Walking Cornwall's North Coast Padstow to Perranporth Trip Notes

Ways to Travel:
Self-Guided Holidays, Premium Adventures, Short Breaks, Private Group Adventures
United Kingdom, Cornwall
Walking & Trekking
Trip Code:
Activity Rating - Leisurely/Moderate
Leisurely / Moderate

You are reasonably fit, enjoy the outdoors and are looking for some exercise. Some previous experience is preferable for activity based trips.

6 Days Land only
Ages: 12+

Trip Overview

Cornwall is famous for its beautiful and impressive coastline, the longest in the United Kingdom and much of which is designated as 'An area of natural beauty' (AONB). The Cornish coast is punctuated by pretty fishing villages, many of which are still working today.

A wonderful walk along the Northern Cornish coastline awaits you on this 5 night holiday where you explore this magnificent coast between two of Cornwall's most famous summer get-aways, Padstow and Perranporth. You can really get to know the towns of Padstow and Newquay as you spend 3 nights in pretty Padstow and 2 nights in popular Newquay on this twin centre holiday with transfers included at the start and the end of the walks as required. Padstow is a charming and picturesque working fishing port, at the head of the Camel river and is well know for its fish restaurants and its connection to the TV chef Rick Stein. Perhaps take a vist to the Lobster Hatchery during your stay - it is dedicated to ensuring the survival of the European lobster in the local waters. Newquay is a thriving tourist town and is famous for its surfing beaches, there's plenty of shops and restaurants to visit during your stay here.

The walks takes in headland to cove and on to golden sands, the scenery changing as fast as the weather (well, it is Cornwall!). The shorter daily distances give plenty of time to soak up the views and the wild rocky coastline has to be seen to be believed. Keep your eyes peeled for the local sea life, especially the sea birds in abudance in this area. Watergate Bay, Bedruthan Steps, Holywell Bay and Newquay town beaches all add their atmosphere and charm to this great coastal walk.

At a Glance

  • 5 nights hotel-to-hotel accommodation in a mix of 4 star hotels
  • Breakfasts daily
  • Management by your local Headwater-appointed agent
  • Route directions and maps 
  • Luggage transfers between hotels

Trip Highlights

  • Based in the picturesque fishing harbour of Padstow, well known in the foodie community and the bustling resort of Newquay
  • Spectacular views of the magnificent North coast of Cornwall with its wild rocky coastline featuring headlands, coves and golden sands
  • Flora and fauna to delight, watch out for the sea birds including the Booby (local name for the Gannet)
  • Based on our popular 5 night, Walking the Lizard Peninsula

Is This Trip for You?

Walking Conditions
Classification: Self-Guided
Activity Level: 2 (Leisurely/Moderate)
Average daily distance: 15km (9ml) 
No. of days walking: 4
Terrain and route: This is a well balanced walk and is perfectly suited to walkers who want to experience the coastal paths of beautiful Cornwall without the rocky and hillier sections further west.
Vehicle Support: This is a self-guided trip for those who prefer to walk independently, but with our assistance to take out the stress of the logistics and planning. We arrange your accommodation, provide you with route directions so that you can walk at your own pace, while your bags are transported from one hotel to the next.

It is important that you are happy following route directions, we make these as accurate as possible and they are regularly checked.

As this is a self-guided holiday there is no group and no leader. There maybe others on the same departure date as you, but you will not be organised together. The routes directions contain a 24-hour emergency assistance telephone number should you need it and in emergencies, the local agent is normally able to dispatch a taxi or pick you up themselves. They may wish to charge for this service.


As this is a self-guided holiday there is no group and no leader. There may be others on the same departure date as you, but you will not be organised together. The routes directions contain a 24-hour emergency assistance telephone number should you need it and in emergencies, the local agent is normally able to dispatch a taxi or pick you up themselves. They may wish to charge for this service.

Adult min age:


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Land Only

Start City:
End City:

Land Only Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Arrival in Padstow

    Arrival in Padstow where you spend the next three nights

  • Day 2

    Padstow to Trevone Circular Walk

    A short but rewarding circular walk and a fine introduction to the Cornish Coast Path. After traversing the estuarine beaches and calm blue waters at the mouth of the River Camel, the barren cliffs of Trevose Head provide a stark contrast, setting the tone for the wilder coast ahead before returning to Padstow via inland footpaths and country lanes

    Meals included:
    Distance covered: 12 km / 7.5 miles
    Activity (hours):
  • Day 3

    Trevone to Porthcothan

    With six beaches, one mighty headland and numerous sandy coves, the chances that you will take all day to cover this short and incredibly beautiful section are high. It is an easy and pleasant walk but on a sunny day the temptation to enjoy the sand or dip your toes in the sea can be too much. From the calm and sheltered (not to mention curiously named) Mother Ivey's to the wild and surf battered Booby's Bay (Booby is a local name for the gannet), there is good variety to be found even on such a short walk. Transfers at the start and end of the day

    Meals included:
    Distance covered: 13 km / 8 miles
    Activity (hours):
  • Day 4

    Porthcothan to Newquay

    High cliffs and striking headlands dominate this section of the North coast. After a transfer to Porthcothan, once again the dramatic scenery is softened at regular intervals by long (and popular) beaches. With a blend of interesting geology, archaeology and stunning views, this walk remains fascinating throughout. With two popular resorts; Watergate Bay and Mawgan Porth en route, the beautiful and fascinating Bedruthan Steps, dozens of small islands and thousands of sea birds, the miles seem to slip by until you arrive at the ever-popular Newquay, your home for the next two nights.

    Meals included:
    Distance covered: 16.5 km / 10 miles
    Activity (hours):
  • Day 5

    Newquay to Perranporth

    Threading between two of Cornwall's busiest resorts, this walk takes you through some unexpectedly wild landscapes with magnificent views ahead to the west, and past some of the best beaches on the north Cornish coast. Transfer back to Newquay at the end of your walk.

    Meals included:
    Distance covered: 19.5 km / 12 miles
    Activity (hours):
  • Day 6

    Leave Newquay

    Depart Newquay after breakfast.

    Meals included:

All ascents, descents and distances listed above have been measured by our local partners or tour leaders. Please note that different GPS measuring devices can give differing results dependent on the barometric pressures at the time. Measurements stated throughout these trips notes are given to help you understand the types of terrain and distances you will encounter.



Symply Padstow is an elegant Edwardian style house with it’s beautifully furnished ensuite bedrooms with either views of the estuary or the sea. The breathtaking view of the Atlantic Ocean meeting the majestic rocks of the Cornish coastline, rolling cliffs and hills for miles and a postcard town right in the centre of it; Padstow is the best place to experience everything that’s best in Cornwall. Padstow, or Petroc Stow in the Doomsday Book means Petroc’s Place and is a treasure of the county of Cornwall. The greenery of the countryside surrounding it and the magnificent blue seas that cover the rocks gives Padstow one of the most striking views of the North Atlantic. The local friendly and proud people of Padstow have turned this town into a visitor’s hotspot and are always welcoming visitors. Symply Padstow waits for you to come and enjoy. The history of Padstow is long, varied and rich. While staying here be sure to learn of the Viking raids of the tenth century, driving out the local monks. Learn also of Padstow’s vital role in the colonising of the American continent, offering cheap passage to immigrants in vast timber vessels. Learn of the shipwrecks, the stories, the inspiration of poets, the generations of townspeople and Padstow’s very special place in a country that defines British maritime history

The hotel seamlessly blends elements of the original and the new creating a distinctive style and ambiance, with no children staying at the Carlton, our focus is on luxury, comfort and tranquility. A Charming late 19th Century period house wonderfully positioned in Newquay at Fistral Beach. The Carlton is a small private boutique style hotel with seven individually styled bedrooms offering bed and breakfast, two licensed lounges leading to an outside heated patio where you can relax and enjoy the evening ambiance.

Where a single supplement is available, paying for a single will only guarantee a room for single use. It does not necessarily mean a twin or double room will be provided for sole occupancy.

Please note that a member of the group may be allocated a single room by default if the make-up of the group means there isn’t anyone for them to share with. Paying the supplement in advance is the only way to guarantee a single room.

Single supplements cannot be refunded retrospectively.

Single supplement from £325.00

Food & Transport

Eating & Drinking

All breakfasts included.

Enjoy the local cuisine in a mixture of restaurants, inns, pubs and seaside cafes. Cornwall is famous for its fish and shellfish, dairy produce, wine, beer and of course the humble Cornish Pasty. There are also plenty of traditional fish and chip shops to choose from. 


Your luggage will be transported between hotels so you only need to carry your daily essentials. Your bags will be waiting at your next hotel when you arrive.

On several of the walking days, transfers will be used at the start and end of the walks.

Weather & Seasonality

Weather Information

With Cornwall being located on the Southern coast of the UK, it is no surprise that the sea has a noticeable influence on the weather and climate of the area. 
In the summer, the average maximum temperature is around 19°C but can get into the late 20's. 
Rain falls year round so bringing hooded waterproof coats and hats will ensure visitors are prepared for any spells of wind and rain the region may experience. 

Joining Instructions

This holiday does not include any flights or rail.

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers will be sent to you as part of our Final Joining Instructions. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers will be sent to you as part of our Final Joining Instructions. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

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What to Take

Essential Equipment

Walking boots

Water bottle


Sun hat, sun cream and sunglasses

Warm jumper


Optional Equipment

Walking poles


Practical Information


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United Kingdom

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It is a condition of joining any of our holidays that you must be fully insured against medical and personal accident risks (to include repatriation costs and air ambulance or helicopter rescue services where appropriate). On arrival in destination for your trip, you will be asked to present details to your leader or local representative of your policy.

If you are resident in the UK we strongly recommend the Exodus travel insurance policy, this is specifically designed to cover all activities on your trip. If arranging your own policy please ensure that you are covered for all activities that are part of the trip, optional activities that you intend to take part in and/or on high altitude itineraries, that you are covered up to the maximum altitude of the trip.

Local Time

United Kingdom's Timezone:
Europe/London GMT (GMT +00:00)


United Kingdom's Electricity:

220-240V. 50Hz. You will need a 3 pinned type G plug.


ATM Availability

There are ATM's in most of the main towns along the route, but not all. Most businesses in the area will take payments in cash or by card.

Extra Expenses & Spending Money

All breakfasts are included, so you will need spending money for any picnics, lunches, evening meals and drinks. There is a good choice of cafes, pubs and restaurants on the routes as well as in the towns and villages. Prices range from approximately £5-10 for lunch and you could pay between £15-30 for dinner, depending on where you decide to eat.


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Although our leaders are well trained to deal with different capabilities, if they have any concerns about someone’s ability to safely partake in an activity, or their impact on other people’s enjoyment, we authorise them to take necessary action which, in some circumstances, may involve asking someone to miss that activity.

Although rarely enforced, by booking this trip you agree to section 14 of our Booking Conditions which clearly states that our leaders have the authority to do this. In these circumstances we will ensure anyone sitting out is safely provided for and offered alternative options where possible. Refunds will not be provided for activities missed and customers may be liable for additional costs incurred.

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In booking this trip you should be confident in your ability to participate in all activities described in these Trip Notes. If you have any doubt about your suitability you should call the Exodus office and ask to speak to one of the experts on this itinerary.


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