Just two miles from the bustling harbour town of Padstow sits an unspoilt Cornish creekside village bursting with heart and soul. The little-known gem of Little Petherick is dotted with picture-perfect stone cottages and flanked by a patchwork of rolling countryside with a beautiful ancient church providing the centrepiece. Quiet and tranquil yet just a short jaunt to Padstow, Little Petherick provides the perfect antidote to the buzz of the North Cornish coast. Those in-the-know come here to celebrate a slower pace of life where thumbing through the papers with a freshly brewed coffee surmises a day well spent.
Little Petherick Creek
Little Petherick creek (an inlet of the Camel Estuary) wends its way gently through the quaint village of Little Petherick. From here you can access the creek path and enjoy a leisurely stroll along the shores of the river Camel North to Padstow. Keep your eyes peeled for wading birds such as curlews and egrets, spot wildflowers hidden in the woodland alongside the creek and savour the joyous display of snowdrops which emerge each Springtime. For those who enjoy life on the ocean waves, paddleboarding or canoeing is a great way to take in the sights and sounds from a unique perspective atop the water. A popular route for the more experienced paddlers is to head along Little Petherick Creek to Padstow and arrive in the harbour in true style. Just be sure to check tide times and ensure that you’re going the right way at the right time!
Seven Bays for Seven Days
This corner of Cornwall is very special in that it has seven beautiful golden bays all within a short drive of each other (or a brisk coastal walk if your legs need a stretch!). If you’re staying in Little Petherick you will have a choice of bay for every day of the week less than 3 miles away, with nearby Trevone, Harlyn Bay, Mother Ivey’s Bay, Constantine Bay, Booby’s Bay, Treyarnon and Porthcothan Bay all offering golden sands and a hearty dose of vitamin ‘sea’. Besides the glorious seven bays, there are many rural and coastal walks to enjoy along the beaches and through the fields right from your doorstep, making Little Petherick the perfect dog-friendly location for your Cornish holiday.
The Saint’s Way
Starting in Padstow, The Saints’ Way is a 27 mile footpath that passes through Little Petherick and follows river valleys and glorious countryside, cutting right across Cornwall to Fowey in the south. The Saint’s Way follows the probable route of early Christian pilgrims making their way from Ireland and Wales to Brittany or Santiago de Compostella in Galicia, Spain. You can pick up parts of it, or the more adventurous among you may try to do the whole thing, but it generally takes 2-3 days with stops along the way. All along the footpath you can witness historic remains, ancient footbridges, old tracks and fascinating churches which allude to the route’s religious past and which gives it its name.
Places to Eat and Drink Near Little Petherick
This tranquil spot is perfect for those who are looking for a quieter pace of life, yet with easy access to all the usual hotspots. The bustling towns of Padstow and Wadebridge with their tantalising restaurants, cafes, pubs, galleries and shops are all within reach and there is a bus service running right through Little Petherick giving easy access to both.
Staying in Little Petherick
Little Petherick is a growing community that is passionate about preserving the natural beauty, rich culture and history within the village. We have many charming cottages just waiting to be the backdrop to your Cornish escape.
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