Arrive in Cornwall
Many guests choose to arrive the day before the start of the tour, to settle in and explore the local area.
Arrive into Bodmin Parkway, a 4.5 hour direct train from London Paddington and, after a short 10-15 minute transfer into Padstow (which we can help arrange), you’ll have the evening and next morning to look around this gorgeous harbour town.
We collect guests arriving today from Bodmin Parkway Train station in the late morning and transfer into Padstow in our support vehicle. You’ll get to know your guide over a café lunch, or a traditional Cornish pasty on the beach.
We then catch the foot ferry across the Camel estuary to the small seaside village of Rock and walk through the sand dunes to the famous and partially buried St Enodoc Church with its peculiar spire, ‘bent like a crooked witch’s hat’ as Sir John Betjeman once wrote.
Though partially buried the church remains in use to this day. We spend the afternoon walking along the idyllic beaches of Polzeath and Daymer Bay before returning to Padstow by foot ferry in the late afternoon.
There is the option for a shorter walk in the early afternoon followed by a cycle ride along the wonderfully flat and traffic-free Camel Trail that traces the Estuary.
Or perhaps take a ride in ‘Jaws’, Padstow’s very own speedboat, for a whirlwind trip out and around the harbour and to Polzeath, to see the sights from the sea and learn the fascinating history of this boat from its owner and driver Peter.
We dine out in the evening at Rick Stein’s famous Seafood Restaurant on the harbour front.
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