North Cornwall has a beautiful and diverse coastline to explore, from small rocky coves, wide sandy beaches, active and historic fishing ports and our incredible South West Coast Path that follows the dramatic coastline every step of the way.

We are situated right on the Camel Estuary at the head of the Camel Trail (Cornwall’s most pooular 17 mile bike trail). Take time to stop and observe all the visiting birds; you may be lucky enough to spot the incredibly rare sighting of kingfishers or the pair of spoonbills that are nesting on the estuary. Bike hire is available from Padstow, Wadebridge and Bodmin and I believe you can even cycle one way if pre-arranged with the bike companies.

Padstow is a lively fishing port and the fishing boats and equipment can be safely observed. All the colours and shapes of the boats make a fantastic subject for budding artists or photographers.

The Padstow Museum holds an interesting collection of artefacts giving an insight into the history of the Port of Padstow over the past two centuries. It was from here that many Cornishmen and their families embarked for a new life in North America after the collapse of the Cornish Tin mining industry.

There is a wealth of outdoor activities at your fingertips and if you need hints, here’s a few; surfing, sailing, high speed boat trips on the Camel Estuary, wildlife boat tours, fishing trips, wild swimming, rock pooling, bird watching, walking coast or moorland, cycling.

The National Lobster Hatchery published this fantastic children’s adventure story ‘The Secret Tunnels of Padstow’. The reason I mention this is at the back of the book there is a wildlife guide to help you identify the different birds you’ll see here in Padstow, and a trail and challenges that take you around Padstow and Rock. Not to mention a great holiday book to read to your child each night.

If you’re looking for Cornwall Attractions then this website is a good place to start

For over 40 years, the Cornwall Association of Tourist Attractions (CATA) has been working to improve the quality of the visitor experience in Cornwall. CATA members represent the highest standards of quality. You’ll be happy to know the National Lobster Hatchery is a CATA member.

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