From the cottages there are views over wonderful unspoiled countryside down to the Camel estuary with its sandy river beaches. There is a cycle track where the old railway to Padstow used to run. Cycle hire is widely available. These bike rides must not be missed – even a non-cyclist like me can hire an adult-sized tricycle or even share a tandem. Over the years we have seen every conceivable conveyance for transporting children and watched the cycle hire business flourish so that now it is advisable to book ahead at busy periods.
It is possible to walk, of course. Turn left at the entrance to the side car park and enjoy the hedgerows full of wild flowers on the walk downhill. Or take the car down to the estuary to avoid the walk back – uphill!
At Padstow you can use a ferry to cross to Rock and walk over the dunes to the picturesque little church where John Betjeman is buried, play golf or else enjoy the spectacular rugged scenery and clean, safe beaches while skylarks soar overhead.
Padstow itself is built on a hillside and many medieval buildings, such as fifteenth century Abbey House and the sixteenth century Court House of Sir Walter Raleigh, add to the charm of the busy little harbour. The various restaurants and food outlets of the TV chef Rick Stein, while superb in themselves, have had the effect of creating an area renowned for its excellence of food. Personal recommendations can be provided.