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|Padstow and Camel Estuary|
|Author: clairesharpuk, Published: 03 Jul 2012||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 3.5 mile circular route from the picturesque town of Padstow on the north coast of Cornwall. The walk gives you the chance to explore the heart of the small Cornish town, before climbing out to follow the coastal path alongside the estuary of the River Camel. The route then returns along arable field paths and farm tracks passing the old manor house of Prideaux Place. Within the town you’ll have chance to explore the many quaint small shops, cafes and pubs or take a boat trip and once you’re out onto the coastal path the views are really breathtaking. |
The walk follows a mixture of pavements, quiet tarmac lanes, stone paths and field side paths, the latter of which will be muddy after wet weather and can also be quite overgrown. The walk has several short steep climbs and also a couple of very long gradual climbs. There is one (very tight!) kissing gate by the church plus three stone stiles (these are relatively easy to climb but dogs may need a leg up on one of them). There are public toilets in the car park at the start and plenty of places for refreshment within the town. Approximate time 2 hours.
The walk starts from the Link Road long stay pay and display car park which is on the main A389 access road into Padstow, just near the junction with New Street. Approximate post code PL28 8DT. Padstow gets very busy particularly during summer weekends so you may need to use the overflow park and ride unless you arrive early at these times.
|Car Park to Marble Arch|
Start point: 50.5399 lat, -4.9419 long
With your back to the road, leave the car park through the far right hand corner down the tarmac slope to the left of the toilet block, signed for Town Centre. As you reach the T-junction, turn left onto the level tarmac walkway with slate walls each side. Follow the walkway as it swings right and downhill and go straight ahead to pass under the lych gate to enter the church yard of St Petroc’s Church.
|Marble Arch to Broad Street|
Start point: 50.542 lat, -4.9419 long
Turn right here into Marble Arch and follow the narrow passageway along and down steps taking care to mind your head on the low ceiling. Turn left onto Church Street and pass by the Cross Hotel. Continue straight ahead onto Duke Street walking along the small raised terrace.
|Broad Street to Chapel Stile Field|
Start point: 50.5411 lat, -4.9392 long
Turn left here to walk along Market Place and then continue ahead as the road narrows to a small alleyway passing The Old Ship on the left. Follow the lane as it bends right and you will emerge at the harbour.
|Chapel Stile Field to War Memorial|
Start point: 50.5432 lat, -4.9364 long
Follow the tarmac path running with the field sloping up to the left, heading to the war memorial visible ahead. Soon you will have views over the Camel estuary on the right.
|War Memorial to Gun Point|
Start point: 50.5473 lat, -4.9351 long
Continue ahead onto the stone track running parallel with the estuary over to the right. Take time to enjoy the spectacular views here across the water and to the dramatic coast opposite and ahead.
|Gun Point to Stone Stile|
Start point: 50.5508 lat, -4.9392 long
Padstow was considered one of the few places on the north Cornish coast vulnerable to invasion in 1940, so four lines of defence were laid, one of which was the re-instatement of guns on the cliffs here.
|Stone Stile to Tregirls Holiday Cottages|
Start point: 50.5542 lat, -4.9442 long
Cross over the stile and continue on the narrow path, which may be a little overgrown, with arable fields over to the left. Follow the path as it swings left at the end of the field, to cross a second stone stile into another field. Go ahead on the path still running with a crop field to the left. You will emerge to a T-junction with a grass/stone track.
|Tregirls Holiday Cottages to Prideaux Place|
Start point: 50.5497 lat, -4.9488 long
Turn right immediately after the cottages over a stone stile (or the gate alongside may be unlocked) and then turn immediately left to follow the track heading uphill away from the cottages.
|Prideaux Place to End|
Start point: 50.5429 lat, -4.9453 long
For more than 400 years, Prideaux Place has been the home of the Prideaux-Brune family. Completed in 1592, the house has been enlarged and modified by successive generations. Today it combines the traditional E-shape of Elizabethan architecture with the 18th century exuberance of Strawberry Hill Gothic. The house is filled with treasures, including royal and family portraits, fine furniture and the Prideaux Porcelain Collection.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2012 by the author clairesharpuk and may not be reproduced without permission.
The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.
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