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 Bay13.7 Miles / 22 Km 5-8 Hrs 500 Metres
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. From Porthcothan Bay, a short transfer brings you to your accommodation in Padstow.
Day 3 Porthcothan Bay to Newquay10.6 Miles / 17 Km 4-6 Hrs 450 Metres
After a short transfer to Porthcothan Bay, there are wonderful coves and golden beaches around every corner as you head further south along the Cornish coastline. Pop in for lunch at one of the many lovely restaurants in Watergate before you continue into the more urban environs of Newquay – the bustling surfing capital of the UK and the perfect place to enjoy some nightlife including many vibrant pubs, bars, restaurants and shops.
Day 4 Newquay to Perranporth10.6 or 16.8 Miles / 17 or 27 Km 5-8 Hrs 550-600 Metres
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. From Perranporth, a short transfer brings you to your accommodation.
Day 5 Perranporth to Portreath12.4 Miles / 20 Km 5-7 Hrs 680 Metres
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 Hayle11.8 Miles / 19 Km 5-7 Hrs 410 Metres
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. Transfer from Hayle and overnight in St Ives.
Day 7 Hayle to St Ives6.2 Miles / 10 Km 2-3 Hrs 190 Metres
A short (and optional) walk gives you ample opportunity to explore the beautiful seaside town of St Ives with its many art gallery’s 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 Departure from St Ives
There are regular bus & train services from St Ives to London and other destinations in the UK.
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