Walks around Padstow

Padstow, Cornwall

Enjoy the walks by being guided by the app

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Download the app and use it to explore the walks and to purchase a guided route.
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The app will direct you via satnav the start of the walk.
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The app guides you around the walk using GPS, removing any worries about getting lost.
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Each time there is a new direction to follow, the app will beep to remind you, and will warn you if you go off-route.
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A map shows the route, where you are and which way you are facing.
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Detailed, well-tested directions are also included which follow you as you walk.
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Each walk includes lots of information about the history and nature along the route.
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Once a walk is downloaded, the app doesn't need a phone or wifi signal during the walk.
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The app counts down distance to the next direction and estimates time remaining based on your personal walking speed.
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We keep the directions continually updated for changes to the paths/landmarks - £1.99 for a walk includes ongoing free updates.

Padstow is on the site of a mediaval monastery that was raided by the vikings. The sheltered estuary of the River Camel was one of the only safe harbours on the rugged Atlantic coast so it became a port town. In Victorian times it was connected to the railway network which boosted the fishing fleet and tourism flourished. A few celebrity chefs later, it is now one of the foodie hotspots in the UK. The sheltered beaches in the estuary contrast the more rugged coastline either side.

  • 3.1 miles/5 km - Easy-moderate

    Padstow to Harbour Cove

    Padstow to Harbour Cove

    3.1 miles/5 km - Easy-moderate

    A 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.

  • 3.8 miles/6.1 km - Easy-moderate

    St Issey to Sea Mills

    St Issey to Sea Mills

    3.8 miles/6.1 km - Easy-moderate

    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, Bedruthan Steps and Mawgan Porth

    Porthcothan, Bedruthan Steps and Mawgan Porth

    4.4 miles/7.1 km - Easy-moderate

    A (bus-assisted) one-way walk 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

    Constantine Bay to Porthcothan

    4.9 miles/7.9 km - Easy-moderate

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

  • 6.1 miles/9.7 km - Easy-moderate

    Trevose Head

    Trevose Head

    6.1 miles/9.7 km - Easy-moderate

    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.

  • 6.4 miles/10.3 km - Easy-moderate

    Daymer Bay to Padstow

    Daymer Bay to Padstow

    6.4 miles/10.3 km - Easy-moderate

    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

    Seven Bays

    Seven Bays

    6.8 miles/10.9 km - Easy-moderate

    A one-way coastal walk, made circular via an initial bus journey, along the Seven Bays coast and around Trevose Head past the lighthouse.

  • 3.5 miles/5.6 km - Moderate

    Padstow town

    Padstow town

    3.5 miles/5.6 km - Moderate

    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.

  • 4.5 miles/7.3 km - Moderate

    Bedruthan Steps

    Bedruthan Steps

    4.5 miles/7.3 km - Moderate

    A circular walk with spectacular views of the rock stacks at Bedruthan Steps about which the myth of a giant's stepping stones was concocted for the amusement of Victorian tourists flocking to Padstow and Newquay on the new railway.

  • 5.3 miles/8.6 km - Moderate

    Little Petherick Creek and the Camel Trail

    Little Petherick Creek and the Camel Trail

    5.3 miles/8.6 km - Moderate

    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.

  • 6.2 miles/10 km - Moderate

    Bedruthan Steps to Porthcothan

    Bedruthan Steps to Porthcothan

    6.2 miles/10 km - Moderate

    A circular walk featuring some of the most spectacular scenery of the North Cornish coast including the rock stacks of Bedruthan Steps, the azure lagoon of the Trescore Islands and the sheltered golden sandy beach at Porthcothan.

  • 6.7 miles/10.7 km - Moderate

    Harlyn Bay to Padstow

    Harlyn Bay to Padstow

    6.7 miles/10.7 km - Moderate

    A one-way coastal walk, made circular via an initial bus journey, 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/12.1 km - Moderate

    Trevone to Padstow

    Trevone to Padstow

    7.4 miles/12.1 km - Moderate

    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.

Download the iWalk Cornwall app and use the QR scanner within the app to find out more about any of the walks above.

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. There are also walks on the other side of the Camel Estuary around Rock and Polzeath accessible via the ferry.