The charming fishing port of Padstow lies on the north coast of Cornwall. With some of Cornwall’s best sandy beaches, watersports and lots of brilliant restaurants and shops, including our own Quba Sails store, Padstow makes for a fantastic seaside break.
We’re not the only champions of this fantastic coastal town, as we found when we asked some of our favourite bloggers what they love most about Padstow. We’ve produced a fantastic Padstow guide featuring these experts’ top tips on things to see and do, which you can download here: The Quba Sails Guide to Padstow
This post gives a flavour of what to expect in our Padstow guide. Introducing our guest blogger, Rosie.
Rosie, a.k.a. Girl on a Journey. Rosie blogs about fashion, food, travel and everything in between over at www.agirlonajourney.com
Rosie has spent many summer holidays in Cornwall and loves heading to Padstow for fresh fish, Cornish fudge and ice cream.
Enjoy Rosie’s own Padstow guide.
Rosie’s Padstow Guide
Best Things To Do
Go Crabbing or Fishing
Pop into the Padstow Angling Centre and pick up a few crabbing lines to dangle into the harbour. (HINT: The best bait for crabs is, without a doubt, bacon!) The Padstow Angling Centre also runs the Emma Kate mackerel fishing trips ; you hop on the Emma Kate and zip out to sea. They provide lines and teach you what to do – you will be surprised with how many you catch. (My record is 13 – I challenge you to beat me!)
Cycle the Camel Trail
I grew up cycling the Camel Trail every summer as a tradition. We hired bikes in Wadebridge and cycled to Padstow for crabbing and lunch (pasties, of course!) and then cycled back. There are plenty of places to hire bikes in the area – perfect for the more overcast day when the beach isn’t such a viable option.
Crealy Great Adventure Park
Soft play areas, slides, rides, farm animals and everything in between – Crealy’s has enough indoor areas to be a great day out while staying relatively dry on those days when the heavens open and the only other option is monopoly in your pyjamas.
Wadebridge Swimming Pool
Wadebridge Leisure Centre has a 25m indoor swimming pool – good fun for all budding water babies. They also have a fortnightly Saturday night roller disco!
FOR ANY AGE…
Whether you have played golf before or are a complete beginner, this is a great family activity for an afternoon in Cornwall. The mini golf course in Padstow is great fun for everyone, or, for the more competent young golfer, the par 3 course at Trevose golf club is loads of fun! Alternatively, head down to St Enodoc golf course for the most beautiful views and a great 18 hole course right by the coast.
Head on down to St Eval for a bit of high adrenalin Go Karting. With karting from age 7 upwards, this is just another way to keep the kids entertained, whilst having lots of fun yourself – they even allow parents vs kids kart races!
Not strictly a non-water sport but far from your traditional beach activities, coasteering takes you on an adventure along the coast, jumping in pools, swimming through caves and seeing some incredible views while you are at it – lots of fun for the whole family!
Waves Surf School is great for lessons at all levels and all ages. You will learn so much in such a short space of time, you are almost guaranteed to be standing up on the board in your first lesson!
Camel Ski School
Water-skiing, wake-boarding, paddle-boarding and even renting out a boat for the afternoon, head across to Camel Ski School in Rock for all your watersports needs.
This beautiful, long, sandy beach is ideal for rock-pooling, surfing, body-boarding and sunbathing. (HINT: try climbing to the top of the sand dunes and running or rolling down – so much fun!)
Another great surf beach with very safe tides – there is much less rip on this beach than on some of the others making it much safer for swimming with younger children.
A great paddling beach; because this beach is in the estuary there are no waves, making it great for walks, paddling and swimming for young children. (N.B. Dogs are allowed too so you can let yours get in the sea for a swim as well!)
Best Places To Eat
FOR LUNCH OR DINNER…
Pizzas, burgers, burritos, Thai curry and the best nachos I’ve ever tasted – the team at Waves in St Merryn has got something for everyone!
Number 6 Restaurant
Chef Paul Ainsworth, whose dessert ‘A Taste Of The Fairground’ featured on The Great British Menu, and his team at Number 6 provide a quality night out with seafood, meat and poultry all cooked to perfection – get a babysitter and have a grown up evening out!
You cannot visit Padstow without trying a traditional Cornish pasty! I have done all the research (through many years on the north Cornwall coast) and Chough Bakery is my winner for All-round Best Cornish Pasty. Grab a pasty and sit out on the harbour – you won’t regret it! (TIP: They also do boxes of pasties to take home and cook – grab some at the end of the holiday, pop them in the car and take a bit of Cornwall home with you!)
FOR SOMETHING SWEET…
A gorgeous B&B in the area with the best Cream Tea I’ve had; scones, jam and a bit of Cornish clotted cream with a pot of tea – perfect!
Just around the corner from the Quba Sails store is this wonderful ice cream parlour with more flavours than you will ever be able to try! (HINT: try the
‘Thunder and Lightning’ flavour – honeycomb and
clotted cream, yum!)
The Fudge Shop
Cornish fudge is about as traditional as pasties, cream teas and ice cream and this shop is absolutely the place to go for it, with slabs of different flavours all ready for you to choose – it might be a difficult choice but there is no wrong decision!
Bin Two is a great coffee and wine bar in the middle of Padstow, perfect for stocking up on supplies for the evenings ahead or having a few pre-dinner drinks with friends.
With a great Sunday roast, fab seafood and local brews on tap, plus incredible views; The Mariners is a must-visit!
The London Inn
Another great pub with a traditional pub menu, this time in the heart of Padstow. The London Inn is perfect for grabbing a hot chocolate in a break from the crabbing.
We hope you’ve enjoyed reading Rosie’s Padstow Guide! Let us know if you’ve been to, or plan to visit any of the places on this list by tweeting us @Quba_Sails and don’t forget view our full PDF guide to Padstow with more expert tips, here.