Padstow has something for everyone in every season. Any image of Cornwall conjured is dramatic and beautiful, whether it’s a sunny and green mid-June to the wind-domineering harsh December. We present you with a list of some of the activities available.
The Camel Trail
Once a railway line and now converted to a cycle path. It runs alongside the stunning River Camel and was described by Betjeman as ‘the most beautiful train journey I know’. Cornwall is known for its views, and the Camel Trail is why. It flows elegantly through the maritime towns of Wenfordbridge, Bodmin, Wadebridge and Padstow, and is known as the Atlantic Express- a route beginning from Waterloo and ending in picturesque views of Cornwall. What an ending!
Padstow accommodation is well-known to local surfers. The waves created by the Atlantic Ocean are some of the most spectacular in the world and there is a surfing community to match it. Surfers regularly commute from nearby Devon, Somerset and Dorset, along with holiday makers from further afield. Notably surfing groups from as far as Florida treat themselves to the Cornish breeze.
Every 1st of May is Obby Oss Day- thought to originally celebrate fertility and the coming spring, and is now a day-long festival of dancing. Obby Oss Day is a thriving Padstow tradition and a favourite for tourists. The entire town is involved in a festival that brings together the locals with the visitors, and the 1st of May is a highlight of everyone’s calendar. The joviality has to be experienced to be believed.
The opportunity to experience first-hand the coastline that defines the Cornish spirit. From the crashing of the Atlantic waves onto the sand beaches, with enormous cliff faces and incredible walking paths, coastal walking is ideal to get that Cornish air into your lungs! Follow a dusty trail that winds and weaves with the dramatic coastlines.
Cornwall is well known for its fishing, with the trade being a key Cornish trade. From Padstow Harbour take part in a fishing trip of your own, amongst the waves and with Cornwall behind you, the Atlantic ahead of you, and the sun above. Constantine Bay is a regular favourite for local fisherman and tourists alike.
Make the adventure complete by braving the Cornish coast, literally. With such grand heights and contours, coasteering is a popular pastime that takes the environment in its stride. Climb and traverse the rocks and get to know every last detail of the magnificent coast that defines both Padstow and Cornwall. Not for the faint of heart!
The Flow Rider
The Flow Rider is your guarantee to get the waves when you visit Cornwall. If you find the sea eerily calm on your visit, fear not with this artificial wave simulator. Essentially flow rider is a slide with water pressurised to launch towards you. Your mission: stay on your surfboard! Ideal for beginners and experts alike, make sure you catch some surf on your trip…