The location of attractions is intended only as a guide. Distances are 'as the crow flies'.
This is a traditional pub which is managed by Rick Stein. Locals and visitors alike are made very welcome by the friendly staff who serve British pub menu food. There is an attractive front to the pub with space to sit and enjoy the fresh countryside air in the warmer months!
This little sandy bay a couple of miles west of Padstow is popular with surfers and families.
Trevone Bay - A hit for families
Trevone is perfect for families with young children. Not too big with amenities on hand, this beach has surf, rock pools and even a natural pool large enough for the kids to amuse themselves for hours.
Take a walk with Kate, a local photographer and enjoy stunning scenery whilst improving your camera skills. Walks take place in the Padstow area and can be tailored to individual requirements.
This is a historic harbour town on the north coast of Cornwall, with plenty of things to do and see so holidays in Padstow are always a popular choice. As a result, Padstow cottages do book up fast so get in quick.
Holidays in Padstow are well placed for exploring by any means of transport - easily accessible by car, lots of boat moorings, or set off along the South West Coast Path by foot. If walking is your thing, you can also enjoy The Saint’s Way which takes you from the town down to Fowey on the south coast. Otherwise the Camel Trail cycleway is set along the site of a former railway line, is disabled access friendly and perfect for dog walking or horse riding too.
It’s medieval history means deep rooted traditions of local culture, played out in the form of annual festivals such as ‘Obby ‘Oss and Mummers’, or ‘Darkie’, Day. ‘Obby ‘Oss is a May fertility festival involving the obligatory maypole and dancing in the streets whereas Mummers’ is an ancient midwinter’s celebration held on Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.
Nowadays, Padstow is known as a foodie Mecca with an eclectic mix of high quality restaurants popping up around the harbour. Padstow is often referred to as ‘Pad-Stein’ due to the prolific influence of celebrity chef Rick Stein on the town. Seafood is of course pride of place on any dining table here, but you may prefer to takeaway fish and chips and sit in the garden of your Padstow holiday cottage.
Culinary mixed bag
Padstow seems to be a real culinary mix - we had one of the best meals we've ever had at Paul Ainsworth at Number 6 (he's just been awarded a Michelin star) and one of the worst fish and chips ever at The Old Custom House.
Highly recommend you avoid The Old Custom House.
Paul Ainsworth at Number 6 on the other hand is a fabulous dining experience.
Did I miss the point?
I had great expectations but was somewhat disappointed by Padstow. We went out of season for lunch and a mooch around the shops, but although there was one shop that caught my imagination, we weren't inspired and ended up driving to St Mawes for a pub lunch instead!
The Camel Trail is a 19 mile route that follows the beautiful Camel River from Padstow, where it joins the sea in a wide estuary, to Poley’s Bridge inland, where it is merely a stream running through woodland. En-route at Nanstallon you will also find the Camel Trail Tea Rooms. Bikes are for hire from either Padstow or Wadebridge and it's a brilliant area for bird watching. Visit Wenfordbridge in spring and delight in the profusion of daffodils, snowdrops and primroses.
Wadebridge to Padstow
The Wadebridge to Padstow section of the trail is about 6 miles. Whilst you can hire bikes easily in Wadebridge the largely flat walk, which would be possible with a pushchair, makes a lovely walk. New views open up as the Camel twists and turns and the slower pace means you can spot the wildlife en route. Set off after breakfast and you will be in Padstow for lunch. A bus to Wadebrdge leaves Padstow from the old railway station on the half hour and will take you back in about 20 minutes.
Wonderful off road cycling venue, undisturbed with beautiful views and mostly flat easy cycling.
The four mile Helland to Bodmin section of the Camel Trail is much quieter than the Wadebridge to Padstow section. Park for free at Helland and follow the trail through peaceful woodland catching tantalising glimpses of the river through the canopy of trees. Wildlife abounds in this tranquil spot. Before leaving Helland go and have a look at the medieval Helland Bridge which spans the upper reaches of the River Camel.
The Camel Trail
The trail is best explored from the Pooley Bridge end which is just 2 1/2 miles from daydream cottage. Shell woods are great in the autumn and cool and shaded during the summer. Wonderful for picnics by the fast flowing river.
Recently voted the best restaurant in Cornwall by the Which? Good Food Guide.
We ate here soon after Paul Ainsworth was awarded his first Michelin star and the experience more than lived up to the hype. A very relaxed atmosphere, friendly and helpful staff and food which was absolutely divine. We cannot praise the team highly enough.
Certainly lives up to being named best restaurant in Cornwall. Food is exquisite, friendly professional staff and not at all stuffy. Would go again and again. Jacqui Gulliford
Our favourite restaurant in Padstow
Number 6 has become more relaxed in 2009 and we were delighted to discover that its quality and commitment to excellence remains the same as ever. We love visiting this restaurant when we are in Cornwall. It is always the best eating out experience of our holiday.
Said to be the stepping stones of a giant, the Bedruthan Steps are a series of rock formations soaring from the sea along Cornwall's north coast. Just a few miles from Padstow, the sea stacks are best viewed from the cliffs above Bedruthan beach. Park in the National Trust car park and take a short walk to be treated to spectacular views. The Bedruthan Steps are a sight to behold all throughout the year.
We were there in early season and there were very few people on the beach: it felt really wild and pristine. The best time to visit is shortly before low tide, when access to the various parts of the beach is easiest.
Beware: there are 150 (steep) steps going down, but at least double that number coming back up!
Best cream tea
Walk along the cliffs above Bedruthan steps for stunning views and crashing waves. If the tide is right you can add a walk along the dramatic sandy beach. The tearoom at the National Trust car park at Carnewas served the best cream tea of our holiday - fresh, melt in your mouth scones. Yummy! If you are an NT member the parking is free and right at the cliff edge for starting your walk.
Probably the most fantastic sandy beach I've been on. Amazing and well worth the climb down. I have Fibromyalgia, a painful muscle/joint condition, but I could not resist going down onto this beach and I was very glad I did. It was overcast when we started the descent but the sun came out for a while. I would imagine the beach would be like paradise on a warm sunny day as it was when overcast!!! There wasn't many people on the beach which added to the feel. Lots of warm pools everywhere, beautiful rocks and little caves. Dramatic and wild. My husband, 21 yr old son and 2 teenage daughters loved it. We had a snack in the lovely tea room at the top that had an extensive menu for such a small cafe and lovely coffee. Really enjoyed the day. It was worth the pain of coming back up, but I did so slowly in my own time. I would definately do it again. It would be very hard for anyone more disabled than me though.
Dramatic and beautiful
We visited Bedruthan Steps on a windy and overcast day, parking at the National Trust carpark and following the paths across the heathland to the clifftop. Our 3yr old daughter was just entranced by the rocks and swore that she saw a mermaid...
As the tide was in we didn't climb down the steps, and wouldn't have attempted it with our daughter, but just seeing the amazing rocks and cliffs from the viewing spots at the cliffedge was enough.
This friendly surf school near Padstow offers lessons in surfing, paddleboarding, sea kayaking and coasteering. The sheltered, safe location makes it ideal for introducing families, individuals and groups to a variety of water activities. Private and group lessons for beginners, improvers and developers are available. Tipped by The Sunday Times to be building a reputation as 'the best surf school on the North Cornish Coast'.
Harlyn Surf School
we (well our children) have been to Harlyn Surf School every summer for the last 7 years and we can vouch for it being an excellent and friendly set up with great instructors. Highly recommended.
Located overlooking the Camel Estuary and open for lunch and dinner. Reservations are required to dine upstairs but you can walk in and eat downstairs or outside.
Sunday Lunch, Fish and Chips
This place is well worth a visit or two. The staff are welcoming and service is excellent. The food is superb, we are still talking about it!
Excellent menu & food.Friendly helpful staff
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