THE CORNISH PILGRIMAGE – PHASE 4
CAMELFORD TO PADSTOW
This diverse section provides a good route for both walkers and cyclists.
DISTANCE: 15 miles.
ROUTE SUMMARY: Leaving Camelford the pilgrimage moves forward along the country lanes to Lanteglos, St Teath and Pendoggett. For those who prefer a more extensive scenic coast journey, follow the byways from Pendoggett to Port Isaac.
This more arduous route combines with the National Trust coast path to Padstow.
Sticking to the original Church and Village Route, the journey continues away from Camelford via St Juliot’s Well Campsite to Bowood Park, Lanteglos and Trewalder.
The country trail passes Pendoggett on its way to St Kew, where pilgrims have the opportunity to visit the village’s famous old inn and St James Church. Beyond St Kew there is a long winding trek to St Minver (back uphill then left turn), and eventually Rock where a ferry completes the journey to Padstow.
Padstow is a popular tourist location and fish empire of Rick Stein. It is also the starting point for the ancient Saints Way Pilgrim Walk and the popular Camel Trail.
GETTING THERE: Mainline trains run to Bodmin Parkway where a bus service connects from here to Camelford (25 mins). Contact Traveline about services to Tintagel for those who want to learn more about the myths and truths of King Arthur's Kingdom: or walk the coast path as an alternative way to Padstow.
PLACES TO STAY: Padstow has numerous B&B and pub/hotel accommodation.
Also, there is the excellent St Denis Campsite, situated close to the region’s best-known leisure tracks: The Camel Trail which begins beyond the fish processing halls (once the site of the old railway station). The Saints Way which starts at St Petroc’s Church also passes through the campsite via a lane from the top of town.