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Our Pick of Picturesque Padstow Villages

Relax in a rural retreat and explore the coast and countryside from these scenic villages near Padstow.

If you like to get away from it all on holiday, then one of the villages on the North Cornwall coast near Padstow will offer an idyllic rural retreat. These traditional Cornish villages and hamlets offer a relaxing countryside atmosphere amid dramatic coastal scenery. Many of these picturesque villages have pubs, shops, playgrounds and leisure facilities for an enjoyable break in the area. Here’s our pick of the most picturesque villages near Padstow.


Enjoy a luxury holiday in this exclusive enclave on the North Cornwall coast. Dip your toes in the cool blue Atlantic, stroll along golden sand, play a round of golf or relax with a Cornish cream tea. Sandy Constantine Beach, looking towards Trevose headland and lighthouse, is great for walking, surfing or just hanging out. For keen golfers, Trevose Golf Course offers one of the country’s finest links courses. It’s also a great place for a sunset drink.

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Stretching out on the sand, watching the blue sea unfurl as whitewater on the beach, while admiring the rugged coastal scenery. Trevone in North Cornwall offers a tranquil escape from the worries on the world, a step back to nature where you and your family can have fun in safety. Dip a toe in the sea, swim in the tidal pool, try out surfing or take a stroll along the cliff path. There’s a great beach café and a few village shops for supplies.

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Harlyn offers a sheltered beach with fine golden sand where you can learn to surf, go for long walks or just chill out in your holiday cottage in this holiday hotspot on the north coast of Cornwall. Harlyn has its own surf school where youngsters can learn to surf in safety. There’s also a pub in the village plus an excellent food van serving delicious takeaway food in the beach car park.

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Treyarnon Bay is one of North Cornwall’s most beautiful beaches. This small coastal village is only a few miles from Padstow with some fantastic holiday cottages to choose from. Treyarnon oozes with traditional Cornish character, thanks to the rugged coastline and stunning sea views. There’s a good café here, as well as ice cream vans in the summer.

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Porthcothan Bay is a picturesque Cornish cove lined with rugged cliffs and rolling countryside. This small village offers a number of cottages and holiday homes for visitors to enjoy this picturesque location. The beach is a small sandy cove punctuated by rock stacks and caves, making it an interesting place to explore at low tide. The beach shop and café does a great job at catering for holidaymakers and keeping them cool with local ice creams.

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St Issey

Stay in rural splendour in this countryside village near Padstow. St Issey sits in a valley surrounded by farm fields, close to the creeks and inlets of the Camel Estuary. The ancient Saints Way footpath passes through here en-route to Padstow. There’s a good pub and couple of popular restaurants in the area.

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Relax in a gorgeous countryside setting, in this traditional Cornish hamlet near Padstow. This rural location is a couple of miles inland from the coast, where there is little going on and the pace of life is slow. It’s the perfect place to unwind and get away from it, safe in the knowledge that Padstow and the North Cornwall beaches are only a short drive away.

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The exclusive enclave of Rock sits on the Camel estuary opposite Padstow. Home to luxury cottages and holiday homes, Rock is perfectly located for sailing, kayaking, walking and playing golf. There’s a lovely pub here, as well as a number of fantastic restaurants. Nearby Daymer Bay is one of the area’s finest beaches.

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Port Issac

Explore rock pools, fish for crab off the harbour wall, stretch your legs on a coastal walk or just sit back and enjoy the atmosphere in this safe haven on Cornwall’s rugged north coast. Based around a traditional fishing harbour, nestled beneath steep hills and cliffs, Port Issac is an idyllic haven for holidays. Now famous for TV’s Doc Martin and top chef Nathan Outlaw, Port Issac has something for all type of holidaymakers. It’s a lively place with several pubs, cafés, restaurants and plenty of shops.

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St Merryn

Opt for St Merryn as a central base for beach hopping and exploring the Cornish coast and countryside. Close to Padstow, this village as a great selection of holiday cottages to choose from. It also has several shops, a few fantastic pubs and several restaurants and take-aways including a first-class fish and chip shop.

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Hawkers Cove

Little known Hawkers Cove offers a tidal stretch of white sand and awe inspiring sea and sky panoramas of estuary and coastline. Hawkers offers a quiet alternative to the busy streets of Padstow, which is only a short distance away. This is a lovely base for sitting back and enjoying the unique atmosphere and ever-changing scenery of the Camel Estuary.

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Mawgan Porth

Located halfway between Padstow and Newquay on the north Cornwall coast, this small village is the gateway to family beach holidays, surfing adventures and unique dining experiences with superb holiday cottages and holiday homes as a base. There’s a good pub, several cafés and a few first class restaurants to enjoy at this beachside location.

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