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Cornwall's Atlantic Coast - North

Cornwall's Atlantic Coast - North

Westward Ho! to Padstow along the rugged coast of North Cornwall.

7 to 9 nights
78 miles
Moderate to Moderate / Demanding

From £675 per person

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About this route

This varied walk along the South West Coast Path sweeps over rugged headlands and around secluded coves. It travels through lively fishing villages and is awash with ocean views, but there’s a unique jewel in its crown: the dramatic ruins of Tintagel, the birthplace of King Arthur.

Between this legendary site and the lively stops around it, Cornwall’s Atlantic Coast offers a wealth of things to see and do.

We also offer a Cornwall's Atlantic Coast North Short Break option that explores the path from Clovelly to Bude. Click here for more information.

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Westward Ho! to Padstow
78 miles (124 km)
2nd January to 24th December

Holiday highlights

Delving into rich literary links to Charles Kingsley, Rudyard Kipling, and Dickens.

Wandering the open-air ruins of King Arthur’s birthplace at Tintagel.

Exploring links with popular culture, from Westward Ho! To Clovelley and Port Isaac.

Available tours

CodeTourDurationDifficultyPrice per person
CACN1 From Westward Ho! to Padstow 7 nights, 6 days walking Moderate / Demanding£675
CACN2 From Westward Ho! to Padstow 8 nights, 7 days walking Moderate / Demanding£770
CACN3 From Westward Ho! to Padstow 9 nights, 8 days walking Moderate£870

Cornwall's Atlantic Coast - North 7 nights, 6 days walking

£NNN per person
  • Itinerary
  • What's included?
  • Extra nights?
  • Tour facts
  • Route profile
  • Travel info
  • Weather
Start

Travel to Westward Ho! where your first night's accommodation has been booked

Day 1

Westward Ho! to Clovelly. 11 miles (17.5km)

Day 2

Clovelly to Hartland Quay. 10.5 miles (17km)

Day 3

Hartland Quay to Bude. 15 miles (24km)

Day 4

Bude to Boscastle. 16 miles (26km)

Day 5

Boscastle to Port Isaac. 13.5 miles (21.5km)

Day 6

Port Isaac to Padstow. 12 miles (19km)

Finish

Depart from Padstow after breakfast

Your Itinerary

This itinerary lists our preferred overnight stops for this tour. Sometimes there may be a shortage of available accommodation in a preferred location, in which case we will transfer you from the trail to your accommodation and back again at no extra charge. Overnight stops marked with a (T) will always require transfers as standard.

Overnight stops marked with an (L) have very limited accommodation, and therefore more often than not will also require a transfer, particularly on bank holidays and weekends. We will use non-transfer accommodation wherever possible.

The daily mileages quoted are average trail miles only and do not include the distance from the trail to your accommodation. We do not expect you to have to travel more than a mile from the trail to your accommodation; should your accommodation be further than this, transfers will be provided as standard.

Below are the additional costs that may apply depending on your requirements. Dog-friendly tours are subject to a Daily Dog Charge, which will be listed below if applicable. Our standard prices per person are based upon two people sharing a room; if you are on your own, or are part of a group but require a room of your own, then the Solo Traveller or Single Supplements apply respectively:

A note about transfers
Solo Traveller Supplement
£40.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£33.00 per person / per night


You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£55.00 per person / per night

What's included?

  • 7 nights' accommodation in en-suite rooms (where available) in selected B&B’s, hotels, inns and guesthouses along the trail, or a short distance away via taxi provided at our expense.
  • Breakfast each day.
  • Door to door luggage transfer.
  • Maps with the route marked on and a guidebook or route notes describing the trail.
  • An information pack containing an itinerary, instructions on how to find your accommodation each night and a kit list.
  • Detailed travel instructions on how to get to the start of your holiday and back from the end of it.

Extra Nights & Rest Days

An extra night gives you a chance to explore some of the villages on the path or to simply relax on one of the many sandy beaches for which Cornwall is famous.

The pretty little village of Clovelly is a popular choice. Clovelly is also worth considering if you would like to visit Lundy Island, which is noted for its birdlife.

There is a lot to see at Bude and Boscastle and Port Isaac is also worthy of an extra night, but Padstow, with its lively harbour, is an ideal base for enjoying the unique Cornish atmosphere.

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£55.00 per person / per night

Tour Facts

Total distance: 78 miles (124 km)
Duration: 7 nights, 6 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 10.5 miles (17 km)
Maximum daily distance: 16 miles (26 km)
Code: CACN1 Grade: Moderate / Demanding
Season: 2nd January - 24th December
Start of holiday: Westward Ho!
End of holiday: Padstow

Route Profile

Cornwall's Atlantic Coast - North Route Profile

Travel Information

Useful information and travel links that will assist you in your plans to travel to the start of the holiday and back from the end of it are sent to you with your full tour pack. A summary is given below:

By Air - The most convenient major city and international airports are Bristol, Exeter and Newquay Airport.

By Rail - The nearest rail station to the start of the trail (Westward Ho!) is at Barnstaple (about 10 miles away). The nearest rail station to the end of the trail (Padstow) is at Bodmin Parkway (about 19.5 miles away).

By Bus - Various bus services run to Westward Ho! and from Padstow.

From London - Trains run from London Paddington station to Barnstaple. From there a taxi/bus will be required to Westward Ho!

Return To The Start - The easiest way to return to the start of the trail is to take a bus/taxi from Padstow to Bodmin Parkway rail station. From there trains run to Barnstaple, where a bus/taxi will be required back to Westward Ho!.

Weather Information

To find out more about the weather forecast for your chosen holiday's general location, please see the following websites:

  • MetCheck - This website allows you to look up detailed weather information for specific locations as far as six months in advance.
  • Met Office - This website shows regional area forecasts a few days in advance, with a general UK forecast description of up to 30 days in advance.
  • Mountain Forecast - This website shows what the forecast is like up on specific hills and fells, and offers forecasts a few days in advance.

Routes on this trail

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Minehead to Westward Ho! along the North Devon section of the South West Coast Path.Find Out More
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South Devon
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East Devon
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Dorset
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Customer reviews from the Cornwall's Atlantic Coast - North

“Didn’t know what to expect on this holiday but it exceeded all of my expectations. This part of the Devon/Cornwall coastline is spectacular. It can be a tough walk but the views and the scenery are exceptional.”
Mr Madge, UK
“Nice scenery and wonderful arrangements.”
Mr Kuhns, USA
“It was just a fabulous week, scenery spectacular, some fantastic B&BS and great food.”
Dr Begley, UK
“Very demanding walking trip but beautiful.”
Ms McMillan, USA
“The accommodation was good overall. The walking was very hard however the coastline was stunning. This was our 9th holiday with you.”
Mr O’Connor, UK
“Scenery superb.”
Mrs Horrocks, UK
“Thank you once again for a wonderful week of walking and hiking – we loved our trip from Westward Ho! to Padstow. Thanks for all you did to make it a special and successful trip.”
Ms Kappmeyer, USA
“We spent an enjoyable 10 days on the walk. Thanks for arranging the B&B's for us.”
Mr Burnett, UK
“Wonderful time exploring the coastline. Excellent B&Bs picked for us. Superb service from the luggage transfer company also. Bags always there when we arrived and no damage. Already picking our next holiday with you.”
Mr Learmonth, UK
"Along the Path" by Therese Larum (2017) "Along the Path" by Therese Larum (2017)
"Enjoying a Rest" by Therese Larum (2017) "Enjoying a Rest" by Therese Larum (2017)
"Which Way Next?" by Therese Larum (2017) "Which Way Next?" by Therese Larum (2017)
"Boscastle to Bude" by Sandra Steel (2017) "Boscastle to Bude" by Sandra Steel (2017)
"Coffee Time" by Sandra Steel (2017) "Coffee Time" by Sandra Steel (2017)
"The Gannel" by Sandra Steel (2017) "The Gannel" by Sandra Steel (2017)
"Hartland Quay" by Sandra Steel (2017) "Hartland Quay" by Sandra Steel (2017)
"Constantine Bay" by Sandra Steel (2017) "Constantine Bay" by Sandra Steel (2017)

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