Things to do in North Cornwall

You will be in an ideal position to explore Cornwall with its picturesque moors and rugged coastline. You can enjoy visiting country homes and gardens, churches, steam railways and theme parks, not to mention the miles of coastline, most of which is designated as an area of outstanding natural beauty. A trip to the world famous Eden Project or The Lost Gardens of Heligan is not to be missed.

Wadebridge is one of North Cornwall’s main market towns and a gateway to the Camel Trail. This centrally located town has much to offer visitors of all ages and interests all year round. It has a variety of restaurants, cafes, pubs, take-aways and a cinema. There is also an excellent selection of shops.

Activities

The Camel Trail

This is arguably the most successful recreational multi use trail in the UK The Camel Trail is a 19 mile route that follows the beautiful Camel River from Padstow, where it joins the sea in a wide estuary, to Poley’s Bridge inland, where it is merely a stream running through woodland. Also suitable for cycling, with bike hire available at several locations nearby.

Port Isaac to Port Gaverne

This walk enables you to explore two idyllic harbour side villages and the lovely wooded countryside between them. Port Isaac has classic Cornish character by the boat load – clusters of tiny whitewashed cottages, narrow twisting lanes and the lovely scent of freshly-caught fish. Port Isaac is also where the popular series Doc Martin is set.

Tintagel and the Rocky Valley

Take a peek at the castle ruins in Tintagel before setting out south along the coast path towards Boscastle. The views of the coastline throughout this walk are spectacular. Along the way you’ll come across a ruined village and Bronze Age carvings

Padstow

Traditionally a fishing port, Padstow is now a popular tourist destination on the north coast of Cornwall. The town is situated on the west bank of the River Camel estuary approximately five miles northwest of Wadebridge. Here you can enjoy spectacular scenery, picturesque walks around the harbour and many shops and restaurants, which include the world famous Rick Steins Seafood Restaurant.

Attractions

Camel Valley Wine Tours

A 10 minute drive to Nanstallon, Bodmin and visit the award winning world class Camel Valley Wines. Great wine tastings and an excellent shop.

Lanhydrock House

Located a few minutes from Bodmin, Lanhydrock House is a magnificent late Victorian country house with extensive servants’ quarters, gardens and wooded estate. One of 21 excellent National Trust locations in Cornwall.

The Eden Project

Located between Bodmin and St Austell, The Eden Project is a 40 minute drive away open all year round and it takes 3-4 hours to get around, an excellent day out. A former china clay mine that has been turned into a rich global garden boasting the worlds largest greenhouses.

Lost Gardens of Heligan

A short drive South near Mevagissey, The Lost Gardens of Heligan offer over 200 acres for exploration. Discover Victorian Productive Gardens, romantic Pleasure Grounds, lush sub-tropical Jungle, pioneering Wildlife Project & beyond.

Pencarrow House, near Bodmin

A stately home with magnificent gardens – 50 acres including a sunken Italian garden, a lake and over 700 varieties of rhododendron. In summer plays are staged here.

The Lappa Valley Steam Railway

Situated at St. Newlyn East, Newquay, The Lappa Valley Steam Railway has three miniature linked railways around the valley, together with a boating lake, crazy golf and play areas.

Newquay Zoo

From African lions to zebras, Cornwall’s award-winning zoo is home to over 300 animals. There’s plenty to do, with daily feeding times and talks, a play area, maze, picnic spots, a cafe and, in summer, barbecues by the lake.

Prideaux Place, Padstow

Another stunning Elizabethan house with formal gardens, a deer park and lovely woodland walks. Inside you will find all kinds of historic artefacts, from art and furniture to an extensive porcelain collection.

The Japanese Garden and Bonsai Nursery, Near Newquay

One and a half acres of formal Japanese-style gardens; complete with a Zen garden, a bamboo grove, a water garden with bridges, waterfalls, islands and Koi Carp, and a symbolic tea house. www.thebonsainursery.com

Tintagel Castle

The remains of Tintagel Castle are at the heart of Arthurian legend. The location of the castle is spectacular – half a mile outside of Tintagel, across rugged clifftops, with no vehicular access. Tintagel Island, attached to the mainland by a sliver of land, enhances the wild and romantic atmosphere.

Beaches

A 15 minute drive will take you to numerous sandy beaches offering safe bathing, surfing and sailing. For all the family, beaches such as Polzeath, Trevone, Harlyn and Constantine are perfect. For more relaxing and less hectic beaches you can visit Daymer Bay or Rock, all located on the North Cornwall Coast. Just a short walk from Daymer Bay you can visit St Enodoc Chuch where the famous poet Sir John Betjeman is buried.

Golf Courses

A short drive away will take you to St Enodoc Golf Club, situated just outside Rock. This is known as one of the finest links courses in England.