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The Camel Trail is a converted railway line that runs along the camel river from Padstow to Wenfordbridge via Wadebridge and Bodmin [map]. It is now a popular cycle route for tourist with various stopping points. Padstow to Wadebridge is approx. 5 ¼ miles and flat and the section we would recommend for smaller children. In my opinion the second part (Wadebridge to Bodmin) is prettier although it has a slight incline and a small section through Wadebridge on the road making it harder. It has some of the old railway stations, a cute tea café as well as the Camel Valley winey en route. Along one section in March/ April the forest is in bloom with wild bluebells as far as you can see. There are two companies you can hire bikes from Trail Bike Hire and Padstow Cycle Hire, both located at the start of the trail on the southern part of Padstow harbour.
National Lobster Hatchery
The National Lobster Hatchery is a marine conservation charity located on the quayside. It has a visitors centre and is a good option for a rainy day.
The Jubilee Queen offers daily 1hr cruises along the Camel Estuary.
On the opposite side of the camel river is a town called Rock which is accessible via the Black Tor Ferry which has two starting points depending on the tide (8.00am until 5.30pm) or if you go over in the evening for dinner via a Water Taxi 07778 105 297 (7pm until midnight).
Crabbing is a very popular activity in Padstow Harbour for all the family to get involved in. There are a number of places around town to buy lines and buckets.
Newly rennovated Greens offers Mini golf [expected to reopen summer 2018] and a cafe overlooking the harbor. The café has a lift for buggy access and some of the best views overlooking the harbour. A definite must on a sunny day.
The Padstow Seafood School is run by the Stein family and has a variety of cookery classes. It is located next to their Fish & Chip shop on the harbour front.
Camel Valley Vineyard is located in Bodmin and has won a number of awards for its Sparking Wine. There is also the recently opened Trevibban Mill between Padstow and Wadebridge - our favourite being their Constantine white. Alternatively you can take a tour with Cornish Wine Tours.
There are three simple short walks from town.
The Camel Trail which acts as a great walk if you do not want to cycle it
The Bedruthan hotel hosts a number of craft workshops throughout the year including pottery, jewelery making, screen printing and more. Check out their website for dates. Around the corner at Mawgan Porth beach the Art At The Beach gallery runs art lessons.
Retallack Aqua Park
A new attraction this year - a 'total wipeout' style aqua park at the Retallack Resort, with inflatable slides, trampoline, climing frame and more. Approx. a 20min drive from Padstow.
For those rainy days with the kids we would recommend the indoor pool at the Sands Resort near Watergate Bay. Reasonable prices, warm and they accept babies +
Lusty Glaze Adventure Centre
Abseiling, tight ropes, surf lessons, banana boats, jet skis and beach games on a private beach just outside of Newquay. Activities for ages 8+. website
Soft Play & Clip'n'climb
For a rainy day with the kids. The younger children can enjoy the soft play and next door the older children/ adults can enjoy the indoor climbing facilities. Indoor Active is located at the Victoria Service station (Padstow turning from the A30).
Further Afield/ Day Trips
The Eden Project
The Eden Project is an impressive botanical garden with huge biomes to recreate different ecosystems including the rainforest. (c.40min drive)
The most famous of Cornwall's historic mines, now a national trust site located in the heart of Poldark country near St Anges. (c.45min drive).
Tintagel Castle is an English Hertitage Site linked to the legend of King Arthur and located on the North Coast of Cornwall. Good to combine with a stop in Port Issac for Dr Martin fans or those wishing to sample Nathan Outlaws michelin star restaurant (c.50min drive)
St Michael's Mount
St Michael's mount is a small tidal island with a picturesque castle perched ontop which is accessible by foot at low tide. located in South West Cornwall near Penzance. (c.1hr drive)