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 > The Lizard
Located on the west side of the Lizard and probably the most photographed and painted location in Cornwall, the contrast between the cove’s white sand beach and the dark red and green serpentine rock produces a breathtaking sight. A seasonal dog ban operates

West Cornwall
Good Beach Guide Recommended 2015: Gunwalloe is an attractive south-west facing cove on the Lizard with a stream running through the sandy beach that is ideal for paddling. A seasonal dog ban is in place.

North Coast > St. Agnes
Good Beach Guide Recommended 2015. Get in touch with nature and feel revitalised at Chapel Porth’s wild beach.  A seasonal dog ban opertaes on this beach. 

West Cornwall > Sennen
Rocky beach sitting under the iconic Cape Cornwall in the far west.

North Coast > Newquay
Good Beach Guide Recommended 2015. This huge beach of golden sand backed by grass tufted dunes is a perfect example of the north coast’s wide open bays large enough for everyone to enjoy whatever comes naturally.

West Cornwall > Lands End
Good Beach Guide Recommended 2015: An oasis of stunning natural beauty in west Cornwall. Close to The Minack Theatre and The Porthcurno telegraph museum. A seasonal dog ban operates on this beach. 

West Cornwall > Lands End
A picturesque fishing hamlet in West Cornwall, with some boats still launching from here, Porthgwarra has a small secluded beach just around the corner from Porthcurno.  A seasonal dog ban operates on this beach.

North Coast
Beautiful golden sandy beach, only accessible at low tide.  Access to the beach is difficult, and down a steep narrow set of steps cut into the cliff. Only for the fit and agile. One of the most popular destinations on the Cornish coast. 

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