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View map of beach Parking available Toilets available South West Coast Path SSSI Dog friendly

Season: winter

A bright winter’s day at Padstow showcased the harbour and its sheltering fishing boats.  The recently added 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.

Winter visit photo gallery


The pull of the beach for Steve.


A look around Padstow’s inner harbour.

Season: autumn

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 Hawker’s Cove.  There was a high spring tide in Padstow, for my chat with Julie on her yacht in the harbour.

Autumn visit photo gallery


With Julie, in Padstow, on a high tide.


The view from Stepper Point, on an autumn evening.

Season: summer

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.

Summer visit photo gallery


Looking across the Camel, from the beach at Padstow.

Season: winter

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.

3 thoughts on “Padstow

  1. James

    The beach for me means remembering childhood memories of happy holidays and blissful innocence. The sight, smells and sounds transport me back to a perfectly peaceful state of mind that remind me everything’s OK.

  2. Tony

    Living in Cornwall we are blessed with some of the best beaches in the world. These natural playgrounds have given me hours of pleasure from a young boy to being a father and seeing my daughter’s face light up with delight playing, jumping and exploring the golden sands.

  3. Emma

    The beach is a place to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and feel free from everything. A place to de-stress, to spend time with family and friends, to build sandcastles, to splash around in the waves and to enjoy the simple pleasures in life.

    I love the way that the beach changes with the seasons, from the taste of ice cream and smell of sun lotion on sunny summer days to the sound of crashing waves in winter; there’s a magnetism which always draws you back to the seaside.


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