St Teath Hiking Holiday Cornwall on the South West Coast Path England UK
Our St Teath Hiking Holiday Cornwall near the South West Coast Path in North Cornwall, England, UK turned out to be a lovely adventure for my partner Anne and myself.
We hiked on all days of this 7 day hiking holiday from Saturday to Friday.
We did not hike on the day we returned home as it was a long journey home to Birmingham and we were tired after a week of hiking.
On our journey down to North Cornwall we started out from Birmingham very early in the morning in order to do half day hike before continuing onwards to our holiday accommodation. We stayed in St Teath and our accommodation was booked through “Cottages4You” which was a one bed self-catering chalet, or lodge as the owners call it.
Prior to the St Teath Hiking Holiday Cornwall we selected 7 day hikes to do from our stock of self-guided hiking routes compiled from our hiking magazine subscription. We chose 6 hikes that had a section along the South West Coast Path and one inlans along The Camel Trail. In case we needed them, we also carried 1:25,000 OS Maps for each hike in a see through protective map cover with shoulder strap, together with a compass. We only had to use the compass once, on an inland route where the directions on the guide were a bit vague, and there appeared to have been some changes to the local terrain.
This video slideshow shows some highlights from a St Teath Hiking Holiday Cornwall, South West Coast Path.
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St Teath Hiking Holiday Cornwall Schedule
On reaching Cornwall we went directly to Bude, the location for our first hike, as our chalet would not be available until late afternoon. When we finished the hike we drove to St Teath, our base for the week to settle in to our chalet and explore St Teath.
During all the evenings Anne prepared a meal and I cleared up afterwards. After preparing the hike on the next day we would relax and watch a DVD and have a drink. For the first time, I also took a laptop and organised the photographs I took during the day.
All the hikes we chose were a short drive away so we had a leisurely breakfast each moring before travelling by car to the hike location. Depending on the hiking distance, we started each hike between 9.00 and 10.00. The day hiking we undertook over the 7 days was:
- Day 1 – Saturday – Cornwall Walking Bude Hiking on the South West Coast – This anti-clockwise circular day hike with a distance of 5 miles and a steep incline up to Compass Point headland. The walking after that was easy. We hiked along the coastal path southwards, which was near to the road from Upton onwards. At the start of Widemouth Sand the route turned inland over lovely fields to Bude Canal at Helebridge by Marhamchurch. The return to Bude was beside the quiet and peaceful Bude Canal.
- Day 2 – Sunday – Cornwall Walking Port Isaac Hiking on the South West Coast – This was an anti-clockwise circular day hike and about 6.5 miles in distance. The outward leg of this hike was from Port lsaac, westward to the secluded Inlet of Port Quin along the South West Coast Path. The coastline route between Port Isaac and Port Quin was an invigorating and stunningly picturesque rollercoaster ride along chaotic, tumbling cliffs and intricate hills. The return leg to Port Isaac was over peaceful fields, tree lined valleys and stone stiles.
- Day 3 – Monday – Cornwall Walking Padstow Hiking The Camel Trail – This was a circular route over 12 miles in a clockwise direction and challenging due to the distance, although most of the route involves easy hiking. It involves hiking over hard surface paths; footpaths; tracks; and quiet lanes. There are also some steps on ascents and descents together with stiles and boardwalks to negotiate.
- Day 4 – Tuesday – Cornwall Walking Dizzard Point Hiking on the South West Coast Path – This is an anti-clockwise circular hiking route over 7.5 miles and is probably one of the less trodden that we have done in Cornwall. It was also one of the most energetic sections of the North West Coast Path that we have come across. The walking around Dizzard Point was quite exhilarating, with steep ascents that were made worthwhile when we stopped to take in the fabulous views. The final leg of the hike took us through a rare example of Cornwall’s primeval woodland.
- Day 5 – Wednesday – Cornwall Walking Tintagel Hiking Boscastle on the South West Coast Path – This was a demanding 9 miles circular day hiking route in a clockwise direction. The first leg was an especially stunning section of the South West Coast Path. The return legs were through fields and meadows and the attractive wooded St Nectan’s Glen. You can visit the Hermitage Tea Gardens to view its waterfall as well as explore the ruins of Tintagel Castle and the very attractive fishing village of Boscastle.
- Day 6 – Thursday – Cornwall Walking Padstow Hiking Trevone on the South West Coast Path – This was an interesting 7.5 miles anti-clockwise circular hiking route. Starting from Padstow Harbour, we hiked beside the River Camel, passing the infamous Doom Bar; Gun Point; a former coastguard station to Stepper Point and the Daymark Tower at the mouth of Padstow Bay. Then we headed south west across the cliffs to Trevone Bay via the collapsed caves of Pepper Hole, Butter Hole and Round Hole, as well as a variety of rock formations; before returning to Padstow along footpaths across tranquil farmland.
- Day 7 – Friday – Cornwall Walking Trebarwith Hiking Delabole on the South West Coast – This was a pleasant anti-clockwise circular day hiking route over 5.5 miles with a couple of steep gradients along the South West Coast Path, and passed Dennis Point and the peaceful Backways Cove. A field section followed, gently ascending inland eastwards with delightful views across open countryside. Heading eastwards the route followed quiet country lanes to and around the south edge of Delabole past a peaceful hillside graveyard. The route turned northwards along the rim Delabole slate quarry with views of the Delabole Wind Farm beyond to the north east. The return to Trebarwith Strand to the north west was via fields, a quiet country lane and a rocky valley path.
The county of Cornwall is in the south-west corner of England and has the longest coastline and the greatest number of sunshine hours compared to all other counties in England. Its fabulous scenery and pleasant climate make it the most frequented county destination for hiking holidays.
The stunning South West Coast Oath snakes along the rocky cliffs and headlands making it an outstanding opportunity for hikers. In addition to the long distance South West Coast Path, Cornwall has a wealth of striking walking inland. Two more long distance routes in Cornwall include The Camel Trail and The Saints’ Way.
For those hikers and walkers that like a long distance hike there are many sorts of places to rest their head overnight along the route, such as hostels and camp sites. For those hikers and walkers preferring routes that are not so demanding as a long distance path, there are many shorter inspirational circular routes that give you a taste of the splendour and distinctiveness of Cornwall.
Before Cornwall became famous for being a wonderful destination for holidaymakers, roughly 200 years ago, Cornwall was amongst the leading industrialized regions on earth. Cornwall used to be in the vanguard of developments concerning the steam engine and also technology for the mining industry. Even though most of the mines and quarries of Cornwall have now ceased their operations, there are the reminders of days gone by and this extraordinary inheritance in the form of buildings and scars on the landscape.
South West Coast Path
The South West Coast Path is a magnificent 630 mile long National Trail which follows the coast around England’s south west tip. It starts at Minehead on the boundary of the Exmoor National Park in Somerset and goes along both the Devon and Cornwall coastline to end on the harbour shoreline at Poole in Dorset. Cornwall has almost fifty percent of the South West Coast Path at 300 miles of the trail. It passes via magnificent beaches and both rugged and stunning scenery.
North Cornwall Coastline
The coastline of North Cornwall is less sheltered compared to the southern coastline. For this reason, the hiking can be more strenuous. Cornwall’s northern coast is entirely at the mercy of the Atlantic swells and its precipitous granite cliffs act as a magnificent blockade against the powerful ocean waves. The cliffs are undulating with some very abrupt short gradients and means the hiking can be quite challenging at time. However, the fabulous views of the sea, the energizing clean air and the profusion of natural wild plant life mean the extra effort required is well worth it.
The South West Coast Path along the northern coastline of Cornwall starts from the top of North Cornwall near Bude; heads south via the legendary Tintagel Castle; goes through the estuary of the River Camel at Padstow; via the popular holiday resorts of Newquay and St. Ives; and onwards to Lands End at the most south western tip of Cornwall and England.
St Teath or “Eglostedha” in Cornish is both a village and a civil parish in the north of Cornwall. You will find it between Camelford, about 3 miles to the north east; and Wadebridge, about 7 miles to the south west; and about half a mile west from the A39.
The village has an attractive clock tower located at its centre in the village square and the cottages are constructed from slate from the local Delabole Slate Quarry.
Just off the square are the church and churchyards with a splendid “Celtic Cross”. The village also has a Post Office; a general store and newsagents; and the “The White Hart” local public house near the village square.
The village has a church which was named after Saint Tetha who was one of the 24 children of Prince Brychan, a Welsh chieftain in the 4th century. St Tetha came to the North of Cornwall to convert the locals to Christianity after the Romans abandoned Britain. St Tetha Church is a Grade I listed building; having a Norman foundation which dates from around 1100; and it was rebuilt around 1380.
St Teath Cornwall Day Hiking
If you wish to see more detailed videos about this St Teath Hiking Holiday Cornwall, watch the day hiking videos of each day by following the appropriate links below:
- Day 1 – Sat – Bude on the South West Coast
- Day 2 – Sun – Port Isaac on the South West Coast
- Day 3 – Mon – Padstow and The Camel Trail
- Day 4 – Tue – Dizzard Point on the South West Coast Path
- Day 5 – Wed – Tintagel and Boscastle on the South West Coast Path
- Day 6 – Thu – Padstow and Trevone on the South West Coast Path
- Day 7 – Fri – Trebarwith and Delabole on the South West Coast