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Itinerary

Leave the flatlands of the North Devon dunes to begin this section of walk.

Section 1

Westward Ho! to Clovelly

Today’s walk gives way to the desolate and isolated headland around Hartland

Section 2

Clovelly to Hartland Quay

Many walkers opt to split this day into two with an overnight at Morwenstow.

Section 3

Hartland Quay to Bude

Leave Bude via its sea lock. A relaxing walk before things get tougher.

Section 4

Bude to Crackington Haven

Start the day ascending the infamous promontory know as the Cambeak.

Section 5

Crackington Haven to Tintagel

Challenging walking again with over 7 steep cliff top rises and valley descents.

Section 6

Tintagel to Port Isaac

Today you pass Port Quinn, abandoned early last century.

Section 7

Port Isaac to Padstow

Looking out to sea from the South West Coast Path

Arguably this route is the hardest week on the coast path its up and down relentlessly but the challenge sees you in some of my favourite parts of Cornwall, Boscastle, Tintagel Castle, Port Isaac. For a Cornish girl when I walk here its like coming home

 Raegan -  Walking Co-Ordinator at Encounter 

South West Coast Path Section 2,

Westward Ho! to Padstow.

South West Coast Path Section 2,

Westward Ho! to Padstow.

Overview

Interactive Map

Pricing On This Route

A single walker staying in single or single occupancy en-suite rooms can expect to pay somewhere between £180 and £220 per night, including luggage transfers.

Two people sharing a double or twin en-suite room can expect to pay somewhere between £115 and £150 per person per night,  inclusive of luggage transfers.

Please be aware that these prices depend on accommodation chosen, time of year, etc. and are indicative only, based on customers walking with us between 2021 and 2023. For accurate pricing please request a quote.

Our prices include -

- Your choices of good quality en-suite B&B, Inn and small hotel accommodation with full breakfast (where available), together with upgrade options.

- Detailed walking route planning and ongoing support from specialist walking advisors from your enquiry through to the end of the walk

- A full booking administration and holiday management service including information on travel to and from your walking routes

- Secure and reliable daily luggage transfers between accommodations

- The best available maps & guidebooks along with your own personal detailed route notes & itinerary posted to you whether you are based in the UK or overseas

Please see below for six factors which affect your quoted price - 

1 - The time of year you are walking -  The low season (outside of May to September) is generally cheaper than the peak months.

2 - How early you book. Cheaper accommodation tends to book out first so to get the best prices and choice of accommodation we recommend you book as early as you can. Bookings open for the season the previous summer.

3 - Which routes and areas you choose - Cornwall, South Devon and Dorset are the more expensive regions while Wales, Somerset, North Devon and Dartmoor tend to offer better prices. We also often run seasonal special offers on certain routes so ask if these would be of interest.

4 - Type of accommodation  -  You can choose to upgrade to luxury hotels or downgrade to basic B&B's and we will try to match your walk to your budget. Quotes will show standard options and the costs for any upgrades so you can pick and choose to suit your plans.

5 - The number of walkers - rates are generally based on 2 walkers -  the more walkers the cheaper prices get as we split the costs of providing the walk between the group.

6 - Luggage Transfers - our quotes include two prices - with and without luggage transfers so if you want to keep the costs down you can choose to carry your own luggage to avoid those charges.

If you want to try to get the lowest prices let us know your budget - we can advise honestly and openly what is possible - we don't want to see anyone unable to walk the routes due to costs.

 

To request a quote costs nothing and there is no commitment to book - so do try us! We usually have quotes emailed back to you within a few days and these documents are very detailed with accommodation choices, website links to the accommodations, route descriptions, daily walking grade and mileage, travel info to the trail and of course a guaranteed price to consider.  All for the specific walk YOU want.

Route Profile And Options

Standard Route
Day 1
Westward Ho! to Clovelly
11 miles
Day 2
Clovelly to Hartland Quay
10 miles
Day 3
Hartland Quay to Bude
16 miles
Day 4
Bude to Crackington Haven
Day 5
Crackington Haven to Tintagel
10 miles
11.5 miles
Day 6
Tintagel to Port Isaac
9 miles
Day 7
Port Isaac to Padstow
12 miles
Daily average 11.4 miles
Relaxed Route
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
Day 5
Day 6
Day 7
Day 8
Day 9
Daily average 8.8 miles
Westward Ho! to Clovelly
Clovelly to Hartland Quay
Hartland Quay to Morwenstow
Morwenstow to Bude
Bude to Crackington Haven
Crackington Haven to Boscastle
Boscastle to Tintagel
Tintagel to Port Isaac
Port Isaac to Padstow
11 miles
10 miles
8 miles
8 miles
10 miles
6.5 miles
5 miles
9 miles
12 miles
Fast Route
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
Day 5
Day 6
Westward Ho! to Clovelly
Clovelly to Hartland Quay
Hartland Quay to Bude
Bude to Boscastle
Boscastle to Port Isaac
Port Isaac to Padstow
11 miles
10 miles
16 miles
16.5 miles
14 miles
12 miles
Daily average 13.3 miles

Travel To And From The Route

Train Arrival  - Fast direct trains run from London, The Midlands and the North to Exeter station where you change for the scenic branch line journey to Barnstaple on the North Devon Coast. Time from London to Barnstaple is 3.5 to 4 hours. From Barnstaple regular buses take 1 hour to reach Westward Ho ! OR we can advise on or arrange private transfers to the trail.

For those arriving for shorter holidays at Bude you take the train to Exeter (between 2 and 3 hours from London) and then the fast bus from Exeter Station direct to Bude (around 2 hours)

Train Departure -  From Padstow regular buses take one hour to Bodmin Parkway Main Line Station. Fast trains to London from here take 4 hours with connections for Bristol, the Midlands and The North.

Reviews & Feedback

Crackington Haven to Tintagel.jpeg

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