PADSTOW

A labyrinth of narrow alleyways and picturesque houses, and a safe haven on the treacherous North Coast. May Day heralds the arrival of the Hobby Horse (‘Obby ‘Oss) who prances and dances the streets, taunting young, and not so young, maidens. A celebration of spring fever and the coming of summer. C16 Raleigh’s Court House on South Quay. C15 church. Boat trips. Centre of fine cuisine with many restaurants, notably Rick Stein’s various enterprises. Some have labelled the town Padstein. Understandable, but a little unfair. True, he may have dominated our TV screens for an age but his success has rippled out across Cornwall and made this old county a destination for lovers of sea food and local produce. It is worth walking away from the crowded harbour front and exploring the side streets or heading out for the coastal footpath to the nearby beaches. The Camel Trail starts here and you can hire a bicycle from one of the hire centres located beside the car park at the bottom of the hill.  Photography: Copyright ©William Fricker Photography/Goldeneye Guides