Padstow walks are a rewarding treat on the eyes and the thighs, thanks to its coastal location. You may want to simply meander around the harbour to blend in with the slower pace of life here, or if you’d like to tick off some walks near Padstow you’re spoilt for choice.
Walks around Padstow are many and varied, but the South West Coast Path predominates. By catching the ferry at Padstow across to Rock, it opens up plenty more walking opportunities without having to walk for miles on end. Join up with the South West Coast Path at Rock and a ramble along to Daymer Bay (1.4 miles) and Polzeath (3 miles), affording fabulous views.
Here are three of our favourite Padstow walks, while they vary in mileage most aren’t too taxing on the body. If you fancy packing something to keep you going, we recommend refuelling on pasty from Chough’s Bakery from Padstow’s harbour.
View across Hawkers Cove, North Cornwall with Stepper Point in the backgrounded golden sands. shutterstock©Triple H Images
A popular Padstow walk which is just over 5.5 miles in total, is the Stepper Point route. Accessible for most, this walk provides pretty coastal scenery without having to climb great heights. Follow the footpath which is clearly marked, not forgetting to take a moment to appreciate far-reaching views out to Doom Bar, a sandbar at the mouth of the estuary of the River Camel.
The stone tower that sits on top of Stepper Point is known as the Daymark, which is a highlight on this walk. Depending on what time you take on this stroll, if the tide’s out you can walk along the sandy beach at certain points.
A famous trail in Cornwall, this Padstow walk begins by the harbour, passing through stunning scenery, and the areas of Wadebridge, Bodmin and Blisland. If you’re walking from Padstow to Wadebridge, the section is just 5 miles long, with glorious views across the Camel Estuary, secret beaches, and insanely glorious coastal scenery to explore.
If you’d rather experience it on two wheels – as it’s a 10 mile round trip – why not hire a bike? The cycle trail is perfect for families to safely enjoy some fun and laughter while cycling together off-road on relatively easy level terrain.
For an easy Padstow walk with views over the River Camel, try this scenic 3 mile walk. Follow the South West Coast Path northward passing St George’s Cove and crescent shaped beach Harbour Cove then heading inland, via historic Tudor mansion, Prideaux Place. The Prideaux family dates back to the 11th century, and are said to descend from William the Conqueror, King Edward I and Queen Eleanor of Castile.
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