Port Isaac, Cornwall to Padstow, Cornwall
Quite strenuous till you get to Port Quin, then the going becomes
- miles 35 - 38
- The Coast Path climbs out of Port Isaac on the south side
of the harbour, round Lobber Point and then down past Pine Haven, a very pleasant
spot. Up the other side of this valley to the cliff tops again and then the
path goes up and down along the cliffs until it turns round Killen Head and
drops to Port Quin
- Port Quin is a pretty hamlet of a few houses, and no shops.
It had a pilchard salting "factory" in the last century, but when
the pilchard shoals disappeared, then the hamlet became redundant. This is
now owned by the National Trust and is rented out as holiday cottages
- The path follows the road steeply out of port Quin, past
a large National Trust holiday house, and to seaward is Doyden Castle, which
is a 19th century folly, used originally for upper class gambling parties,
but now it too is owned by the National Trust.
- On past disused mine shafts to the sandy beach at Lundy Bay
|north of Port Quin
||Port Quin inlet
|Doyden Castle from Port Quin
||The port !
- miles 38 - 40
- Its a fairly level walk now along the cliff tops . You can
cut off the headland of Pentire Point to get to Polzeath quicker, but the
Iron Age settlement and fortifications on the point make the walk round the
coast worthwhile. You can clearly see three lines of ramparts and their
gates closing off the tip of the promontory
- miles 40 - 42
- Round Pentire Point and into Padstow Bay. The rock formations
change here from the layers of sedimentary rocks that we have seen in folded
layers to more massive lavas from volcanoes deep in the ground. Soon the path
drop down to a sandy beach at Pentireglaze Haven, then up to the Victorian
houses of New Polzeath. And past the short row of these hoses, and on to Polzeath
at the head of the beach
||Polzeath beach in winter
||south from Polzeath
- miles 42 - 45
- From Polzeath it is an easy walk to Padstow. Round the edge
of the cliffs to Daymer Bay, and the start of a sandy beach running for miles
into the Camel Estuary.
- You pass St Enodoc Church, burial place of John Betjeman.
It was built in the 6th century as an Oratory, and lay buried for years under
the sands. They still have difficulty keeping the sands out!
- You can either go along the beach, or follow the marked path
over the golf course. Near the Rock Hotel you came to the ferry to take you
to Padstow. Though the ferry does operate in winter as well as summer, its
hours are more catholic in the winter, so check in advance.
- Padstow is an old fishing port, that still has a fishing
fleet. In the last century it was a Transatlantic port, until the Camel silted
up and navigation was no longer possible for larger vessels. Today the Doom
Bar, on the south side of the estuary, between Padstow and the sea, continues
to wreck vessels even today.
- Prideaux Place, a stately home overlooks the town. But Padstow
is probably best known today for the transitory fame that television has brought
Rick Stein's Seafood Restaurant (plus Mr Steins various other business ventures
|Rock from Padstow war memorial
||Mr Steins Sea Food Restaurant
||the ferry route to Rock
||Padstow's inner and outer harbours
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