While they’re very different in flavour, Padstow with its postcard picture harbour is slower paced than Newquay, which is not only a surfing haven but possesses a buzzing beachy atmosphere, what surprises most visitors is how close they are.
Certainly the longest option, but the most rewarding. If you’re here for a spot of rambling, head to the coast path and walk from Newquay to Padstow. This section of the South West Coast Path is roughly 23 miles. You’ll walk via Watergate Bay, Bedruthan Steps, Constantine Bay and Stepper Point. The good news is that the latter section, from Porthcothan to Padstow (around 12 miles) is a fairly easy jaunt.
Taking around 30 minutes in the car, with a few road route options, while hugging the coastal roads is the most scenic drive as you pass Mawgan Porth and Harlyn Bay, it can be busy, and the roads can be narrow in places. Alternatives are taking A3059 and B3274 or the A392, which are much faster roads.
If you were hoping to tap up an Uber while in Cornwall, you’ll be waiting a while as they don’t operate in the county… however, there are plenty of local taxi firms, but it could cost between £30-£50 depending on the time.
There is a bus route served by Go Cornwall Bus which starts at Newquay Bus Station and ends at Station Road in Padstow. The number 56 bus route runs almost once an hour from 9-5pm, taking approximately 1 hour and a half. The last bus leaves Padstow at 17:40pm.
Go Cornwall Bus has also introduced a new ‘Tap & Cap’ fare, which is the easiest way to buy travel – simply tap when you get on board and tap again when you leave. It costs an adult just £5 to travel all day (or £20 for the week). They offer a Dayrider 1 day unlimited travel across all Go Cornwall Bus services or Cornwall by Kernow buses in Cornwall. An adult fare costs £5, a child £4, or a family ticket is £10.
Unfortunately, Padstow does not have a train station taking a train journey out of the equation. Newquay, however, does have a train station with routes running between Newquay and Par in South Cornwall.
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