As well as the jaw-dropping scenery, awesome activities and delicious food (more on that shortly) there are the more practical reasons that make this a great place to live in Cornwall. For those who commute out of the county, access to Newquay Airport is exceptionally easy, which is a very big draw, especially with the new daily Heathrow flights being added. There are also better links via the improved A30, now giving easier and faster road access, but of course, it goes deeper than that!
Padstow and the wider Camel Estuary area has become the foodie capital of Cornwall, with celebrity chefs such as Rick Stein, Paul Ainsworth and Nathan Outlaw each having multiple restaurants that draw people from across the country, using some of Cornwall’s finest local and home-grown produce. The area is also abuzz with many other well regarded and up and coming restaurants and eateries, meaning the availability and general standard across the board is very high indeed.
But it is the superb coastal lifestyle and the outstanding scenery that really tips the scales in the Camel Estuary’s favour. There are so many activities for both kids and adults alike to get stuck into, from surfing to just spending leisurely days on any one of the many glorious beaches. Sailing, boating and waterskiing can be enjoyed on the estuary itself, as well as SUP, kitesurfing and coasteering. The beaches on both sides are among the best in the country, with the renowned Seven Bays stretching from Trevone to Porthcothan on the Padstow side, Tregirls and Daymer on opposite sides of the mouth of the estuary and then Polzeath just a little to the north. Each is as beautiful as the last but offer something different; between them, you’ll find long stretches of golden sand and crystal clear waters. Aside from these beautiful beaches, if you like to lace up your boots and head out on foot, you’ll find that the area has some outstanding coastal walks to offer, with dizzying views over the Atlantic and estuary from the South West Coast Path and the tang of salt in the air that promises to work up a hearty appetite – no bad thing given the prestige of food on offer here!