A bright winter’s day at Padstow showcased the harbour and its sheltering fishing boats. The new barrier to the inner harbour provides enough water for all the boats to shelter in the inner harbour, even at low tide. The town looked a picture, quiet and characterful, a reminder that fishing and Padstow’s relationship with the sea is still very important around these parts.
The pull of the beach for Steve.
A look around Padstow’s inner harbour.
Looking back up the River Camel towards Padstow from Stepper Point gave a different perspective and reminded me of Padstow’s geographical context. There’s such outstanding natural beauty to be seen from this headland that it’s well worth the walk up to Stepper, via Hawkers Cove. There was a high spring tide in Padstow, for my chat with Julie on her yacht in the harbour.
With Julie, in Padstow, on a high tide.
The view from Stepper Point, on an autumn evening.
The continuing low pressure, from the lower placed jet stream, led to a grey, blustery morning on the River Camel and its estuary. White horses rode across the Doom Bar towards Daymer Bay and a westerly wind whipped along the remaining channel of the river. There’s a great view, across to Porthilly, Rock and Daymer Bay from the Padstow side and a magnificent walk up to Stepper Point from the town. Highly recommended.
Jean explains her escape to the beach.
Looking across the Camel, from the beach at Padstow.
Padstow harbour looked breathtaking for my visit, on a mild January morning. The tide was in. This well-known tourist town has a strong fishing tradition and I learned more about it from the harbour master, Rob Atkinson. The town is a fine visitor attraction, as everything is walkable and grouped around the attractive inner harbour. All the facilities are here, with excellent shops, restaurants, hotels and pubs to hand. There’s a ferry across to beautiful Rock and Porthilly, both featured in previous manonabeach visits.
With Padstow harbour master, Rob Atkinson.
Chatting to Philip, leading sand from the quayside at Padstow.
Padstow in the morning.