Being child free for a nice change yesterday Si and I decided to pop over to Padstow for a mooch around. The weather was beautiful, much less cold than it has been, and neither of us had been to Padstow in a ridiculously long time.
As a girl I used to walk or ride (attempt to ride a bike…I still can’t properly manage it *blushes*) the Camel Trail from Wadebridge to Padstow with my Dad, and two older sisters. It’s quite a long walk, but was always worth it for the ice cream we had at the end, before making our way all the way back again.
Yesterday, we took a stroll around the lovely harbour and did our usual competitive photography! A few of my photos on here are by Si, as sometimes he manages a better picture than me. He will claim that he always does. For this post today though, all of the pictures are mine, as I won this skills test!
It is actually a little sad how competitive we are! Scrabble games have actually resulted in us almost properly falling out before, and Si waking me in the middle of the night to call me a scrabble cheat, as he still claims I make words up … despite the fact they are in the dictionary.
Padstow is a lovely place for a stroll, especially out of tourism season. Since it’s so picturesque and has lovely shops with lots of good places to eat, it can get very busy during school holidays!
Speaking of great places to eat, yesterday we ate lunch at the Harbour Inn, which was very cosy with the log burner in full flame. They allow well-behaved dogs in there, which must be a bonus to dog owners who don’t want to tie their poor pooches out in the cold.
I ordered the scampi, and a warming hot chocolate and Si ordered the steak and hot chocolate as well. The service was fast and friendly. The food was delicious, and I have no idea what salad dressing they used, but it was so good I was stealing Si’s salad instead of his chips for a change.
Being a Sunday, out of peak season, a lot of shops were understandably closed. Shops you can find there include big names such as Seasalt (I love this shop!), Ann’s Cottage, Animal, Timberland and many others.
I love a lot of the smaller shops which unfortunately weren’t open yesterday, so I won’t name any in particular since it has been years since I entered a lot of them, so will wait til I have actually been inside again.
I’d love to say it was a nice romantic stroll we had yesterday. However, with Si’s poorly ear meaning he was either shouting everything or whispering everything to me, and us both full of cold and surgically attached to tissues for most of the day, I’m not really sure romantic is the word.
It was lovely to get out in the fresh air though, and after we had been to Padstow we headed off on another fab walk over at Carnewas.
I’d recommend Padstow for a day out, or just a picturesque stroll to anyone, no matter what the time of year or weather! Have you ever been to Padstow? If so, which shop, place to eat, activity or place was your favourite?