Places To Visit
There are many wonderful places to visit in both North Cornwall and North Devon and you will find a great number of pamphlets in your cottage. I’ve selected some of my personal favourites below:
This beautiful village is 14 miles south from Bude and 5 miles from Tintagel, a conservation area amongst some of the most beautiful countryside within the British Isles, and is one of the few remaining unspoilt harbour villages in Cornwall. Designated an Area of Outstanding Beauty, the National Trust own and care for the beautiful medieval harbour and surrounding coastline.
A fab place to visit! Great places to eat, lovely shops and discover the legend of King Arthur. Relax on the beach below the castle - one of Tintagel's best kept secrets - it's perfect for a quick paddle, or to explore the rock pools. In winter you can blow away the cobwebs with a walk along the shore or stop and admire the waterfall falling onto the sand from the cliffs above. In summer, children can build sandcastles or explore Merlin's Cave when the tide is out.
Located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Crackington Haven is a small coastal village on the North coast just West of Bude. Once a small harbour importing coal and limestone from Wales, it is now a small unspoiled, almost secret, cove.
A wonderful fishing village, now famous thanks to the TV series, Doc Martin. Most of the old centre of the village consists of 18th. and 19th. century cottages, many officially listed as of architectural or historic importance, along narrow alleys and 'opes' winding down steep hillsides.
For more details about Boscastle, Tintagel, Crackington Haven and Port Isaac, please visit www.visitboscastleandtintagel.com
Rock & Padstow
The centre of my idyllic childhood holidays, Rock and Padstow have a very special place in my heart. Rock could hardly be less appropriately named as its popularity is largely due to the long stretches of fine sandy beaches washed by the tidal waters of the Camel estuary. It is acclaimed as one of the major water sports centres in Cornwall with sailing, windsurfing, water skiing and canoeing. The Black Tor ferry runs from Rock to Padstow all year round during daylight hours.
The harbour in Padstow is undoubtedly the strongest attraction in the town. Fishing and pleasure craft rock side-by-side on their moorings, children fish for crabs from the harbour wall, quayside inns and cafes overlook the calm water. There are seats all around the harbour because there’s always something going on and it’s such a restful and interesting place.
Bodmin & Wenford Railway
A must visit for all steam train fans. Very atmospheric and on certain days cream teas are offered on the journeys.
Bude Sea Pool
Located right on the South West Coast Path just above Summerleaze Beach in Bude, where you can park. It is open 24 hours and is free to use, but it is advisable to swim at low tide only.
North Devon Options
As we are only 6 miles from the Devon border, you have the best of both counties to explore! The famous and very pretty village of Clovelly is only 30 minutes away by car and the Hartland Peninsular is breath-taking. Drive on for another 10 minutes and you will find the pretty town of Bideford, with its beautiful quay and trips to the Island of Lundy.
Barnstaple is the main town of North Devon and has lots of shops to explore, not to mention the markets and wonderful streets like Butchers Row.