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Westward Ho! to Padstow South West Coast Path

 

The Rumps part of the coastal path between Minehead and Westward Ho!

South West Coast Path Section 2  - 79 miles from North Devon across the Cornish Borders on the "Wreckers" Atlantic Coast

Grade - 9 miles Easy Grade,  10 miles Moderate,  36 miles Strenuous and 24 miles Severe - what this means

Introduction to the Walking Holiday Trail 

Wild Cliffs, South West Coast Path near Hartland Quay on the UK National Trail

From the remote and windswept border of the ancient Cornish kingdom to the cosmopolitan bustle of Padstow's fishing harbour lies a magnificent section of dramatic, inspiring and unspoilt coastal trail. Lose yourself in isolation on this continuous panorama of stunning cliffs, hidden coves and remote golden beaches whilst passing through an historical tapestry of shipwrecks, frontier mining, literature and a Cornish people's struggle against the rugged Atlantic coastline.

Seals, kestrels, puffins and peregrines still occupy this dramatic and inspiring coastline and if you are here is both challenging and rewarding without exception on what is the toughest section of the South West Coast Path a seemingly endless rollercoaster of climbs and descents along the coastline.  Recover with cosy and welcoming overnight stays in idyllic fishing villages prepare you well for days gazing out in peaceful isolation over saw toothed cliffs and rocks, passing waterfalls that tumble over precipitous crags.

North Cornwall Coast Path Port Isaac area on the UK's longest hiking and trekking trailA trail full of variety and surprises including King Arthur's stark and imposing Tintagel Castle Bronze Age rock carvings, the driftwood cliff huts of poets, the Museum of Witchcraft in Boscastle and mysteriously abandoned villages.  At the tail end of Devon overnight at Clovelly the most stunning fishing harbour in the region where the car is banned and your bags are moved up and down almost sheer cobbled alleys by sledge. 

With history & legend abounding there is something fascinating, unusual and surreal to encounter on every leg along with the ever rising anticipation of whether the next cove will be more beautiful and unspoilt than the last.

Ultimately this is shipwreck and smuggling country and as you traverse Hells Mouth, The Strangles, The Rumps, several Devil's Holes and the Doom Bar it only adds to the atmosphere en route to Padstow. This walking holiday is truly the most inspiring way to enter and immerse yourselves in the stunning lands of Cornwall past and present. With its scenery and history preserved and unique take your personal pilgrimage into the heart of Cornwall in the footsteps of Hardy, King Arthur, Betjemen and the Celtic peoples of many centuries past and present.

 

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