Whether you have chosen to stay in Padstow Town, a traditional North Cornish village location or one of the spectacular Bays, you are in for a treat.
Today, the working fishing fleet can be seen going about its business from the harbour area. Many of the restaurants have a daily supply of fresh fish, as a result of such a local fishing fleet. There are many holiday activities available from the harbour area to visitors. These include a high-powered speedboat trip, a more leisurely cruise aboard the ‘Jubilee Queen’, a ferry trip across to Rock (and visit St Enodoc church where Sir John Betjeman is buried), or a family fishing trip around the bay.
The local coastal waters offer excellent fishing. Contact the Padstow Angling Centre on 01841 532762 for details. You could also learn to surf with a British Surfing Association approved surf school, the Harlyn Surf School. For exclusive Private and Group Surfing Lessons suitable for all ages and abilities, contact Harlyn Surf School
As well as the passenger ferry which runs regularly to Rock, there is also a water taxi service.
The town used to be the Cornish terminus of the Southern Railway and there was a direct train service from London Waterloo, “The Atlantic Coast Express”. The existence of the station came to an end as a result of Dr Beeching’s cuts, but all was not quite lost, as the old rail track became the ‘Camel Trail’, a very popular cycle and pedestrian link to Wadebridge proceeding to Bodmin before moving up to Wenford Bridge near St Breward on the slopes of Bodmin Moor. Bicycle hire is available, for details contact Padstow Cycle Hire
The town offers an agreeable mix of retail outlets including fashion boutiques, craft and souvenirs, book shops and home furnishings, all nestled amongst its quaint narrow streets. Also on offer is an amazing array of places to eat while you are on holiday, catering for all tastes and pockets! One of the most well known is Rick Stein with his world famous Seafood Restaurant. He now has several other eateries in the town including St Petroc’s Bistro, The Cafe, Seafood Cookery School and his own fish and chip shop!
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