Padstow is a charming fishing town on the North Cornwall coast.
Sitting on the Camel estuary, this picturesque harbour town is surrounded by stunning countryside, beaches and coastal scenery. The perfect spot for your self catering holiday.
During the day
Walkers will appreciate the choice of coastal, estuary and countryside walks available around Padstow. The South West Coast Path runs up the coast and continues on both sides of the River Camel estuary with the Black Tor ferry facilitating the crossing from Padstow to Rock. Along the coast, the path gives walkers access to Stepper Point and Trevose Head within an easy day's walk of Padstow.
The Camel Trail cycleway is open to walkers, cyclists and horse riders and is suitable for disabled access. Seventeen miles long, the trail follows the course of the old railway from Padstow to Wadebridge and on to Wenford Bridge and Bodmin.
For those looking for the beach and some surfing there are a number of beaches to choose from including Constantine Bay, Harlyn Bay and Hayle Bay.
If waves aren’t your thing, then you also have the beautiful estuary to explore.
Eating, drinking & catering
Padstow has a great mix of traditional and contemporary, boutique style shops, a selection of art galleries and many fine restaurants and pubs.
If you enjoy eating out then there are few small towns to rival the choice and quality on offer here. TV chef Rick Stein led the culinary revolution in Padstow and runs a number of fantastic eateries in the town, including the Seafood Restaurant and Stein's Cafe.
If you are eating in, then you have a good selection of local shops and a supermarket from which to gather all you need.
Aside from its culinary delights, Padstow is well known for its May Day and other traditional, seasonal celebrations and its picturesque, historic port. Well worth exploring, the port is probably just what you would picture if you were to imagine a small fishing harbour and with the town nestled round it, there is much to explore.
Padstow has over a hundred listed buildings of which St Petroc’s Church, Prideaux Place and Abbey House are probably the most interesting. Sir Walter Raleigh had a home here too.
The late poet Laureate John Betjeman wrote poems about his beloved North Cornwall and is buried in St Enodoc’s churchyard which you can visit on one of the many lovely walks around the coastline.
Wonderfully remote as Cornwall feels, you are never far from the main access routes including the A39 which runs up the north coast and the A30 linking Lands’ End to the M5 and A303.
The nearest station is at Bodmin.