Bedruthan to Padstow on foot!

Walking the South West Coastal Path

One of the most beautiful coastal walks I have done (yes this is without kids!) is the stretch of the North coast between Bedruthan and Padstow. With beautiful views of turquoise blue waters and sandy beaches what’s not to love? It took me 5 hours with a bit of time shopping in Padstow before getting the bus back to the car at Bedruthan. If you fancy doing the walk we can always arrange babysitters for you to go and have a little me time. Something we forget to give ourselves!

It started at Bedruthan Steps at the National Trust Car park. If you’re a member of the National Trust you just need to validate your card at the ticket machine for free parking. Follow the signs to the Steps and from there turn right and keep walking! Bedruthan Steps is a beautiful beach but its not for the faint hearted. You have to climb down 120 steps to the beach which is not a safe swimming beach. However at low tide you can walk all the way along the beach in between all the islands.

From Bedruthan, head North to Park Head where you get a view all the way back to Newquay. The sea just keeps on going and on a clear blue day is just stunning. The coast is dotted with all sorts of little coves but as you get closer to Porthcothan it opens up to an expanse of sand.

Treyarnon Bay and Constantine Bay are equally as good. These are all great beaches too for a day out from Glynn Barton Cottages. Most beaches have loo and café facilities and ample parking. The only exception is Constantine where parking is limited.

The jaggedy coastline continues along Booby’s Bay up to Trevose Head. Booby’s is great for a bit of rockpooling at low tide. At this point you have a cheat option if your legs are tired! You can cut out Trevose Head lighthouse and walk straight across to Trevose and Harlyn or you can hot foot it around the headland. I went for the longer option and the lighthouse is stunning. I am mesmerised how it stays so white! You also get to see the RNLI lifeboat station which is tucked into the cliffside. The launch looks more like a log flume and there are some beautiful Art Deco houses tucked into the cliffs too.

Take your trainers off whilst walking along Trevose and Mother Ivey’s Bay for a little paddle too and just enjoy soaking up the sounds of the sea. Its easy to forget what an amazing place we live in sometimes. Its non stop beaches for a while as you meander through Trevone, Gunver head and up to Stepper Point. There is another cheat point from Trevone as you can again cut out the headland and head straight across to Padstow- depends how hungry you are! I took the long route and had a picnic at Stepper Point. There is a little tea garden on the headland too if you are in need of a Cornish Cream Tea and energy boost for the final stint.

The final stint is down the estuary and into Padstow, admiring Daymer Bay and Rock as you go. My Roskilly’s ice cream at the end was well deserved and not to mention my fritter around the beautiful shops of Padstow. Shopping without the hassle of parking!



Time to complete walk: 5 hours ish….

Distance: quite a long way

Fun factor: AWESOME!!!

Glynn Barton’s Guide to the BEST Cornwall Beaches on the North Coast

Family time at the Beach

Whether it’s a trip to the north or the south Glynn Barton is perfectly set for exploring both coastlines.

One of our favourite stretch of coastlines on the North is Polzeath round to Padstow. Its just beautiful! Watching the waves at Polzeath point or walking north to the Rumps it can certainly blow the cobwebs away.

The North Coast

Starting at Polzeath- a life guarded beach, book in for a surf lesson with Wavehunters  or hire a board and wetsuit (depending on how brave you’re feeling…!). There is a great stream on the beach and pools for playing in. The kids will be able to splash around all day and have lots of varied fun. Grab lunch at Surf Side or the Waterfront for a gluten free pizza and finish off with an ice cream at the Cone Shop on the corner. You can always join WildWarriors  which provide an adventure in a backpack as a forest school on the beach which will ensure the adults grab a couple of hours me time.

Walking the South West Coastal Path

Walking south its about an hours walk down to the ferry at Rock. Walking along the coastal path is just a breath of fresh air. Half way along you get to Daymer Bay which depending on leg length has a decent sized car park and a very short walk to the beach. It’s a great swimming spot due to the shelter from the headland and the beach stretches all the way around to Rock. Sand dunes to explore and play hide and seek in, shallow water for safe play and swimming and the added bribery that the ice cream is not far away. There is a little café and shop in the car park too.

Rock- Padstow Ferry

The ferry leaves from the slip-way and it’s a short 10min ride across to Padstow. Perfect for taking the kids on a little adventure and picking up lunch in Padstow itself. Parking can be tricky especially over the peak holidays so catching the ferry is perfect. There are plenty of places to catch lunch – Greens of Padstow, Steins Fish n Chips, Burger & Fish…… not to mention the harbour for fresh crab, cake and ice cream. Step into Chough’s bakery (voted worlds best pasty in 2018) for their amazing millionaire’s shortbread or Roskilly’s for a mouth watering mint choc chip waffle cone. Aside from strolling around the shops whilst you enjoy your ice cream the kids can become mini marine biologists with a visit to the charity run Lobster hatchery. This little harbour is bursting with life.

Best for Rockpooling

Round the corner from Padstow, is home to one of the best beaches for rock pooling. Constantine Bay is a lovely stretch of beach with lots of rock pools for exploring. Depending on the time of year you will spot a crab or pick up a bucket of mussels to take home and steam. They are small though so make sure you have a big bucket! Due to the rock pools the sea can be quite rough so make sure you swim and surf on the right side of the beach. It is a life guarded beach seasonally too and they have signs up with safe swimming zones.  

Poldark Territory

Further south our family favourite is Holywell Bay. Home to the opening shots on the TV show Poldark – it is absolutely stunning. With the large and long stream for paddling in its perfect for the kids. Sand dunes to surf down, caves to explore and a long wide stretch of beach with lots of space. The car park is run by the national trust and it’s a 15min walk to the beach. So keep the loads light and don’t try and take the kitchen sink with you! Surfboards and boogie boards are available to hire on the beach but take your own picnic as there aren’t any shops down on the beach other than a small trailer selling hot dogs and sausage rolls. With all the fresh air the kids will definitely sleep well.


Finish off your day with a swim and a hot tub when you get home.

Team GB


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