Things to do in Padstow


Camel Trail Padstow

There is something for everyone to do in Padstow. Here below are a few suggestions, for further information call in at Padstow tourist office for friendly advice and pick up some leaflets!

The Camel Trail

Probably Padstow’s  favourite attraction! The trail runs alongside the river Camel and is a level walking and cycling path to Wadebridge, Bodmin and Wenfordbridge. The scenery along the way is simply beautiful. Bikes can be hired from 2 cycle hire shops at the beginning of the trail.

Take a detour and visit The Camel Valley Vineyard and enjoy wine by the glass on the terrace overlooking the vineyard. It was a memorable experience for us!

The Beaches

There are so many beaches in and around Padstow you will be spoilt for choice, our particular favourite is Harlyn Bay (also David Cameron’s I believe!) Harlyn Bay is one of the 7 bays for 7 days which include Porthcothan Bay, Constantine, Trevone and Treyarnon. You can surf (there is a good surfing school here) swim, sunbathe and walk along the headlands in both directions. Large car park too but you have to pay for the day! We also love Watergate Bay in Newquay you can take a scenic drive there.

Watergate Bay


There are some fantastic walks including the South West coast path and the Saints Way starting in Padstow.

Our favourite family longish walk (it takes about 2-2and a half hours) is around the cliff tops taking in Constantine Bay, Trevose Head and the lighthouse, Booby’s Bay, Mother Ivey’s Bay and back to Harlyn Bay.  Park at Harlyn Bay and go up the hill towards the golf club then take a right following the footpath signs across fields until it opens up on to the coast path and follow all the way round back to Harlyn Bay.  It is truly beautiful and great for birdwatchers!

For more walks


There is a fantastic course at Trevose just 3 miles from Padstow

National Lobster Hatchery

Children love the seeing the baby lobsters and meeting the giant lobster Herman! You can adopt a lobster for £2.50!

Th  The Lobster Hatchery Padstow

Rock to Padstow charity swim

Watch or participate in this annual event on 20th July in aid of Marie Curie Cancer.

Padstow Christmas Festival

The Christmas festival is a must for all foodies. This year it takes place from Thursday 5th –Sunday 8th December. There will be chef demos from Rick Stein, Paul Ainsworth, Nathan Outlaw and many more, plus a superb Christmas market selling local produce, bands, fireworks and the fun santa run!

Further afield..

Newquay Zoo

A small zoo which is pushchair and wheelchair friendly we have taken children and my dear old mum now aged 99 everyone enjoyed it.  Also next to the zoo is a boating lake and it is level all round so great for wheelchairs and a pretty garden to walk around, combine the two it is a fun day out!

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