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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★★★★Visit Britain
North Coast
Trevarrian Lodge is a family run B&B in a rural setting close to Mawgan Porth and Watergate Bay. Family, double, twin & single en-suite rooms available. Parking available. Close to airport. Full English breakfast, vegetarian or alternatives included.

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West Cornwall
Self-catering in Tregathenan, a peaceful rural hamlet close to Helston, is the perfect base for exploring the Lizard and West Cornwall. The Granary, Long Barn and Hayloft are set in a sunny enclosed courtyard and sleep 4/5. Tregathenan House sleeps up to 6. 

West Cornwall > Hayle
Anneth Lowen Holidays self-catering lodge situated within quiet area of family friendly Tolroy Manor Holiday Park. With use of indoor swimming pool, tennis courts etc; set in beautiful Cornish countryside close to St Ives.

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Cornwall
Super converted Cider Barn, full of character, in lovely countryside setting. Located between Looe and Bodmin Moor, only 1 mile from historic Liskeard.  Sleeps 5 + Baby in 3 Bedrooms.

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Cornwall
Degembris is a 16th century farmhouse offering family run B&B in the heart of Cornwall. Stunning views over patchwork fields, yet a short drive to the rugged north coast. Award winning breakfast to set you up for a day of exploring.

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 > St. Agnes
The Driftwood Spars, St Agnes has epic sea views and ample car parking. Under one roof there's a traditional Cornish pub that serves hearty food and real ales, 4* guest accommodation and a contemporary seafood bistro. 

South Coast
Appletree House is a light and airy three bedroom, detached house which sleeps six. It's just a 10 minute walk from the historic harbour village of Charlestown that also doubles up as a film set, as seen in Poldark.

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