The North of Cornwall evokes a classic vision of craggy cliffs, hidden coves, tin mining heritage and surfers on sweeping, golden beaches. However, behind these wonderful impressions lies a land of history, myth, rich culture and undying spirit, offering the visitor far more than they first expected.
Much loved by so many visitors, North Cornwall is a place that people return to time and time again. The feeling one gets when strolling on one of the seemingly endless beaches is almost ethereal, and hearing tales of King Arthur envelops one with a dreamlike warmth as you look out across the deep blue sea to the distant horizon.
Poldark and Doc Martin fans will be in their element, and for lovers of fresh seafood, there is nowhere better to indulge yourself than here. With a broad selection of accommodations, places to eat and visitor attractions, North Cornwall is perfect for any kind of traveller for any length of stay.
Tintagel is no ordinary village, as the latest generation of people that live in this ancient clifftop community can testify. Steeped in a heady combination of history, drama and legend, Tintagel is a must see on any visit to this part of England.
Known by Doc Martin fans as ‘Port Wenn’, one can’t ignore the legacy of this popular television programme when wandering the streets of this pretty village. However, narrow back alleys, whitewashed cottages and glorious coastal views make this a great destination for any visitor.
Newquay has long had a reputation for being a little unrefined, but it has started to clean up its act in recent times with a higher calibre of hotels and eateries, and it’s looking all the better for it. The winning attractions of Newquay remain the beaches in and around it. On this stretch of North Cornwall’s wind-whipped coast, it’s well worth taking a walk and scaling hilly dunes to peer over the cliff edges at otherwise concealed coves and azure waters.
Mention Perranporth to anyone who has been and you will be inundated with enthusiastic recommendations. It is indeed a North Cornwall gem. Its three-mile beach is one of those vast swathes of sand the Cornish coast is so famous for, and it's likely you'll feel as if you have it all to yourself, such is its size. The beach is for everyone - surfers, swimmers, snorkelers, families, dog walkers and even horse riders.
What was once an obscure little fishing village is now firmly on the map for being a food-lover's destination. Padstow's fishing boats still bring in their daily catch, now feeding the patrons of celebrity chefs who have set up shop here. It's a cosmopolitan atmosphere and one could easily spend several pleasant hours meandering along the pretty boutique-lined lanes and stopping for lunch at Rick Stein's seafood wonderland.
Just over the border from Devon, Bude is Cornwall’s most northerly town, and a popular resort for good reason. The beaches in this area are the star attractions, along with the spectacular beauty that stretches in either direction along the coast. The friendly small town offers everything that a visitor could need, making this an ideal holiday destination.