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Boscastle, Bude, Camelford, Crackington Haven, Delabole, Kilkhampton, Polzeath,
Port Isaac, Rock, Sandymouth, Tintagel, Trebarwith, Widemouth Bay
Boscastle, made famous by the floods of 2004, lies on the North Cornish Coast 14 miles south from Bude and 5 miles from Tintagel. It is a picturesque village hidden in a steep sided valley where the river Valency and Jordan meet and enter the beautiful medieval harbour. It is cared for by The National Trust and has been Designated an Area of Outstanding beauty.
The site of "Botreaux Castle" is at the top end of the village dating back to 1100 AD and from the harbour there is a path inland which follows a fast flowing burbling stream leading to several hidden churches. On the cliff tops you can still find medieval strip farming system and from haere there are stunning coastal views.
Bude, a haven in the cliffs facing the incoming Atlanitic, is a popular sandy beach sheltered by grassy headland. It's three mile stretch of award winning beaches are ideal for swimming, surfing and sandcastles. Children will love the sandy strand of Summerleaze beach, with its free open-air swimming pool, cleaned twice-daily by the high tide. And when surf's up on Crooklets - Britain's Bondi - surfers travel miles to catch it.
But there's much more than sea and sand here too. Excellent sport and leisure facilities - including an 18-hole golf course, a busy shopping centre, the many fine restaurants, evening concerts and dancing - all provide a varied and satisfying seaside menu. And away from the pounding surf is the calm of Bude Canal, where you can fish, canoe or simply stroll.
Camelford, formerly 'Cam Pol' which is Cornish for “curved river”, sits astride the river Camel. At over 700ft above sea level Camelford is one of the highest towns in England. The highest points above sea level, in the whole of the county of Cornwall, can be found close by. It is a an excellent place to stya for exploring Bodmin Moor, the two highest tors being esily accessable.
Camelford grew to become an important river crossing on the route from Launceston, Cornwall's former capital, to the market town of Wadebridge and then, on ultimately to Falmouth. A s a result of its favoured position, the town's inns and businesses thrived and the patronage of its MPs brought a lot of money into the town, which is reflected in some very handsome buildings.
A wide, lush valley leads down to the village and dark sand beach. On either side the headlands rise hundreds of feet out of the sea. Whichever direction you approach Crackington Haven, the views are really spectacular. Only the road separates the sea from a couple of beach shops, a handful of houses, a public house -
Coombe Barton Inn- with excellent restaurant, and a hotel. Almost unlimited car parking space makes this a good base for those who enjoy walking
Delabole village is situated approximately 1 mile inland on the
North Coast of Cornwall in the United Kingdom and is 15 miles north of Bodmin
and 15 miles west of Launceston. The nearby countryside includes the
town of Camelford and the North Cornwall villages of Tintagel,
Boscastle and Port Isaac. Delabole is centered in the heart of Camelot and
King Arthur Country. Castles & Battle Sites. Step back in time in North Cornwall
Nearly 600 ft above sea level and astride the A39, Kilkhampton is Cornwall's most northerly village, The Chilcheton of the Domesday Book of 1086 and the Kilketon of possible Saxon origin is only two miles from the river Tamar, the border with Devon, which rises in nearby Morwenstowe. Visitors may not realise that they are using the ancient Ridgeway along which monks travelled to visit their grange at Alder combe or their land and cells at Launcells, coming all the way from Hartland Abbey. Today a warm welcome awaits all who visit Kilkhampton, gatekeepers of the northern holiday route into Cornwall. Contrary to local jokes, the only `passport' you will need to enter this lovely part of the country is an answering smile to the welcoming one you will receive.
Polzeath could be called Betjeman country; Polzeath was a favourite place of the poet the late Sir John Betjeman and extolled in his verse. The poet is buried at the Church of St. Enodoc on the sand dunes. The bays of Daymer and Trebetherick provide fine bathing and surfing beaches, and the area is popular for walking with good views.
Port Isaac has been a fishing port since the Middle Ages. Cottages line the steep narrow twisting streets and geranium filled alleys ("drangs") which run down to the harbour.At nearby St. Endellion, renowned classical musical festivals are held in the parish Church, at Easter and mid summer. Long Cross Victorian Garden - A Victorian garden of over 2 acres featuring a maze, a small lake, dovecote, children's play area and pets corner.
For those who have yet to experience the ' Rock effect ' it may be hard to imagine why people hold the place in such high regard, a few pubs, some excellent restaurants and a nice long beach but no nightclubs, no cinema and no shopping centre. Then again, maybe that's exactly why people like the place so much. What ever your reason for visiting, we hope this site will provide you with the information you need to make your visit a happy one - www.visitrock.co.uk
This is a good beach to get away from the crowds - 5 minutes walk to the beach slight descent over rocky path. It is 5 minutes walk to the beach slight descent over rocky path. There is parking in the National Trust car park.
Tintagel is situated on the North coast of Cornwall and is renowned for its association with the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table. The magic of the association is captured particularly by the castle, King Arthur's Castle, which is reached by steps leading from the main land. Originally the Castle was attached to the main land but by erosion over the years a bridge had to be built. It is a hard climb to the top but well worth it. The Castle is maintained by English Heritage. There are many beaches in the area, for surfers Trebarwith and Bossiney are the main attractions, but the Castle Beach is renowned as a very safe bathing beach. For the visitor to Tintagel there are many attractions to see in the village apart from the cliffs area . www.tintagelweb.co.uk
Another excellent beach for the surfers, Widemouth Bay offers up waves that are suitable for beginners to intermediate. Because of its location, it's a popular beach that has waves along its entire mile length, although the direction of the swell can make a big difference to the quality. Works best from mid to high tide and is surfable up to 6ft, maybe 8ft on a super-clean day. If you like fast rights, head to the southern end at Black Rock at high tide. At middle beach a quality left can be found. At high tide Inside Camel comes into play to the right of the lifeguard hut, but watch out for rocks. Easy paddle out except on big onshore days.