Padstow Touring Park was our home for the final three nights of our tour of Cornwall. We selected it based on its website and how close it was to Padstow. It was the biggest site that we visited and we estimated that there were over 100 pitches, which was a bit of a difference from the other two sites that we visited which were much smaller.Whilst it was a larger site, we thought that it didn’t feel too big as it was nicely laid out with hedges between the rows of pitches and so you don’t look out over a sea of tents and caravans and it feels like there is some degree of privacy. The pitches are mostly laid out in rows with a roadway inbetween and they are of varying sizes. The website helps you to decide what kind of pitch to book. Tents, campervans, motorhomes and caravans are mixed together, which is nice, and there are also a few pitches with hardstanding dotted around the site for larger motorhomes.
Being a larger site means that it has more facilities than some smaller sites, for example there is an on-site shop which sells a variety of camping equipment and also food, wine and beer, and there are also recycling facilities for most kinds of waste. Rather than one large amenities block there are several smaller blocks dotted around the site which goes some way to preventing the size of the site from becoming overwhelming. We generally used the main block which houses most of the showers. According to the website, there are also private family bathrooms that can be booked. The main block looks to have been recently refurbished and was a pleasure to use. When we were there in June, it was never busy and there seemed to be plenty of hot water. The showers themselves operate on a push-button system and had plenty of space to store your dry clothes whilst showering. The shower block also houses a separate room with sinks for washing up.
From the edge of the site is a path that takes you over the fields towards Padstow past a large Tesco supermarket. We walked into Padstow one evening which took about half an hour. It’s an easy walk there, but the first section is uphill on the way back, so make sure that you have some ice-cream while you’re there for extra energy! You might want to take a torch at night too. Padstow is a pretty fishing town with a small harbour surrounded by restaurants pubs and ice-cream shops. These days it’s best known for being the home to several Rick Stein restaurants and although we didn’t try his Seafood Restaurant, we can definitely recommend Stein’s Fish & Chip shop. In the evening it was quite quiet and we were surprised to see how busy it was when we went during the daytime several days later. I can’t imagine how busy it gets in peak holiday season.
Following the celebrity chef theme, we also spent a morning in nearby Watergate bay followed by lunch in Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen restaurant which is recommended for the experience and the view, although we didn’t think the food was anything special.
Overall we enjoyed our time at Padstow Touring park and would recommend it as a base for exploring this part of Cornwall. Our rating reflects the fact that it is a relatively large site with good facilities and it is well placed for walking into Padstow.