Our guide to self-catering holidays in North Cornwall

With the kind of dramatic coastal scenery that postcards don’t quite do justice to, North Cornwall’s one of those destinations that just have it all. For the walkers, it’s all about taking in the views with long old walks along the South West Coast Path, there’s a thriving surf scene to dip your toe in, and that’s before we even get started on the sandy beaches like Perran Beach.

For the foodies, it’s all about spending time in Padstow and sampling the area’s famous seafood scene. Placed firmly on the map by celebrity chef Rick Stein and his empire of eateries, Padstow’s a bustling harbour town dotted with restaurants that have food enthusiasts visiting all year round.

If you’re hoping to lose yourself in the myths and legends that have kept imaginations whirring, you’ll find landmarks like Tintagel Castle waiting to be discovered. Set high on a cliff with the sea swirling beneath it, this ruined castle’s long sat at the heart of all those King Arthur stories that bring Cornwall to life, and if you’re visiting the area as a family it’s the perfect way to entertain the kids during a day out.

Things to do in North Cornwall

The perfect playground for visitors of all ages, North Cornwall’s one great big opportunity to stretch your legs, get outdoors and rediscover how good it feels to do something exhilarating. So, it goes without saying that most of our favourite things to do in North Cornwall involve getting active and trying new things. For one thing, there are miles and miles of the South West Coast Path to wander, and if you like your scenery dramatic then it’s just the place for that long old walk. The lovely thing about the coast path is that you can pick a section and plan your journey, just don’t forget your camera…

For those of you thinking of getting on two wheels for your North Cornwall holiday, head for the Camel Trail. This flat, even trail runs all the way from Bodmin to Looe, and its flat surface means it’s popular with walkers, those with pushchairs, cyclists and horse riders. The trail follows a disused railway line, and it’s a lovely way to take in some of the region’s scenery during your visit.

Places to visit in North Cornwall

Where do we start when it comes to all those gorgeous places to visit in North Cornwall? There’s a destination to suit every kind of visit and every kind of visitors, from the foodie capital that’s Padstow to the windswept moorland of Bodmin. Bodmin’s shot to fame once more in recent years thanks to the fact that it’s one of the main filming locations for the BBC’s Poldark series. A favourite with walkers and those keen to escape the hustle and bustle of the busier resorts, it’s a great starting point if you’re keen to get a sense of Cornwall’s history.

For those beachy days, head to Perranporth. This tiny former tin mining village sits right on a wide, sandy beach that has plenty of room for everyone (even at the height of summer), and it’s one of the region’s best-loved surf spots. You’ll find surf schools in the area for those of you keen to give the sport a try during your time in Cornwall, and with three miles of sand to its name, Perran Beach is perfect for that family day by the sea.

Porth Beach Fireworks

We say, why shouldn’t you celebrate Bonfire Night in a setting you’ll never forget? And with that in mind, Porth Beach in Cornwall has a reputation for its fantastic displays and electric atmosphere. This annual event’s organised by the folks at The Mermaid Inn (which sits about as close to the beach as it’s possible to be), and the crowds...

Launceston Steam Railway

For train enthusiasts and families with children, the Launceston Steam Railway makes for the perfect day out. The five mile round trip takes you along the Old North Cornwall Railway and will take you to see the beautiful sights of Kensey Valley and Newmills. The trains run hourly throughout the day and you can hop on and off as you...
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