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Walk #81: Newquay to Padstow


K10	Morgan Porth viewed northwards from the 'Flying Machine' pub.
K11	Morgan Porth beach.
K10 Morgan Porth viewed northwards from the 'Flying Machine' pub.
K11 Morgan Porth beach.

General Data

Date Walked 20/04/2000
County Cornwall
Start Location Newquay
End Location Padstow
Start time 09.10
End time 14.15
Distance 14.5 miles
Description This was a nice road walk between these two towns.
Pack Today I carried my Craghoppers WP70 rucksack, without tent, sleeping bag or trangia.
Condition Yet another day when I did not run out of energy. There are two minor points of concern however. Firstly I had a few rash problems with my back (probably due to wearing a T-shirt under my coat with no base layer). Secondly my bad ankle is very sore tonight as a result of a minor incident that occurred earlier on. I will see what happens about the latter situation tomorrow.
Weather Considering the forecast was for heavy rain and sun, the weather today was very nice. There was quite a fierce southwesterly wind, with occasional heavy cloud. I did not feel a single spot of rain that was a welcome relief. The re were also some quite long periods of sunshine that was glorious, although the fierce wind (particularly on the tops) meant that I kept my coat on. All in all it was an absolutely lovely day.
OS map Landranger number 200 (Newquay & Bodmin, Camelford & St Austell)

Map of the walk

Maps courtesy of Google Maps. Route for indicative purposes only, and may have been plotted after the walk. Please let me have comments on what you think of this new format. For a detailed table of timings for this walk, please see the table file.


A very nice day with lovely - though breezy - weather. Padstow is a lovely little town, full of winding narrow streets and nice shops. It has been the best seaside town that I have seen so far on this trip.

Due to the wind I put my balaclava on for a period when I was on an exposed hillside walking around the MOD radio station at St Eval. It was whilst I was walking alongside the fence that I realised that wearing a balaclava outside an MOD station, especially when carrying two long poles, was not necessarily a good idea.

On the early part of the journey when I was following the coast path northwards from Newquay up to the Watergate Bay hotel the views of waves hitting the rocks and causing large white plumes of spray was very spectacular. Unfortunately the wind that caused the waves also made it quite cold.

The B&B here in Padstow is very nice, and is probably the best that I have stayed in so far during this trip - at least the cups have been washed and there are no ants in the room! And the room does indeed have vies of the estuary as it's name suggests - I lay on my bed after I had walked around Padstow writing postcards and watching the tide come in along the estuary.

I am rather worried about my ankle - I went over on it earlier, and as I was wearing my trainers it did not get the support that it normally gets from my boots. It did not hurt much initially, and so I continued on as normal. But this afternoon whilst walking around Padstow it really started to ache, and it is currently quite stiff. I will wear my boots tomorrow to give it more support and see what happens.


Head north out of Newquay along the coast path as far as the Watergate Bay Hotel a couple of miles north of Newquay.

Go uphill from the hotel on the minor road that heads directly to Trevarrian. When you reach Trevarrian, head north down the B3276 into Mawgan Porth.

Head east out of Mawgan Porth on the B3276, and near the top of the hill when the road doubles back on itself head eastwards on a minor road towards St Eval.

When you approach the aerials of the MOD station take a minor road that skirts the western and the northern edges of the station. Turn left past the church, and then immediately left again to take the road that leads into Penrose.

Head north from Penrose along a minor road past Tresallyn Farm and onto the B3274 road. This busy road can then be followed down into Padstow, or it can be avoided by using various footpaths.

For more details of the coast path sections of this walk, please see the National Trail Guidebook "South West Coast Path - Padstow to Falmouth", which has ISBN 1-85410-387-3.


From To Distance (m)Ascent (ft) Descent (ft)
Newquay Mawgan Porth 5.3 814 922
Mawgan Porth Padstow 8.4 797 781

This makes a total distance of 13.7 miles, with 1611 feet of ascent and 1703 feet of descent.

  Profile of walk #81
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Tonight I am staying at Estuary Views, 8 Treverbyn Road, Padstow, 01841 532551. This was the best B&B of the trip so far, and cost 20.00 a night.

For more details of suitable accommodation in this area, please see the South West Coast Path Association's Annual handbook.


Please note that I take no responsibility for anything that may happen when following these directions. If you intend to follow this route, then please use the relevant maps and check the route out before you go out. As always when walking, use common sense and you should be fine.

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And finally, enjoy your walking!

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