This 9 mile circular walk is ideal for anyone who has a spare half day in Padstow and would like to see some of the surrounding countryside. The walk starts and ends in the Padstow and passes through farmland to the coast path at Trevone before following the coast path back to Padstow. The actual walk takes about three hours although it would be worth allowing at least an extra hour to look at views and maybe have a paddle in the sea if the weather conditions allow.
I parked in the upper car park at Padstow off the A389 and followed the footpath from the car park down the hill into the centre of Padstow towards the harbour. Follow the harbour around to the left and take a path on the left that leads gently up hill towards the war memorial.

Padstow Harbour
Padstow Harbour
Padstow War Memorial

Pass through the iron gate at the far side of the war memorial and immeadiatly turn sharp left to follow a path that rises uphill at first with a wall and hedge on your left. The path passes through several fields and eventually joins a small lane with a water trough on the right hand side. Turn right and follow the lane round to the right. After about half a mile a footpath leaves the lane on the left heading across a number of fields, each divided by a little slate stile, towards the hamlet of Crugmeer.

Camel Estuary
Quiet lane nr Padstow
Fields nr Crugmeer

Fields nr Crugmeer
Fields nr Crugmeer

The path joins a lane in Crugmeer, follow this past the houses for a short way before turning right at the road junction, then almost immeadiatly left along another lane with a large barn on the left hand side.
Follow this lane through fields all the way to the steep drop down to the beach at Trevone. As you progress along the lane Trevose head can be seen in the distance. Although it was the middle of the summer holiday season not a single car passed me while walking along this lane.

Fields nr Crugmeer
Trevose Head
Trevone Beach

As you reach the beach at Trevone turn sharp right to join the South West Coast path as it climbs up the hillside to the right of the beach. As it climbs the path passes the roundhole on the right which is well worth the very short detour to look at. The walk then follows the coast path all the way back to Padstow, eventually reaching the memorial passed near the start.

Coast path sign at Trevone
View towards Stepper Point
The Roundhole at Trevone

The walk along the coast path is relatively straight forward with just a few short steep ascents and descents. The route of the path is well waymarked and quite clear on the ground.
The walk passes Tregudda Gorge and steadily makes its way towards the old tower on the top of Stepper Point where there are fine views both down the coast and up across the Camel Estuary towards Pentire Point and beyond.

Tregudda Gorge
Stepper Point
Pentire Point

The path then descends before turning right and following the course of the Camel Estuary towards Padstow with fine views across to Polzeath and Rock. After a short ascent the path descends towards the cottages at Hawkers Cove and then on towards the sandy beach at Harbour cove before the final stretch past St Georges Well back into Padstow.

Camel Estuary nr Padstow
Camel Estuary nr Padstow
Camel Estuary nr Padstow

Once the war memorial is reached fork right along a level path that leads past a multitude of commerative benches into the back streets of Padstow, a haven of peace and quiet compared to the tourist hoardes around the harbour area. Walk along St Saviours lane and then continue on into the High Street. At the end of the High street turn sharp left into Church street and head downhill towards St Petroc's Church. Turn into the churchyard and pass round the church and go through the lych gate to join the path the leads below the car park and the end of the walk.
This stretch of path also marks the start, or end, of the Saints way which runs between and Padstow and Fowey.

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