Harlyn Bay, North Cornwall Coast

Harlyn Bay, North Cornwall Coast

Cycling on The Camel Trail, Wadebridge

Cycling on The Camel Trail, Wadebridge

North Cornwall's Atlantic Coast around Padstow, Hayle Bay and Bude is home to some of the UK's best beaches, coastal walking and golf links. Inland is a varied landscape of gentle river valleys and rolling hills beloved by the poet Sir John Betjeman. Bodmin Moor is popular for a variety of outdoor activities and mixed landscapes include pretty ancient woodland to the south, great granite outcrops to the east and rugged Tors in the north. North Cornwall is packed with scenic walking trails, cycle routes and on the coast some of Cornwall's best surfing beaches at Bude, Padstow Bay, Polzeath and Constantine Bay. The area is incredibly popular for family beach and activity holidays. Numerous all inclusive holiday parks, family cottages and lodges are across North Cornwall's coast and countryside.

Castle Island, Tintagel

Castle Island, Tintagel

Ancient market towns include old Cornish capital Launceston, once a mighty powerhouse with an impressive ruined castle affording wonderful views of the Tamar and surrounding countryside from the top of its Round Tower. Launceston is brimming with quirky craft shops, old inns, Georgian architecture and gift shops with cafes. Some of best seafood in the UK can be sampled here in North Cornwall - one of the reasons top chef Rick Stein has a number of eateries in pretty Padstow flanking the Camel estuary.

Pretty Padstow Harbour

Pretty Padstow Harbour

Bude Surfing, North Cornwall Coast

Bude Surfing, North Cornwall Coast

Beaches & Surfing

If you're a lover of best surfing beaches, quaint villages, great locally sourced food and drink and dramatic coastal castles, the North Cornwall Coast won't disappoint. Bude close to the Devon border is one of Britain's top surfing resorts featuring a mix of gentle and more challenging surf territory on its spectacular beach bays. There's even an open air natural pool right on the beach at Summerleaze. The beach bays of the North Cornwall Coast are legendary award-winners, including the most famous ones Constantine Bay, Widemouth Bay, Port Isaac Bay, Crackington Haven, Harlyn and Polzeath and Padstow Bay.

Witches & Castles

Medieval harbour village Boscastle with its little Witchcraft Museum is a picture-postcard gem containing fine old inns, gift and craft shops and some charming B&Bs, inns and cottages. Not to be missed is a tour of the ruined Tintagel Castle and village. The castle on an island accessed via steps from the mainland has long had associations with King Arthur, and the village is a popular holiday base with its friendly real ale inns, cafes, B&Bs and Old Post Office.

Inland Activities & Attractions

Premier golf courses, moorland with unique granite rock formations and ancient market towns and villages are plentiful inland in North Cornwall. Bodmin, Camelford and Wadebridge all make great bases from which to access beautiful Bodmin Moor from the west or stay in ancient Cornish capital Launceston on the eastern side of Bodmin Moor, also affording easy access into the Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. North Cornwall is great for family holidays. The region is home to top family attractions including Crealy Adventure Theme Park near Wadebridge, the Bodmin & Wenford Railway and Dingles Fairground Heritage Centre near Launceston.

Launceston Castle

Launceston Castle

Bodmin Moor

Rich in smuggler's heritage, Bodmin Moor is Cornwall's great inland natural landscape, dotted with breathtaking rock formations and ancient monuments including the famous Minions sites on the eastern side of the moor such as The Hurlers and The Cheesewring. The remains of old mining engines mingle with granite rock formations and Bodmin Moor offers numerous outdoor activity opportunities from walking in Golitha Falls woodlands to caving in the caverns of the south and horse riding around the mighty Tors in the north.

The Cheesewring granite rock formation near Minions in Bodmin Moor

The Cheesewring granite rock formation near Minions in Bodmin Moor

Getting Here & Where to Stay

Getting to North Cornwall by road is easy via fast access roads off the M5 from Exeter. Exeter and Newquay Airports are within easy driving distance. Great Western railway stations are at Bude and Bodmin Parkway, and all the major centres including Bodmin, Bude, Wadebridge and Launceston have good bus links into the wider region. Whether you're searching for a surfer friendly B&B and apartment or a family cottage near the Camel Trail, find them here on iknow-cornwall. North Cornwall offers an exceptional choice of cottages along the coast and inland around Bodmin and the Tamar Valley. Book a boutique hotel gem in Port Isaac or a luxury villa retreat around Padstow. Eco-friendly and character Victorian B&Bs aren't hard to find in picturesque market towns and ancient villages like Boscastle.

Accommodation in North Cornwall

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    Luxury 3 bedroom near Bodmin perfect for family holidays. Lots of baby and children facilities. Play areas, swimming pool and games room. On site shop, animals to meet. No pets.
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    Welcoming Bude B&B set close to Crooklets Beach. 6 ensuite rooms all with TV/DVD. Freshly cooked breakfast with local produce. Free Wi-Fi service, guest lounge. Families welcome.
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    Luxury B&B only yards from Crooklets Beach, Bude's only 5 Star B&B with a Breakfast Award. Two superior ensuite rooms, free WiFi & off road parking. Sun lounge & stunning sea views
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  • Widemouth Bay
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    Spacious holiday home just 50 metres from beaches at Widemouth Bay. Large grassed and decked area, secure parking and spectacular coastal views. Free WiFi, 5 bedrooms & log burner.
     
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    Peaceful family run caravan holiday park in Lanivet, Cornwall. Close to Eden Project, Bodmin and the Camel Trail for cycling. Ideal for a relaxing countryside break.
     
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    Exquisite boutique hotel between Port Isaac and Polzeath set within 4 acres of stunning Victorian gardens. In-house restaurant, bar, luxury rooms & suites and weddings licence.
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    Two stunning cottages on the North Devon Coast between Bude & Hartland ideal for families. Play area, games room, gardens & BBQ area. Pet friendly. Short breaks.
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  • Bodmin
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    Enjoy a relaxing family break to the Cornwall countryside and stay at this stylish 2 bedroom cottage near Bodmin. Use of an indoor pool, kid's play areas and tennis court. No pets.
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  • Bodmin
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    Spacious one bedroom cottage near Bodmin suitable for couples or a small family. Lovely walks nearby, short drive to coast, onsite heated pool. Great facilities for families.
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  • Bude
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    Ultra modern holiday home with sea views in Bude, close to Crooklets beach. 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. Stunning garden & terrace. Overlooks golf course. Xbox and WiFi. Sleeps 10.
     
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