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Walking holidays in Cornwall on the South West Coast Path: Padstow to St Ives

A walking tour starting in Padstow “The Food Capital of Cornwall” and finishing in St Ives “The artists capital”. Padstow is a great place to spend an extra day at the start of your holiday, hire a bicycle and ride the Camel Way then on your first night  you’ll have a chance to eat in one of Cornwall’s most famous restaurants like Rick Stein’s Seafood restaurant or maybe the 2 Michelin Star Nathan Outlaw Restaurant in nearby Rock at the St Enodoc Hotel.

The walk itself gives you the opportunity to see many of Cornwall’s most famous coastal landmarks. On your first day you’ll arrive at Trevose Head, which provides exceptional views stretching along the coast to St Ives, the path turns south and crosses the sands of Constantine Bay to the hamlet of Treyarnon. Views of the famous surfing coast of Cornwall including Watergate Bay, home to Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen restaurant.

The South west Coast Path starts with either a ferry across the Gannel River or a crossing via its small wooden footbridge.  The Gannel estuary is a quite magical place so close to lively Newquay. The path continues around Crantock Bay and Porth Joke to Holywell Bay, these are 3 beautiful gentle isolated bays that are great places for a morning drinks stop and a swim! From Holywell Bay the path goes around Ligga Head and then follows the golden sands of Perran Beach to the village of Perranporth.

The walking tour ends in St Ives was once the most important fishing port in Cornwall, a small fishing industry survives but it is now more famous for its artists, galleries and museums. The St Ives Tate Gallery and the Barbara Hepworth Museum are two of the best known examples.

The itinerary below is for 6 days of walking which we think would be ideal for most people.

Day 1 Travel to Padstow  
Day 2   Padstow to Porthcothan 21 km
Day 3 Porthcothan to Newquay 17.5 km
Day 4 Newquay to Perranporth 18.5 km
Day 5 Perranporth to Portreath 20 km
Day 6 Portreath to Hayle 20 km
Day 7 Hayle to St Ives 9 km
Day 8 Depart St Ives  


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