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 to rent water sports equipment. Padstow is a natural beauty made up of rugged coastline, fabulous walks and quiet coves and is a great location as a base for exploring the beautiful South West Coast path. It boasts seven golden beaches that are accessible within a 5 minute drive. It natural beauty has seen it used for filming action of many cliff scenes in programmes such as Poldark.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.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 why not 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.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 or enjoy one of the well-known exhilarating speed boat rides.Padstow has a well deserved reputation as a foodie haven; at the end of a day of bracing walking, surfing or sandcastle building a range of wonderful restaurants awaits. The Christmas Festival (early in December) involves the whole place in cooking demonstrations by famous chefs and a market for fabulous local specialities. ’Obby ’Oss Day (in May) has everyone processing round the town dressed in all manner of outlandish costumes. The ferry across the estuary opens up further beaches and restaurants in the fashionable village of Rock.
Within easy reach, of course, are many of the other attractions of Cornwall – the Eden Project, the Lost Gardens of Heligan, St Ives, Bodmin Moor, Tintagel, Lanhydrock House and the tin mines of Poldark Country. Padstow’s position makes it a shorter drive from the rest of the country than a lot of the Cornish resorts but also makes it central to the rest of this wonderful county. Your homeaway awaits.