The Beach Haven is well placed to explore the delights of both north Cornwall and north Devon as it’s only a few miles from the Devon border.
The highlight of north Devon coast is the fabulous and unique village of Clovelly with its steep cobbled path leading down to a picturesque harbour. The nearby hamlet of Bucks Mills with its rugged pebbled beach is also worth a visit while closer to the Cornwall border, the tiny quay at Hartland is always a dramatic spot to admire the views or enjoy a drink or meal in the Wrecker’s Retreat bar. Just inside Devon is the village of Welcombe with a lovely pub, The Old Smithy and the ‘first and last’ beach in Devon, Welcombe Mouth.
Let’s be honest though, you’re coming to Cornwall because, well, you want to see Cornwall! We have more than enough to keep you enthralled with ever having to cross the border onto ‘foreign’ soil. 😉
Where to start? We gave you a brief introduction to Bude itself so here’s a brief run down of some other local highlights. Do you like beaches? Well, starting just north of the main town beaches are a string of other smaller and more secluded beaches with names such as Wrangle, Northcott, Sandymouth, Duckpool and Stanbury. Don’t expect much in the way of facilities at these, they’re much more as nature intended and might be more a trek to get to. Three mile to the south of Bude is the village of Widemouth Bay with a fine pair of beaches and some notable eateries and drinkeries, including the ever-popular Bay View Inn.
The next popular stop down the coast is Crackington Haven, again with a fine beach and pub, the Coombe Barton. Beyond that, and before we come to the tourist honey-pots, is a beach worryingly called The Strangles. This one is only for the fit and determined as it sits at the bottom of the highest cliffs in Cornwall. It’s eight hundred feet down but can seem more like eight thousand back up again! Nonetheless, this doesn’t prevent tens of people making the trip on a hot day!
Ok, you’ve probably heard of Boscastle from the dreadful flooding a decade ago. Of course, long ago, it largely returned to it’s charming, pre-flood state and is once again one of the most popular visitor destinations in north Cornwall. We shan’t tell you too much here suffice to say, we’d regard a visit as an essential part of your itinerary. Not far from here is one of our favourite beaches but we’re keeping that one secret – unless you come and stay at The Beach Haven! 😉
Between Boscastle and the next village, Tintagel, is the wonderful Rocky Valley which is definitely worth the short but tricky (no pushchairs!) walk down past the old mill to falls jsut before the river enters the sea. Another magic spot!
Tintagel boasts the world-famous ‘King Arthur’s Castle’ but you have to look hard to see much of the remains! Nontheless, as an English Heritage asset, it draws huge numbers of visitors each year and there are a some fine views. Next stop is Trebarwith Strand. It’s popularity belies it’s small size and the beach is a sight to behold at low tide. At high tide, there is no beach! The Port William Inn has views to die for!
We then have the three ‘Ports’: Port Gaverne, Port Isaac and Port Quin all quite close to each other and all very different in character. None of them look like the sort of ports you might normally think of! They are tiny, picturesque fishing coves all with their own stories to tell. You are probably familiar with Port Isaac from the popular TV series ‘Doc Martin’. It is the real-life ‘Port Wenn’ and consequently very popular! Oh yes, also near here is another of our favourite ‘secret’ beaches. Sorry, not telling you over the internet!
From here we are approaching the river Camel estuary and the mini-resorts of Polzeath, Daymer Bay and Rock, all of which have gorgeous beaches. Rock has a small passenger ferry to take you directly across the river to Padstow which has been put firmly back on the map in recent years by the TV chef, Rick Stein.
What is the common thread through all these places? The Cornwall Coast Path: one of the jewels in the county’s crown. You should attempt to do at least a couple of stretches during your stay. Within a couple of minutes of a car park, you can usually have the cliffs to yourself. Bliss 🙂
Whilst the coast is undoubtedly the major draw in Cornwall, we have some lovely inland villages and the iconic Bodmin Moor. Recently made more even famous for not appearing much in ‘Mumblegate’ the BBC latest adaption of ‘Jamaica Inn’ 😉 St Breward and Blisland are two of our favourites and both, co-incidentally, have wonderful pubs.
If you’ve read this far, you’re obviously really keen to come to north Cornwall, so at this point, why not give us a ring and arrange your stay at The Beach Haven? If you really want to see more photos, take a look at this great Facebook page: Bude and North Cornwall.