St.Austell – Padstow – Clovelly– Cheddar – Cheltenham
We have a leisurely start with breakfast before our next adventure. We move on to visit the fishing village of Padstow. This charming fishing port, located on the North Cornish coast, boasts smart restaurants, art galleries, gift shops, and a picturesque view of the estuary. We have lunch at the famous Rick Stein restaurant, the celebrity Cornish TV chef, with a number of culinary enterprises that dominate the foodie scene in Padstow. His flagship seafood restaurant is a landmark of Padstow, where you can perhaps purchase fudge in the deli, relax at the quayside or even view the cookery school.
We then enjoy a short stop in the quaint fishing village of Clovelly. The village remains a fully functioning working fishing village, clinging to a 400-ft cliff, overlooking Bideford Bay. It has no vehicular traffic on its steeply cobbled street, just donkeys and sledges. Here we enjoy a walk through the cobbled village centre and view the harbour.
Next, we continue on to Cheddar to visit Cheddar Gorge, a limestone gorge in the Mendip Hills, near the village of Cheddar, Somerset, England. The gorge is the site of the Cheddar show caves, whereBritain’s oldest human skeleton, Cheddar Man, estimated to be over 9 000 years old, was found in 1903. Cheddar is the home of England’s most famous cheese. Here we also get to try some of the regional cheese, before our departure to our hotel in Cheltenham.