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Padstow


Padstow North Cornwall
Padstow sits on the west bank of the Camel estuary about a mile inland sheltered from the wind, in north Cornwall. It has been a popular destination for visitors to Cornwall since 1899 when a rail link to London was opened, and it is easy to see why.

Padstow is a brilliant place to base yourself for a holiday in north Cornwall with its bustling town and surrounded by 7 breathtakingly spectacular sandy beaches on the north coast of Cornwall. Within a 5-mile drive there's Porthcothan, Treyarnon, Constantine, Mother Ivey's Bay and Harlyn. To the other side of the estuary, a bit further afield the beautiful Daymer Bay and Polzeath are well worth a visit. There's also St Georges Cove beach in Padstow itself, which can be accessed from the North Quay side of the harbour. A small sheltered Cove when the tide is high, St Georges Cove transforms into a magnificent stretch of golden sand as the tide retreats.

There are plenty of things to see and do in the Padstow area, aside from its stunning harbour and coastal walks, you can hire a bicycle and ride along the Camel trail which runs alongside the estuary on a disused railway line.
A 27 mile long ancient trail known as Saints Way which links Fowey and Padstow has recently reopened, Use of this trail dates back to 2500 BC when early travellers made their way from France to Ireland and evidence of Roman remains has also been found here.

Padstow is perhaps best known for its selection of fantastic fish restaurants dotted around the harbour and in its maze of back streets, there are also many small boutique shops to explore.The National Lobster Hatchery is situated in Padstow and is a popular attraction, as well as the Cinedrome (a small old cinema built in 1919) and there's many galleries to browse through, all of which make Padstow the perfect place to visit for a relaxing break or day out with the family. An ancient 15th-century church, St Petroc's Church is one of only four churches said to be founded the Saint can be found on one of the narrow winding back streets of Padstow.

A working fishing port, the harbour is packed full of boats and there's a thriving fishing trade here. A passenger ferry takes people back and forth to the picturesque and exclusive village of Rock on the other side of the estuary and there are sea safari boats which take passengers to admire this beautiful stretch of coastline from the sea.

The Camel estuary is a popular place for sailing and kayaking, just be wary of the Doom Bar sandbank at the mouth of the estuary which can be treacherous and has caused many a shipwreck over the centuries. Folklore says the sandbank was created by a disgruntled mermaid who was shot by a sailor as she watched over the vessels entering and leaving the estuary. She placed a mermaid's curse on the harbour and shortly later a terrible storm destroyed many of the ships there and the sandbank has been there ever since.

The hugely popular May Day Festival known as Obby Oss Day takes place every year and is a fantastic day out for the whole family, regularly drawing crowds of over 30,000 revellers. This annual celebration takes place on the 1st May, unless this falls on a Sunday in which case it moves to 2nd May.

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