DAY 1: Arrival in Padstow
From your point of arrival, use the public transport information we provide to make the journey to Padstow.
DAY 2: Padstow to Porthcothan Bay
Distance 22km • Approximate Walking Time 5 - 8 hrs • Ascent (↑) 500m
After wandering through the delightful narrow streets of Padstow in the morning, you soon find yourself overlooking the spectacular sandy beaches that populate the mouth of the River Camel. Indeed, turning a corner to discover another of these hidden strands is a fabulous way to start your walking holiday.
DAY 3: Porthcothan Bay to Newquay
17km • 4 - 6 hrs • (↑) 450m
There are wonderful coves and golden beaches around every corner as you head further south along the Cornish coastline. Pop in for lunch at Jamie Oliver’s ‘Fifteen’ restaurant in Watergate before you continue into the more urban environs of Newquay - the surfing capital of the UK and the perfect spot to get into the Atlantic waves.
DAY 4: Newquay to Perranporth
17/27km • 5 - 8 hrs • (↑) 550-600m
After negotiating the River Gannel (keep an eye on tide times), the trail subsequently follows grassy clifftop paths before later leading you through sand dunes (good for those calf muscles!) and along long sandy beaches - particularly Perran Beach just past the Penhale Army Training Area.
DAY 5: Perranport to Portreath
20km • 5 - 7 hours • (↑) 680m
From Perranporth, you pass into an area with a rich mining history as evidenced by the old chimneys that dot the landscape. Wild gorse and heather scrub replace farm holdings as you make your way around St Agnes Head and onwards to Porthtowan and Portreath.
DAY 6: Portreath to Hayle
19km • 5 - 7 hours • (↑) 410m
After a few short, but rather steep, climbs out of Portreath the trail settles down and continues at a more gentle gradient. A beautiful walk around Godrevy Head is followed by a challenging section along the dunes or, tides permitting, a stretch of wonderful sandy beach as far as Hayle. Overnight in St Ives.
DAY 7: Hayle to St Ives
10km • 2 - 3 hours • (↑) 190m
A short (and optional) walk gives you ample opportunity to explore the beautiful seaside town of St Ives with its many art gallerys and quirky little shops. A prolonged section of road-walking from Hayle takes you inland around the Hayle River Estuary. From Lelant, a stunning coastal path leads you all the way into St Ives.
DAY 8: St Ives to Pendeen Village
25km • 7 - 10 hours • (↑) 1160m
The walking trail becomes more rugged south of St Ives but rewards with a beautiful wildness and spectacular scenery. With numerous climbs in and out of coves and inlets, the hike will require good stamina and an early start. Stock up on provisions before you leave as there are no shops or cafes en route.
Note: Although this walking tour as a whole is classed as 'Moderate', this particular hike is 'Challenging'. The directions provided include options to shorten your hike.
DAY 9: Pendeen Village to Porthcurno
26km • 7 - 10 hours • (↑) 960m
The wealth of mining ruins that dot the Cornish landscape is testament to the rich heritage of mining in the area. After passing Cape Cornwall (where the Atlantic Ocean meets the English Channel), there’s a lovely walk around Whitesand Bay into Sennen Cove. From here, it’s a short walk to Land’s End - the UK’s most south-westerly point.
DAY 10: Porthcurno to Penzance
18km • 4 - 6 hours • (↑) 520m
Initially, the trail is quite remote with picturesque little coves and tiny settlements from Porthcurno to the wonderfully named village of Mousehole - a good place to stop for refreshments. From Mousehole, the trail mainly follows asphalt roads/paths through the fishing port of Hamlyn and onwards into Penzance.
DAY 11: Departure from Penzance
There are regular bus & train services from Penzance to London and other destinations in the UK.