Stroll along The Camel Trail. The 18-mile route follows a disused railway line through the Cornish countryside. There are bike-hire shops near the start if you want to pedal along the trail. Unless you’ve gone for a morning at Tintagel, of course. Twenty-one miles north of Padstow, Padstow is rumoured to be where the legend of King Arthur was born, resurrected by Victorian poet Alfred Lord Tennyson in his Idylls of the King. The potential for fantastic stories and family games of noble knights and holy grails are endless, and the views are unfailingly stirring.
Padstow is the capital of Rick Stein World. Wait, what? Okay, it is difficult to visit this pearler without running into the famous chef’s empire, but why would you want to avoid that magic? Stein knows what he’s doing, to say the least.
But there is more to Padstow than Rick Stein, with its famous lobsters, gorgeous trails, tranquil beaches and witchcraft waiting for visitors. It also happens to be magnificently picturesque, although we’d expect nothing less from charming Cornwall. These are the best things to do in Padstow. Make sure to come hungry.