The Gallery: A favourite place

It’s hard to decide on some favourite things. Favourite books, films and TV shows change over time. But if you ask me what my favourite place is, my answer will always be the same.


Padstow, the Cornish harbour town made famous by Rick Stein. Yes, it gets very busy in the summer, yes, it’s quite commercialised now, but it doesn’t stop me loving it.

Padstow, Favourite place, The Gallery

We first went to Padstow with my family in 1994. We fell in love with it and went back in 1997 and 1999. And we have been EVERY SINGLE YEAR since my eldest was born in 2001. There was a period when we did discuss ‘maybe we won’t go next year’, but our hearts were never in it. Especially mine. Going to Padstow is what we do. Padstow is our summer, our holiday, our second home. We wouldn’t miss our week in Padstow for the world.

Padstow, Favourite place, Seaside, The Gallery

We always get there early, before our holiday house is ready. We park at the car park at the top of the town and head down to the harbour. There is nothing that can beat that first glimpse of Padstow at the start of the holiday – it’s so familiar, yet so special every time. It marks the start of a week of relaxation, a time to relax and enjoy being together as a family.

The buildings, the harbour, the ever-changing estuary that almost empties at low tide, it’s all so beautiful. I never tire of it.

Padstow really is my favourite place.

Padstow, Favourite place, The Gallery, Beach, Summer

Linking up with The Gallery at Sticky Fingers. Pop over to see where other people’s favourite places are.

Author: Sarah Mummy

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    • I certainly have! We cycle it every year. I’ve also run it for the last few years – Padstow to Wadebridge and back 🙂

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  1. Ahh yes over the years I’ve loved reading about your Padstow posts and I think I’ve only discovered it through you. We’ve never actually ventured to that part of the country but I think we do need to correct that at some point!

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    • Thanks! I’m sure you would love it there, but it is rather a long trek for you!

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  2. I like Padstow too-in fact that whole coast is glorious isn’t it. I can totally understand why you love it so much.

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    • It’s fantastic! We love Padstow so much we barely even venture anywhere else in Cornwall while we’re there!

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  3. You make me want to go back! It’s been such a long time since my last trip to Padstow. Spent a few summers waitressing in a hotel nearby when I was a student. Happy days.

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    • Oh wow! What a brilliant thing to have done 🙂

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    • It really is beautiful! Definitely worth a trip! Although rather a long way for you.

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  4. I was looking forward to this because I knew that you would pick Padstow! Gorgeous photos but then it’s a stunning place all round. Good choice 🙂

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  5. This looks amazing, what a beautiful part of the country. I’ve never been to Cornwall as it’s so far away, but it’s top of my places to visit in the UK x

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