Walk - Port Isaac to Padstow

11.7 miles (18.8 km)

Port Isaac Padstow

Challenging - Strenuous to easy

The Coast Path follows some truly beautiful, unspoiled sections of coast, including the remote inlet of Pine Haven and the historic promontory known as The Rumps. Views from here are spectacular. A strenuous first half to Polzeath, crossing small valleys and winding round exposed headlands, is followed by an easy walk and ferry crossing into Padstow.

Once home to the composer Malcolm Arnold, Padstow is an idyllic, Cornish fishing town with beautiful surroundings and has been used as a backdrop for many films and television programmes, including the 70’s film The Eagle Has Landed, which was filmed in the sand dunes at Rock. Padstow is also home to a fine selection of cafes and restaurants such as Rick Stein’s famous seafood restaurant, making it the perfect place to end a day of walking the South West Coast Path.

There are a range of wonderful places to lay your head near the Coast Path for a well-earned sleep. From large and luxurious hotels, to small and personable B&B's, as well as self-catering options and campsites. The businesses that support the Path, where you've chosen to visit, are listed here.

South Quay B&B

A house on the harbourside in Padstow. 2 double rooms, the en suite top bedroom has a tiny terrace under the gable of the house.

Coswarth House, Padstow

A beautifully furnished boutique hotel in a listed building with breakfast served at Rick Stein's Cafe. Each room has a luxury bathroom.

Ere-Tis B&B, Padstow

A warm welcome is guarenteed at our family run bungalow offering ensuite accommodation. Telephone 01841 532320 for details. Convenient for the Camel Trail and the South West Coast Path. 

Mariners Lettings Ltd, Rock

Mariners Cottages are seven self-catering properties in Rock ranging in size from two to five bedrooms, 500 metres from the South West Coast Path.

 

Dennis Cove Campsite, Padstow

Closest campsite to the harbour,10min walk from the Path via the Camel Trail. Serene site bordering the Camel Estuary. A perfect base to explore the Cornish coastline & beaches.

Cornish Horizons

One of Cornwall’s leading agencies with nearly 700 cottages in popular locations including Padstow, St Ives, Looe and Fowey. Book online today!

The Slipway

The Slipway, overlooking the sea front is a licensed terraced cafe and a Bed & Breakfast with 7 en-suite double bedrooms in the centre of Port Isaac.

Trewetha Cottage B&B

Stunning location, Cornish cottage B&B furnished to a high standard. Single night stays.Pick up/drop to the Path.

Sunny Corner, Trevone

Close to the sandy beach. Double/twin bedrooms both ensuite £85 per room (£60 single occupancy) includes full breakfast, wifi, parking

What is on your list of things to do when you visit the Path? From walking companies, to help you tailor your visit, with itineraries and experts to enhance your visit, to baggage transfer companies and visitor attractions there are lots to people and places to help you decide what you'd like to do. The businesses that support the Path, where you've chosen to visit, are listed here.

Stepper Point NCI, Padstow

Situated above the Coast Path with commanding views out to sea and over the Camel river. Visitors most welcome.

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Highlights

  • Views from Lobber Point back over Port Isaac and Tintagel church and castle beyond.
  • Portquin: a natural harbour. This little village is also referred to as ‘the village that died’ due to the disappearance of all of the men of the village sometime in the 19th century. It is thought that they all drowned at sea whilst fishing, forcing the women to abandon their homes.
  • Doyden Castle: a 19th century folly built on Doyden Point, now a holiday home owned by the National Trust.
  • The old antimony mines at Gilson’s Cove.
  • Having a snack on Lundy Beach: a beautiful sandy cove with rock pools and caves and a natural arch known as Lundy Hole.
  • The spectacular views from Carnweather Point across Port Quin Bay to The Rumps and out to The Mouls.
  • Standing at the Iron Age fort on Rumps Point and looking out to the offshore rocks known as Sevensouls and the Mouls. Excavations have revealed that the fort once had stone faced ramparts and circular houses at the headland, as well as pottery made from clay from the Lizard.
  • Pentire Point: from here there are magnificent views of Padstow Bay to the south and west and fine examples of pillow lava leading to the Rumps behind you.
  • The Doom Bar: shifting sands resulted in the formation of a sand bar at the mouth of the Camel Estuary, which makes entering the port very difficult. The Doom Bar has been responsible for hundreds of wrecks. Could it really be the result of a mermaid’s curse?.
  • The views of and from the Bronze Age tumuli of Brea Hill.
  • Watching the surfers at Hayle Bay.
  • Taking the ferry from Rock across the river Camel to Padstow.

Shorter option

Polzeath (8.9 miles, 14.3 km).

Longer option

Continue to Trevone (5.7 miles, 9.2 km).

Public transport

The nearest train station is Bodmin, from where you can get a bus to Pastow or Port Isaac via Wadebridge. For timetable information, zoom in on the interactive map and click on the train station and bus stop symbols, visit Traveline or phone 0871 200 22 33.

The ferry from Rock to Padstow runs on demand almost every day of the year, except Sundays in the winter. See our estuaries and ferries  page for details.

Parking

Port Isaac (Postcode for Sat Navs: PL29 3RT), Port Quin, inland from Lundy Hole, Pentireglaze, Hayle Bay, Polzeath, Daymer Bay, Rock and Padstow.

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