A day trip isn't feasible, you'll spend virtually the whole day travelling
If you estimate around 4 hours on the train from Paddington to Bodmin Parkway then a pre booked taxi for the 18 miles to Port Isaac you’ve got a travel time of a minimum of 9-10 hours for the return journey. Plus however long you spend in Port Isaac.
You could fly to Newquay airport then get a taxi. Although actual travel time would be shorter you’d need to allow time for check in at the start of the outward and return journey.
I do a similar journey frequently and it’s exhausting for a weekend. Would I do a day trip? Not a chance. Unless you can stay at least one night I’d have to say it’s not worth it
That's how I read it too.
If you get off the train at Bodmin Parkway then get the bus to Wadebridge, you could stay there and get the bus to and from Port Isaac for a day trip. Wadebridge isn't too bad for day trips to other places too, Boscastle, Bude, Tintagel to name but a few, and it's quite a nice town in itself.
Thanks for the idea! Do you know how i would get to port Isaac from padstow. ?
Will let you check journey details. I think the suggestion of Wadebridge is far superior to Padstow.
Padstow would be okay if you were staying for a longer holiday. The extra time travelling between Padstow and Wadebridge, once each for arrival and departure from train service, and once each way for the Port Isaac trip is eating up time.
Based on previous queries using Bude as a base doesn't work well due to poor inter-connections of the bus routes.
The travel planner will tend to show use of the Padstow-Rock ferry + 20 minute walk, switch off Ferry in mode of transport, it is easier to swap buses at Wadebridge bus station.