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Padstow to Constantine Bay

Hiking trail · United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
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  • View
    / View
    Photo: Craig Dickson, Macs Adventure
  • Rock Stairs and Acorn
    / Rock Stairs and Acorn
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  • Stepper's Point
    / Stepper's Point
    Photo: Craig Dickson, Macs Adventure
  • Daymark Tower
    / Daymark Tower
    Photo: Craig Dickson, Macs Adventure
  • Cove
    / Cove
    Photo: Craig Dickson, Macs Adventure
  • Harlyn Inn
    / Harlyn Inn
    Photo: Craig Dickson, Macs Adventure
  • / Beach Stairwell
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A beautiful coastal walk along the cliffs of Cornwall from Padstow to Constantine Bay.

moderate
18.3 km
4:45 h
343 m
314 m

An easy to moderate coastal walk from Padstow to Constantine Bay. Follow the coastal path which winds west along cliff tops offering great views of the Camel Estuary, Gulland Rock and other small off-shore islands. Hug the coastline and continue down to a number of bays and beaches. Well waymarked, the path continues around the coast until you meet Booby Bay across the sands to Constantine Bay.

Author’s recommendation

Enjoy the stunning views of the Cornwall coast on the route. You may see some wind surfers out in the water if the weather is suitable! Allow some time to relax on Booby Bay, the final beach you will reach on the walk.

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Author
Craig Dickson
Updated: December 20, 2017

Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Highest point
78 m
Lowest point
-1 m
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Safety information

The route follows a coastal path with steep drops at some points, ensure you take your time and mind your step.

There are two unmarked sink holes on the route, be careful not to get too close to the edge.

Be careful when walking on the roads, checking for passing cars.

Equipment

The terrain is varied with a combination of sand dune tracks, grasspaths and footpaths. Ensure you have a pair of comfortable walking shoes with a sturdy sole. Appropriate clothing for inclement weather is recommended, it can be windy following the coast path.

There are some steep sections so some walkers may wish to bring walking poles.

Tips, hints and links

Check out this link for bus times from Constantine Bay to Padstow at the end of your walk - http://www.travelinesw.com

There are a number of places to stop and get refreshments on the route. You will pass a number of beach cafes.

You will pass a number of public toilets on the route.

Round Hole on the way into Trevone Bay - An unusual naturally made sinkhole formed by a collapsed sea cave.

Padstow is a lively fishing port with a number of amenities. The town has plenty of hotels, B&B’s, cafes, restaurants, pubs and shops.

Check out Rick Stein's Fish & Chips when you are in Padstow - https://www.rickstein.com/eat-with-us/steins-fish-chips/

 

 

This walk appears in the following itineraries:

WESCIS

Start

Padstow Harbour (9 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
50.541389, -4.938327
UTM
30U 362656 5600621

Destination

Bus route at Constantine Bay.

Turn-by-turn directions

0.00km – Start at Padstow Harbour, facing the sea TURN LEFT and follow the edge of the harbour around towards the north quay. 

0.15km – BEAR LEFT past the public toilets following the sign for the lower beach. Continue on the concrete path walking towards the large Celtic war memorial cross at the top of the hill. 

0.75km – Go STRAIGHT ON, down the uneven surfaced path towards the beach, avoid the steps to your left and follow the main path, avoiding the temptation to walk down to the beach. 

1.20km – Continue STRAIGHT ON following the yellow arrow and acorn sign, avoid the right turn at the next junction by continuing on the main path until a junction.

2.50km – TURN RIGHT at the junction. 

2.50km – TURN LEFT following the acorn sign over a bridge. 

2.80km – After crossing the small wooden bridge go STRAIGHT ON climbing rocky stairs to find the yellow acorn sign (see image.) TURN RIGHT and follow the dirt track through some trees to the coast. 

3.50km – Continue STRAIGHT ON past cottages and uphill to a tarmac road. 

3.50km – TURN RIGHT following the sign for the coast path down the road. 

3.60km – TURN RIGHT again following the wooden coast path sign before taking steps and continuing to be directed by the coast path sign. Pass the ‘Rest a While’ tea garden keeping the sea to your right as you walk along the dusty trail.

4.30km – At the acorn sign continue STRAIGHT ON and follow the gravel track uphill. If you turn right instead, you can walk down to Stepper Point which offers great views of Padstow Bay. 

4.50km – Follow the path to a style and BEAR RIGHT after. Following the narrow trail and yellow arrow sign up to Daymark Tower. 

5.00km – Continue STRAIGHT ON alongside the stonewall – keeping the wall to your left. Deviate away once the wall turns inland, instead following the grass path along the coast towards an acorn waymarked post in the distance. Keep following the path around the cove. 

5.70km – BEAR RIGHT at the fork taking the right-hand gate closest to the sea.

6.80km – BEAR RIGHT after the style, keeping the sea to your right until you meet a junction. 

8.20km – At the junction, avoid the farmers field and gate to your left. BEAR RIGHT following the grass path which descends to Trevone Bay. Passing the ‘Round Hole’, which is a naturally created sinkhole.

8.90km – BEAR RIGHT and follow the Coast Path sign around  before crossing the front of the bay to avoid the carpark. 

9.00km – TURN RIGHT onto road at Trevone Bay following the Coast Path sign and continue past the lifeguard station to the edge of the beach.

9.10km – TURN RIGHT at the road, following to the end before BEAR RIGHT onto the loose stone path with the sea on your right. Until you come to a point where the path ahead has collapsed. 

9.50km – TURN LEFT through the swing gate. 

9.50km – TURN RIGHT following the path keeping the wall on your right and a field on your left. Continue walking on this path to Harlyn Bay carpark. 

10.90km – TURN RIGHT either walking through carpark or along the beach towards a bridge. 

11.00km – TURN RIGHT and walk over bridge. You will see Harlyn Inn to your left across the road, which is a good place to stop for a break. 

11.00km – TURN RIGHT immediately after crossing the bridge down some small stairs to the beach. Keep to the left, following the fence around. Avoid two sets of steps on your left and continue along the beach. 

11.30km – TURN LEFT and take the stone staircase hidden in a cove (see photo 'Beach stairwell'). 

11.40km – TURN RIGHT at the top of the stairs, following the path always keeping the beach to your right.

12.00km – BEAR RIGHT before the cottage towards the swing gate with the familiar acorn symbol. Follow the path around the cove. 

12.80km – Cross over the road before BEAR RIGHT through the gate. Continue walking straight ahead with the caravan park on your left and sea on your right.

13.20km – Follow the path down the steps to a small road. TURN LEFT and walk up the concrete road over two speed bumps. You will see a small acorn sign directing you right. TURN RIGHT up the small ramp to a swing gate and continue following the path with a field to the left. 

13.50km – Continue STRAIGHT ON, avoiding the path down to the beach. Follow the path past ‘Trevose Head’ sign. Concentrate at this section as the path skirts close to the cliffs at points. People with vertigo can stay left close to the wall. 

13.90km – TURN LEFT when you reach the road, cross over and find the small steps to your right. Follow the path which runs alongside a field away from the coast. 

14.20km – Go STRAIGHT ON over road, passing the ‘Padstow Lighthouse Station’ sign on the right. Keep the wall to your left before navigating away from it when the main path heads towards the lighthouse. 

15.00km – BEAR RIGHT at the fork after the lighthouse and follow the path down to the road. Cross the road and take the small path which runs alongside it instead. 

15.10km – TURN LEFT on the path until you see the disused quarry on your right. 

15.10km - BEAR RIGHT and take the steep steps down to the quarry. Pass through making your way to the exit at the rear. Follow the path around the cove circling around another sinkhole on your left. Keep the sea to your right and continue on the path towards Booby Bay. 

16.60km – Continue STRAIGHT ON after the lifeguard station, walking on the path until you reach a wooden stairwell. 

16.80 km - Take the stairs down to the beach, TURN LEFT and walk along Constantine Bay aiming for the concrete ramp in the distance. 

17.50km – Take the slipway at the end of the beach. TURN LEFT and continue to walk through the carpark and past the toilets on your right. Follow the road up to Constantine Bay. 

18.30km – Continue STRAIGHT ON past several residential houses and side streets until your get to the Constantine Bay Surf Store on your left and see the road sign for Padstow on your right. 

Cross the road to the bus stop next to the telephone box, where you can take the local bus back to Padstow.

Arrival by train, car, foot or bike


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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
18.3 km
Duration
4:45 h
Ascent
343 m
Descent
314 m

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