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Cornwall's Atlantic Coast North Trail Running

Cornwall's Atlantic Coast North Trail Running

A trail running holiday from Westward Ho! to Padstow along the South West Coast Path.

4 to 7 nights
78 miles
Easy / Moderate to Demanding

From £445 per person

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About this route

Book a trail running holiday along the northern stretch of Cornwall’s Atlantic Coast, a lively stage of the South West Coast Path that visits welcoming fishing villages and offers the opportunity to pause your run and take in the ruins of Tintagel, the birthplace of King Arthur. The trail wends from Westward Ho! to Padstow over rugged headlands and around secluded coves, sticking to the Coast Path’s well-waymarked footpaths. This run is still a hilly one, but not quite as taxing as North Devon.

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Interactive
© Contours Walking Holidays Cornwall's Atlantic Coast North Trail Running map
Westward Ho! to Padstow
78 miles (124 km)
2nd January to 23rd December

Holiday highlights

Running along narrow pathways through outstanding natural beauty, with the water on one side and windswept fields on the other.

Pausing to explore the ruins of Tintagel, King Arthur's birthplace.

 Sharing the trails with wild ponies and endless wildflowers.

Available tours

CodeTourDurationDifficultyPrice per person
R-CACN1 From Westward Ho! to Padstow 4 nights, 3 days running Demanding£445
R-CACN2 From Westward Ho! to Padstow 5 nights, 4 days running Moderate / Demanding£520
R-CACN3 From Westward Ho! to Padstow 7 nights, 6 days running Easy / Moderate£675

Cornwall's Atlantic Coast North Trail Run 4 nights, 3 days running

£NNN per person
  • Itinerary
  • What's included?
  • Extra nights?
  • Tour facts
  • Route profile
  • Travel info
  • Weather
Start

Travel to Westward Ho! where your first night's accommodation has been booked

Day 1

Westward Ho! to Hartland Quay. 21.5 miles (34.5km) / 4449 ft (1356 m) ascent

Day 2

Hartland Quay to Boscastle. 31.5 miles (50km) / 6906 ft (2105 m) ascent

Day 3

Boscastle to Padstow. 25.5 miles (40.5km) / 4869 ft (1484 m) ascent

Finish

Depart from Padstow after breakfast

Your Itinerary

This itinerary lists our preferred overnight stops for this tour. Sometimes there may be a shortage of available accommodation in a preferred location, in which case we will transfer you from the trail to your accommodation and back again at no extra charge. Overnight stops marked with a (T) will always require transfers as standard.

Overnight stops marked with an (L) have very limited accommodation, and therefore more often than not will also require a transfer, particularly on bank holidays and weekends. We will use non-transfer accommodation wherever possible.

The daily mileages quoted are average trail miles only and do not include the distance from the trail to your accommodation. We do not expect you to have to travel more than a mile from the trail to your accommodation; should your accommodation be further than this, transfers will be provided as standard.

Below are the additional costs that may apply depending on your requirements. Dog-friendly tours are subject to a Daily Dog Charge, which will be listed below if applicable. Our standard prices per person are based upon two people sharing a room; if you are on your own, or are part of a group but require a room of your own, then the Solo Traveller or Single Supplements apply respectively:

A note about transfers
Solo Traveller Supplement
£40.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£33.00 per person / per night


You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£55.00 per person / per night

What's included?

  • 4 nights' accommodation in en-suite rooms (where available) in selected B&B’s, hotels, inns and guesthouses along the trail, or a short distance away via taxi provided at our expense.
  • Breakfast each day.
  • Door to door luggage transfer.
  • Maps with the route marked on and a guidebook or route notes describing the trail.
  • An information pack containing an itinerary, instructions on how to find your accommodation each night and a kit list.
  • Detailed travel instructions on how to get to the start of your holiday and back from the end of it.

Extra Nights & Rest Days

An extra night gives you a chance to explore some of the villages on the path or to simply relax on one of the many sandy beaches for which Cornwall is famous.

Padstow with its lively harbour, is an ideal base for enjoying the unique Cornish atmosphere at the end of your holiday.

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£55.00 per person / per night

Tour Facts

Total distance: 77.5 miles (124 km)
Duration: 4 nights, 3 days running
Minimum daily distance: 21.5 miles (34.5 km)
Maximum daily distance: 31.5 miles (50 km)
Code: R-CACN1 Grade: Demanding
Season: 2nd January - 23rd December
Start of holiday: Westward Ho!
End of holiday: Padstow

Route Profile

Cornwall's Atlantic Coast North Trail Run Route Profile

Travel Information

Useful information and travel links that will assist you in your plans to travel to the start of the holiday and back from the end of it are sent to you with your full tour pack. A summary is given below:

By Air - The most convenient major city and international airports are Bristol, Exeter and Newquay Airport.

By Rail - The nearest rail station to the start of the trail (Westward Ho!) is at Barnstaple (about 10 miles away). The nearest rail station to the end of the trail (Padstow) is at Bodmin Parkway (about 19.5 miles away).

By Bus - There are bus services from Barnstaple to Westward Ho! and also from Padstow to Bodmin Parkway.

From London - Trains run from London Paddington station to Barnstaple. From there a bus/taxi will be required to Westward Ho!

Return To The Start - The easiest way to return to the start of the trail is to take a taxi from Padstow to Westward Ho!, as there are no suitable public transport options.

Weather Information

To find out more about the weather forecast for your chosen holiday's general location, please see the following websites:

  • MetCheck - This website allows you to look up detailed weather information for specific locations as far as six months in advance.
  • Met Office - This website shows regional area forecasts a few days in advance, with a general UK forecast description of up to 30 days in advance.
  • Mountain Forecast - This website shows what the forecast is like up on specific hills and fells, and offers forecasts a few days in advance.

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