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Travel Guide to holidays in... Padstow, Cornwall, England

Padstow is one of Cornwall's highlights. This traditional Cornish fishing village, set on the west side of the Camel estuary opposite the village of Rock, not only boasts many interesting shops set around its harbour, and the famous restaurant and fish bar of TV chef Rick Stein, but it also has one of North Cornwall's finest sandy beaches.

Padstow’s importance as a fishing port has declined over the years with tourism very much replacing it as the town’s major source of income. The harbour is now more dominated by private yachts than fishing boats, although local fishermen continue to work here and their daily catch is available for sale.

As well as fishing, boating and the beautifully sandy beach, Padstow is also a great place for cycling, being situated at the end of the Camel Trail cycle-path which runs inland through Wadebridge, eventually reaching Bodmin. This 17 mile long route follows the path of the former railway line which in former days used to find its western-most point at Padstow. The famous Atlantic Coast Express used to head here full of holiday-makers on their way from Waterloo Station in London. Sadly, with the rise of the motor-car the line from Bodmin to Padstow was closed in the 1960s and those days are no more. But that hasn’t stopped Padstow’s rise as a popular tourist destination and it continues to flourish in popularity today.

Any stay in Padstow is sure to be enjoyable and with a great range of holiday lets and cottages available on Go2 finding the perfect base for your Cornish holiday is only a few clicks away. Recommended! Follow the links to find holiday cottages and lets available in this area on Go2, or view the surrounding area on the map below.

North Cornwall

Wilder and more rugged than the south of the county, North Cornwall is a land of tall headlands, sandy beaches and empty moorland – yours to explore from one of our holiday cottages in North Cornwall. The busy resort of Newquay is a major attraction, with its glorious beaches and fantastic conditions for surfers. Nearby Perranporth also boasts some fantastic beaches, perfect for sun-lovers. You’ll find many more lovely beaches, like those at Bude for example, waiting for you on one of our North Cornwall cottage holidays. This part of Cornwall has become a bit of a mecca for food lovers too. Rick Stein has put Padstow on the map and more chefs, including Jamie Oliver, are joining him, attracted by the quality of the ingredients available locally. Then there is St. Ives, long a haunt of artists drawn here by the wonderful light and inspiring scenery. A cottage holiday in North Cornwall puts you in touch with history from ancient celtic times to the days of the smugglers. Tintagel Castle, rumoured to be the birthplace of King Arthur, sits high on a cliff and still has a strange air of mystery about it.

South Cornwall

Wonderful scenery, a mild climate, sparkling blue seas and charming seaside villages make South Cornwall a firm favourite for cottage holidays whatever the season. And we have a fabulous choice of holiday cottages in South Cornwall from which to make the most of this lovely part of the country. The Cornish Riviera takes in some of South Cornwall’s most popular resorts and many of our holiday cottages in South Cornwall are located nearby. Picturesque Fowey is a haven for sailors, while the Roseland Peninsula is a noted beauty spot. Mevagissey, St. Mawes and St. Just are all well worth a visit. Not to be missed is the Eden Project, a fascinating recreation of different biospheres, featuring a wide variety of exotic plantlife. You should also make time for a trip to atmospheric St. Michael’s Mount and on to Land’s End, the most westerly point in England. The county town of Truro has a lovely cathedral and some excellent shopping opportunities, while Penzance is a bustling resort, famed for its warm weather and sub-tropical plants. And do make sure you sample the pasties, saffron cake and clotted cream – all local delicacies, – during your cottage holiday.

Read more about Padstow at Wikipedia, or... Find holiday cottages and lets in Padstow with Go2.

Map of Padstow

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Accommodation in Padstow

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What to Visit and Where to Eat in Padstow

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If you like walking then be sure to visit the following site before heading off to Padstow...

Walks Around Britian

Walks Around Britain - Britain's only walking website with video walks. Walking routes, maps, information and more about walking in Britain - on DVD and Blu-ray too.

Finally, if you're packing your cycles and want to find some great routes in the Padstow area then... - should have all the information you'll need. As well as cycle routes this site is also packed with information, guides, a store and its own forums.

The Weather in Padstow

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How to Get There - Your Transport Travel Guide to Padstow

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Travelling to or from Ireland? Don't forget the ferry! Not only does it give you the freedom of taking your own car but it provides a superb experience of travelling by sea and exploring the coastline. With convenient routes between Holyhead and Dublin, or Pembroke and Rosslare, we recommend Irish Ferries for great, low-cost, transport. They are the leading Irish ferry company and provide both an excellent service, and excellent prices.

User Guides

Had a brilliant time riding on the Camel trail from Padstow to Wadebridge and back with my son whilst on holiday in Cornwall last year. Gorgeous blue skies and great views of the estuary as you rode along. Good fun riding across some of the old railway bridges too. Padstow's a great place to visit, full of character, and with plenty to see. And with Rick Stein's fish & chips at hand, what more could you want?
IP, Devon
17 October 2011

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