of many butterflies and moths including the common blue and silver-studded blue, and an important nectar plant for many bumblebee species.

    The rocky coast is an ideal habitat for wrasse.

    One of the most common fish on inshore reefs is the wrasse. The name for the fish is from the Cornish word wragh meaning "old hag". This is probably based on its lack of popularity for culinary consumption and is the reason why it is still quite common whereas most other species have been depleted by several centuries of fishing. Recently, wrasse has been "rediscovered" as a good eating fish if not overcooked. However, wrasse are very slow growing so are not an ideal culinary fish for conservation reasons: they cannot reproduce until they are 6-10 years old and large individuals may be over 30 years old.

  10. Bear left over the stile and follow the path through a kissing gate to a stile.

    Lichens are a partnership of two different organisms: a fungus providing the "accommodation" and an alga or cyanobacterium providing the "food" through photosynthesis. The fungal partner provides a cosy, sheltered environment for the alga and tends it with mineral nutrients. However, the alga partner is more than simply an imprisoned food-slave: it is such a closely-evolved alliance that the fungus is dependant on the alga for its structure. If the fungal partner is isolated and grown on an agar plate, it forms a shapeless, infertile blob.

  11. Cross the stile and follow the path. Where the path forks, the two paths rejoin later so either will do. Continue until you reach a gate at Butter Hole.

    By mid-late summer, Burnett moth caterpillars have fed themselves up on trefoil and pupated into adult moths.

    Red-and-black-spotted Burnett moths can often be seen feeding on nectar-bearing flowers alongside the coast path. The red colour is a warning that they contain hydrogen cyanide. The larvae normally create it by breaking down more complex cyanide compounds from the birdsfoot trefoil on which they feed. However they are also able to synthesise it themselves in environments where it isn't readily available from food plants.

    The mixture of rock and sand along this area of the coast is an ideal habitat for plaice.

    Plaice are one of the easiest flatfish to recognise by their orange spots. Young plaice eat mostly shrimps and then progress onto bigger prey such as bristle worms and mussels. Plaice are one of the quickest flatfish to be able to change their colour to blend in with their surroundings. They can complete this in as little as 10-15 min.

    Plaice can live for 40 years but due to heavy fishing, few now make it past the age of 6. It takes around 3 years before they can breed so they are at risk of overfishing. In 2006, three out of four fish stocks, including the Celtic Sea, were regarded as over-exploited by the World Wildlife Fund and in 2010, Greenpeace added plaice to their seafood red list. High discard rates of dead immature fish from trawling are particularly of concern although larger mesh sizes can help to reduce this. New fishing technology is also becoming available using water pressure or electrical pulses to raise fish from the bottom (rather than dragging heavy "tickler" chains across the seabed) which can reduce the environmental damage from trawling.

  12. Go through the gate and follow the path around the edge of Butter Hole to the point where the path splits.

    The SS Arthurtown was a small cargo ship. In 1944 it was on its way from Southampton to Androssan with a cargo of scrap steel and old engine blocks. It struck The Quies off Trevose Head in fog and attempted to limp into Padstow harbour but didn't quite make it and sank off Stepper Point. The steel cargo has concreted together in the seawater which preserves the ship's shape even though much of the hull has corroded away. However, the rear of the ship is missing due to unsubtle salvage techniques in the 1970s involving dynamite. According to one source, this detonated the explosives in a torpedo that the ship was carrying.

  13. Take the leftmost path and follow it around Butter Hole to a gap in the wall.

    The island visible offshore is Gulland.

    Gulland is the most westerly and largest of the 3 rocky islands around the Camel estuary, lying between Stepper Point and Trevose Head. The name "Gulland" is likely to be a corruption of the Cornish word goelann meaning "gull", and the rock appears as "the gull rock" on map of 1576. It is reported to be used by seals as a nursery. Puffins can also sometimes be seen here and it is postulated this might be a small colony distinct from the larger colony on The Mouls.

  14. Go through a gap and then keep right, along the wall. Note there is a sheer drop into a collapsed cave, known as Pepper Hole, to the left. Follow the path until you reach a waymark.

    If you look for a pile of stones, you should be able to make out a path that runs alongside it. This leads to a small quarry on the edge of Pepper Hole which is a nice spot for a picnic. It's almost impossible to see into Pepper Hole without falling down it (so be careful) however the sound of the waves crashing into it at high tide is impressive.

  15. At the waymark, follow the path to the daymark, affectionately known as "The Pepper Pot".

    The 40ft stone tower on Stepper Point, affectionately known as "The Pepper Pot", was built as a daymark - a navigation beacon for seafarers during daylight. At 240 feet above sea level, it is visible from 30 miles away. When it was built in 1830, the daymark cost the sum of £29. The money was raised by giving donors voting rights in the Harbour Association: one guinea would buy one vote.

  16. From the daymark, follow the path alongside the wall on the right, over the boulders and downhill to a waymarked gap near the end of the wall.

    The Stepper Point coastguard lookout, facing out from the mouth of the Camel Estuary, re-opened in 2000 and is now manned by volunteers from the National Coastwatch Institution. It is electrically self-sufficient from its solar panels and wind turbine.

  17. Bear right through the gap and follow the path to a kissing gate.

    The National Coastwatch Institution was set up to restore visual watches along the UK coastline after two Cornish fishermen lost their lives within sight of an empty Coastguard lookout in 1994. The first station - at Bass Point on The Lizard, where the fishermen had died - opened in December 1994. The organisation, staffed by volunteers, now runs 50 lookout stations around England and Wales.

  18. Go through the gate and continue on the path up the estuary through one kissing gate until you reach a second kissing gate (at Hawker's Cove).

    A large amount of elvan was once shipped to South Wales from the quarry on Stepper Point at the mouth of the Camel Estuary.

    Elvan is very hard volcanic rock formed where magma intruded into other rocks to form a (vertical) dyke or (horizontal) sill that cooled fairly quickly, resulting in fairly small crystals. Elvan can be seen in many of the churches across Cornwall where it is often used for intricate parts of buildings, such as doorways, so they can be finely carved.

    The term "white elvan" is sometimes used for those which are chemically very similar to granite (but in the case of granite, slower cooling resulted in large crystals) i.e. formed of mildly acidic compounds.

    The term "greenstone" is used by quarrymen to describe igneous rocks that, unlike granite, are rich in (basic) iron and magnesium compounds and these often give it a blue-green colour. When greenstone is formed as a sill or dyke it is sometimes called "blue elvan". This is also fairly common in Cornwall and has been quarried for a long time: in the Neolithic period, stone axes made from blue elvan were exported from Cornwall to various parts of Britain.

  19. Go through the kissing gate into a parking area. Follow the track from the other side until you pass a coast path sign and reach some steps on the left.

    Alexanders is a member of the carrot family and grows along roadsides in places similar to cow parsley. The leaves are more solid than the lacy cow parsley leaves and the flowers are yellow rather than white. The name arises because the plant was introduced to the UK by the Romans and was known as the "pot herb of Alexandria". It is also sometimes known as horse parsley.

    The estuary is a popular spot for windsurfing.

    Boards with vertical sails were in use by Polynesians for short trips between islands. The idea of using a universal joint to connect a sail to a board was conceived in 1948 by Newman Darby in the USA who spent the next two decades perfecting the approach. The first boards went on sale during the 1960s and the sport of windsurfing was popularised in the 1970s.

  20. Turn left to go down the steps and follow the path by the fence. Follow it in front of the cottages to emerge back on the lane.

    The cottage on the left, with the slipway leading onto the beach, was Padstow's original lifeboat station.

    The first Padstow lifeboat was built by the Padstow Harbour Association in 1827 and kept at Hawkers Cove. The RNLI took over the station in 1856. In 1931, the original boathouse in Hawker's Cove was replaced with a new boat house and roller slipway for a second motor lifeboat to join the one already running from the second station to the south of Hawker's Cove. The station closed in 1962, due to Hawker's Cove being filled by sand as the river channel moved across the estuary. This left only the station to the south operating for a few more years, before it also became blocked with silt.

  21. Turn left onto the lane and follow it to the Coast Path sign on the bend.

    The Camel Estuary is notorious for the Doom Bar - a sand bar which has caused many ship and small boat wrecks. For ships sailing into the bay on the prevailing SW wind, a great hazard was caused by the immediate loss of power due to the shelter from the cliffs. Once becalmed, they would drift helplessly and run aground on the Doom Bar. Therefore rockets were fired from the cliffs, to place a line onboard, which could then be used to pull the ship to the shore. Along the coastal path, on the cliff top, is an abandoned manual capstan which was used to winch the ships towards the harbour.

  22. At the coast path sign on the bend, turn left onto a narrow path alongside the fence. Follow the path to a waymark and around a corner to a gate.

    The building now called "The Old Lifeboat Station" was Padstow's second lifeboat station.

    In 1899, a second lifeboat station was built at Padstow, a short distance upriver of Hawker's Cove, for a new steam lifeboat.

    In a rescue in April 1900, as she was leaving the harbour, the steam lifeboat was caught by a heavy swell, capsized and wrecked, killing eight of her crew of eleven. Padstow's first motor lifeboat was commissioned in 1929, operating from this station. Due to river silting, in October 1967, the lifeboat was relocated to Mother Ivy's Bay on Trevose Head.

  23. From the gate, follow the coast path down to a stile at Harbour Cove.

    There are reports that an Irish smuggling vessel once chased an Excise ship into the harbour at Padstow, then hung out flags and fired guns as a sign of victory. Afterwards, the smugglers sailed on to Newquay to unload their cargo, where the customs authorities were described as being "very obliging about watching the wall".

  24. Cross the stile, continue past the waymark where the stream emerges on the beach, keep right along the fence and follow the path through some bushes until you reach a waymark and a few steps leading onto a track.

    The local dialect in Cornwall included a number of words related to smuggling. For the purveyors themselves there was:

    Troacher - a hawker of smuggled goods.

    ..and a word specifically for smuggled liquor:

    Custom (pron. "coostom") - raw, smuggled spirits. "A drap o' coostom."

    ...and also the barrels to transport it:

    Anker - a small keg or cask of handy size for carrying by hand, or slung on horse-back.
  25. From the bottom of the steps, cross the track to the walkway opposite and follow the path from this to reach a kissing gate into a field.

    In marshes, microorganisms thrive in the wet mud and use up the supply of oxygen. To survive being partially buried in mud with low oxygen levels, many marsh plants have therefore evolved snorkels: air channels in the stem which allow oxygen to reach base of the plant. This is why the leaves of reeds feel spongy.

  26. Go through the gate and turn left to follow along the left hedge of the field and reach a path leaving the field.

    Ivy is unusual in that it flowers particularly late in the year - from September to November - and therefore provide vital nectar for insects such bees and moths. Ivy berries are an important winter food source for birds and will remain on the plant all the way through the winter until spring. The berries also have a high fat content so provide a dense source of energy at a time when animals need lots to keep warm.

  27. Follow the path from the field and over another walkway to emerge on a track.
  28. Turn left onto the track and follow it to where a narrow sandy path departs to the right.

    Hemp agrimony is a fairly tall plant that grows in damp places and produces large number of tiny pink flowers from July to September, hence an alternative common name of "raspberries and cream". The flowers are rich in nectar so bees and butterflies are often found on them.

    It is unrelated to hemp and also to plants in agrimony family. The reason for "hemp" in common name and "cannabinum" in the Latin name is because the leaves look a bit like cannabis. A name of "holy rope" has also been used for it which may be another reference to hemp.

  29. Bear right onto the small path leading between the bushes and over the dunes until you reach a crossing of paths.

    Dunes (called towans in Cornish) form when dry sand from the beach is blown by the wind, and initially lodges against an obstruction, eventually forming a ridge. More sand can then accumulate against the ridge and vegetation such as marram grass can then take hold, preventing the resulting sand hill from washing or blowing away.

  30. You have a choice of routes at low tide, either along the beach or - the only option at high tide - along the dunes. Turn right to follow the path over the dunes and round Gun Point to the wooded valley at St George's Cove. If you go via the beach: continue around the headland, past the Gun Point and turn right to head inland between the trees, up the middle of the valley; then turn left where the path ends.

    Harbour Cove is the beach on the opposite side of the Camel Estuary from Daymer Bay. There is a beach at all states of the tide at Harbour Cove although at low tide, the vast beach stretches out towards Doom Bar and merges with the other beaches, making it possible to walk around Gun Point to St George's Cove across the sand. Harbour Cove is also known locally as Tregirls beach, named after Tregirls Farm. In 1600, the name was originally "grylls" but was corrupted into "girls" over the years. It's possible the name of the farm arises from the Grylls family who were part of the Cornish gentry.

  31. From St George's Cove, continue up the estuary, along the coast path, to a waymark in front of the War Memorial.

    The River Camel runs for 30 miles from Bodmin Moor to Padstow Bay, making it the longest river in Cornwall after the Tamar.

    The Camel Estuary is a geological ria - a deep valley flooded by rising sea levels after the last ice age, stretching from the headlands of Pentire Point and Stepper Point all the way to Wadebridge. The estuary is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a Marine Conservation Zone.

  32. Go through the gate ahead and past the Memorial, to the gate on the other side.

    The Camel Estuary is a nursery ground for bass and is a designated conservation area. Young bass spend their first 3-4 years in estuaries and then move into inshore waters. At 6-7 years the bass are sexually mature and migrate out into the Atlantic into deeper water to breed during the winter, returning each summer to coastal waters. Fishing for bass is illegal in the estuary during the summer and autumn to help protect the breeding population.

  33. Go through the gate and follow the left (lower) path into Padstow, to the quayside.

    Padstow is a very old port town facing into the Camel Estuary (formerly Petrockstow after St Petroc). Possibly from as early as 2500 BC, Padstow has been used as a natural harbour, linking Brittany to Ireland along the Saints Way from Fowey. In the Middle Ages, it was known as Aldestowe (the "old place", to contrast with Bodmin, which was the new place). The Cornish name Lannwedhenek or Lodenek derives from the Lanwethinoc monastery that stood above the harbour in Celtic times.

  34. Bear right and follow the edge of the harbour until you reach The Chough Bakery.

    Perhaps unsurprisingly for a port town, Padstow has plenty of pubs which include:

    • The Shipwrights Inn on the North Quay of the harbour
    • The Old Ship Hotel on Mill Square, off North Quay
    • The Golden Lion on Lanadwell St - the oldest Inn in Padstow (14th century)
    • The London Inn also on Lanadwell St
    • The Old Custom House on the South Quay of the harbour
    • The Harbour Inn on Strand Street, off South Quay
  35. Turn right, at The Chough Bakery to pass along the right-hand side of it in the direction signposted to Prideaux Place. At the end of the alley, head to the right of Padstow Institute, in the direction signposted to Prideaux Place. Follow Duke Street until you reach a junction.

    "Pasty" was another word used for "pie" throughout England from the Middle Ages onward, and did not necessarily imply the characteristic shape and crimping we associate with the Cornish Pasty. A pasty recipe from 1746 contains no veg, just meat (venison), port wine and spices. The first "Cornish pasty" recipe is from 1861 which contained just beef and no veg.

    The "traditional" Cornish Pasty recipe contains beef, onion, potato and swede (referred to as "turnip" in the local dialect from its more formal name of "Swedish turnip") seasoned with salt and pepper. It's thought that this probably dates from the late 18th Century (when the Poldark novels were set) when potatoes and turnips were a staple diet for the poor but the first documented "traditional" recipe is not until 1929.

    Even during Victorian times, main meat available to poor people would have been pork. In fact, the really poor had "tiddy oggy" (with no meat at all). The Cornish word for pasty is "hogen" (pronounced "hugg-un") which evolved into "oggy" - the dialect word for pasty. Over 120 million Cornish pasties are now consumed each year.

  36. At the junction keep left, following Church Street past St Petroc's church on your left until you reach a junction on your right (Tregirls Lane).

    There have been 3 churches on the site of St Petroc's in Padstow. The first, was built in the early 6th Century by Petroc and was destroyed in 981 by the Vikings. In the 12th Century, another church was built, which is thought might have been of sandstone and therefore didn't last long. This was replaced by the current church in the early-mid 15th Century. The cream-coloured stone in the interior, used for the columns, was imported from Normandy; the dark stone used for the font and windows is blue elvan quarried from Cataclews Point between Harlyn and Mother Ivy's bay.

  37. Continue on the main road past Tregirls Lane until you reach another junction on the right.

    Both navelwort's Latin name and common name are based on its resemblance to a belly button. Other common names include wall pennywort and penny pies due to the shape and size resembling an (old) penny.

  38. Turn right, passing in front of the entrance to Prideaux Place, and follow the lane until you reach an ivy-covered barn on the right.

    Prideaux Place, situated at the top of Padstow, is an Elizabethan manor house which has been the home of Prideaux family for 14 generations. It was built in 1592 by Nicholas Prideaux and survived unaltered until the 18th century when Edmund, Nicholas's great grandson, influenced by his Grand Tour through Italy in 1739, created a formal garden and updated the house by installing modern sash windows and coal burning grates.

    Consequently, the house combines some traditional Elizabethan architecture with the 18th century exuberance of Strawberry Hill Gothic. Of its 81 rooms, 46 are bedrooms and only 6 of those are habitable (the rest are as the American Army left them at the end of the Second World War). The deer park is thought to be the oldest in the country and has been dated back to its enclosure by the Romans in AD 435.

  39. Just after the barn, take the footpath to the left, over a stile. Bear right across the field, passing beside the telegraph pole in the centre, to a stile on the opposite side of the field.
  40. Cross the stile and head diagonally across the field towards the middle of the buildings to reach a stile.

    If there are sheep in the field and you have a dog, make sure it's securely on its lead (sheep are prone to panic and injuring themselves even if a dog is just being inquisitive). If the sheep start bleating, this means they are scared and they are liable to panic.

    If there are pregnant sheep in the field, be particularly sensitive as a scare can cause a miscarriage. If there are sheep in the field with lambs, avoid approaching them closely, making loud noises or walking between a lamb and its mother, as you may provoke the mother to defend her young.

    Sheep may look cute but if provoked they can cause serious injury (hence the verb "to ram"). Generally, the best plan is to walk quietly along the hedges and they will move away or ignore you.

  41. Cross the stile and turn right onto the lane. Then turn immediately left onto the track next to the farm shop and follow it to a fork just past the car park.
  42. Just past the car park, take the track that leads off to the right. Follow this until it forks.

    There are two types of ivy leaf. Those on creeping stems are the classic ivy leaf shape with 3-5 triangular lobes - they grow towards shade to find a tree to climb up. However, more mature ivy plants grow aerial shoots with a completely different (teardrop) leaf shape. These are the shoots that bear the flowers and fruits and are typically located in a sunny spot such as on an upright ivy bush or top of a rock face. The reason for the different shapes is that the larger, multi-lobed leaves are able to catch more light in shady areas whereas the smaller, stouter leaves are more resistant to drying out.

  43. Where that track forks, take the track on the right and follow this until it eventually emerges onto a lane.

    The magpie is believed to be one of the most intelligent of all animals. The area of its brain used for higher cognitive function is approximately the same in its relative size as in chimpanzees and humans. Magpies can count, imitate human voices and have been observed regularly using tools to keep their cages clean. In the wild, they form gangs and use complex social strategies for hunting and tackling predators. It has even been suggested that magpies may feel complex emotions, including grief.

  44. Where the track emerges onto the lane, turn left and follow it down to the beach to return to the car park.

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