Surf, Seafood and Saints... a guide to PadstowPadstow is an historic fishing port with a maze of picturesque narrow streets of stone, colour-washed and slate cottages and a pretty working harbour. The harbour is, of course, the pivot around which the whole town revolves and, because there is always something going on, visitors are drawn to the seats around the quay. There is something very therapeutic about watching the world go by from this interesting spot.
Padstow also has many appealing shops, pubs, restaurants and cafes and is home to the well known seafood restaurant owned by the town's celebrity chef Rick Stein who also has a bistro, café, fish and chip shop and cookery school in the town.
A short walk leads you to a beach in the estuary and it is only a drive of 5-10 minutes to the lovely sandy, surfing beaches of Trevone, Harlyn and Constantine Bay, or take the ferry across the river to Rock.
The Camel Trail starts in Padstow, following the route of the old railway line to Bodmin, and is much loved by walkers and cyclists (bikes may be hired at Padstow or Wadebridge). The path wends its way alongside the riverbank through this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with its abundant wildlife. The estuary is a favourite stopping off point for migrant wading birds (up to 90 species!) who feed on the fertile mud flats during their journeys to and from the northern breeding grounds.
|Christmas in Padstow is a very special time when the town is decorated with numerous Christmas lights. Mid December is also the time for late night Christmas shopping when local bands, street buskers, and the Padstow carollers take to the streets, and many shops and pubs offer mulled wine and snacks. Many of our properties in the town offer a special offer on bookings during this eventful weekend - visit our website nearer the time to view this offer.|