England - North West Cornwall - Camborne, Crantock, Holywell Bay, Mawgan Porth, Newquay, Padstow, Porthtowan, Portreath, Redruth, St Agnes, St Columb Major, St Newlyn East, Wadebridge, Watergate Bay,


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An area of contrasts. To the south the rugged, wild beauty of the landscape reflects Cornwall's historic mining past. In contrast we have the popular resort of Newquay with 11 sandy beaches - famous for its great surf. And then we have Padstow, for centuries a major port, being the only safe harbour on the North Cornwall coast and now best known for its superb sea-food restaurants!

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Camborne, Crantock, Holywell Bay, Mawgan Porth, Newquay, Padstow, Porthtowan, Portreath, Redruth, St Agnes, St Columb Major, St Newlyn East, Wadebridge,Watergate Bay

CamborneCamborne Square
Camborne is of comparatively recent construction. Much of it's growth is associated with the mining boom during the first half of the 19th century. Before this time Camborne Churchtown was a hamlet surrounded by moorland. The influx of miners transformed the village into a town in a very short space of time. It became the capital of Cornwall's tin and copper mining area with over 300 mines producing in 1850 some two thirds of the worlds copper. It is now home to the world famous School of Mining and the Geological Museum. Outside the town's library is a statue of Richard Trevithick, a wrestler known as the Cornish Giant, who developed the high pressure steam engine, the screw propellar and an earlt locomotive. To the northwest of Camborne is Godrevy Point, a beauty spot where seals are often seen.

Crantock Beach
This wide stretch of golden sand is backed by tufted dunes, offering perfect picnic hollows at high tide or on a breezy day. To the right the beach meets the River Gannel estuary so to avoid the resulting currents it is advisable to bathe towards the left hand side of this lovely bay.

Holywell Bay
Even at high tide there is plenty of space on this beach. The stream which meanders through the dunes to the shore, provides a natural paddling area for children. At low tide the cave on the north side is accessible where the natrual rock formation has created several basins. This beach became know as Holywell Bay because pilgrims believed this cave contained a source of water with healing properties. Take a torch if you plan to visit the cave and care is needed as the rocks can be slippery. Check the times of high water to eliminate the risk of being cut off by the tide

Mawgan Porth

The large expanse of pale golden sand framed by cliffs and sand dunes offers both space and seclusion. The hamlet of Mawgan Porth is situated in a lush green valley, where the discerning walker can go inland here, picking up the Vale of Lanherne trail leading to the pretty village of St Mawgan and on through Carnanton Woods to the historic market town of St Columb.


Newquay - the perfect holiday resort

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Whatever your age, whatever your circumstances, whatever your idea of a holiday, Newquay delivers. If you like to go flat out, there is virtually every kind of sport, indoor or outdoor activity you could wish: if you want to lie flat out, there are 11 of the loveliest beaches you are ever likely to see - clean, safe and inviting. There is accommodation for every pocket and entertainment for every taste. The fun is never-ending at Newquay, but if you want to relax there is no better place to come to a full-stop. Click here for the Newquay Website

The town of Padstow is an ancient, but busy fishing port with picturesque pastel colourwashed and stone cottages nestling in the narrow streets leading down to the harbour and quays.  The influence of the sea is never far away even more so recently Rick Steins seafood restaurant. A popular attraction is the National Lobster Hatchery on the South Quay. The Harbour remains the towns focal point and here too can be found many of Padstow's older buildings including Raleigh Cottage where Sir Walter Raliegh lived while he was warden of Cornwall, and the tiny Harbour Cottage.

Porthtowan derives its Cornish name from its most obvious feature - its sandy beaches and dunes (towans). It owes its present day character to its popularity as a local seaside resort in Victorian and Edwardian times when the local populous from Redruth flocked here. Then there were only a handful of swimmers, most came to take tea after a walk on the cliffs. The cliff walks are still splendid and there are now special area's set aside for picnic's.
Overlooking Porthtowan are the remains of Wheal Towan, one of Cornwall's most celebrated 18th century copper mines . The beach has large areas of dry sands at high tide, stretching to the north making it possible to walk to St Agnes head at low tide, passing through Chapel Porth on the way. As with many North Cornwall beaches it is also a popular surfing spot.



Portreath is one of what one would call an ‘abandoned port', a place that, on the face of it, seems a little insignificant compared to the attention received by many other places on the peninsula; but it has its own particular history and secrets. Like many inlets on this northern coast of Cornwall, it has a fine beach and is popular with surfers. There are a few shops, hotels, holiday accommodation, car park, conveniences and bus service.


Redruth was once the capital town of the richest mining area in the country and during the Industrial Revolution supplied nearly two thirds of the worlds copper, but its history goes back much further; even to the Middle Ages when tin streamers worked along the valley. A large section of the shopping centre in Fore Street is pedestrianised and there is a cinema, banks, supermarket and a very good arts and graphics shop. The railway station at the top of town is on the main line to Penzance.

St Agnes
S t Agnes is a picturesque village on the north coast of Cornwall. Steeped in mining history , the village still retains a traditional friendly Cornish atmosphere. St Agnes offers a variety of year-round activities for all the family. Sample the beautiful scenic , fantastic beaches , arts and craft shops and mining heritage .

St Coumb Major
Once in the running for considerationas the site of Cornwalls cathedral, this small town has an unusually large and flamboyant parish church where monumental brasses to the influential Arundell family can still be seen. In the 14th Century Sir John Arundel was responsible for the town receiving market charter.

St. Newlyn East
St. Newlyn East is a lovely little village, with a wonderful community. Situated in the Cornish countryside, it is surrounded by beautiful walks, woodland and general countryside. The Church is small but beautiful. It has it's own legend, involving St. Newlyna after whom the village was named

Wadebridge is the perfect holiday base from which to discover the natural beauty of North Cornwall and gateway to the Camel Trail - Cornwall's largest free visitor attraction. The town, which thrives alongside the ebb and flow of the River Camel offers a wide variety of things to see and do for all tastes and ages. Riverside walks, unique shopping, indoor and outdoor leisure facilities and of course the nationally recognised Camel Trail, 17 miles of traffic free walking, cycling and horse riding.



Watergate Bay
Newquays biggest and most spectacular of beaches is 3 miles out of town on the coast road towards Padstow. Your first glimpse of the bay as you come over the top of the hill is one of the most memorable views in Cornwall. There is plenty of parking, very easy access down onto the beach (suitable for the disabled). It is also possible to hire equipment and deckchairs on this beach.
Restaurant, refreshments, bar, shop, toilets, local bus service, disabled access and dogs permitted.

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