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Padstow

Located at the head of the Camel Estuary, this lovely, bustling seaside town has everything you might need for a day out.

The town is nestled around the busy harbour which is always alive with fishing boats – watching the fishermen at work is fascinating, and you might even bag yourself a crab or two off of the boat if you’re lucky. There are plenty of independent shops to explore too.

For beach lovers, there are seven sandy breaches all within a five minute drive of the town – one for every day of the week! If you like water sports, the Camel Estuary has plenty on offer, as well as boat and fishing trips. If you’d rather be on dry land, the Camel Trail is a fantastic day out, whether you’re exploring on foot or by bike, which you can hire locally. The South West Coastal Path also runs through Padstow and is a fairly easy stretch with low cliffs and lovely beach views.

Padstow is known as the foodie capital of Cornwall, so you’re definitely not short on places to eat. Home to well-known and much loved chefs Rick Stein and Paul Ainsworth, there’s so many fantastic restaurants available you’ll be spoilt for choice. Just don’t forget to book! If you’re after something during the day, there are lots of lovely cafes, tea shops and bakeries – make sure to check out The Chough Bakery.

With a rich cultural history dating back well before the Domesday Book, Padstow revels in its traditions such as the ‘Obby Oss in May and their much celebrated Christmas Festival – make sure to see these if you’re staying around this time, though do be prepared for the crowds.

Things to do in Padstow:

Walk or cycle the Camel Trail

Swim and sunbathe on one of the seven sandy beaches (one for each day of the week!)

Buy fresh fish straight from the boat

Book yourself into Rick Steins’ or Paul Ainsworths’ restaurants

Take a boat trip, fish or try a new water sport on the Estuary