- Start: Prideaux Place
- End: Prideaux Place
- Country: England
- County: Cornwall
- Type: Country
- Nearest pub:
- Ordnance Survey: Ordnance Survey Explorer 106
- Difficulty: Easy
Padstow's Panorama Enjoy spectacular views on this walk from Padstow to Bedruthan in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, writes Pete Maxted
Distance: 5.6km (3.5 miles), or 8km (5 miles) on the longer route (5 if you take the longer route) Time: 2 hours, Exertion: Easy
Enjoy spectacular views on this walk from Padstow to Bedruthan in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, writes Pete Maxted
Boots on? Lets go!
1 Begin the walk at beautiful Prideaux Place. If you are visiting the house and gardens (recommended) you can park there, otherwise park in the pay and display car park just off the A389. If you are coming by bus or bike, walk up through the town following the signs for Prideaux Place.
2 From the house go through the arch over the road and after about 100m, turn right onto the footpath that skirts the deer park. On the left are fields of barley, on the right is a high hedge surrounding the mediaeval park with a herd of nearly 100 deer.
3 As you reach Tregirls Farm, look right. This is, I think, one of the most spectacular views in Cornwall. You can see four different sections of the Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty from up the Camel Estuary to Stepper Point, across to Pentire and, in the distance are the unmistakeable shapes of Brown Willy and Rough Tor above Bodmin Moor.
4 The path meanders downhill for a few hundred yards until you meet the South West Coast Path. Turn left and follow it around the top of Harbour Cove, over a small bridge and alongside the rocks to Hawkers Cove. There are spectacular views across the Doom Bar to Brea Hill on the northern side. Behind the hill, in the dunes, sits St Enodocs Church where Sir John Betjemen is buried.
5 The path runs past a former lifeboat station, now holiday homes, up to the road above the cove then back down to the slipway. Here, you have a choice. Either walk on for about of a mile to the towering lookout station at Stepper Point and retrace your steps, or turn back towards Padstow. If you turn here then, at all but very high tides, you can walk back due south across the flat sand. When you reach the coast just below the point at which you joined the coast path on the outward leg, walk up through the dunes to the path.
6 Follow the coast path past the ruined Napoleonic gun emplacement at Gun Point. There are other later concrete reminders of WWII as well, some half-buried in the sand and marram grass. Quite soon you will meet the stream that runs down into St Georges Cove. The spring that rises here is known as known as St George's Well, and according to the South West Coast Path guide is reputed by some to have magical properties. When I was there recently it was hidden in thick bramble and other vegetation so this was sadly unable to be verified.
7 You now come to a gat into the park above the town. Here at St Saviours Point is the war memorial and several benches if you need a rest. The coast path now runs easily into Padstow with its myriad refreshment points. Turn right up the hill if you are parked near Prideaux Place or walk past the harbour if you came on foot or by bike from Wadebridge.
Points of Interest...
Prideaux Deer Park
Coast Path and dunes
Harbour Cove and the Doom Bar
St Georges Well
Start: Prideaux Place
Terrain: Town pavement, footpath, sandy beach, coast path
Map: Ordnance Survey Explorer 106
Child/dog friendly: Very. Look out for deer and grazing cattle and sheep.
Refreshments: Plenty in Padstow.
Public Transport: The nearest train station is Bodmin Parkway. Bus number 555 runs from Bodmin/Wadebridge, and the 556 from Newquay. By car, the A39 leads to Wadebridge, then A389 goes to Padstow