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, Constantine Bay

Family run B&B with full English breakfast. Single night stay. Dogs welcome. Contact: [email protected]  T:01841 521122/ 07815833158

Carnevas Holiday Park, Porthcothan

Located in unspoilt countryside bordering the North Cornish coastline, a short distance from Padstow and wonderful beaches. Bar serving food available at certain times and shop.

Sunny Corner, Trevone

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

Penlan B&B, Portcothan Bay

Situated 250 m from Porthcothan Bay beach close to the coast path. We have 2 double ensuite rooms and­ a room with 2 single beds and a private bathroom. Free wifi. Dog friendly and can help with kit transfer.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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. 

Old Macdonald's Farm, Porthcothan

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

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.

 

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

  • 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 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.

Parking

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

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