Walk - Padstow to Porthcothan

13.2 miles (21.3 km)

Padstow Porthcothan

Easy - Easy

This section of Coast Path offers a day of easy walking along low cliffs, with beautiful, tempting beaches below. The path leaves the attractive town of Padstow behind, passing the sheltered beach of Hawker’s Cove, before leading you out to the Atlantic Coast. The path can become narrow in places and is quite rocky around Constantine Bay.

Walking round Trevose Head, one of Cornwall’s most prominent headlands, provides spectacular views of the sandy bays ahead and if you can resist the beaches on your journey you will have more time to enjoy the sheltered dune-backed beach of Porthcothan at the end of your walk.

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.

Penhalonga B&B

Family run B&B, full English breakfast. Single nights. Dogs welcome. Call Liz

Sunny Corner

Close to the sandy beach. Double/twin bedrooms both ensuite includes full breakfast, wifi, parking. Minimum stay 2 nights

YHA Treyarnon Bay

Just 50m from the sea and 10m from coastal footpath offering private rooms, bell tents, pods and pitch up. Licenced Bar and Cafe. Perfect place to rest your head.

Tregella Place Camping

Basic rural site with some facilities. 10 min drive from Padstow

Penlan B&B

Situated 250m from Porthcothan Bay beach close to the Coast Path, midway between Padstow and Newquay on bus route. Twin ensuite .

Macdonald's Farm Touring & Camping

Small family run Farm Park, B&B plus Campsite just ½ a mile from beautiful Porthcothan Bay, along the coast between Padstow and Newquay.

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.

Tresco Farm

Wild camping farm site, pub within walking distance. 2 mile from coast.

Dennis Cove Campsite

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.

Mariners Lettings Ltd

Mariners Lettings - seven self-catering properties in Rock ranging in size from two to five bedrooms, 500 metres from the SW Coast Path
You'll be spoilt for choice for where to eat and drink along the Path. With lots of local seasonal food on offer, fresh from the farm, field and waters. Try our local ales, ciders, wines and spirits, increasing in variety by the year, as you sit in a cosy pub, fine dining restaurant or chilled café on the beach. The businesses that support the Path, where you've chosen to visit, are listed here.

Beach box Harlyn Bay

We offer parallel views of the bay paired with delicious fresh food and drink all year-round. We can serve up an array of amazing alcoholic drinks. We also have vegan and GF options available for our drinks, cakes, food, and homemade gelato.

The London Inn

A traditional Cornish pub full of charm and character with a large selection of cask ales and four comfortable rooms. Situated minutes from the Harbour.

Rest A While Tea Garden

A delightful Tea Garden where you can relax enroute with outstanding views just 50m off the Coast Path. Serving hot & cold drinks & Cream Teas (traditional, savoury, vegan, gluten-free). Outside seating only. 11 am -3.00 pmsavou

Carnewas Tearooms

The family run Carnewas Tearooms and Garden is on the coastal path overlooking Bedruthan Steps with views onto Parkhead.

Beach Box Polzeath

Polzeath Beach Box, located right on Polzeath Beach, offers delicious food and drinks prepared in their St Minver kitchen. They have a diverse menu with vegan and gluten-free options for drinks, cakes, food, and gelato. Open year-round, i

The Pityme Inn

Just 1 mile from Padstow beach and incorporating a village shop and takeaway, the Pityme Inn serves up the best of local produce from 9 am each day. Garden with heating pods and 4 rooms available.

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.

Mickledore Travel

Mickledore Travel specialises in self-guided walking and cycling holidays in the UK. We provide a flexible service making the arrangements that suit you, leaving you free to just enjoy your walk. As walkers and cyclists ourselves, our aim is to provide a service of the highest quality and a holiday to remember.

Padstow Tourist Information

All the information you need to enjoy your visit to Padstow.

The National Lobster Hatchery

Experience pioneering marine conservation in action on the beautiful estuary in Padstow and be inspired to make a difference.

Stepper Point NCI, Padstow

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

Interactive Elevation


  • Gun Point: featuring on maps dating from 1801, here you will find the remains of fortifications thought to date back to the time of the Spanish Armada.
  • Orchids and reed buntings in the marshes of Harbour Cove.
  • Views from Stepper Point with its navigation station. Much of this area is farmed under the Countryside Stewardship scheme, which means that the land is farmed in an environmentally sensitive way, banishing chemical fertilisers and encouraging wildlife and flowers.
  • Nesting birds on limestone layers of Marble Cliffs, Porthmissen.
  • Round Hole near Trevone: a collapsed sea cave.
  • Harlyn: an Iron Age cemetery was discovered buried beneath the Harlyn Inn. It contained over 100 coffins with human remains and bronze and iron ornaments. These are now in the museum in Truro. Keep a look out for seals around Harlyn Bay.
  • The Old Fish Cellars above Harlyn Bay which were once used for processing pilchards. Carved into the lintel are the ironic words “Lucri Dulcis Odor” or “Profit Smells Sweet”. No doubt the smells were far from sweet when the building was a working fish cellar and the profit itself far from sweet due to the 16th-century Curse of Mother Ivey! 
  • Padstow's Lifeboat Station in Mother Ivey’s Bay, open to visitors Mon-Fri 10.00-16.00 (including weekends during the summer).
  • Trevose Head Lighthouse opened in 1847 and is available for holiday hire.
  • Enjoying the wonderful names, such as Big Guns Cove, Cat’s Cove and Stinking Cove.
  • Watching the surfers and having a picnic at Constantine Bay: a beautiful beach of golden sands backed by dunes.
  • The marine life of Treyarnon Bay is exposed at low tide.
  • Resting on the beach in Porthcothan Bay.

Shorter option

Stop at Treyarnon Bay (11.4 miles, 18.3 km).

Longer option

Continue to Mawgan Porth (an additional 4.4 miles, 7.2 km).

Public transport

The nearest train station is Bodmin Parkway, from where you can get a bus direct to Padstow (about 1hr journey), from where you can change buses for Porthcothan. For timetable information, zoom in on the interactive map and click on the bus stops, visit Traveline or phone 0871 200 22 33.


Padstow (Post Code for Sat Navs: PL28 8DT), Trevone, Harlyn, Trevose Head, Treyarnon Bay and Porthcothan.


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