Padstow is located on the North Cornwall coast near the mouth of the Camel estuary.
The natural beauty of the area is probably what attracts most people. Its rugged coastline, sweeping sandy dunes and beaches, quiet coves and scenic walks offer something for all tastes.
Activities on offer include;
Sailing, wind and kite surfing – in and around the camel estuary itself. Sail races can often be seen on the estuary between Rock and Daymer Bay (North side of the estuary opposite Padstow) and wind and kite surfers often gather at Daymer Bay.
Water skiing is offered commercially from the ski-school at Rock.
Body boarding & swimming can be enjoyed at many of the Atlantic facing beaches such as Harlyn and Trevone beaches near Padstow and Polzeath on the North side of the estuary. Newquay and its renowned Fistral Beach are also just 15 miles away.
Coasteering & kayaking – there are several companies along the coastline offering these guided activities.
Fishing – local angling shops provide bait and tackle and will no doubt tell you about the best shore fishing spots to try. Boat fishing can be booked via the tackle shops or directly with boat skippers, details are displayed on boards around Padstow harbour.
Salmon and Trout fishing on the river Camel is by permit only. Ego menswear store in Wadebridge sells day tickets for Wadebridge waters. Please note a Salmon & Trout Rod Licence is required.
Walking – The area offers many scenic walks both inland across the moors or along the Coastal footpath. Padstow Tourist Information can provide more details
Cycling – many visitors make use of the Camel Trail cycle and foot path, this provides a flat ride through coastal and wooded scenery and runs for approximately 14 miles from Padstow to Bodmin and beyond.
Tennis courts can be hired at the Lawns Car Park Padstow.
Golf – the area has many good golf courses. Links courses at Trevose Head and St-Enodoc are the best known. It is worth noting that St-Enodoc has two 18 hole golf courses, The Church Course for the better players and the Holy well Course which whilst still challenging is a less severe test.
Restaurants – at the end of all that there are many fabulous restaurants to enjoy and relax in come the evening.