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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North Coast > St. Agnes
Country House Hotel set in 2 acres on the southerly slopes of St Agnes Beacon, with spectacular views over surrounding countryside and along the north coast to St Ives Bay.

North Coast > Padstow
Martha’s Orchard is boutique, exclusive and luxury accommodation comprising of two houses and seven lodges situated on the breathtaking rugged coast of North Cornwall, just minutes from the beautiful golden sandy beach of Constantine Bay.

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Cornwall
4* rated self-catering holiday accommodation for up to 4 people in the heart of North Cornwall. This is the original 17th century farmhouse, nestled in the grounds of Wheal Basset Farm, and is just over a mile from the award winning Porthtowan beach.

South Coast > Truro
Stanton House is a late Georgian Grade II guesthouse a short walk away from Truro

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North Coast > Perranporth
Perran Sands is nestled in a vast network of dunes and so the holiday homes are set amongst undulating terrain. In addition, offering preassembled tent accommodation, including, Yurts, Geo Domes and Safari Tents.

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South Coast
Ideally located directly on the beautiful south coast of Cornwall, the five star rated Pentewan Sands offers families and couples a host of quality accommodation options, excellent all-weather facilities and a range of on-site eateries. 

North Coast > Polzeath
Coastal inn in Polzeath with incredible views of the beach and countryside and accommodation for families.... and they’re dog friendly also. 

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West Cornwall
Friendly bed and breakfast at Tregathenan, 2 miles north of Helston. 17th century restored farmhouse set in 5 acres.  Ideal base for exploring West Cornwall.  Great breakfasts using local and home grown produce.  Alpacas, ducks and geese to mee

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