The Atlantic Ocean is fantastic for water sports and swimming off the north coast of Cornwall.  It also provides an ever-changing backdrop to some of UK’s most stunning cliff walks.

Why is a cliff walk so invigorating?  The natural effect of water on our emotions, the components of sea air, the rhythmic sound of the waves or the breeze that invigorates our lungs?  Or perhaps it’s the far distant views that make us appreciate the grandeur of nature and our small part within it.

There are many fantastic walks within half an hour of Orchard Air – here’s a selection of just 3 of them.

Full Day Coastal Walks on The South-West Coast Path

Padstow to Trevone

From the picturesque harbour town of Padstow with its fishing boats and little shops, walk to the far end of the harbour and up to the lovely grassy walk through Chapel Stile Field.  High above the expansive blue estuary, take in the 180 degree views inland, out to sea and over to Rock on the other side.  Depending on the tide, continue your walk along the beaches or along the coastal path that starts low and climbs to high cliffs above the mouth of the estuary.

Turn back at Trevose Head Lighthouse or make it a full day by following the coast all the way around to the seaside village and bay of Trevone where you’ll find refreshments.  Return to Padstow via the same route or cut inland on your way back.

From Orchard Air, it takes 15-20 minutes to drive to Padstow or you can cycle there along the flat Camel Trail in 30-60 minutes.

Rock to The Rumps  

Rock is an unspoilt resort area, with just a few amenities such as a pub, a handful of shops, a few places to eat, watersports and a golf course.  It’s a very affluent area, popular with ‘the London crowd’ including a few famous faces.  Being at the end of the Camel estuary, its calm shallow waters make a harbour for small boats.  The long wide beach curves at the end and is backed by a large area of dunes, providing a sea shore or inland route.

From the beach or dunes of Rock, take the high cliff onto the sands of Daymer Bay.  Cross the beach to take the scenic cliff walk onward.  Around the corner is the well-known surf beach of Polzeath with its cafes and shops. On the other side, the coastal walk becomes much wilder.  Walk onward to the promontory with the memorable name of ‘The Rumps’.

From Orchard Air, it takes 15-20 minutes by car to get to Rock.  Alternatively, you can cycle to Padstow along the Camel Trail as above, then cross to Rock via the small ferry which only takes about 5 minutes.

To do the this whole walk and return is a complete day out.

Constantine to Bedruthan Steps

Constantine and its neighbouring beach, Treyarnon Bay is one of my favourite places to walk in winter months and swim in summer.  Park at Constantine and walk down the road to Constantine beach.  Walk left and the path will take you through to the grassy area above the sea at Treyarnon.  You may spy my favourite natural swimming pool amongst the rocks at low tide.  A popular YHA hostel also overlooks the sea, for snacks, lunch and live music on some nights in the summer so this may be a great stop at the end of your day.

Continue around the beach and you’re heading towards a far less populated area.  You’ll rise to higher cliffs and it will take you about 3 hours of fast walking to reach the highest cliffs at Bedruthan Steps.  In any season, this area is absolutely spectacular!  If you haven’t brought a picnic, there is a cute National Trust café and shop for refreshments.

From Orchard Air, it takes 20-30 minutes to get to Constantine by car.

Again, to do this whole walk in both directions, put aside a full day.

Do you have a favourite Cornish cliff walk?

Read more about beautiful North Cornwall beaches, close to Orchard Air here.

Orchard Air is a retreat venue in Cornwall, UK that accommodates up to 14 people.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do you have a favourite Cornish cliff walk?

Read more about beautiful North Cornwall beaches, close to Orchard Air here.

Orchard Air is a retreat venue in Cornwall, UK that accommodates up to 14 people.

 

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