The small hamlet of Prideaux is set in rolling Cornish countryside only a few miles inland and a 15 minute walk to the internationally famous Eden Project.
The nearby towns of St Blazey and Par offer local shops, pubs, restaurants and a mainline station with trains to and from London, Newquay and West Cornwall. Par is also home to the Wingz Bird and Animal Sanctuary and a wide sandy beach.
The Eden Project with its large, iconic biomes allows visitors to discover the relationships between plants and people the world over and is not only a fascinating and breath-taking experience but also a fantastic resource for education and building towards a sustainable future. The Rainforest Biome is the world’s largest rainforest in captivity with steamy jungles, waterfalls and a tree top walkway. The attraction is also a centre for lots of outdoor events, music gigs, aerial zip-wire, rock climbing and during the winter months a large ice-skating rink.
The quintessential Cornish town of Fowey is just a short drive away, and set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The town sits on the Fowey estuary and offers a range of fantastic high-street and independent shops, pubs, water-front restaurants and a castle. The beautiful old town comprises of medieval and Georgian buildings that line the narrow streets, while cruises can take you out to the open sea to admire the magnificent coastline as well as some incredible sea-life, including seals, dolphins and basking sharks if you're lucky!
A holiday cottage in Prideaux provides a tranquil rural retreat, whilst being situated close to South East Cornwall's main attractions - making it a great base for a memorable holiday at any time of year.
The National Lobster Hatchery is a unique organisation whose work in conservation, research and education separates them because they work specifically with a commercial species. A charity based in Padstow, their work helps to make lobster sustainable in the UK, as the species alone is worth an estimated £30m a year. Both the Scandinavian and Mediterranean stocks have completely collapsed, so the hatchery aims to ensure global food security for future generations by facilitating the survival rate of eggs in the wild. When you visit you can learn all about their work and support conservation. They are open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10.15am, but opening times are seasonal so keep an eye on the website. Prices are £12 for adults or £6 for children.
Perfect for cycling, the Camel Trail is an 18-mile largely traffic free, surfaced and virtually level, multi-use trail that you can use to explore the Cornish countryside. The track brings back to life a disused railway line that runs between Wenfordbridge, Bodmin and Padstow. It's ideal for bicycles, wheelchair users, horse riders and walkers, and is broken down into three main sections set up to around six miles each, which is probably more manageable than the total 18 miles, on an average day at least! It's free to use, bike hire is available at Padstow, Wadebridge, Bodmin and Wendfordbridge and toilets are in situ along the trail and in Padstow town centre.
Opened by Rick Stein and Jill Stein in 1975, The Seafood Restaurant in Padstow is famous for establishing an international reputation for the very freshest fish and shellfish, often landed on our doorstep. Head chef, Stephane Delourme and his team create simple seafood dishes with classic flavours using Rick’s recipes.
The Seafood Restaurant Riverside, Padstow PL28 8BY (T: 01841 532700)
Colourful café restaurant with a relaxed atmosphere and sunny courtyard garden. Great value high quality food including curries, local fish and tasty vegetarian options for lunch and dinner as well as cakes, coffees and cream teas.
Mowhay Café Ham Field, Wadebridge PL27 6SE (T: 01208 868660)
An award winning pub in an idyllic village within easy reach of some of the best sandy beaches in Cornwall serving excellent value home cooked pub food. Expect tasty, hearty meals for lunch and supper, and a friendly atmosphere where children and dogs are welcome.
Ring o Bells Wadebridge PL27 7QA (T: 01841 540251)
A rocky beach in a narrow, sheltered cove, Port Quin Beach is close to Port Isaac, and is only accessible at low tide. Its rugged landscape is beautiful to see, but its location means that it’s largely popular with seasoned walkers and those looking to go snorkeling and kayaking. Unspoiled and peaceful, it reveals a treasure trove of rock pools when the tide is out, and the nearby village is largely deserted, having once had thriving fishing and mining industries. Today both the cove and the village are owned by the National Trust and there is a car park courtesy of them in Port Quin. Dogs are banned between Easter and October, and there aren’t any facilities nearby – it’s all about enjoying the peace and quiet.
Since the arrival of Doc Martin on the small screen, Port Isaac has soared in popularity, and the pretty little village with the historic harbour, which also serves as the beach, has become instantly recognisable. Still an active fishing village with crab pots scattered about, the sand stretches between twin piers at low tide and has a small stream and lots of rock pools to explore, so it’s ideal for children. Dogs are allowed on the beach all year round, and as it’s at the centre of the village there’s easy access to shops and all facilities including public toilets. The car park for the town is a 10-minute walk away, and while there are a couple of parking spaces on the beach itself, just make sure you park above the high water mark, or keep an eagle eye on the tide!
A sheltered beach on the north Cornwall coast, Port Gaverne Beach is in a narrow cove just east of Port Isaac. It’s comprised of sand and shingle with lots of rock pools to explore at low tide. In the summer months it can get quite busy given the popularity of the location and its suitability for families. Surrounding walks along the cliff path are delightful and at high tide the beach is favoured by divers. There’s also a slipway and it’s sometimes used to launch boats because of the easy access from the road. Thanks to it proximity to Port Isaac half a mile away facilities and restaurants are nearby, and the beach welcomes dogs all year round. You can also park in the village although there is limited road parking by the beach itself.
Best known as a surf beach, Tregardock Beach is only accessible by footpath, which offers beautiful views of the water and Port Isaac as you head down. It is quite a stroll and the terrain is bumpy, so it’s not an ideal beach to visit with children. The path can also get quite muddy, so keep an eye on the weather. There’s a seasonal ban on dogs from Easter to September, and there aren’t any facilities in the immediate vicinity of the beach. When the tide goes out, several small beaches become one long stretch of sand, and there’s a waterfall cascading down the cliffs at the back of the beach as well as caves to explore, so it really is a little paradise hidden in the landscape. Because it’s not easy to access, it’s usually quiet at this beach, but parking along the roadside near the farm at Treligga is very limited, so it’s a good idea to head over as early as possible and make sure you don’t get cut off at high tide.
Two miles from Tintagel, Trebarwith Strand Beach on the north Coast of Cornwall is easily accessible and is owned by the National Trust. A long stretch of sand, it’s backed by flat rocks and steep cliffs, but check the tides before you visit because people often get cut off in the summer months. Once there, there are caves to explore and rock pools containing a wealth of sea life. It’s been the setting for a number of films in its time, but these days it’s all about swimming (when lifeguards are on duty between May and September) and exploring. Dogs are allowed on the beach all year round, and there are two car parks – the main one is a bit of a walk away, and a smaller one is closer to the beach. There’s also a handful of roadside parking spaces.