The area also boasts some fabulous beaches, with nearly 20 in the surrounding area! Many of these are quiet, sandy coves, which are not only stunning with their golden sands and clear waters, but they are also relatively quiet compared to the larger beaches. However, this does mean that amenities and lifeguard cover is lacking on many of them, so make sure you’re aware of tide times and if you’re unsure about rip currents then make sure you ask a local’s advice. There are six large beaches, which are incredibly family friendly, with lifeguard cover, parking and toilets. The most famous of these beaches is Polzeath, which is located just across the estuary from Padstow, just a few minutes from Rock. This large beach is renowned for its quality surf and tropical appearance – it was named a blue flag beach in 2011.
Closer to Padstow itself is the scenic Trevone Bay, which boasts stunning views in either direction from its sandy shore, and is, for those with pushchairs and/or wheelchairs, an easy access beach. There are plenty of rockpools to explore, and a great restaurant and beach shop next to the car park, making it a wonderful day on the beach! Treyarnon, slightly further than Trevone, also has spectacular views, and often has great surf rolling in too. Like Trevone, there are plenty of rockpools for youngsters to explore, and the facilities are located very close by – it’s well worth spending a sunny day here!
Further afield, visit the sweeping Porthcothan Bay, venture down to the dramatic and beautiful Bedruthan Steps, or visit the beach located in Doc Martin’s hometown of Port Isaac. All of these beaches are connected via the famous South West Coast Path, so why not grab a backpack and explore Padstow’s surrounding coast? Or, for a more inland adventure, hire a bike and breeze along the perfectly flat and wonderfully scenic Camel Trail – you could even stop off at Cornwall’s award-winning, idyllic vineyard, Camel Valley, for a glass of their Brut while soaking in the peaceful beauty of the area.
If you’re looking to stay somewhere that epitomises Cornish living, Padstow and the surrounding area is the place for you – whether you’re a beach bum, foodie or explorer!