Spotlight on the North Cornwall coast

A Tour of the North Cornwall Coast - Delights, Gems and Wonders. Part 1

1. Your tour starts at Rock – 28 miles from Primrose Cottage.

  • Rock could hardly be less appropriately named as its popularity is largely due to the long stretches of fine sandy beaches washed by the tidal waters of the Camel estuary.
  • Here you can enjoy sailing, windsurfing, water skiing and canoeing – watching or doing!
  • Not to mention the five-star food that can be found at Rock.
  • We would suggest you leave your car at Rock and catch the Black Tor ferry which runs from Rock to Padstow every 20 minutes. It is fun, quick, easy.

2. Padstow’s harbour is undoubtedly the strongest attraction in the town.

  • Fishing and pleasure craft rock side-by-side on their moorings
  • Children fish for crabs from the harbour wall, quayside inns and cafes overlook the calm water.
  • A busy vibrant attractive place to watch the world with a coffee.
  • The Padstow Christmas Festival of which Rick Stein is a leading light (more of that in October’s perspectives).
  • Padstein, as Padstow is euphemistically known, owes much to Rick for its high-quality food culture and certainly fish and chips from Rick Stein’s sitting on the harbour wall in the sunshine can’t be beaten!

3. When you drive further north you will reach the Pentire Peninsula.

  • Over the last sixty years Pentire Head was intensively farmed for livestock and crops; leading to a decline in the landscape.
  • In 2015 the National Trust decided to make big changes working to restore a healthy, beautiful natural environment.
  • It is managed to make space for both nature and access.
  • The headland is supporting more wildlife; wildflowers are flourishing in the arable fields.
  • Large numbers of goldfinches gathered in the fields over winter and spring, skylark numbers are higher than they have been for many years.
  • If you are a photographer come here in the Spring and capture the wildflower meadows – check out Instagram for many a fine shot! This location will take your breath away.
  • This section of the South West Coast Path is a favourite walk and is arguably the best section of the path in North Cornwall.
  • As it is on National Trust land, there is ample parking and easy access.
  • One of the great benefits is that being a peninsula walk you can shorten it by taking one of the several footpaths back to the car park.
  • Being near to Polzeath, there are several good restaurants and pubs

4. Now drive a little further North to Port Isaac which is an attractive fishing village.

  • Its narrow, winding streets are lined with old white-washed cottages and traditional granite, slate-fronted Cornish houses, many of which are listed as of architectural or historic importance.
  • Use the large car park at the top of the hill and to walk down to the village, as the narrow streets can be difficult to negotiate.
  • Port Isaac is renowned for one of the narrowest thoroughfares in Britain – Squeezy Belly Alley!

Part 1 of your tour ends here. After your day of fresh air, seeing the beauty of this coastline, and experiencing the history and culture of Cornwall you will be sure to need sustenance, we recommend you drive back to Primrose Cottage across the top of Bodmin Moor calling in at Altarnun at The Rising Sun for supper – you won’t be disappointed!

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