Padstow to Lanivet

1. Padstow to Lanivet

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The configuration of the paths, often below without much horizon and sheltered by trees, reinforces the feeling of isolation conducive to meditation. It also offers the opportunity to discover a region of bocage, shaped by man to protect himself from the wind and sea spray.
From the north coast of Cornwall inland, the landscape is a succession of green hills where the habitat is scattered in isolated hamlets. The route follows a succession of small roads and footpaths, which are steeply sloping and hidden by hedges of trees.

6 points of interest

  • Panoramic


    Padstow, a town of around 3000 inhabitants, is a well-sheltered harbour in the green hills of Cornwall's north coast.

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  • Historical


    Great opportunity to discover the history of Padstow.

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  • Tourist

    National Lobster Hatchery

    Lobster research and conservation centre but also an educational centre that can be visited to discover this particular fauna of the region.

    To find out more about it.

  • Cultural

    St Petroc’s minor Church

    The church is famous near the burial place of St. Petroc. Renovated in 1858, the original church dates from the 13th century.

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  • Historical

    St Breock Downs Monolith

    Originally five metres high and weighing some 16.75 tonnes, the St Breock Downs Monolith is the largest and heaviest prehistoric monolith in Cornwall. It stands at the top of St Breock Downs and offers a magnificent view.

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  • Cultural

    St Clement Church

    The name Withiel is linked to a 4th century Irish saint, St Uvel. Withiel's church and manor house belonged to Bodmin Monastery until 1538. If the old church was not on the present site, this church was built in granite in the 15th and 16th century with a nave and choir to which a tower and a curious little chapel were later added.

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The Catholic and Anglican churches of Padstow are in the north of the city. Departure is from the Anglican Church of St. Petroc. Reach the harbour to the east by Church lane :

  1. At the port, follow the shore to the South until the exit of the town marked by a small lake bypassed by the right. The marked Saint's Way trail follows the river to the hamlet of Little Petherick.
  2. Turn left onto the A389 which crosses the river and in a left turn joins a path. Follow this path along the river on the other bank and joins a small road which crosses the river again at Mellingey. Follow the road to Trenance and continue east on a road and trail that crosses the river again and meets a small road at Blable Farm.
  3. Turn right on this steep road and then left at the next crossroads. Cross the main road A39 and take another small road opposite which passes through a few houses and then the river. 200m after the bend in the road on the right, take the path on the right. Reach the edge of a field and follow it towards the South East until you reach a country lane that leads to a farm on the right. Continue on this road that turns east and goes up to wind turbines left on the left. At the next three crossroads, turn left, still in the same eastbound direction.
  4. When the road goes north, turn right on the road going south. At the first bend in this road, continue on the southbound path that descends and reaches a country road. Turn right and then left on the road to cross the river and go up to the hamlet of Withiel. 
  5. Cross it continuing south and turn left at the last house to take an eastbound path. The path goes down, crosses a brook before going up again to reach a path facing South. Follow it to the next crossroads with a larger road.
  6. Turn left on this road going east. Leave Retire's houses on the left, cross the creek and go up to Tremore. After the Tremore crossroads, turn right on a path that passes under a power line before reaching a road that is followed for 100m between two sharp bends. Continue east on a path that passes under a second power line before reaching a road that crosses another road.
  7. Continue in the same direction on the road that descends towards Lanivet. Cross an important Truro Road before reaching the village church, the destination of the stage.
  • Departure : St Petroc’s Church, Padstow PL28 8BG
  • Arrival : Parish Church, 81 Rectory road, Lanivet PL30 5HG
  • Towns crossed : Cornwall

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