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Padstow - North Cornwall
Padstow - North Cornwall

Padstow on the Camel Estuary is one of the main holiday destinations in Cornwall. This area of North Cornwall, has received an ever increasing coverage by the media. The Establishment of Rick Stein's sea food restaurants in the town has enhanced Padstow's popularity.

Padstow is a maze of narrow alley ways and streets that radiate away from the harbour. The streets around Padstow's harbour are full of craft shops and art studios, as well as the usually holiday gift and novelty shops. The Harbour is a big attraction on an evening, with people strolling along the quays, or eating at one of the many cafes and restaurants. Fish and chips on the harbour side is a must for any visit to Padstow.

Padstow harbour has Lock Gates, so that there is always water present, unlike other harbours on the Cornish Coast. The harbour basin usually has an eclectic mix of pleasure boats on the pontoons and working boats along the quayside. The harbour is one of the most scenic in Cornwall.

From the harbour, you can take the foot ferry across the Camel Estuary to explore Rock, Daymer Bay and the Beaches on the eastern shore of the river. There are some nice restaurants in Rock and some excellent beaches along this stretch of coastline.

Padstow's Beaches.

Padstow's position on the mouth of the Camel Estuary gives the holiday maker a staggering choice when it comes to beaches.

To the north of Padstow, near the estuary mouth, you will find St Georges Cove, Harbour Cove and Hawkers Cove. The walk from the harbour is very pleasant, as the initial section is through an open grassy area. It takes 10 to 15 minutes to reach St Georges Cove from the harbour - Hawkers Cove is a just a little further. Both are excellent family beaches with stunning views across the estualy towards Stepper Head and Daymer Bay.

Harbour Cove has a small car park and toilet facilities.

Padstow Lobster Hatchery

Padstow's harbour is the home of the National Lobster hatchery. This environmentally conscious project situated on the Docks at Padstow promotes sustainability in fisheries and aquaculture in Cornwall. Female lobsters with eggs that are caught by local fishermen in the seas around the Cornwall coast are taken to the lobster hatchery, where the female lobster is kept until the lobster larvae swim away from the mother. These larval stage lobster are then reared at the hatchery, until they are large enough to be released back into the sea - usually at the age of 3 months.

You can visit the hatchery to see this excellent example of sustainability and conservation - for more details see

The Camel Trail

Padstow's industrial past has been instrumental in creating one of the most successful multi use trails in the country. The Camel trail was created on the old disused railway track that ran between Wenfordbridge, Bodmin, Wadebridge and Padstow. This was the final leg in Atlantic Express service that ran from London to Padstow. The old railway track has been converted into a cycle trail. The most popular section of the level trail is between Wadebridge and the quay at Padstow. It is a scenic trail that runs along the edge of the estuary - a gently sloping track the winds its way through some stunning coastal/estuary scenery.

The Camel trail is popular with cyclists, with cycle hire available at both Padstow and Wadebridge and with walkers. There are plenty of places along the route to enjoy a picnic, or just to sit and relax watching the activity and wildlife on the river.

The more energetic can opt to follow the route inland past Wadebridge, that winds its way up towards the village of Blisland on Bodmin Moor.

The trail is very popular, with over 400,000 users each year



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