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The small town of Padstow (Cornish: Lannwedhenek) seems to have become very popular in recent years. The town is situated on the west bank of the River Camel estuary about 5 miles northwest of Wadebridge and ten miles northeast of Newquay.


Padstow was originally named Petroc-stow, Petroc-stowe, or 'Petrock's Place', after the Welsh missionary Saint Petroc, who landed at Trebetherick around AD 500. After his death a monastery was established here which was of great importance until the town was raided by the Vikings in 981 (the Vikings laid waste "Petroces stow" (probably Padstow) according to the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle). Either as a result of this attack or later the monks moved inland to Bodmin, taking the relics of St Petroc with them.


Traditionally a fishing port, Padstow is now a popular tourist destination. Although some of its former fishing fleet remains, it is mainly a yachting haven on the dramatic north Cornish coastline with few easily navigable harbours. The influence of restaurateur Rick Stein can now be seen in the port, and tourists travel from long distances to eat at his restaurant.


However, the boom in the popularity of the port has caused house price inflation both in the port & surrounding areas. This has meant significant numbers of locals simply cannot afford to buy property of their own now, with prices for even the smallest properties often costing well over 10 times the average salary, which is around £15,000.     (continued below)

Padstow, north Cornwall

Top 10 things to do in Padstow & local area

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Flow Rider



During the mid 19th century, ships carrying timber from Canada (particularly Quebec City) would arrive at Padstow and offer cheap travel to passengers wishing to emigrate!

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Padstow is a lovely town to explore though. It's winding streets are full of artisan shops, fine restaurants and quirky charm. The harbour create's its own focal point in the midst of it all, and is a great place to tuck into a pasty and watch the world go by.


There are pleasant walks, not least the Camel Trail plus the stunning vista's offered by the coastpath, but also across the river too. St Enodoc church and Sir John Betjemens resting place give a good reason to pop over, but you could walk onto towards Polzeath if you're feeling fit.


The Black Tor ferry takes you over to Rock, and this also allows you to see Padstow from a different perspective from across the Camel river. Brea Hill is the best spot to see the surrounding area, as it rises to 200ft at the summit.