Everyone from Cornwall has their own favourite coastline and mine has always been the Padstow area. Based on the North coast between Wadebridge and Newquay, you will find this charming fishing town perched on the Camel estuary. Padstow is well known for being the final spot on the Camel Trail and for it’s glorious fish and chips brought to you by Rick Stein. The reason I love to visit Padstow so much is because of it’s variety, it may only be a small fishing port but it offers walks down the trail, fun on the beach or a peaceful stroll around the boutique shops. Here’s a few postcards from one of my many visits.
When visiting Padstow there’s a few car parks to choose from, unless you’ve cycled in from Wadebridge of course! You can park at the top and enjoy the views on the wander down or park at the bottom, if you’re lucky enough to find a space. You can also stretch out your day by taking the taxi boat across the water to Rock for a drink in the Mariners pub.
Padstow is abundant with good places to eat and boutique shops. You will find anything from cliche beach paraphernalia, handmade homewares, local art or coastal clothing.
If you’re looking for somewhere to eat lunch, you’ll find it hard choosing where to go! If you’re looking for something a little fancy, you have Rick Steins restaurant or Paul Ainsworths no6 or Rojanos in the Square. In this instance, we headed into The Old Custom House pub and their sister restaurant the Cally Oyster Bar.
You have to come to Padstow on an empty stomach because the sweet treats are a-plenty. You have ice cream parlours galore but my biggest piece of advice is to get yourself into Cherry Trees for a slice of cake. This adorable cafe offers food all day long but the best bit is by far the fresh cakes. I always go lemon meringue pie as it’s my fave!
Once you’re fat’n’full from lunch and your slice of cake, it’s time to take a walk for some coastal air. Head across the harbour and along the coast, you’ll have a gentle walk across the fields and find yourself at Harbour Cove beach. This beautiful stretch of golden beach is perfect for a stroll, a sun bathe or even a swim if you’re daring enough! You can see Rock across the water and Daymer Bay around the coast.
Have you ever visited Padstow?