What was once an obscure little fishing village is now firmly on the map for being a food-lover's destination. Padstow's fishing boats still bring in their daily catch, now feeding the patrons of celebrity chefs who have set up shop here. It's a cosmopolitan atmosphere and one could easily spend several pleasant hours meandering along the pretty boutique-lined lanes and stopping for lunch at Rick Stein's seafood wonderland.
However, there is also plenty to explore just beyond Padstow. Half a mile from the harbour, you'll find a number of delightful sandy coves, St. George's Cove being the closest, which broaden and connect at low tide.
And then there's the Camel Trail, a gloriously flat trail designed for walkers and cyclists which follows the River Camel. It's a joyous way to arrive in Padstow, just in time for lunch.