SWCP - North Cornwall

Considered as the toughest but one of the most spectacular sections of the South West Coast Path. South of Hartland Point the coastline has been shaped by the full force of the Atlantic resulting in dramatic cliffs with many hills and valleys to negotiate.

Leaving Westward Ho! behind the route is soon on its rollercoaster route along the coast. Heading across windswept cliff tops initially before woodland paths as you near Clovelly. From here the route follows the cliff tops to Hartland Point, where the route enters a more dramatic landscape as it heads along the rocky coast to Hartland Quay.

The spectacular section from Hartland Quay to Bude is said to be the toughest part of the entire South West Coast Path with a number of relentless and tiring ascents and descents, however you are rewarded with secluded combes, waterfalls and rocky outcrops, along a part of the coast notorious for shipwrecks, before sandy beaches lead you into Bude. Leaving Bude behind the route starts along a grassy cliff path but soon enters into a more challenging section with high cliff tops and plunges into steep valleys (including one of the deepest and steepest valleys in Cornwall) before reaching the sandy cove of Crackington Haven.

The route continues on its rollercoaster ride through steep valleys and high cliffs as it makes it away along the Coast to Tintagel with its legends of King Arthur and Port Isaac (The filming location for Doc Martin) before Polzeath, where its an easy walk to the ferry crossing and Padstow.

Highlights

  • The dramatic Atlantic coastline with its rugged cliffs and sandy beaches.
  • Exploring Tintagel with its legends of King Arthur
  • Walking through Port Issac, the filming location of the TV series Doc Martin.
  • Visiting the picturesque villages and harbours along the route

Route Facts

Start: Westward Ho!
Finish: Padstow
Total Distance: 78 miles (127 km)
Season January - December

 

Itineraries

 
NCOR1 North Cornwall - 6 days / 7 nights £635.00 per person (based on 2 sharing)
     
Day 1 Arrive in Westward Ho!    
Day 2 Westward Ho! to Clovelly 11 miles (18 km)
Day 3 Clovelly to Hartland Quay 10 miles (16 km)
Day 4 Hartland Quay to Bude 15 miles (24 km)
Day 5 Bude to Boscastle 16 miles (26 km)
Day 6 Boscastle to Port Isaac 14 miles (22 km)  
Day 7 Port Isaac to Padstow 12 miles (19 km)  
Day 8 Depart after breakfast  
       

 

 
NCOR2 North Cornwall - 7 days / 8 nights £725.00 per person (based on 2 sharing)
       
Day 1 Arrive in Westward Ho!    
Day 2 Westward Ho! to Clovelly 11 miles (18 km)
Day 3 Clovelly to Hartland Quay 10 miles (16 km)
Day 4 Hartland Quay to Bude 15 miles (25 km)
Day 5 Bude to Crackington Haven 10 miles (16 km)
Day 6 Crackington Haven to Tintagel 11 miles (18 km)
Day 7 Tintagel to Port Isaac   9 miles (15 km)
Day 8 Port Isaac to Padstow 12 miles (19 km)
Day 9 Depart after breakfast

 

 
NCOR3 North Cornwall - 8 days / 9 nights £815.00 per person (based on 2 sharing)
       
Day 1 Arrive in Westward Ho!    
Day 2 Westward Ho! to Clovelly 11 miles (18 km)
Day 3 Clovelly to Hartland Quay 10 miles (16 km) 
Day 4 Hartland Quay to Morwenstow    8 miles (12 km)
Day 5 Morwenstow to Bude   8 miles (12 km)
Day 6 Bude to Crackington Haven 10 miles (16 km)
Day 7 Crackington Haven to Tintagel 11 miles (18 km)
Day 8 Tintagel to Port Isaac  9 miles (15 km)
Day 9 Port Isaac to Padstow 12 miles (19 km)
Day 10 Depart after breakfast

 

 

 
Supplements / Options
       
  Extra Night (Standard) £48.00 per person / per night
  Single Supplement £20.00 per person / per night
  Solo Walker Supplement £30.00 per person / per night
 
 

Travel

We provide travel information for your guidance only, we are happy to assist with more detailed travel arrangements or arrange taxi's (where necessary).

If you require any assistance with travel planning, please do not hesitate to contact us for guidance.

 

Getting to Westward Ho!

By Air - The closest airports are Exeter and Bristol, both having connecting bus / rail connections with Exeter and Barnstaple.

By Train - The nearest mainline rail station is Barnstaple (11 miles). Visit www.nationalrail.co.uk for more information. 

By Bus - There is a regular local bus service from Barnstaple to Westward Ho!, for timetable and information visit www.travelinesw.com

 

Returning from Padstow

By Air - The closest airports are Exeter or Bristol, both having connecting bus / rail connections from major towns.

By Train - The nearest station is Bodmin Parkway (20 miles). Visit www.nationalrail.co.uk for more information.

By Bus - There is a regular bus service from Padstow to Bodmin for coach / rail connections, for timetable and information visit www.travelinesw.com 

Map

 

 

Route Info

General Information

The distances and ascents / descents are approximate and for guidance only. The individual making the booking is responsible for ensuring that each member of the party is suitably equipped with standard / survival equipment as necessary for the route / terrain involved.

Insurance

It is advisable that you and each member of your party, takes out holiday insurance to protect yourselves, equipment, luggage and to cover against non-refundable costs should you have to cancel your trip due to unexpected circumstances or ill health. You should ensure that any such policy covers you for the activities being undertaken during your holiday.

Navigation

The route is well way-marked and generally easy to follow. We provide a detailed route guide along with maps to assist you along the way.

Experience & Fitness

The tour is suitable for most people with good physical fitness. The route is graded as moderate to strenuous, there are many steep ascents and descents and much of the route is along isolated coastal / cliff top paths.

Equipment

You should always ensure you are properly equipped for your walking holiday and prepared for varying weather conditions along the route. Your holiday pack contains a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking / survival equipment for a days walking.

Luggage Transfers

Your luggage will be transferred each day between each overnight accommodation as detailed within your itinerary. Please check with your accommodation provider where your bags should be left for collection each morning. Luggage transfers are one bag with a maximum weight of 20kg per person.

 

 

Accommodation

Accommodation

We use comfortable hotels, country inns, guest-houses and B&B's in selecting your accommodation and aim to provide these as close to the trail as possible. We work closely with all of our accommodation providers, each one being selected based on their quality of accommodation and the warm welcomes they provide. We will always request accommodation with private en-suite facilities, but in remoter locations this may not always be available. Please note, that due to the route and location of available accommodation you may need to walk / travel a short distance where accommodation is not available along the route (We can provide taxi transfers if required and booked in advance), your holiday pack will contain directions and location map of each nights accommodation.

Meals

All of our holidays are provided on a Bed & Breakfast basis, thus giving you the flexibility to choose your own options for lunch and evening meals. Your holiday pack will contain information on the options available along the route to stop for lunch and places to obtain an evening meal locally, along with places to obtain packed lunches. Accommodation providers may be able to offer evening meals and packed lunches by prior arrangement if this should be required.

Single Rooms and Solo Walkers

If you require single room either as an individual or as part of a group we would be happy to accommodate you although a single room supplement is payable.

Additional Nights

You can book as many extra nights as you wish, just tell us during your booking where you would like to spend extra days and we would be happy to arrange this for you and provide a quotation and personalised itinerary for this.

 

Included

What's Included

  •  Accommodation in comfortable hotels, country inns, guest-houses and B&B'
  •  Breakfast each morning for the duration of your holiday.
  •  Luggage transfers each day between each overnight accommodation.
  •  A detailed holiday pack, route guide and maps.
  •  Assistance with travel arrangements (where required).
  •  Emergency support during your holiday.