Walking Guides

If you're heading to North Cornwall it's certainly worth packing your walking boots. There's nothing like exploring the surrounding area on foot to appreciate the natural beauty of this wonderful area.

Our coastal properties offer easy access to the South West Coast Path which passes through Port Isaac and continues on past Polzeath, Daymer and across the water to Padstow via Rock. There are literally miles of coast and countryside to explore, with many of our properties offering direct access onto the footpaths.

A myriad of paths connect Porthilly Cove, Daymer Bay, Polzeath and Port Isaac, perfect for walking the dogs or heading out for a picnic to enjoy the beaches and magnificent views of the Camel Estuary.

These are some of our favourite local walks to try when you are holidaying in North Cornwall.

The Sir John Betjeman Walk

Distance 3¾ Miles (6KM)
Start & Finish Rock Quarry Car Park
Start Postcode / Grid ref PL27 6LD / SW 927 757
Terrain Mostly flat, sandy grassland
Difficulty level Easy   

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A gentle walk through the dunes beside the golden beaches on the Eastern bank of the River Camel, taking in Poet Laureate Sir John Betjeman's grave in the churchyard of the tiny St. Enodoc Church. The route passes Brea Hill, site of Bronze Age burial mounds and later a Roman encampment, and there is an optional detour to the holy well used by the Welsh hermit Enodoc to baptise his converts. The walk is mostly flat and travels through sandy grassland. 

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Polzeath to Porteath Walk

Distance 2½ Miles (4.2KM)
Start & Finish Polzeath Beach Car Park
Start Postcode / Grid ref PL27 6TB / SW 935 789
Terrain Narrow stony paths, windy weather
Difficulty level Easy

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An Iron Age promontory fort and some Bronze Age burial mounds, a famous wartime poem and a breathtaking sandy cove surrounded by gorse and woodland, with a rocky archway to a collapsed sea cave. This walk includes spectacular views out over Padstow Bay and beyond, as well as a puffin island and volcanic pillow lavas. 

Find a place to stay nearby in Polzeath using our search facility.

Port Isaac to Porteath Walk

Distance 4½Miles (7¼KM)
Start & Finish Cliff Top Car Park, Port Isaac
Start Postcode / Grid ref PL293AB / SW 998 810
Terrain Steep ascent and decent, much of which on steps
Difficulty level Moderate

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An invigorating walk around some rocky headlands, with secluded coves along the way, and spectacular views across Port Quin Bay to the Mouls, an island where Puffins, Gannets and Kittiwakes nest. Also featuring a nineteenth century crenellated folly, an abandoned fishing village and the remains of a once thriving antimony mine at Gilson's Cove.

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Padstow and Stepper Point Walk

Distance 6 Miles (10KM)
Start & Finish Padstow Harbour
Start Postcode / Grid ref PL288AF / SW 920 755
Terrain Tracks and footpaths, mostly flat
Difficulty level Moderate 

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This walk offers far-reaching views over the mouth of the River Camel and the infamous Doom Bar, where mermaids wait to lure sailors to disaster! Sandy beaches, secluded coves, holy wells, a Daymark tower and some stunning rock formations; there's something here for everyone, including an abbreviated route for those looking for a shorter walk.

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