Padstow is a little fishing town tucked away in to the North coast of Cornwall. The town is in close proximity to the River Camel estuary. Padstow which was formerly known as Petroc-stowe, owes its name to the Welsh missionary Saint Petroc.
Primarily a fishing town, Padstow boasts of quite a few churches and historic monuments and is now a popular tourist destination. Padstow has always been famous for it’s ‘Obby’Oss festival and mummer’s or Darkie’s Day. ‘Obby ‘Oss is an annual folk custom which is celebrated in the month of May, when the entire town dressed in fineries gather around the town’s The Golden Lion Inn to sing “The night song”. As they make merry through the night, the next morning has celebrations in store for all. One of the male dancers is dressed in black as one of the ‘Obby ‘Osses and swirls around the town in his black cape. If possible, plan your trip to Padstow around this time. You won’t be disappointed.
Walk down the Saint’s way long-distance footpath. It gives you abundant freedom to explore the local topography as it starts from Padstow and covers the way till Fowey. There is another interesting and an equally adventurous way to explore the locality. Hit the Camel Trail Cycle Way which will take you through the old railway tracks, you could either walk, run or cycle! It has also been made comfortable keeping the physically challenged people in mind. This walkway will expose you to the scenic water fronts and estuaries. The myriad shades of greens from the fields are enticing.
Try doing the five-mile distance in your bike to Wadebridge. Carry your pet along and enjoy a refreshing jog. There is plenty of places for rest and a break. While in Padstow, visit the Padstow harbour. You could just sit aimlessly and watch the world passing by. Colourful little yachts, boats, local shops and eateries to catch your fancy. Enough to make you want to spend a little more time idling away.
Of course the aroma of freshly baked pastries, savouries, fish and chips and many more local sea fare will arouse your senses. Head to the local delis, pubs, and bistros to satiate your already heightened appetite. You would be surprised to know that this little town also owns a brewery of its own. Padstow Brewing company, is a family run brewery, and they would be more than happy to take you for a tour of their estate sampling, tasting and buying a few of your choice beverages! Mention your choice, and they would put a smile on your face by crafting one for you.
While there are quite a few bay areas, try visiting the Harlyn Bay for its unique open spaces and an enticing water front. If you have time in hand, visit the National Lobster Hatchery. The entry fee is being used for charity, so your visit could help someone in ways you’ve never envisioned. Once there, the friendly staff will take you through various amazing ways of Lobster hatching. Colourful little Lobsters crawling here and there catch your eye. Seeing them so closely near the sea is like every child’s dream come true. There are also little knick-knacks on display for sale, the proceeds of which again goes to charity for a noble cause.
Not to forget, Padstow has a quite an amazing night light on offer. Though few in numbers, the pubs are quite happening. The London Pub has a beautiful ambience along with some good drinks and great food on the plate.
A holiday without good food is only half a cake without the icing. The harbour offers a variety of cuisines. Celebrity restaurateur Rick Stein, still dominates the port visibly by serving some mouth watering local fares. Dig out on any of their Seafood specialities.
Paul Ainsworth at No. 6 is a place worth trying out for it’s simply awesome food. Sample your breakfast at “The Basement” it serves the best breakfast with beautiful indoor arrangements and the best ever view to sip your morning coffee. Or try the outdoor seating arrangement at the marquee for your visit there.
Padstow is well-connected through road, rail and air. For the brave hearted, you could also explore the sea to reach Padstow for an adventurous holiday around England. Padstow railway station is the nearest rail and is quite approachable by the London, south-western Railways and others. The closest airport is Newquay which is about twelve miles from Padstow.
Travelling to Padstow may seem like treading the road less travelled, but it’s worth experiencing at least once. And who knows, the charms of this small town may just grow on you.