Padstow, Cornwall

Padstow is a popular seaside harbour town in Cornwall, with pretty houses, steep winding streets, overflowing carparks and hordes of summer visitors. We popped in for lunch yesterday on our way to meet our current hosts in Penzance.

After wisely parking in a higher carpark we walked down to the harbour, bobbing with colour and fun. Parents and children jostled around icecream shops, couples strolled or sat drinking beer outside pubs, spruikers attracted attention to their spedboat rides and so on.

Every kind of colourful beachy thing was on hand to tempt the young!

The ferry returning from Rock hoped to collect another load of passengers, those who weren't quite up to the speedboat ride ….

but we slipped into The Shipwrights for lunch, local, sustainable, and delicious, mackerel with salad and garlic toast … perfect for two although of course it is just one dish.

Having noticed a path from the carpark to the church, we walked deeper into the village, heading for the church tower … all so pretty and busy for a little way, then just a normal quiet village where people lived away from the bustle of the quay ….

and headstones reminded us of life's great cycle, birth and death, round and round we go … we both speculated on the very real possibility of ancestors being buried here, since we both have family roots in Cornwall.

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21 thoughts on “Padstow, Cornwall

  1. Read your blog posts back to front. You’ve already done north cornwall. Padstow is lovely but quite touristy. Another time come 30 miles up the coast to experience the real wilds of the cornish coast with huge towering cliffs and stunning walks. xx

  2. “Doc Martin” has created a great love of things Cornwallian in Oz, I think – but few of us have been lucky enough to go there ! πŸ™‚ How very pretty it is, Christine ! See any pirates ? πŸ˜‰

  3. Padstow is as you remark, very pretty, and very busy. We couldn’t find a space to park even in a cold April, so drove in, down to the harbour and out again. Some fab beaches nearby though, and I do like that north Cornish coastline. Your mackerel dish is very tempting πŸ™‚

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