In the next in our series of holiday guides we showcase North Cornwall, one of the county’s most beautiful regions…
North Cornwall. Home to some of the county’s finest beaches, picture-postcard destinations and most popular tourist attractions. Little wonder, then, that it’s one of the most popular regions to visit in the county.
Our Cornwall holiday park is located in the heart of this beautiful region and is perfect placed for you to easily see all that it has to offer. But where, exactly, should we start? There’s just so many things do in North Cornwall…
North Cornwall beaches
Cornwall is famed for its majestic coastline. The cliff-top views that we’ve all see on Poldark, where Ross rides furiously on horseback with the wind in his hair, is how we all imagine Cornwall to be, right? Well, you’re not wrong. But did you know that North Cornwall is the place where the majority of those cliff-top scenes were filmed?
The North Cornwall coast can be wild and rugged in one place, yet calm and tranquil just a few miles away, such is the changeable nature of the landscape and weather. From picturesque coves to wide, open sandy beaches, there’s such a varied choice available. So, whether you fancy a BBQ with your friends on the sand or somewhere to lay back and soak-up the summer sun, there’s a beach that’s right for you! Here’s our guide to five of the best…
1. Crantock Beach: We cannot talk about the best beaches in North Cornwall without talking about the beach that’s closest to our Newquay holiday park. A short walk (or even short drive) from our park, we think it’s one of the very best! Owned by the National Trust, this huge beach offers everything you could need, but be careful when swimming and surfing, due to the currents.
2. Fistral Beach: Another beautiful beach that’s just a few minutes from Trevella, Fistral has a reputation as the UK’s premier surfing beach – but it offers so much more. This large beach is great for relaxing, sandcastle building and soaking up the sun. Nearby you’ll find ice-cream sellers a bar/restaurant plus you’re close to Newquay town centre, with all its fantastic amenities.
3. Widemouth Bay: If you don’t mind a bit of a drive then jump in your car and head up the North Cornwall coast to Widemouth Bay, near Bude. This fantastic beach really is one of the county’s best. It’s a popular spot with surfers but at low tide there are many rockpools exposed, too, so you and your kids can go exploring. The southern section is also dog friendly, year round.
4. Harlyn Bay: Located between Newquay and Padstow (and only 20 minutes or so from our Cornwall campsite) is Harlyn Bay. This is one of our favourites, with lots of space for everyone, even at busy times. This crescent-shaped bay is ideal for novice surfers who need a place where they can master the waves, with surf schools running sessions from here.
5. Watergate Bay: Another beach that’s only a short distance from our park, Watergate Bay offers two miles of golden sands, with plenty of rockpools at low tide, perfect for inquisitive kids! The beach plays host to a variety of events throughout the summer plus it benefits from having one of Cornwall’s best restaurants (Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Cornwall) perched on the sand.
Explore the great outdoors in North Cornwall
Away from the beaches, there’s so much more to enjoy in North Cornwall.
It’s a hugely popular region for those who like to explore the great outdoors – in particular those who like walking.
One of our favourite destinations for walking in North Cornwall is the mysterious Bodmin Moor, famously home to a mythical beast that roams the hills and moorland…
The chances are that you won’t run into this hairy monster – but you might well spot some other amazing wildlife, from deer and moorland ponies and badgers, to rare birds, foxes and butterflies.
Bodmin Moor is home to two of the highest peaks in Cornwall – Rough Tor and Brown Willy. The views from the top of these two are simply spectacular. As you stand and gaze from the top you can clearly see Cornwall’s county in front of you; look one way and you’ll see the north coast and turn the other and you’ll see the south.
Bodmin Moor also holds a host of designations including World Heritage Site status, recognising the area’s mining industry dating back over 4,000 years. It is also the largest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Cornwall, most of the moor has been declared a Site of Special Scientific Importance and in 2017 it was awarded Dark Skies status.
Indulge your foodie fantasies…
Cornwall has also developed a strong reputation as foodie destination, with dozens of top restaurants stretching the length and breadth of the county.
Celebrity chefs have clambered to open restaurants here, such has the reputation of the county for fresh produce, especially fresh fish. Many have chosen North Cornwall to set up their base. Here we take a look at just a few of our favourites…
Rick Stein’s Seafood Restaurant: Located just a short distance away in the picturesque harbour town of Padstow, the Seafood Restaurant has long been the go-to destination for lovers of the finest seafood cooked to the highest of standards. There are plenty of rivals to it, these days, but it still takes some beating.
New to our main menu: Fillet of Cornish hake, padron peppers from @PadstowkGarden, Coco de Paimpol beans and a sweet red pepper dressing.
Thanks to Gavin Cherriman for the photo. pic.twitter.com/fkhxg0qf2k
— Seafood Restaurant (@TheSeafood) April 12, 2019
Paul Ainsworth’s No 6: Another celebrity chef that’s often seen gracing our TV screens, Paul Ainsworth also has a restaurant in Padstow (called No6) and it’s well worth a visit if you like fresh, contemporary dishes that are works of art in their own right.
— Tom Larkin (@TomLarkin_) October 9, 2018
Restaurant Nathan Outlaw: Head up the coast to Port Isaac and enjoy a meal in Britain’s best restaurant. That’s right, this really was voted the finest restaurant in Britain. It exclusively serves one set seafood menu, highlighting the finest sustainable seafood caught off the Cornish coast by small day boats
Turbot, bacon, asparagus and smoked mushroom @ 2-star Restaurant Nathan Outlaw in Port Isaac pic.twitter.com/nxmXDDDLS9
— Elizabeth Auerbach (@ElizabethOnFood) June 16, 2017
Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen: Located at Watergate Bay, Fifteen Cornwall has been around for what seems like a long time. The food is magnificent but it’s location, with views out across the bay, is equally spectacular. This restaurant offers a unique blend of Italian-influenced food and local produce alongwith knowledgeable, friendly service. Evening meals are popular, but why not also give it a go for breakfast?
Today’s Cornish fish is brill, served with smoked peas, Tropea onion and faro. We have last minute availability for lunch today. Call now and speak to our Tracy on 01637 861000 and you could be enjoying a cracking lunch in a mere hour or so! 🌊 #FridayMotivation pic.twitter.com/SN0hg9i3J7
— Fifteen Cornwall (@FifteenCornwall) April 12, 2019
St Tudy Inn: This is a proper Cornish pub, serving some of the best food you’ll taste. The setting is to die for; in the heart of a quaint Cornish moorland village, complete with open fire. But the food really is something else. This is one of North Cornwall’s hidden gems and is well worth a visit.
— The MICHELIN Guide (@MichelinGuideUK) February 23, 2018
For more information about holidays in North Cornwall, take a look at the dedicated pages on Visit Cornwall’s website by clicking the button below