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A visit to Padstow

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A visit to Padstow

This April while visiting the UK my wife and I plan to spend a few days in Padstow with her grandfather whom she has not seen since she was a small girl.

We know little about the Padstow area and would love to know a little about what to do, see, and eat while we are there. We will be relying on public transportation for the most part so it would need to be places accessible through these means.

Thank you

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Well, firstly, public transport in Cornwall is few and far between. Padstow lost it's railway station in the 1960's and I believe there is a sporadic bus service from the town to Wadebridge and then on to Bodmin, neither of which are particularly tourist places. Having said that, Bodmin is often overlooked by visitors and does have a couple of good museums, the old gaol, several old churches, holy wells and the Berry Tower.

You can hire cycles in Padstow and ride the Camel Trail; this follows the route of the old Padstow to Bodmin railway line and is flat and goes through some beautiful countryside. Once at the other end of the trail at Bodmin Parkway main line station, you can catch trains there to St Austell, Truro, Falmouth and Penzance although British train fares are very dear.

I really think you'll need a car myself as there are many lovely places to see in the area that are not served by any public transport. Padstow as you probably know is a small fishing village that has found fame these past years from it's association with the TV chef Rick Stein who owns several businesses in the village including a restaurant and hotel.

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hi there.i will just start by saying cornwall is a great choice of holiday and one of the most beautiful areas in the uk. padstow itself is very small, u can see and do everything in a couple of hours. the best thing about padstow is that there are dolphins living in the river and it is an amazing site.

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If you are prepared to wander a bit further afield, there will be enough to do to keep you occupied for a couple of days. Whilst the town centre is quite compact and many of the shops are aimed at tourists, looking around the town and the harbour is still a pleasant experience. Have a look in the fish market at the live crabs and lobsters.

As mentioned, hiring a bike a riding the Camel Trail is well worth doing. Going out of the town the other way, you will find what is probably the best beach in the West Country, Harbour Cove.

You can usually find regular speed boat trips along the estuary to get a different view on things.

Whilst there, the thing you must try for a lunch maybe, is a traditional Cornish Pasty. There is one particular bakery near the Post Office which has an excellent selection.

If you fancy eating at Rick Stein's restaurant, you need to book now. Reviews are mixed, but you can guarantee it won't be cheap. Otherwise, most pubs serve decent pub grub.

PS. Your wife could also get some inside knowledge from her Grandfather.

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4. Re: A visit to Padstow

Actually bus services to/from Padstow have improved over the last few years and details can be found on the "Western Greyhound" website at www.westerngreyhound.co.uk.

From Padstow you can travel to...

Wadebridge & Bodmin - see www.westerngreyhound.co.uk/2006/555.pdf

Newquay - see www.westerngreyhound.co.uk/2006/556-557.pdf

Truro - see www.westerngreyhound.co.uk/2006/595.pdf

Note that the timetables will probably change from 1st April when the summer timetable starts, so make sure that you check them again before you leave home or pick up a leaflet in Padstow Tourist Office when you get there.

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If you're of a walking dispostion try getting the ferry across to Rock.

From their you can (depending on tide) head across the dunes or cut across St Enodoc Golof Course to Daymer Bay. Pass St Enodoc church where John Betjeman is buried.

If you make it far enough catch a wave at Polzeath!

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