The Camel Estuary
The Camel Estuary is situated on a stunning part of the North Cornish coast alongside Padstow, Wadebridge, and the beachside resorts of Rock and Polzeath.The sheltered nature of the Estuary makes it ideal for all manner of watersports including dinghy sailing, waterskiing, wakeboarding, canoeing, kayaking and windsurfing, and is therefore a haven for watersports enthusiasts.

Aswell as watersports the Camel Estuary boasts some of the most beautiful sandy beaches in the country including Rock, Daymer Bay, Tregirls, & Polzeath. Pefect spots in which to pack up a picnic and enjoy a family day on the beach. Why not take a trip on the passenger ferry that works its way across the water between Rock and Padstow all year round. It carries cyclists and walkers from Padstow harbour to the beach at Rock.

Wildlife on the Camel Estuary is some of the best in the area with seals and dolphins being spotted around Polzeath. The Estuary is a birdwatchers paradise!

The Camel Trail is a disused railway line that runs alongside the Estuary and then the river Camel. It has been resurfaced to form a popular cycling and walking route and is traffic free and virtually flat. The trail runs from Padstow to Bodmin via Wadebridge and is a great family day out, with a choice of beautiful picnic spots too!


Padstow is a popular and vibrant fishing port with beautiful old cottages and cobbled alleyways, art galleries and restaurants - it is bustling with life all year. One of the highlights of North Cornwall, this picturesque town, renowned for fine dining with world class restaurants including Rick Steins Seafood Restaurant, is not to be missed.

The harbour is a great spot to enjoy an ice cream whilst watching the world go by. Catching the passenger ferry between Padstow and Rock is a must and during the summer months a water taxi enables evening excursions.


Wadebridge is situated halfway along the Camel Trail and is a good stopping point for a wander round the shops or a bite to eat. There is a good Tourist Information centre, and keep an eye out for local events staged here.

There is a larger selection of local amenities and shops than other tourist spots in the area and Wadebridge is a great place for shopping for more unique items.  Hidden up the cobbled alleyways there are numerous boutique style shops, art galleries, delicatessens and cafes. 

Eating out in Wadebridge, there is a great variety of restaurants, including Indian, Tapas, and the more traditional fine dining eateries. There is also a good choice of bars and pubs to enjoy that pre-dinner drink! Salons and spa treatments are also available in the town.


Rock is located across the Estuary from Padstow and is a small, exclusive town benefiting from an excellent choice of watersports right on the doorstep. Rock can be reached by taking the the ferry that continuously runs back and forth across the water from Padstow Harbour. Rock's beautiful long sandy beach is sheltered by the Camel Estuary and with a variety of dinghies and yaghts in the water, it makes Rock a picture postcard scene.

Along Rock Road there are number of high quality independent shops and an art gallery, aswell as the Blue Tomato cafe and the Mariners Pub. Rock is well worth a visit for it culinary delights, and the restaurants and pubs reflect the clientele, offering fine wines and high quality dining.

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