The location of attractions is intended only as a guide. Distances are 'as the crow flies'.
Mr Stein's fourth addition to the foodie scene in this Cornish coastal town. A fish & chip restaurant as well as a takeaway serves quality local fish, as you'd expect. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner - although a battered cod for breakfast may be a bit much! They don't take reservations, but they reckon they'll fit you in.
This little cove is situated just off the Camel Cycle Trail, so a great place to stop with a picnic en-route to Padstow. There's a mix of sand and shingle and because of the strong currents in the estuary, it's not advisable to swim here.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Really good food with Mr Stein’s inimitable touch, but at a price that won’t break the bank.
A great lunch in cheery comfortable surroundings. By far the best mussels & chips I've eaten in the UK and a most delicious apple juice. Excellent value.
Set in the heart of Padstow, this classic Italian restaurant offers authentic dishes for both delivery in the local area or eat in. There is also a covered, heated terrace available year round. Recommended in the Times for the seafood pizza!
A delightful place to enjoy delicious Italian food, well prepared and delivered with excellent service.
A great place for morning coffee and biscotti.
Nestled at the foot of Polzeath village, Polzeath Beach is one of the few beaches in Cornwall to enjoy Blue-Flag status. Popular amongst surfers for the quality of waves, Polzeath is also a great family beach. Extending half a mile or so at low tide, Polzeath Beach offers plenty of space for everyone to find their own little patch. This is not so much the case at high tide though as the sea returns to cover most of the sand. Lifeguards are on duty in the summer and there is a seasonal dog ban in place.
Excellent beach. Watch the tides if you have younger children as when the tide is out there are lots of rock pools and safe , warm lagoons to explore! Great waves for body boarding.
Great for families and surfers, but not my cup of my tea at all. Too busy and difficult for non-surfers to swim.
Sandy Beach, wonderful for young and old alike
This beach is fantastic, we have been to many beaches throughout Cornwall and found this beach one of the best. It is perfect for young children (we have 3), nice sandy beach with lots of little rock pools over by the rocks to explore and for the kids to have fun. A surfers haven, my father and oldest boy took up surfing here and loved it. There are shops, toilets and places for food and drink a few moments walk away but it is not over crowded. Easy access for elderly and disabled too. A real holiday feel. Well worth a visit.
A Great Beach for Children, Dogs & Surfers
Not only a beautiful spot, but a fantastic beach for children. The rock pools that form around the edges of the bay create warm pools that are great for exploring & wallowing.
Just wrap up warm as the wind is always a bit more prominent here - hence the great surfing opportunities!
The essence of the seaside
The most perfect beach. A deep sandy bay fringed by rocks on each side. When the tide is out it leaves large shallow pools of water that are lovely for children. Also a surfing magnet.
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