Padstow town and Padstow harbour in North Cornwall.

Padstow in North Cornwall

Padstow town and Padstow harbour in North Cornwall.

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Booby's Bay
Coads Green
Crackington Haven
Constantine Bay
Daymer Bay
Five Lanes
Harlyn Bay
North Hill
Petherwin Gate
Port Isaac
Porthcothan Bay
Port Quin
South Petherwin
St Breward
St Endellion
St Issey
St Juliot
St Kew
St Kew Highway
St Mabyn
St Merryn/Shop
Stoke Climsland
St Teath
St Tudy
Trebarwith Strand
Warbstow Cross
Week St Mary
Widemouth Bay

Padstow (ancient name "petrockstow") is a charming fishing town that has the advantage of being about a half mile inland of open sea and thus is well sheltered in the mouth of the camel estuary.  Due to the location of Padstow,  many different coves and bays with a myriad variations can be visited with ease. Padstow has its fair share of shops, bars and restaurants, that cater for all tastes and budgets. And if you like fishing, sailing, boating or pretty much any water borne activity then this little jewel in North Cornwall's crown is a must stay place.

Padstow street view  Lots of quaint streets and alleys with a myriad of shops....  Padstow cinema

The place is steeped in ancient history. At one time the trade of the port was largely timber but nowadays fishing and tourism are the principal employers. Padstow is an odd but active little place that is so delightfully positioned that it qualifies highly has a holiday resort.

Padstow Harbour at low tide.    The inner harbour at Padstow    Padstow harbour is a magical place of sights and sounds of the sea.

 The walk out to the headland to stepper point (The Sleeping Dragon)  affords the most stunning view's of  Daymer Bay , Rock and up the estuary to the old Iron Bridge (part of the Camel Trail). Here also will be found St Petrocs church and Prideaux Place. St Eval and St Ervan are two parishes to the south of Padstow normally overlooked by the tourist. St Issey  lies on the road halfway between Padstow and Wadebridge. St Merryn and it's neighbourhood are well liked by tourists. In this locality you will find Harlyn bay and Trevose lighthouse.   Padstow is connected via a ferry service to the village of Rock.

A view to Padstow from the low tide landing spot of the Padstow to Rock ferry.    View from Padstow towards open sea. With Stepper point to the left and Daymer bay to the right of the estuary mouth.    The Ferry operates throughout the season but is dependant on tide and weather.It operates from the far corner of the harbour unless the tide is low and then it departs from a little cove below the war memorial, reached by the cliff path from the harbour and then turning right through a gate that leads to the little beach.

'Obby 'Oss Day is usually held on the 1st of May in the harbour town of Padstow. The 'Obby 'Oss celebrates the spring festival of Beltane which is dedicated to the return of the Celtic sun god Bel, who causes the hours of daylight to lengthen and the crops to grow. People come from all corners of the globe to witness and be part of this celebration of life.

Click here to see a journey across the Camel Estuary from Rock to Padstow and then out from Padstow harbour past Hawkers cove, Daymer Bay and Polzeath taking in stunning views of the Jurassic Coast.

For further information and local websites directory for Padstow area follow this link.

Padstow Harbour

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Padstow and Padstow harbour are located on the camel estuary, approximately half a mile inland from the open ocean.