Things To Do - Places to go...

Here are a few suggestions for your holiday based on the things that we love to do as well as recommendations some of our previous guests have left in the cottage diaries.

The first day of your holiday...

Top Tip:
Gently amble down to the harbour and visit award winning family run bakers The Chough for fresh bread and croissants. Pick up your favourite newspaper, stroll back and enjoy the lovely lazy morning ahead.

Spend the rest of the day exploring Padstow’s shops and galleries. Enjoy one (..or two!) of Cornwall’s famous pasties whilst sat down at the harbour side taking in all the comingsand goings of life in a small fishing village.

The second day of your holiday...

With a bit more energy on your second day take a not-to-be-missed local walk: From the cottages walk up past Prideux Place along Tregirls Lane to Tregirls Farm and follow the footpath down to Tregirls beach at the mouth of the estuary. Take in the spectacular views across to Polzeath and Brae Hill. Walk back along the beach (tide permitting) - if the tide is in keep to the coastal path. There are more spectacular views from the memorial as you walk back into Padstow. Stop off for a nice cup of tea at Greens... which also has crazy golf!

There are many good walks in the area to suit all levels of fitness. We highly recommend taking either the coastal path to the south or cross the estuary by ferry and enjoying the coastal path to the north.

Top Tip:
Having reached Tregirls beach, cross to the far side and join the coastal path. Follow the path along, passing the old lifeboat station and round the back of the row of pretty stone cottages, you should pick up signs for ‘The Rest a-while (tiny) Tea Garden at Hawkers Cove!(The last of the yellow brick cottages). Offering a much-needed break at this point. It’s a real gem with good coffee, wonderful crab sandwiches & a magnificent view of the mouth of the estuary.

The Rest a-while (tiny) Tea Garden at Hawkers Cove!

The third day and onwards...

Now you've got your bearings and have really got into the holiday mood there are so many things to do in and around Padstow. Here are just a few ideas:

Top Tip:
Restaurants can get busy! We suggest you book before your holiday in order to avoid disappointment. If you fancy a ‘little spoil’ before you eat, maybe a glass of something cold & bubbly on the terrace of bintwo in The Drang – excellent wine merchant with champagne & coffee bar!


Camel Trail...

The Camel Trail usually beckons at some point during the holiday. This 5.2-mile trail is pure delight as it hugs the Camel estuary between Padstow & Wadebridge, affording some excellent bird watching and delightful wild flowers - in addition to the exercise of course! It then carries on through the beautiful wooded Camel Valley to Bodmin another 13-miles. By foot or on bike it has to be done! There are two cycle hire companies at the start of the trail.

St. Ives...

A little further afield is lovely St. Ives. Allow a full day for pottering around St. Ives with it’s pretty cobbled streets seaming with it’s many galleries. Take in Porthmeor Beach and maybe stop for lunch at the Tate! Our favourite is the Barbara Hepworth Sculpture Garden - a magical place where you get a real sense of her having worked there.

Top Tip:
Best way to visit St.Ives is:
Drive down to the railway halt at Lelant. This is ‘park & ride’ with a difference! Having parked your car, buy your ticket from the machine and simply wait for the train to come! Another delightful journey with amazing views over Carbis Bay and out to sea. The line ends at Portminster Beach with the wonderful Porthminster café!

Wonderful Gardens...

The warm Gulf Stream that visits the south coast makes for many wonderfully lush and beautiful gardens. Helligan is our personal favourite - the vegetable garden is incredible! Trebah is another not to be missed.

The Eden Project...

A fascinating visit in it’s own right there is also always an interesting programme of events on. The ice skating in Nov/Dec is particularly magical.

Top Tip:
Buy your tickets from the TIC in Padstow – saves queuing on arrival.

A treat to start the day...

One of our favourite spoils is breakfast at Fifteen Watergate Bay.

Top Tip:
Try to get a table by the window looking straight out to sea and watch the surfers etc. on this magnificent beach. This, together with the local wonderful food – will leave you feeling like you’ve gone to heaven!

The local beaches take a lot of beating...

  • St.Georges Well of Tregirls beach - walking distance
  • Trevone - the closest, 10mins. in the car
  • Harlyn – always something going on, good for surfers
  • Porthcothan - most southerly of the North Cornwall beaches
  • Constantine – good for rock pooling
  • Treyarnon – there is a natural swimming pool

Guide to local beaches

Di and Ron

With so many things to do you might not want to sit back and just relax in Padstow - but you'll be missing out if you don't!

Our Final Top Tip:
To add the perfect ending to a lovely day, drive up to Trevose Head Lighthouse (take a bottle of Wine) and watch the sun go down on this beautiful county of Cornwall.