Padstow is a town, civil parish and fishing port on the north coast of Cornwall, England.
Padstow’s harbour is undoubtedly the strongest attraction for 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.
The Camel Trail starts from Padstow and runs 10 miles to Bodmin via Wadebridge. It runs alongside the River Camel and is the old rail track converted to a walk of absolute beauty. There are many bike hire companies at Padstow and Wadebridge where you can hire anything from a normal bike to a tandem.
- Hawker’s Cove
This is half a mile outside Padstow, towards the mouth of the Camel estuary. This sandy beach lies between Gun Point, known locally as the Battery, and Stepper Point. There are no facilities except car parking.
- Harbour Cove with Tregirls Cove.
This is a large sandy beach slightly closer to the town, but merging with Hawker’s Cove at low water. This beach has no facilities but is a very pleasant walk from the town, where you will find toilets, shops, cafes.
- St George’s Cove
This is a sandy beach close to town and is located beneath Gun Point. There are no facilities but the town is very close-by. There is a dog ban on this beach from Easter to October and between October 1st and Easter, the beach is dog-friendly.