Padstow is small historic fishing village on the north coast of Cornwall, England famous (and perhaps spoilt) for being the residence of T.V celebrity chef Rick Stein. The town over recent years has expanded greatly, become very up market and expensive and even lost its old fashioned fishing village character, due the crowds who come because of the fame it has gained by featuring on television. Do not let this put you off, it is still a beautiful town to visit (although many now describe it as Cornish London).
From the M5 south, turn onto the A30 just after Exeter. There are several options from the A30. The most direct way is to come off at Bodmin (A389) and follow directions through Bodmin and Wadebridge to Padstow. Just after the village of Whitecross turn right through Little Petherick and St Issey (A389). This section of road is narrow in places and is not recommended for wide vehicles. To avoid this narrow road do not turn off after Whitecross and stay on the A39 until Winnard’s Perch roundabout then turn right towards Padstow. Alternatively stay on the A30 until the Indian Queens turning then follow the directions to Padstow (A39).
If you are heading for Port Isaac, Rock, Trebetherick etc follow the directions above to Wadebridge. At the roundabout after Sladesbridge turn left towards Wadebridge town centre, then right at the next mini roundabout. This takes you past the Wadebridge sports hall. Alternatively you can come off the A30 earlier, just after Launceston, and follow the A39 through Camelford towards Wadebridge.
The nearest airport is Newquay international, which has daily flights to London Stansted, London Gatwick and London Luton and less frequent flights to more UK airports. When departing from Newquay Airport be prepared to spend 5 pounds extra tax. (used for the extension of the terminal building). There is an hourly bus connecting you to Newquay and Padstow
Take a train to Bodmin Parkway (you may have to change trains at Plymouth), there are several of these a day. There are bus connections from Bodmin to Padstow. The timetables of these buses are designed to fit around the big trains arriving.
All places in Padstow itself are within walking distance.
Padstow has a large number of beaches within the local vicinity:
Across the other side of the estuary
Camping and Caravanning
Padstow Touring Park (+44 1841 532061) http://www.padstowtouringpark.co.uk
Sun Haven Valley Holiday Park (+44 1637 860 373) http://www.sunhavenvalley.com
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