Padstow on the north coast of Cornwall is a charming little resort, situated between Bude and Newquay and nestling on the Camel Estuary, here you will find some of Cornwall’s finest bathing beaches the amazing Bedruthan Steps are between Padstow and Newquay.
The harbour is the focal part of the town; it is a busy but charming working port, fresh caught lobster and crabs can be bought at the quayside.
During the holiday season and of course weather permitting daily boat trips and excursions leave from the harbour if you would like a full day coastal trip or a day fishing they are all available from here. There are also various shorter pleasure trips on offer to.
You will find many activities to enjoy in and around Padstow, there are several coves and sandy beaches nearby in peaceful surroundings. Water sports are available locally; Constantine Beach near Padstow is a long wide sandy beach area and a main surfing location it is recommended for the more experienced surfer.
Bathing here is unsafe at times but it is popular with many visitors for the rock pools and exploring the sand dunes. The Padstow Bay area and beyond including Constantine Bay are where you will find some of Cornwall’s best surfing beaches if you would like surf lessons there are surf schools nearby offering courses for all abilities.
As you explore Padstow you will see some stunning views you can watch the comings and goings of the port. The harbour is surrounded by pastel coloured medieval houses you can explore the quaint nearby streets. There are arts/craft shops to browse around cafes and bars to sit, relax and just enjoy the surroundings.
Padstow Museum may be of interest this small but interesting museum will give you an insight into the maritime history of Padstow.
There are a couple of fine art galleries worth visiting where you can view or perhaps purchase some unique jewellery, sculpture, furniture, paintings etc. There are some stunning coastline walks for those of you who enjoy walking, guided walks are available also, and you should contact the Local Tourist Information Office for more details.
Another popular family activity is cycling there are bikes for hire and you could take off on the Camel Trail, a cycling route which runs from Padstow to Bodmin.
There is a passenger ferry running regularly from Padstow to Rock on the other side of the Camel Estuary. Here at Rock you can enjoy windsurfing, water skiing, canoeing and much more. If you would like a day away The Eden Project takes approximately a 35-40 minute drive from Padstow and makes a great day out for everyone.
Padstow itself is surrounded by wonderful clean sandy beaches and the natural beauty of this area is a great visitor attraction.
If you are looking for a short spring break or a longer summer holiday Padstow and the surrounding area will not disappoint.