Description:Padstow is a picturesque harbour town on the western banks of the Camel Estuary in North Cornwall. To the north of Padstow and accessible by the coast path is a super stretch of sand from St Georges Cove to Harbour Cove and Hawkers Cove. The walk from Padstow to St Georges Cove takes about 20 minutes. There are great views across the estuary.
Safety:Risk of getting cut off at high tide. See Beach Safety Guide.
Access:The beaches are accessible from the coast path which is sloping in places.
Dogs:Dogs are banned at St Georges Cove from 1st July to 31st August (10am to 6pm). Dogs are allowed at Harbour Cove and Hawkers Cove.
Directions:Padstow is approximately 8 miles from Wadebridge. Take the A39 west from Wadebridge or the A39 from the Highgate Hill roundabout (on the A30 near Indian Queens). If travelling from the Wadebridge direction, about 3 miles west of Wadebridge turn right onto the A389 (signposted to Padstow). Continue on the A389 and about a mile after Little Petherick at a junction turn right to continue on the A389 to Padstow. If travelling from the A30, turn north onto the A39 at the Highgate Hill roundabout and continue north on the A39 until the Winnards Perch roundabout and here turn left onto the B3274 (signposted to Padstow). Continue on this road which becomes the A389 and continue on this road to Padstow.
Post Code:PL28 8AQ.
Parking:Plenty of car parks in Padstow. At Hawkers Cove in summer, there is a field car park with a footpath to the coast path.
Toilets:Toilets in Padstow.
Facilities:Shops, cafés in Padstow. Tea garden at the Coastguard Houses at Hawkers Cove.
Activities:Boat trips from Padstow. Ferry to Rock.
Nearby Alternative Beaches:
Harlyn Bay (3 miles, sandy beach, surfing, dog friendly, disabled access)
Trevone Bay (2 miles, sandy beach, surfing, disabled access)
Rock (14 miles, sandy beach, dog friendly, disabled access)
Daymer Bay (15 miles, sandy beach, dog friendly)
Polzeath (15 miles, sandy beach, surfing, disabled access)