December weekend break in Cornwall – bracing cliff walks and the Padstow Christmas market

Whilst the Midlands was gripped in snow and sub-zero temperatures this weekend we were enjoying 10 degrees at Polzeath and Padstow Christmas market on our weekend break in Cornwall.

The sun was shining over Polzeath beach as we set out for a cliff-top walk towards Daymer Bay and Rock. On the coastal path the wind was raging and pushing up surf and spray like I’ve never seen there before. An awesome sight as the waves hit the rocks and sent spray up to the cliff tops like rain. Many cobwebs got blown away.

In the relative shelter of the Camel estuary a short trip from Rock to Padstow on the Black Tor ferry brought us to the Padstow Christmas market, which was fantastic. The Padstow market is well worth a visit but be prepared to chill out as you walk around the massive marquee at Padstow harbour car park. The tent is jam packed with amazing stalls selling local Padstow area crafts, food and drink but it’s also full of eager shoppers looking for Christmas gifts. With the crowds, getting to the Tarquin’s gin stand was a bit of a challenge but well worth the wait.

We also took a trip to Wadebridge. You may not realise that Wadebridge has some rather interesting shops. We most like Rural Urban in Wadebridge, which seems to stock a really unusual range of home, gift and furniture products.

We certainly proved a December weekend break in Cornwall was well worth it.