St Ives

South West Coast Path: Padstow to St Ives

Walk along Cornwall’s Atlantic Coast from the charming seaside town of Padstow to bustling St Ives on the South West Coast Path. Golden beaches, picturesque fishing villages, wild seas crashing and secluded coves are all features of this wonderful week of walking. 

As you walk south you'll discover estuaries full of fauna and flora, and some of the UK’s best beaches.  Relish each overnight stop, all of which are highlights. By the time you arrive in St Ives, the most famous of Cornwall’s holiday towns, you will want to turn around and do it all over again.
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Hiking trail · North Cornwall
Padstow to Porthcothan
moderate
21 km
6:00 h
145 m
137 m

As you begin this section of the South West Coast Path, prepare for an enjoyable day's walking past estuaries, surf beaches, scenic bays and along ...

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Hiking trail · North Cornwall
Porthcothan to Mawgan Porth
easy
7 km
2:15 h
85 m
79 m

This short section leaving Porthcothan can be busy with walkers but for good reason - the scenery does not disappoint! 

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moderate
9.6 km
3:00 h
162 m
144 m

From Mawgan Porth head further along one of the prettiest stretches of the South West Coast Path.

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moderate
18.2 km
5:15 h
123 m
166 m

Cross the River Gannel and continue on for a good stretch of cliff-top walking, with some steep ascents and descents, past secluded beaches and ...

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Hiking trail · Carrick
Perranporth to Porthreath
difficult
18.5 km
6:00 h
409 m
452 m

Start this straightforward section of the walk through heathland, and, later, you'll pass the MoD land of Penhale Camp. 

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Hiking trail · Kerrier
Portreath to Hayle
moderate
19.5 km
6:00 h
203 m
200 m

Smugglers coves, with colourful names such as Ralph’s Cupboard pepper the coast. Cliffs, dunes and estuaries all contribute to a wonderful day of ...

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Hiking trail · Penwith
Hayle to St Ives
easy
9.5 km
3:00 h
106 m
90 m

Your walk begins at the Hayle Swing Bridge, the oldest in Britain and ends in the delightful town of St Ives, where you could easily spend a few ...

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