Padstow

Discover Padstow

Padstow is a charming working fishing port surrounded by glorious sandy beaches, at the head of the Camel River. Watching the everyday ebb and flow of harbour life is a perfect way to spend a day. This foodie destination with popular eateries such as Rick Stein’s Seafood Restaurant, is the start and end point for the Camel Cycle Trail and a good base for water sports. 

Reasons to visit Padstow:

  • Natural beauty made up of rugged coastline, quiet coves and fabulous walks 
  • Seven golden beaches accessible in less than a 5 minute drive 
  • Top foodie destination majoring in fresh, locally produced food and celebrity chefs 
  • Start and end point for the gorgeous Camel Cycle Trail 
  • Perfect base for exploring the beautiful South West Coast path 
  • Ideal location for water sports

Things to do in Padstow

  • Enjoy a fun filled day on the beach with an abundance of activities to try, from rock pooling at low tide, body boarding, learning to surf with a local surf school and of course having a go at building a sand castle
  • Get access to the beautiful Cornish countryside with a cycle on the famous Camel Trail beginning in Padstow and ending in Wadebridge
  • Known as one of Cornwall’s great foodie destinations, you can indulge in some of Rick Stein’s fish and chips, sit down in his famous fish restaurant or visit Paul Ainesworth at No.6 for some truly delicious food
  • Padstow Museum houses an interesting collection of memorabilia giving an insight into the history of Padstow over the past two centuries. You can also discover the story of the famous ‘Obby ‘Oss, the ancient ritual played out in the town every May Day
  • Take the ferry across the river to the village of Rock, popular with film stars, models and even royalty. From here there are some great walks along the coast to the spectacular beaches of Daymer Bay and Polzeath
  • Leave Padstow behind in your wake on a white-knuckle ride on a fast speedboat. Pass rugged coastal scenery as you take an exhilarating 15 minute trip out to sea 
  • The local coastal waters offer fantastic fishing on the rocky headlands not to mention the stunning views. For the more adventurous take a trip on a local fisherman’s boat which operate daily throughout the summer

Poldark connection:

For some of the cliff scenes the filming action moved to the Padstow area. Fans of north Cornwall will recognise Levlizzick, and the spectacular views across the Camel Estuary and Tregirls beach.

Nearby beaches along the Camel estuary include:

Constantine Bay
Harlyn Bay
Mother Ivey's Bay
Polzeath 
Porthcothan 
Rock 
Trevone
Treyarnon Bay

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West Cornwall
Selection of character cottages in and around the beautiful Cadgwith Cove in west Cornwall, near the most southerly point in mainland Britain. Fishing boats supply fresh crab and lobster every day. There is a village pub and a good cafe/restaurant.

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Cornwall
This delightful detached riverside holiday cottage nestles in a unique location with direct frontage onto the River Camel

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West Cornwall
Self-catering cottages on an 18th century farm, situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Helston, Cornwall. The farm has panoramic views over an extensive valley area with access to ancient woodlands.

Bodmin Moor + Tamar Valley > Bodmin
Butterwell Farm Holiday Cottages on the Camel Trail, between Bodmin & Wadebridge, 10 miles from Padstow with a private 40-acre estate and fishing on the River Camel. A quiet oasis in rural Cornwall for families, couples and friends.

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North Coast
Award winning family park: 3 fishing lakes, nature trail & pond, spacious level pitches, eurotents, caravan hol.  homes, glamping logpods, shop, laundry & play areas. Loo of the Year Award. 4 star facilities.

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South Coast
In a tranquil setting, The Vean nestles in the wooded Porthluney Valley, with stunning views over Caerhays Castle gardens. Its idyllic rural location is less than a mile from Porthluney beach.

West Cornwall
Luxury Self Catering Cottages in West Cornwall.  These personally managed properties have one thing in common – they are all within easy walking distance of a beach. Most of them are in Porthcurno with one in Porthgwarra and two in Sennen Cove.

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West Cornwall > Penzance
2 unique, award winning self catering holiday cottages on the edge of Penzance. Both cottages have been beautifully and carefully restored to offer understated luxury with fine décor and complimentary cream tea on arrival.

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