When you visit Padstow there’s so much to do and see you’ll be forgiven for wanting to come back again and again. It’s why we never left! We’ve been in love with Padstow and helping people enjoy breaks here for almost 40 years now and we’re still finding more and more places to see and things to experience.
We recently shared seven great walks to take in Padstow and then realised… there are seven more! Actually, there are more than that, but we wanted to share our very favourites.
Getting out in the fresh air and enjoying what Padstow has to offer is the real benefit to a staying down here on the Cornish coast. So take a look at these really great fresh air experiences and of course do let us know if you enjoy them.
All of these walks can be taken straight from Padstow – no vehicles required.
Rock to Polzeath
Distance: 5.8 miles
This wonderful little walk heads out from the Rock Road carpark which is a short ferry ride from Padstow. This walk takes you on a journey to the dunes near Rock, and then onto Daymer Bay and Trebetherick Point. At Trebetherick Point you’ll see the wreckages near Doom Bar and the walk then takes you onto the Greenaway path to Polzeath.
Little Petherick Creek
Distance: 5.8 miles
If you’re after some panoramic views of Padstow, then you have to take this walk. Heading straight out of Padstow, this walk will take you up Dennis Hill to the obelisk where there are panoramic views of the area.
Then you’ll head down the Saint's Way and up to Little Petherick Creek. This walk takes you through lush meadows and picturesque woodland before you reach Little Petherick's gothic church.
Your return route finishes on the Camel Trail and takes you over the old railway bridge.
Padstow to Wadebridge
Distance: 5.7 miles
If you fancy a walk that has tea shops, pubs, and even vineyards en route, then this pleasant 11 mile round trip could be for you. Using the Camel Trail, this family-friendly walk is fine for dogs and pushchairs and with plenty of stopping points you’ll find it a perfect day out.
You can plan your stops and drinks if you like, or take it as it comes or when you and your party feel the need to stop. This walk is also extendable to Bodmin if you fancy a longer walk. One way is estimated to take around 2.5 hours so plan accordingly.
St Endoc Church Walk
Distance: 3.7 miles
You will need to add a little more to your walking distance with this one, as it doesn’t start right from the ferry, but it’s a worthwhile wander from the ferry point at Rock to Brea Hill.
The official walk starts at Polzeath beach and follows the coastal path. You’ll walk past several small beaches before reaching the remains of shipwrecks on Trebetherick point, and then to the beach at Daymer Bay and the sand dunes before reaching St Enodoc Church.
Daymer Bay walk
Distance: 6.4 miles (can be shortened)
Starting again with a ferry ride, this walk starts at Daymer Bay and heads through the sand dunes to Rock, via St Enodoc Church: the burial place of Sir John Betjeman. You can of course start your walk from Padstow and pick up the walk from there if you’ve already covered some of the sights in the walks above.
From Padstow you’ll follow the walk from the harbour and pass the ancient church and Prideaux Place. Then you’ll be taken past Tregirls to the Doom Bar and take in the beaches of Harbour Cove and St Georges Cove on the return walk to Padstow. If you’re completing the whole walk, then hop on a ferry back to rock and along Daymer Bay.
Distance: 7.4 miles
If you’re in Padstow then you must be a big fan of the coast, right? Well this walk takes you right around the coast on a 7 mile trek that takes you right past our favourite Padstow Farm shop!
Officially starting at Trevone (but you can start right here in Padstow) the walk will guide you out towards to Stepper Point, the northern most point, then onto the Camel Estuary to Hawker's Cove. During low tides this cove merges with Harbour Cove and St George's Cove to give you one big single beach that you can walk on. Then you’ll head back down towards Padstow right past our favourite farm shop!
Harlyn Bay walk
Distance: 6.9 miles
This is one for the surfing fans (or the observers). With the sandy surf beaches at Harlyn and Trevone en route, you’ll be in for a treat on a good surfing day. Officially starting at Harlyn, this walk can be done the other way with bus ride home from Harlyn to Padstow, or vice versa.
Taking in sights similar to the Trevone walk, on the official route, you’ll be treated to rugged coastline with arches, collapsed caves, and blowholes on your way to Stepper Point and then back down to Padstow.
Padstow to Bodmin
Distance: 17 miles
Fancy more than just a walk? Then why not take a busy ride to Bodmin and walk the 17 miles back or… if you’re that way inclined you could run! (Rather you than us!) This route uses the ever-popular Camel Trail which is an old railway which cuts through gorgeous woodlands and heads through the busy town of Wadebridge.
This route is popular with cyclists and ideal for the Marathon runners… or just those who want a long and beautiful walk from Bodmin to Padstow or vice versa.
Enjoy the sights just a short walk from Padstow…
Padstow and the rest of the Cornish coast is awash with stunning scenery and it’s a given that you should get out there and enjoy it.
The coves, cliffs, wildlife, and incredible sea views and coastal paths really give you some superb fresh air and help you to work up a healthy appetite for some of the amazing places to eat in Padstow
Bonus Walk - Seven Beaches in ONE day!
Having the ability to visit seven bays in seven days is one of the many attractions of this area but you can actually see seven beaches in one day if you wish!
There are 7 beaches on one walk from Padstow
The Seven Bays are:
Starting at Porthcothan you head towards Treyarnon and then onto the other five beaches along a route that shows you the coastal delights. You’ll get plenty of fresh air to get you ready for some delicious local food in Padstow when you return. As short bus ride from Trevon to Padstow will soon have you back safe and sound and feeling accomplished at your seven bays victory!