Self Catering in Padstow

There’s much more to Padstow than just great places to eat. It’s still a working harbour, it’s surrounded by glorious beaches, and offers a base to explore the Camel estuary.

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A pretty harbour with lively streets and a thriving foodie scene, situated on one of the most beautiful stretches of coast in Britain? Padstow is a must-visit.


A bay for everyday

Staying in Padstow means you can enjoy a fun filled day out on a different one of the many beaches every day of the week. If you want golden sand, this is the place to come, from the tidal beaches at Hawker’s Cove to the long strands at Harlyn and Treyarnon. Hop on the ferry and explore Rock or Daymer Bay or take the surf boards to Constantine Bay.

You’re on holiday, if you just want to relax and sunbathe all day, do, but there’s plenty of activities on hand to stop you getting bored. At low tide explore the rock pools or build sandcastles, For the more adventurous, learn to surf at a local surf school, or grab a mask and snorkel and see what lurks below the water.

For more details on self-catering in and around Padstow, click on the link below.

  • It's best known these days as the place where Rick Stein has all his restaurants, but prior to Mr Stein turning up, it was probably best known for its May Day celebrations and the Obby Oss, which dances through the busy streets from morning to night.

  • Some would say eating! And if you have the budget, you probably could, there are that many great places to eat! Or you could spend the day learning to cook with Rick Stein, though he probably won't be there.

    Away from the gastro indulgences, Padstow is a nice place to just amble around, look in a few shops, take a walk out along the coastal path, or hire a bike and go up the Camel Trail?

    You can learn all about lobsters, visit Prideaux House or St Petroc's Church, even catch a ferry across to Rock...

  • Visit Cornwall would hate to take sides here by saying one place is better than the other.

    Padstow is best known these days for its foodie connections, though that's not to say there aren't some fine places to eat in St Ives. Padstow might not have the beaches that St Ives has but with the tide out the sandy estuary provides a wonderful place to relax in the sunshine.

    St Ives possibly has more for the family than Padstow, although you can't beat sitting on the harbour catching crabs! And Padstow also has the Camel Trail, a safe flat cycle route up river to Wadebridge.

    Of course, St Ives is known for it's art, and although there are a few galleries in Padstow, they can't compete with the Tate St Ives, or can they? I suppose it depends on your taste's?

  • It's about 9 km (5.5 miles) from Wadebridge to Padstow along the Camel Trail. It's flat all the way on a good hard surface. Most people walk it in about two hours, but it can take longer if you stop to take in the fantastic views!

    There are busses back to Wadebridge if you don't fancy the return walk.

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