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Padstow to St Ives - South West Coast Path Holidays

Your Walking Holiday Route along the North Coast

South West Coast Path - Padstow to St Ives Standard Holiday Walking Options

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  Standard Route  
Day 1 Padstow to Porthcothan - 13.5 miles More Details
Day 2 Porthcothan to Newquay - 11 miles More Details
Day 3 Newquay to Perranporth - 11 miles More Details
Day 4 Perranporth to Portreath - 12.5 miles More Details
Day 5 Portreath to Gwithian (or Hayle) - 7.5 miles (12 miles) More Details
Day 6 Gwithian (or Hayle)  to St Ives - 10.5 miles (6 miles) More Details
  Daily Average 11 miles  
  Fast Route  
Day 1 Padstow to Porthcothan - 13.5 miles More Details
Day 2 Porthcothan to Crantock - 14 miles More Details
Day 3 Crantock to St Agnes - 12 miles More Details
Day 4 St Agnes to Gwithian - 16 miles More Details
Day 5 Gwithian to St Ives - 10.5 miles More Details
   Daily Average 13.2 miles  
  Relaxed Route  
Day 1 Padstow to Harlyn Bay - 7 miles More Details
Day 2 Harlyn Bay to Mawgan Porth - 11 miles More Details
Day 3 Mawgan Porth to Crantock - 10 miles More Details
Day 4 Crantock to St Agnes - 12 miles More Details
Day 5 St Agnes to Portreath - 8 miles More Details
Day 6 Portreath to Gwithian - 7.5 miles More Details
Day 7 Gwithian to St Ives 10.5 miles More Details
  Daily Average - 9.4 miles  

 

Suggested rest days / extra daysSt Agnes is around half way and has an absorbing beach and interesting town to explore along with mining sites to visit and the chance for a short walk to climb nearby St Agnes Beacon. St Ives whilst at the end of the holiday is one of the regions most attractive harbours and boasts The Tate Gallery,  stunning beaches and excellent restaurants.

Newquay  for those who want to try surfing, coasteering, kayaking or other active days off the trail or make a visit to the Eden Project. Finally consider take an extra day in Padstow before your walking holiday starts if you want to have a day cycling the regions best traffic free cycle trail on The Camel Trail.

Having reached the end of the trail, a lot of walkers decide to take an extra day in St Ives  to give time to visit the art galleries, beaches and refuel on fine wine and dining before heading home - a fine plan in our estimation for those who have the time.

Short Break Suggestions -   With 2 or 3 days consider either a walking weekend from Padstow to Newquay / Perranporth (the easier option) or Perranporth to St Ives to get the main highlights of the trail but do contact us for detailed advice and further suggestions !

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