Padstow, Cornwall

padstow harbour seagulls flying

Padstow, Cornwall

This post is all about the beautiful town of Padstow located on the north coast of Cornwall, between Wadebridge and Bodmin.

What is there?

Padstow is a small fishing town with a beautiful harbour and beach. It is a lovely place to go for a walk, browse some of the shops and have something to eat. The town is pretty famous for the TV chef Rick Stein. Stein has a fish and chip shop, a cafe and a bakery located there. So ultimately you can have anything you desire. Padstow also has a lobster hatchery which focuses on conservation. To enter you can pay a small fee which is pretty interesting and educational.

The Camel trail

The reason I most often visit Padstow is for the Camel trail that runs to Wadebridge. The Camel trail is a bicycle trail that runs along side the river which means it is relatively flat for Cornwall! The trail from Wadebridge to Padstow is about 5 miles each way. Or you can go even further and go all the way to Bodmin. The trail is actually 18 miles long and follows the disused London and South West railway line. You can bring your own bikes or hire some out as there is lot of bike hire companies along the trail.

padstow blue boat in the harbour tide out
padstow the old custom house and red telephone box
ferry crossing the estuary from rock in cornwall
view of padstow fishing town in cornwall


Recently I took a trip from Rock to Padstow. Rock is a town on the other side of the estuary to Padstow, it is well known for being a second holiday home place. You can take a foot ferry across which makes for a nice experience. The ferry runs pretty regularly and I believe it only costs a few pounds each.


Other posts you may enjoy on Cornish towns are: St Mawes, Charlestown, Falmouth, Polperro, Polruan and Fowey (where you can also catch a foot ferry) St Ives and Looe.

Lots of love, Melissa x


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