Having a winter break is highly recommended and with the continued uncertainty around Brexit and the EU, you could be considering a cheeky UK staycation instead of the trip to the Costa del Sol in search of sun.
There are so many great places to visit in the UK, but our heart is in Padstow in Cornwall. Getting here can sometimes take a little longer due to the main motorway occasionally being busier than we’d like and if you live up north then it’s a long journey by car.
So what other options do you have?
Fly to Newquay from Leeds this winter
Great news! Flybe operate flights from Leeds Airport to nearby Newquay and they’ve recently announced that they’ve going to keep their popular Leeds to Newquay flight running through the winter!
The popular summer trips with the airline have encouraged Flybe to continue to operate flights twice a week between 27 October and 27 March 2020.
Flybe chief commercial officer Roy Kinnear said: “We are pleased to add this popular summer route to our winter schedule for the first time this year. The timings are perfect for long weekends...”
The flight takes just 1h 15m and is a far better experience than the 6+ hours it would take to drive. Even with the commutes and check-ins, you’ll have a far less stressful trip down to Cornwall.
Of course, if you’re heading to Padstow then you’ll want to know how far you have to go when you get to Newquay.
How far is Padstow from Newquay?
There are a few ways (naturally) that you could get to Padstow from Newquay and one of those (and the fastest) is by car. This won’t be your car if you’ve flown here though.
Newquay is about 16 miles from Padstow and takes around 34 minutes by road.
A taxi ride from Newquay to Padstow will set you back around £30-40. Don’t reply on Uber down in this part of the world just yet.
You can find a great list of local cabs in Newquay here.
There is a bus service from Newquay to Padstow operated by First Kernow. This trip will take around 1h 35m. Find out more here [https://bustimes.org/services/a5-newquay-st-mawgen-constantine-bay-padstow]
Does Padstow have a train station?
The other option (other than via the M5 for most of the UK) is to travel to Padstow by rail.
Padstow doesn’t have a rail station itself, but we are close to Bodmin Parkway (about 20 miles away).
The stations on the only mainline through Cornwall are:
Saltash, St Germans, Liskeard, Bodmin, Lostwithiel, Par, St Austell, Truro, Redruth, Camborne, Hayle, St Erth, Penzance.
Travelling via train to Padstow would require a 50 minute transfer by taxi or bus (Plymouth City Bus) from Bodmin Parkway Station.
You can find more information on the local public transport here.
Drive to Padstow
We fly to Newquay occasionally and have even been known to try the rail route, but the car is the easiest way to get here from areas like the Midlands, Wales, Bristol and the south west.
The main route in is the beloved M5 to its final end point as it merges with the A30. On a good day, the A30 part of the route can take just under two hours, but in peak season this can be much longer.
It’s far better to head out during quieter times and plan your route as when the A30 gets busy, it gets really busy!
Once you’re here, you will also find that parking in Padstow isn’t simple as it’s a very small town, not really designed for the motor car. Some of our properties have parking available but you’re best to check with your accommodation before you travel.
Here are the local Padstow parking places for info.
Looking to stay in Padstow? We have the perfect break for you
Fly, train, or drive, Padstow offers the perfect welcome all year around.
We have some stunning properties for rent in Padstow, many of which have parking, WiFi, hot tub, private terrace and extra bedrooms.
Join us in the place where delicious cuisine, beachy walks, and a relaxing life resides.
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