Cornwall Tourism Guide

Discovering Cornwall’s Coasts

Cornwall’s rugged north coast is one of the most scenic places to visit in the UK. The best way to see this stretch of coast is a driving holiday. Why not use a car, or better still a campervan, and take in the sea views and rolling countryside at your own pace?

Bude is a great place to start, and it is easy to spend a few days here. Summerleaze Beach is spacious and child friendly, and also boasts a part natural, part man-made rock pool with dedicated lifeguards. A wide range of accommodation is available here, from basic camping facilities to more fashionable boutique hotels and guesthouses.

Travelling south, the A39 is your friend for getting to destinations quickly and easily. Although, to make the most of Cornwall’s charm take the B roads that follow the coastline. Camelford and the surrounding area are definitely worth a few more days’ stay, if not a week. A small, typical Cornish town, it is located close to many places of interest. Tintagel and Boscastle are both only a short drive towards the ocean. The former is home to an English Heritage protected ruined castle, perched on sea battered cliffs, said to be the birthplace of the fabled King Arthur. The village has grown around this tale, and on every corner there are tributes to Arthur and his magician Merlin. A stroll around here is a great afternoon out with the kids. The latter, Boscastle, is now fully restored after the flash flood in 2004. See for yourself the height that the water reached by the markings on the sides of businesses and homes. Perhaps treat yourself to a Cornish ice cream, and walk down to the harbour, admiring the steep cliffs that make up the valley.

Drive a few miles south from Camelford and you can rent a bike at Wadebridge to follow the beautiful Camel Trail down to Padstow. Padstow has become famous for its seafood, and rightly so. Home of many establishments belonging to Rick Stein, it’s not surprisingly then a wide variety of enjoyable dining options are available. Try some of the best fish and chips in the UK, or sample fine dining in one of the many high-quality restaurants. Nearby, Rock is also a great place to stay, with easy access via the ferry to Wadebridge, Padstow and unspoilt, windswept beaches.


Continuing down the coastline a transformation begins, from rugged, weathered cliffs to longer sandy beaches. Watergate Bay, Newquay and Perrenporth all have beaches worthy of visiting as well as other attractions. For food lovers, Watergate Bay has Jamie Oliver’s ‘Fifteen’ restaurant. For action sports, Newquay’s Fistral Beach has world-class surf, and Perrenporth is a great kite-surfing destination with a brilliant kite school.

This is the perfect place to get away from it all, and you needn’t slum it in a tent either, with an amazing selection of both luxury and more wallet-friendly accommodation. Ideal for short breaks or longer extended holidays, Cornwall’s north coast has lots to offer.

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