North Cornwall and the local area
There’s so much to see and do nearby, you really will be spoilt for choice.
There’s so much to see and do nearby, you really will be spoilt for choice. A visit to Padstow is a must; wander around this pretty harbour town with its narrow streets and many shops. Padstow is also a great place to eat, with fresh locally caught fish at the top of most menus. Further along the River Camel Estuary is Wadebridge, a small town that is thriving with its independent shops. For those who fancy a little bit of retail therapy, a visit to Wadebridge should be on the cards. Further along the north coast, head to Port Isaac – better known to some as Portwenn, where TV show Doc Martin is filmed. Further up the coast are the towns of Boscastle, Tintagel and Bude, which all have their own unique and different feel and are well worth a visit.
Things to do
The Camel Trail runs from Bodmin to Padstow via Wadebridge and Wenfordbridge. This 18-mile trail runs on a former railway line and takes in some breathtaking scenery. Hire some bikes from Padstow and cycle this stretch on a clear blue day to see Cornwall at its very best. Did you pack your walking boots? Well, legendary Bodmin Moor is only a short distance away and it would be a shame not to put your best foot forward and explore this impressive landscape. Climb the peaks of Roughtor and Brownwilly or visit the ancient Hurlers stone circles and Cheeswring granite tor.
If there’s one thing holidays in Cornwall can be remembered for it’s the vast choice of top quality places to eat out – whatever your budget may be. Padstow is packed full of restaurants, from Rick Stein’s Seafood Restaurant to the Michelin-starred Paul Ainsworth’s Number 6. There’s also a great mix of pubs and cafes – and those all-important fish and chip shops… Elsewhere try the Cornish Arms and St Merryn or the St Mabyn Inn for a proper Cornish pub feel, with great food to boot.