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The Way I Walk

Whether it’s a unique lookout point, a slice of town history or a perfectly placed bench inviting you to sit and rest a while, wherever you walk in Padstow, you’re sure to be rewarded with something special…

Run wild

If our great outdoors inspires you to take more than a gentle stroll, why not pick up the pace? Chase sunsets, turning tides or, if you’re really keen, sunrises, with Kate’s recommended running route.

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Watching your footprints fade as the tide washes over the sand. Leaning into autumn gusts on a cliff top saunter. Feeling the sea spray kiss sun-blushed skin. Padstow is made for walking. And after 25 years in the town, there’s hardly a patch of it our office whiz Kate hasn’t paced. So here’s Kate’s take on the best wanders, walks and strolls to be found here.

“I’ve lived in Padstow for 25 years, after moving from Wadebridge. But as my grandparents lived on the quay next to the Harbour Inn, I was always here more than I was at home. My Grandfather was a very well known local fisherman called Tommy Morrissey – you’ll see his memorial bench up on Trit Troll field – and he knew this land as well as he knew the water. He used to take me out walking a lot, telling me one tall tale or another, about the giants grave on Trit Troll field or the kangaroos that rustle in the trees near Prideaux Place.

“To this day the views up and down the estuary never fail to blow me away. Just the other day I was walking out to Tregirls in the pouring rain and we got completely soaked. But when we started to walk across the empty beach, the sun came out. Suddenly there was a black sky with a beaming sun that turned the tide brilliant white. It was totally worth getting wet for!”

Walk in Kate’s footsteps

Feeling revved up and ready to explore? From coast to countryside, here are a handful of Kate’s favourite walks for you to try your feet at.

Trevone: 1.5 hours

Take a walk from Padstow to Trevone and back again in a circular – there’s nothing worse than going back the way you came. Start by walking up the lane at the back of Prideaux Place. Then cross the field to the Padstow Farm Shop, go down the lane to Trevone past Porthmission Farm, up the hill around the blow hole, back down to the beach, up the road past Homer Park Road, then next left. Then simply follow the footpath back across the fields to the farm shop. Now you’re right back where you started, just in time for a beer. Go on, you’ve earned it.

Trit Troll: 40 minutes

Pass Prideaux place, pace up the hill, turn right across the fields to the top of Trit Troll, then wend your way back down into town. At the top you’ll see a gateway piled with stones – my Grampy fooled me into thinking it was a giant’s grave; unfortunately my kids are far to savvy to believe the story!

Tregudda Gorge: 1.5 hours

If you’ve got a car, park on the road out to Hawkers Cove. Turn left down towards the sea, walk to the end to see the stacks, then head up the hill and across the cliff tops. If you just fancy a half an hour saunter, cut back to the car from here. Or carry on the way around Stepper Point, down to Hawkers Cove, behind the Old Lifeboat Station, through the car park, and along the road back to where you left your car.

So jot down your chosen walk, lace up your walking shoes and meander round Padstow’s coast and countryside. If you stumble across a sight that’s too good not to share, snap it and pass it on. We’d love to see it!

Run wild

If our great outdoors inspires you to take more than a gentle stroll, why not pick up the pace? Chase sunsets, turning tides or, if you’re really keen, sunrises, with Kate’s recommended running route.

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