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South West Coast Path – Padstow to St Ives – 5 Nights

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South West Coast Path – Padstow to St Ives – 5 Nights

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Walk this spectacular part of the South West Coast Path from Padstow to St Ives.  One of the gentler sections of this long-distance path, this is truly a walker’s paradise.  Walk alongside the beautiful Atlantic with its pristine white beaches and turquoise sea, explore secluded coves and picturesque fishing villages before finishing your walk in the popular Cornish town of St Ives where you can relax and explore everything this laid-back seaside town has to offer.

Padstow to St Ives

Quick Facts

  • 5 nights’ accommodation
  • 5 days’ walking
  • Luggage transfers each walking day
  • Map and guide book plus detailed directions to your accommodation from the trail
  • Expert local knowledge and 24 hour emergency assistance during your trip
  • 66 miles (106km) and 9137ft (2785m) of ascent

About & Details

Spanning 630 miles from Minehead on the Somerset coast to South Haven Point on Poole Harbour,  the South West Coast Path is the longest of Britain’s National Trails.  This section of the path from Padstow to St Ives is a feast for the senses, encompassing azure waters, quaint fishing villages, incredible geology, not to mention the varied wildlife.

We take the stress out of your trip with expert local knowledge, hand-picked accommodation, luggage transfers and detailed support to help you find your way. You will need full walking kit including a waterproof jacket and trousers, a small day sack and comfortable walking boots. You will receive a more detailed kit list upon booking. This trip is based on 2 people sharing, so if you are a solo traveller please contact us for further details and we will be happy to help.

Inclusions

  • 5 nights’ accommodation in a good quality B&B or hotel with ensuite or private bathroom and breakfast
  • Luggage transfers each walking day
  • Map and guide book plus detailed directions to your accommodation from the trail
  • Expert local knowledge and 24 hour emergency assistance during your trip
  • Professional event organisation
Exclusions
  • Travel to the start and finish points of the trip
  • Lunches and evening meals
  • Personal insurance (for cancellation, accident, health, emergency evacuation and loss, theft of or damage to baggage and personal effects)
  • Guiding (please contact us if you would like this trip to be guided)

Optional Extras

  • Single room supplement £60 per person per night (subject to availability)
  • Solo traveller supplement £60 per person per night
  • Odd group supplement £60 per group per night may apply if a single room is required.
  • Extra night prior to start (single room) £145 per person
  • Extra night prior to the start (twin room, needs 2 people) £90 per person
  • Extra night at the end of the event (single room) £145 per person
  • Extra night at the end of the event (twin room, needs 2 people) £90 per person

Please select from Optional Extras at checkout.

Getting there and back

Getting There

By road:

  • Routes from the north: M5, A30, A38, A389
  • Routes from the east: M4, M5, A30, A389
  • Routes from the west: M4, M5, A30,

By public transport: The nearest train station is Bodmin Parkway with trains connecting from London, Birmingham, Manchester and many more.  You can catch a bus from Bodmin Parkway to Padstow (555 Western Greyhound Bus service).

By air:
The nearest airport is Newquay. There are buses from the airport to Padstow. The main regional airports are Bristol and Exeter. Although these are further away they may suit those coming from further away or overseas.  

Getting Away

By public transport: 

Great Western Rail operate from St Ives train station. Catch the train to St Erth and connect to London, Birmingham, Manchester as well as other destinations.

By air: The nearest airport is Newquay. The main regional airports are Bristol and Exeter. Although these are further away they may suit those coming from further away or overseas.

Evening meals and lunches

You can purchase evening meals either at the accommodation or nearby. When our event planners send you the schedule with itinerary you could prearrange directly with the accommodation or during the walk.

For lunches we would suggest bringing some of your own favourite snack bars and then asking the accommodation for a packed lunch for the following day and also supplementing that at stops en-route.

Accommodation

Accommodation is generally at B&B, guest houses and small hotels. Once booked in, your event planner will send you a list of your booked accommodation. It is possible to adjust according to preference at this stage, so please mention if you wish to change.

Dog-friendly

If you would like to bring your four legged friend, then we will do our best to source dog friendly accommodation. It is usually possible but if it were not, then we would suggest a change of date to enable it or offer a refund. There may be a small surcharge for the overnight stays. Therefore, once booked in, please alert your event planner that you would like to bring your dog and we can proceed from there.

Need a guide?

If you would prefer to have a guide for your walk, even just for one day, then we are happy to help. We can provide a qualified leader (also first aid qualified) to lead your trek or on just one of the sections. Just ask us.
A guide can not only take the stress out of navigation, but you will also find them a great asset in terms of providing an insight into all things environment and nature.

After you book

After placing your booking with us, you will in the first instance receive an automated email from our system confirming receipt of your reservation. If you don’t receive it, it is worth checking your spam/clutter folder.

In the process of placing your booking, you will generally set up an access password to our online gateway where you can review the details of the booking.

Your personal event planner will then be in touch with you to start to confirm the details. This contact will usually be taken up in the working day after receipt of your booking, but may, in busy times, take a little longer. The event planner will then liaise with you regarding the details of the course. If you have any specific requirements, please do mention it at this stage.

At the end of your trip

Unfortunately, all good things come to an end and when you arrive at St Ives, you have one of several options. If you have not booked an additional night’s stay then we can transfer your luggage to a location of your choice. From there you may have onward travel arranged as per the ‘Getting There and Back’ tab above.

Some people like to treat themselves to a night’s stay in St Ives at the end. And why not? You’ve earned it. You can arrange this as an optional add on with your event planner.

Dates and prices

For available dates, please click on the ‘book now’ option on the left hand side of the page.  You can reserve your space via this route.

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Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Arrival in Padstow

    Arrive at your accommodation in Padstow.

  • Day 2 - Padstow to Porthcothan

    Today you will have time to explore the charming town of Padstow before heading towards Harbour Cove and following the path inland besides fields and wetlands.  Walk along low clifftops before reaching Trevose Head, arguably the most prominent headland on the north coast of Cornwall with far reaching views to Pendeen Watch and Hartland Point before arriving in the small village of Porthcothan and your accommodation for the night.

    14 miles (23km) and 2100ft (640m) of ascent.

  • Day 3 - Porthcothan to Newquay

    This morning will start with a relatively easy walk along high clifftops with a few steep sections.  Take in the endless hidden coves, isolated beaches, craggy stacks and jagged headlands all within the backdrop of the Atlantic.  Treat yourself to refreshments at Bedruthan steps and admire the vast beach full of rugged stacks before continuing to the bustling town of Newquay and your accommodation for the night.

    11 miles (18km) and 2200ft (670m) of ascent.

  • Day 4 - Newquay to Perranporth

    Today the path leaves Newquay and heads up to the 14th Century Huer’s Hut, where men would raise a ‘hue’ to alert the local fishing fleet as soon as a fish shoal was spotted. Continue to the rugged headland of Towan Head and Fistral Beach, a popular surfer’s hangout. The path will lead you to the Gannell, an estuary with a tidal river that you need to cross via a footbridge when the tide is out or by ferry or an inland diversion at high tide.  Walk to Crantock beach, past towering cliffs and to the seaside town of Perranporth for your overnight stay.

    11 miles (18km) and 1900ft (580m) of ascent.

  • Day 5 - Perranporth to Portreath

    Be prepared for more challenging walking along narrow cliff paths with steep ascents and descents.  The scenery around St Agnes becomes more rugged and industrial with old mine shafts, chimneys and engine houses evident from its mining industry past.  For those keen on wildlife, the mines along this stretch are home to bats, including the Greater Horseshoe bat.  The walk continues along the coastline, crossing MOD land before dropping down to the pretty harbour and village of Portreath.

    12 miles (20km) and 2890ft (880m) of ascent.

  • Day 6 - Portreath to St Ives

    After a hearty breakfast, be prepared for a long, yet easy walk.  After some initial steep ascents and descents the path levels out and runs along the cliffs and around headlands taking in Godrevy Island and its lighthouse, and the curve of St Ives Bay before reaching Gwithian Towans (Towans is the Cornish word for dunes.).  The path will continue to Hayle, a large village with an industrial past, through Carbis Bay before finishing in the popular seaside town of St Ives where you can relax and celebrate the end of your walk!

    18 miles (29km) and 810ft (2655m) of ascent.

Disclaimer

Please note: This itinerary is a guide only. It can be subject to change dependent upon viability, course members’ fitness, weather conditions, accommodation availability, or for any other reason that may be deemed necessary. Any timings and mileages are approximate and for guidance purpose only.

We will always endeavour to accommodate you in the locations detailed in the above itinerary. Due to very high demand, some accommodation providers may occasionally have limited availability and so we may need to accommodate you in an alternative location, nearby. In this case, we will arrange a taxi transfer for you to take you from the trail to your accommodation and back again the following morning. Your event planner will advise of the cost of the taxi transfer.

Why book with us

We know you have a choice of companies providing trips for your next adventures. Here are some of the reasons you should choose to travel with Maximum Adventure:

  • We are an established adventure travel business
  • We have been trading since 2002
  • We are financially protected in accordance with the 1992 travel regulation
  • Knowledgeable and available office staff
  • Qualified leaders and guides with ascents ranging from Ben Nevis to Mount Everest
  • All activities are risk assessed
  • We will provide you with the best service available
  • We are aware this is your holiday/your challenge and will do our best to make it an enjoyable and rewarding experience
  • We have many repeat clients stretching back over a number of years
20+ years adventure organisation experience
Full liability & financial protection
Leading provider of high quality adventure challenges
Great team of staff to support you

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