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Surrounding Area

 

Altarnun - Bodmin Moor village with the church of 'St.Nonna', also known as the 'Cathedral of the Moors'

Blisland - Moorland village, Benjamin described the Church as "dazzling and amazing" - Good ale pub too!

Bodmin - Former County Town, mentioned in Doomsday Book. Lanhydrock (NT) & Pencarrow close by.

Bodmin Moor - Granite moorland with summits Brown Willy (1377ft) and Rough Tor.

Boscastle - Picturesque Harbour & 16th C Quay, dramatic coastline.

Bude - Sandy beaches, spectacular cliffs, great surf. Hosts annual Jazz festival.

Padstow - When the ancient Cornish settled in the area many centuries ago they chose the site for Padstow with great care and foresight. Nestling in a narrow gulley on the western side of the River Camel estuary,the town is sheltered from the prevailing winds and the air is generally soft and balmy.Moving down the hill the buildings huddle closer together until they crowd around the harbour. There you’ll find a great mixture of houses, quays, boat slips, inns, cafés and restaurants, gift and craft shops, holiday cottages and food shops, banks and the like. None of this was planned; it just evolved as the years moved on. No architect could have designed the magic of Padstow. It is just the result of years of adaptation to change, of getting the best out of local materials and then using the buildings and the surrounding environment to meet the needs of a working and friendly harbour town.  The harbour is undoubtedly the strongest attraction in the town and visitors find themselves drawn to it like a magnet. Fishing and pleasure craft rock side-by-side on their moorings, children fish for crabs from the harbour wall, quayside inns and cafes overlook the calm water. There are seats all around the harbour and because there's always something going on and it's such a restful and interesting place it's a favourite spot for both locals and visitors. While you're here please try to set aside some time to share in our heritage. Our museum may not be large but it does contain many of our historic treasures and artefacts. The church too reflects the life, past and present, of our seafaring town; a warm welcome awaits you at its services as it does in the town's Methodist Chapel and Catholic Church

But the town and its harbour is just the first step in getting to know the area. Walk or cycle the Camel Trail toward Wadebridge, take a stroll along the estuary footpath toward one of several sandy beaches or take the ferry across the river to Rock. There's something for everyone and for all tastes in Padstow and the surrounding area; we hope you enjoy your stay and that you will come back again soon. Just remember to slow down!

Leave behind the high summer hustle and bustle and Padstow steadies to a more leisurely pace. Outside the main visitor season, there's more time and space for everyone to appreciate the true beauty of the area. To spend time soaking up the atmosphere on the quay, to watch the nets being mended or the fishing catch landed or to just stroll along the deserted shoreline or over the cliff path.The natural beauty of the area – its rugged coastline, sweeping sandy beaches, quiet coves and fabulous walks, is probably its main attraction. But there is much more to do and see. At the centre of all activity is the harbour. Brass band concerts are held regularly, visiting entertainers often perform on the quayside, fishing and pleasure trips depart from there and much social activity is conducted from the harbourside cafes, restaurants and pubs. Treat yourself to a wreck, reef or bottom fishing trip or a fun-for-all-the family mackerel trip out in the bay. Or try a high powered speedboat trip or more leisurely cruise aboard the Jubilee Queen for a trip along the fabulous coastline. And if dry land is more your scene there’s the National Lobster Hatchery where you can discover the fascinating world of lobsters and their environment. Then there's the Padstow Town Museum where you can step back in time and discover the history of Padstow through its Obby Oss, Railway and Lifeboat displays. The Museum is open from Easter to the end of October and is run by volunteers

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Tourist Information in Padstow

Padstow Tourist Information Centre, situated in the Red Brick Building on North Quay, offers a wide range of services

Services include: Internet access, Sales - Eden & local events tickets, Books, maps, guides, Travel information & Local information

The Tourist Office has a great PADSTOW GUIDE, and can be downloaded, posted or just view all the information for a wealth of local information, on the www.padstowlive.com website - the staff at the office are really great and would be more than happy to help you have a great holiday

Polzeath - Poet Betjamin buried at the church of St. Enodoc in the sandy dunes. Polzeath & Daymer Bay front the Camel Estuary. Fine walks over Pentire Head.

Port Isaac - Fishing harbour since the middle ages, hillside village with narrow streets.   It has even been the setting from films such as the popular comedy Saving Grace and the popular TV series Doc Martin.  Nearby you will find more to explore at Port Quin, Port Gaverne and St Endellion

Rock - Across the estuary from Padstow (passenger ferry service) - popular water sport venue including Windsurfing, dinghy sailing and water ski-ing.

St Cleer - Moorland village with nearby Sibliback Lake and beautiful 'Golitha' falls nearby.

Tintagel - Iron age castle, legendary birthplace of King Arthur.  Old Post Office (NT). Dramatic scenery.

Wadebridge - Busy town with Annual Royal Cornwall show every June. Camel trail (old victorian rail route) follows river to either Padstow or Bodmin.

Whether interests are in Walking, Bathing, Surfing, Gardening, Sports, Family attractions, History, Legends, Food, Art, or just simply escaping from it all - there are numerous locations well within an hours drive or a 5 minute walk to fulfil a memorable holiday!

OF COURSE THERE IS THE WHOLE OF CORNWALL TO EXPLORE - NOT JUST THE NORTH COAST AND THE BODMIN MOOR - CHECK IT ALL OUT WITH THE LINK BELOW!

VISIT CORNWALL IS THE OFFICIAL COUNTY VISITOR SERVICE, OF WHICH WE ARE A MEMBER, ON THEIR WEBSITE THERE ARE SOME FABULOUS VIDEO POSTCARDS AND IDEAS FOR DAYS OUT IN THE COUNTY OF CORNWALL - TAKE A LOOK AT THE WEBSITE - www.visitcornwall.com  PACKED WITH INFORMATION BUT PLEASE REMEMBER TO COME BACK TO US!!  HAPPY HOLIDAYS .........