The location of attractions is intended only as a guide. Distances are 'as the crow flies'.
A 16th century inn a couple of miles from Altarnun, The Rising Sun is a great single-room pub with slate floors and an old oak bar worn smooth by years of resting elbows. Known locally for excellent food served in the bar or restaurant, there is a great selection of real ales, mouth-watering food and a welcoming atmosphere.
Lovely old pub, open fire, slate floors and warm welcome. Lots of good food, locally sourced and cooked with style. Eat filling snacks in the bar or splash out on the full three courses in the restaurant. Also does an excellent Sunday lunch.
This is a really nice, tucked away pub. As well as the main atmospheric pub area, there is a newly refurbished restaurant area, which is more modern in design and nice and spacious. The food is lovely, reasonably priced and the service is friendly and good. Lots of nice fish dishes on the specials board!
The food is fantastic very good value for money.
A secluded, westerly facing beach with challenging access via steep steps and a rope to help negotiate the rocks. Take great care if you visit here, there are no lifeguards on duty and swimming is not recommended due to the strong currents.
Cornwall's highest summit (420m), affords views across the wild expanse of Bodmin Moor. On a good day, you can see across the county from Tintagel in the north to Fowey in the south. Drive north east of Camelford on the A39 Bude road, take the minor road to Tregoodwell and continue to the car park at the end of Roughtor Road. Bring a picnic or head to the infamous Jamaica Inn, now home to Daphne du Maurier memorabilia and a museum of smuggling.
This is a great walk to the highest peak in Cornwall, ensure you check the weather forecast before you set off as low-lying fog can cause a problem in bad weather. This is an enjoyable walk with history, geology and culture around you.
Located on the edge of Bodmin Moor, Altarnun lies in one of Cornwall’s prettiest valleys and is perfectly located for exploration of the north Cornish coast and Dartmoor. The wild beauty of Bodmin Moor is right on the doorstep, with plenty of excellent walking and panoramic views from the many rocky tors that fill the skyline. Classic granite architecture dominates the village itself, including the rectory which is featured in Daphne du Maurier’s novel ‘Jamaica Inn’, and a 15th century packhorse bridge spans the river that runs through the village.
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.
Take your time
Leave unsteady members of the family at the café while more active members tackle the many uneven, high, sometimes slippery steps (handrails are provided - use them!). Enjoy the excellent information centre which uses an innovative overhead projector to show the succeeding occupations of the site. There is a café and toilets, and a Land Rover to run you down and back if the walk down the valley isn't for you.
This is a uniquely precious historical site, the first to show how dark age Britain was actually still firmly connected to Mediterranean civilisation. Its legendary connection to king Arthur led to the construction of the Norman castle, but don't let the historical fiction mislead you - this is a real site where hundreds of people lived and traded for centuries at the edge of the Atlantic long before the Saxons took over Cornwall. The dramatic cliffs, the birds, the butterflies will all make this a day to remember.
Worth the climb!
A visit to Tintagel is a must when visiting this part of the world! The Castle has breathtaking views,but is a steep climb up to the top. The village has lots of friendly gift shops and good pubs to choose from.
Awesome. A must see and you can even take your dog up the cliffs and around the ruins.
Thank you English Heritage.
Nice but you must be fit
This is a lovely old ruin split between 2 cliffs. To access both involve very steep steps. You must be very fit but its a nice day out.
Tintagel and Trebarwith Strand
Although we stayed an hour away it was really worth the visit. My second visit in 10 years and so nice to see nothing had changed. Extremely steep slopes to climb - good steps and rails to hang on to but no access for wheelchairs or disabled! You must go on a good sunny day to take advantage of the views around. Always windy and blowy there.
Trebarwith Strand is just around the corner and is so worth the visit as the rock formation to get the beach is really worth seeing. Very natural but again no real access for wheelchairs or disabled really.
One of the few sheltered harbours on the north coast, Boscastle became famous in 2004 due to the devastating floods that swept through the village. The community has recovered remarkably well, and Boscastle is once more a thriving resort and a lovely village to visit.
Staying in Boscastle
Boscastle was a wonderful place to stay for our holiday. Good local shops, like the post office and Spar for provisions. We tried several pubs. The Napoleon, the Wellington (for Sunday lunch = yum) and the Old Manor house. I would recommend the Boscastle made ice-cream from a shop half way down the harbour walk on the left hand side as you walk towards the sea.
We thoroughly enjoyed sitting for ages, watching the blowhole in the harbour. It 'blow's about 1-1.5 hrs either side of low tide, and is amazing to watch, and listen to aswell.
There is a really enjoyable walk from the main car-park along the Valency river, which is flat, unless you decide to go up to Minster church, and that path is very steep.
We didn't rate the Tourist shops very highly, because everything was so expensive.
Delightful place; harbour and old village up the hill. Fine coast walks to either Tintagel or Crackington Haven with options of bus connections. Also local valley/wood walks. Recommend Cobwebs pub at the harbour and The Napoleon up in the village. If self catering, the farm shop about half mile out of village towards Crackington Haven on B3263, is worth a visit.
Wonderful old harbour village - beautiful scenery can be seen from the headland which can be reached by two different paths, one on the right by the Harbour Light and one on the left. A tiny cove is also accessible where the blowhole can also be seen. Some lovely places to eat in Boscastle. We ate a lovely meal at the Cobweb Inn and also at the Riverside. We had cream teas and breakfast at the Harbour Light and Bridge Guest House, but the Riverside provided the best breakfast EVER. Some lovely shops such as the Mill and Things as well as an art gallery, fudge and Rock shop and 2 other fab gift shops. We love Boscastle and have been there many times. The Museum of Witchcraft also interesting. Visitor centre provides maps and info and also information about the flood and general history. Tintagel is 5 mins away and Crackington Haven about 10-15 mins drive as is Port Isaac. Padstow about 40 mins.
This is the place for the best takeaway fish and chips in the area. A range of burgers, pies and other takeaway foods also available.
Very high quality fish, just delicious and reasonable too.
A 15th century coaching inn serving traditional lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. Conveniently located for both north and south Cornwall and within easy reach of Bodmin Moor.
Homely and friendly, good pub food and plentiful!
Truly beautiful when the tide is out. Just 5 minutes from Tintagel and good for bass fishing too.
We walked along the cliff tops to discover this beautiful stretch of dog friendly beach. It is accessed by a rocky plateau but once on the beach there is a long stretch of golden sand with plenty of room for all to play. Lots of body boarding & surfing to be had with places to hire equipment. It's a lovely unspoilt area with a couple of cafes, tourist shops & a pub. Definitely worth a visit.
We were recommended Trebarwith Strand as one of the nicest beaches along this stretch of coastline. It was beautiful. We visited at lowtide, so lots of sandy beach available. The entry onto the beach is past a few cafes (we had an amazing cream tea in one of them = yum) and over a rocky area, before you reach the sand. The rocks themselves are fascinating. The beach is a good size, with rock pools and caves and plenty for all to explore. Some of the roads approaching Trebarwith are steep and narrow - as is often in this part of Cornwall.
Found the beach by accident whilst staying at Port Isaac and visiting Tintagel.
Beautiful sandy beach,reached by clambering over rocks . Really nice Cafe serving burgers and chips etc. Wish we had time to return another day!
The Melia Family
An absolute classic!
Trebarwith Strand lies at the end of a narrow lane that descends through a wooded valley to this beachside hamlet. A vast beach at Spring low tides, its only downside is at high tide it is reduced to a modest rocky plateau. Armed with a tide table, however, there is no excuse for at least 6 hours a day on this deeply charismatic beach. Surrounded by an impressive cliff-scape this beach offers caves, huge sand flats, streams and rock pools big enough for the kids to safely swim in. Great surf as well including surf hire and lessons.When the tide does gently nudge the family up onto the rocky plateau, lovely in its own right, there is always the Port William pub overlooking the beach or a variety of cafes and a couple of quirky gift shops to keep everyone entertained. This is also a great place to access the coastal path heading North East to Penhallic point and Tintagel castle or South West to Tregardock beach and Port Isaac. It can get busy in the high season but never on the Polzeath scale and out of season it is usually very peaceful.
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