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South West Coast Path - Short - from Padstow

Bookatrekking.com Trips - 6 days

    Regular days with
  • 15 - 20 km per day
  • 250 - 500m ascent per day
  • T2 Trails / no difficulty markings
Overview
Route
What's Included
Accommodation
Packing list
FAQ
Safety
COVID-19
How to Book

Overview

> Complete the South West Coast Path in 6 days (4 stages)
> Enjoy the beautiful landscapes
> Accommodation before, on, and after the South West Coast Path included
 
The South West Coast Path is the longest marked walking route in England. This route has been named England's best walking route twice, and for a good reason. After all, you'll be walking through some of the most dramatic landscapes in England. The route is 630 miles long, which is equivalent to 1014 kilometers, and leads you from Minehead to South Haven Point through fishing villages, mountain passes, valleys, and busy seaside towns. During this walk, you'll even have the opportunity to see dolphins, seals, and whales! 
 
The route is divided into 8 one-week sections and runs from Minehead to South Haven Point. The hike is there for everyone, but keep in mind that you'll be hiking an average of 18 kilometers a day, which will take you about 5 hours. If you do not have enough vacation days for the whole route you can also choose one of the most beautiful sections. One of the most beautiful sections of the South West Coast Path is divided into 4 stages, starting in Padstow and ending in Portreath. 

Why book through Bookatrekking.com?  
 
You can walk the South West Coast Path completely independently. However, putting together the right route including arranging all the accommodations can be complicated. Bookatrekking.com has warm contacts with all hotels on this part of the South West Coast Path and we are happy to take that burden off your shoulders. Contact our Trekking Experts for free travel advice and arrange your South West Coast Path walk.   

Route

What's the plan?

Day 1, Arrival in Padstow

Today you will have to make your way to Padstow. Here, you will spend the night preparing for your South West Coast Path adventure.

Day 2, Stage 1: Padstow to Porthcothan

This section of The South West Coast Path offers a day of easy walking along low cliffs, with beautiful, tempting beaches below. The path leaves the attractive town of Padstow behind and leads you out to the Atlantic Coast. The path can become narrow in places and is quite rocky around Constantine Bay.
 
Distance: 13.2 mile / 21.3 kilometers
Walking time: 6.5 hours
 
Day 3, Stage 2: Porthcothan to Newquay

This stretch of coast, with its vicious rocks and wild seas, was once particularly hazardous for ships and responsible for many wrecks before the lighthouse was built at Trevose Head. The South West Coast Path leads you in and out of little coves and headlands with generally fairly easy walking, with some steep steps to climb in places. If you feel like a picnic break and the tide is out, you may be tempted to take the long flight of steps down to explore the stacks as well as the many pools and caves on the beach.
 
Distance: 10.3 mile / 16.6 kilometers
Walking time: 4.5 hours

 
Day 4, Stage 3: Newquay to Perranporth

After leaving Newquay harbour, keeping a lookout for the Kittiwake colony on the cliffs out to Towan Head, the path crosses the famous Fistral Beach. The route across the River Gannel varies depending on the season, tide and weather conditions and therefore you will need to plan ahead. Either way there is plenty to see, including beautiful salt marsh plants and many species of wading birds enjoying the worms and crabs.
 
Distance: 12.6 mile / 20.2 kilometers
Walking time: 6 hours

Day 5, Stage 4: Perranporth to Portreath

Leave the bustling seaside resort of Perranporth behind as the path passes through an ancient coastal mining district following rugged cliff tops. The mines along this stretch are home to bats, including the rare Greater Horseshoe bat. Not only do you pass many remnants of the mining industry, but you will also see some fascinating geology along the way, especially around Cligga Head.
 
Distance: 12.4 mile / 20 kilometers
Walking time: 6 hours

Day 6, Departure

After breakfast, our services and your South West Coast Path adventure will be over. Have a safe trip back home!

What's Included

Included:

 Booking the hotels
We will take care of arranging accommodation for you. We will also provide you with a detailed itinerary for every stage and instructions on how to get to the trailhead. 

√ Accommodation
We will arrange your accommodation on The South West Coast Path in hotels. The accommodation will be in shared rooms when possible, although most hotels on the route offer private rooms.

Accommodation in Padstow and Portreath
We will arrange the accommodation before and after your South West Coast Path trek. Before the trek, you will spend the night in Padstow, and at the end of the trek, you will spend one last night at a hotel in Portreath.

√ Breakfast
Breakfast is, if possible, included in this trek and it will be provided every morning at the hotel before you continue with your South West Coast Path adventure.

√ Baggage Transfer
This trek includes the transfer of your luggage throughout the entire trek. Your bags will be picked up every morning from the hotel lobby and will be driven to your next stop. Baggage transfers allow you to travel lighter during the day and enjoy the walk in a more relaxed manner.

Excluded:

× Airfare and Visa
You have to make your way to Padstow. The total amount is exclusive of flights to England. 

× Transfers
Once in England, you will have to make your way to the trailhead in Padstow. We will provide the instructions and assist you with how to get there and back to Newquay, London or Bristol after the trek, but the bus/train tickets are not included. 

× Travel Insurance
Your international travel insurance is your own responsibility. Discuss your itinerary with the insurance company before your trek.

× Lunch and Dinner
Breakfast is, if possible, included in the price of the trek. You can get lunch and dinner at the shops, hotels, and restaurants along the way.

× Personal expenses
Personal expenses such as souvenirs, drinks, and other similar expenses are for your own account.

Accommodation

Accommodation
 
On the South West Coast Path you can either spend the night in a cozy hotel or a typical English B&B, where you will receive a warm welcome and, if possible, a typical English breakfast. You can also choose to camp. Camping is only allowed on campsites and designated areas, so wild camping is not possible.   

Day 1, Padstow
We will book your first night, before starting the South West Coast Path, in Padstow, where you will be able to relax and prepare for your adventure.

Day 2, Porthcothan: Macdonald's Farm
Macdonald's Farm is run by a family of five, including their crazy dog. You will be able to see the magic of Cornwall, and enjoy the local food and drink, whilst being close to nature, meeting people, and having fun.
 
 
Day 3, Newquay: The Smugglers Inn 
As you enter The Smugglers Inn, a member of staff will be there to greet you as you wait to be seated. They have ample seating inside and outside the pub.
 
 
Day 4, Perranporth: Atlantic View Hotel 
This hotel is just minutes away from the local bars, restaurants, ice cream parlors and shops.

 
Day 5, Portreath
We will book your last night, after completing your South West Coast Path adventure, at a hotel in Portreath, where you will be able to relax and rest after your journey.

Packing list

Packing List

On the South West Coast Path, being prepared for the changing weather is paramount. England has a very diverse climate and you may experience all four seasons in one day! With this in mind, it’s essential to pack clothing, footwear, and accessories suitable for changing weather conditions. 

Try to base your clothing on the "three-layer" principle. This consists of a base layer, which will absorb the moisture from your skin; a middle layer, which should provide some warmth; and a waterproof outer layer to protect you from the rain and the wind. Here are our recommendations for your South West Coast Path walk:

- Trousers, waterproof, lightweight, and quick-drying
- Shirts for base layer
- Warm jacket or pullover for middle layer
- Waterproof jacket
- Warm hat and gloves
- Trekking boots, worn in
- Good quality socks
- Extra footwear for the night
- Map
- Waste bags
- Whistle to summon assistance in case of accidents
- Water bottle containing enough water to take you to your next stop
- Torch (preferably a head-torch) with spare bulb and batteries
- Emergency food and snacks (high energy snacks such as chocolate, dried fruit, energy bars etc.)
- Hiking poles 
- First aid kit

FAQ

FAQ

What is the best season?
The South West Coast Path is best walked between March and October, but July and August are very busy with tourists. Because the South West Coast is near France, the weather is very nice in the summer period. Despite that, there can still be days when it rains a lot, after all, it still is England. Between March and October the maximum temperature is between 10 and 19 degrees, the minimum temperature between 4 and 13 degrees. In the months May, June and July the sun shines the most, and there is the least rainfall.   

How do I get to the starting point?
The South West Coast Path begins in Padstow and ends in Portreath. The path is traditionally walked counterclockwise, so you'll be less affected by the wind.     

Starting point 
To get to Padstow, you first have to travel to London, Bristol or Newquay, either by public transport or by plane. Once in one of these three cities, you can travel to Padstow by train or bus. The fastest and cheapest option is the train from Newquay, this trip takes just over 3 hours. From London, the journey takes 5 to 7 hours. You can also drive to Padstow by car and pick it up after the hike.      

Ending point 
The South West Coast Path ends in Portreath. The way back to Newquay is quite easy, there is a direct bus that takes over 3 hours. The train to London takes over 5 hours and the direct train to Bristol takes over 7 hours. In case you came by car, a bus trip from over 3 hours will bring you back to Padstow. There are also possibilities to take a taxi cab.

Safety

Safety

The South West Coast Path is perfectly safe. The walk involves not a lot of ascending and descending, and is more flat.

When it comes to the direction of the hike, the most popular option is to walk the route counterclockwise. This way, you will have less problems with the wind. The path is well marked with the 'acorn', the national logo of walking paths in England.

English emergency number: 999

COVID-19

COVID-19

The Covid-19 pandemic has had its grip on us, and the accommodations in the UK have had to take several preventive measures over the past two years. In the meantime, most of the measurements are not taken into consideration anymore, yet it is definitely still a factor to take into account. Some restrictions that are worth mentioning:

- Don't go on your hiking trip if you have symptoms.
- Not all the accommodations are allowed to operate at full capacity yet, so make sure you book your stay in advance.
- Keep your distance and hygiene.
- Use disinfectants and hand sanitizers.

Stay informed about the current rules per country. Make sure you know before you leave which measures you need to take during your stay. The best thing to do is to check the websites of the government.

How to Book

How to Book?

On Bookatrekking.com you can find and compare the adventures of your dreams. Is this trekking your match? In that case, you can proceed with your booking. At Bookatrekking.com you make a deposit of 30% of the total amount. In the case of this trek, we will check the availability at the respective accommodations for you. There are two possible outcomes:

 There is availability 
We go ahead and make all necessary arrangements for your trip. Once confirmed, we will send you a confirmation and your personal hiking guide. The remaining 70% must be paid at least two (2) weeks before the start of the trekking.

X There is no availability 
If there is no availability, we will look for other starting dates or another trekking in agreement with you. Are there no other options for you? Then your deposit of 30% will be refunded.

Cancellation Policy
If all the accommodations of this trekking are booked and confirmed, you will lose your deposit of 30% at all times. If you cancel within 14 days of your start date, you will lose your full booking amount.

Is it not quite clear yet or do you have questions? Please contact us via support@bookatrekking.com. We are happy to help you.

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