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 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 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
Harbour Cove has a small car park and toilet
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
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 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