1. Walking days
5½. Unless you live very close it will probably take a day of travel at either end.
2. Getting there & away
We took the National Express Bus from Heathrow to St Ives. It's long, about 8 hours. However the St Ives Bus Station has a view that will restore your body and soul.
Get away by Cornwall County Bus, Padstow to Bodmin (or walk to Bodmin along the Camel Trail); then National Express Bus Bodmin - Heathrow (nearly 8 hours)
The one we used is the National Trail Guide to the South West Coast Path (Padstow to Falmouth) by John Macadam, Aurum Press. Ordnance Survey Maps OS102/104/106, but the Trail Guide has all the mapping you need.
4. The Route. Total 66 miles
[Note that the prices in 2013 are noticably higher than they were in 2010. This is
partly because they've gone up, partly because we were in half term in 2013, and partly
because we were a bit more up-market. Note that web sites like booking.com charge the B&Bs
a booking fee, so you might be able to negotiate a reduction by dealing direct.]
St Ives: Lots of B&Bs. We stayed at
Lord Ryans. £70, 2013.
Day 1: St Ives to Upton Towans: 7 miles
We only found Sandbank House. Nice but more expensive at £95 (2013).
Day 2: Upton Towans to Portreath: 11 miles
There are several B&Bs. We stayed at
Portreath Bed and Breakfast, £80 (2013)
Day 3: Portreath to Perranporth: 12 miles
Our 2010 B&B, Chy An Kerensa (£58) may not be operating.
In 2013 we stayed at the
Ponsmere Hotel (£92), right on the beach.
Day 4: Perranporth to Newquay: 12 miles
Lots of B&Bs. In 2010 we stayed at the
and in 2013 at the Priory Lodge Hotel (£80).
Day 5: Newquay to Treyarnon Bay: 13 miles
In 2010 we stayed at the Treyarnon Bay Youth Hostel (£59.90 demi pension).
In 2013 we stayed at Old MacDonald's Farm, near Porthcothan Bay (£85).
Day 6: Treyarnon Bay to Padstow: 11 miles
West House B&B (£70, 2010);
Tor View B&B (£80, 2013). If you want to find a local pub, try the
Golden Lion. You might even meet a Cornish person there! (They do accommodation, too.)