Only six miles north of Watergate Bay you will stumble across the quintessential Cornish fishing port of Padstow, famously popularised by Rick Stein.
Padstow features in our latest three night getaway – Seafood breaks – so you could combine a visit with a break at Watergate Bay. Stay at the hotel and eat one evening in the hotel’s dining room, one lunch time in The Beach Hut and visit Padstow Seafood School for a half day cookery course. The perfect foodie break!
There are a number of ways you can get to Padstow, you can of course drive (about twenty minutes from Watergate), but other more exciting ways including boat and bike. Padstow is the start or end (depending on how you look at it) of the Camel Trail; which links Bodmin to Padstow (11 miles), via Wadebridge and is popular with cyclists and walkers alike. It runs parallel to the River Camel and used to be a railway track. The old steam engine from Bodmin and Wenford Railway still stops at one section of the trail at Boscarne Junction. The ride is flat and easy going so perfect for taking the kids along for a relaxed but fun cycle.
Once in Padstow you can park up or jump ship and start to explore the town.
Padstow is a foodies dream with plenty of good, local food like fudge, ice cream, bread (the bread in The Beach Hut comes from The Chough Bakery), pasties and of course sea food. It is most famous for being the home of Rick Stein’s Seafood Restaurant and fish ‘n’ chip shop, but Michelin Star chef Paul Ainsworth’s restaurant ‘Number 6’, is also popular, along with two star Michelin chef Nathan Outlaw who’s restaurant is a short ferry ride across the estuary at Rock. You certainly won’t go hungry.
There are numerous art galleries to browse full of paintings, sculptures and drawings by local artists. But if art isn’t really your thing, then you can sift through the clothes and craft shops to find the perfect souvenir of your trip to take home.
Fishing is still a popular trade in Padstow, you will spot a lot of fishing boats trawling the coast line or moored in the docks. Fishing trips depart daily from the harbour and offer a variety of trips from wreck, reef and bottom fishing plus the family favourite mackerel fishing.
Padstow is home to the National Lobster Hatchery, a research charity dedicated to conserving commercial species of lobster. Whilst there you can see baby lobsters being bred to go back into the wild and also view other species of shell fish such as spider crabs.
Rick Stein’s fish n’ chip shop also has open tanks with crabs and lobster for you to view, where staff are always on hand to answer and questions you may have.
Across the harbour is the coastal village of Rock accessible by The Black Tor ferry or water taxi which both run throughout the day from Padstow.
Rock has a variety of water sports facilities offering canoeing, sailing, wind surfing and water-skiing.