Coastal Walk; Hawkers Cove to Butter Hole
Hawkers Cove is one of those places that, see one photo of it and you just need to go there. That was me one summers afternoon so we head off to walk a circular from Hawkers Cove to Butter hole, via Rest a While Tea Garden.
Hawkers Cove is the beach that you will find at Padstow. If you follow the coastal path from Padstow town centre, you’ll walk along a beautiful stretch of beach which merges into the estuary; Hawkers Cove is the latter end of this stretch. You can start this walk from Padstow, should you want to take in all that has to offer first. We chose to start the walk from Hawkers Cove, when heading there by car, there’s a small area for parking but you can only fit a handful so be prepared to have to head elsewhere. From here you can walk down the road heading towards the water, and soon find yourself at the cove.
Hawkers Cove has a beautiful little beach at low tide and at high tide on a summers day, the water is lagoon blue and calm for swimming – I am desperate to get back there to go for a dip! There’s a very charming row of cottages and also the old lifeboat station which is now lovingly restored into a holiday let, a very dreamy place to stay, find them online here.
Take your time wandering around the cove and you’ll find a row of houses perpendicular to the coast path, head up to the top and you’ll find Rest a While Tea Garden. Someones lovely garden where they have made it into the perfect coastal path rest stop through the warm season. We stopped off for a cream tea and took in the view.
As you head off from the tea garden and continue, the view from above is amazing. You can see back in Padstow and across the water to Rock, Daymer Bay and Polzeath tucked around the corner.
From here, continue to follow the path around the headland where you’ll find Stepper Point. Stepper Point is a daymark which is an old navigational aid to signify the opening of the estuary.
Further along the path you’ll come to a large collapsed sea cave which now shows a hole in the ground – be very careful with young kids and dogs here!
And further on is Butterhole beach, we were visiting at high tide so the beach was covered but it does show a small sandy beach at low tide. I don’t believe the beach is accessible unless approached by boat.
The walk headed back to the road where we parked and I must say, this is one of my favourite walks to date. I’ll be doing this again soon, I’m sure.