Pretty Padstow is one of Cornwall’s best known holiday destinations. It sits on the wild north coast but is along the west side of the Camel Estuary. Nestled in a deep valley, it’s protected from the winds of the Atlantic Ocean, making it less exposed than other seaside towns. Padstow itself is more known for its harbour than beaches, but it’s also become the ultimate food lover’s destination.
If you’re yearning for waves Trevone Bay is around two miles south of Padstow. Due to the exposure of this beach, waves tend to be quite consistent when surfing at mid to low tide. Wave chasers beware of the rocks. Another surfing option is Harlyn Bay, which is a further mile south of Padstow.
St George’s Cove is Padstow’s nearest beach, which is just over half a mile from the harbour. There are stunning views from this little cove across to Rock and Daymer Bay. On a full low tide, you can also walk to Hawkers Cove and Harbour Cove. Be sure to catch a sunset from Stepper Point, a headland that sits alongside the mouth of the Camel Estuary.