We loved spending time at the beaches around Padstow - you are definitely spoilt for choice. There are several within walking distance which are ideal for families. We are not into surfing and big waves, if you are, you need to drive a little further out. If you want sheltered coves and safe paddling, then Padstow beaches are the places for you.
The beaches in the Padstow area are golden and sandy and sheltered. The waters of the Atlantic wash onto the shore - nice to paddle in, but always chilly to say the least. If you use the coastal path to walk to the beach, you will be rewarded with spectacular views from the cliff tops.
One of our favourite beaches was St George's Well. This is a little sandy cove with woodland at the back. It took us about 20 minutes to walk there from our cottage in Padstow. If you bring a picnic, you can spend the day here. The views of the estuary along the way are wonderful.
Rock is a little town just across the estuary from Padstow. It is sometimes called "Chelsea on Sea." Lots of the rich and famous holiday here - Princes William and Harry have been amongst them, hence the nickname. It is fun to take the ferry from Padstow over to Rock. It leaves regularly throughout the day - the location might be slightly different depending on the tide. A return trip costs £3 for adults and £2 for children and the boat ride takes about 10 minutes. You get lovely views on the way.
When we got off at Rock, we decided to walk into the town centre. After a 15 minute walk along a busy road, we still couldn't see anything that resembled a centre so headed back towards the ferry and to the beach. We had lovely coffees in a cafe called The Blue Tomato not far from the ferry.
We spent the rest of our time at Rock on the long sandy beach. You are facing Padstow so the view is lovely. There were lots of little boats coming and going, and although not really too busy, there were other people on the beach. It stretches for about a mile, the waters are sheltered and calm and it is a lovely place for children. There is also parking and toilets close to the beach. We spent a very relaxing morning here - I would recommend it.