Our local area - places to visit
The coastline of North Cornwall stretches from Morwenstow to Bedruthan Steps, and is famous for its wonderful beaches and dramatic cliff scenery. Inland, the area has pleasant, unspoilt countryside, with deep wooded combes and stretches of high moorland.
St. Tinney lies about half-way along this stretch of coast, and so is uniquely placed to explore the beaches either in the north or south of the area, as well as Devon; Bodmin Moor and Dartmoor.
We have some of the best sandy and surfing beaches in the UK close by which are excellent for swimming, rockpooling or just relaxing.
Sun & sand at Widemouth Bay
There are a wealth of places to explore on Bodmin moor, stone circles and deserted engine houses.
Moor ponies & old mine engine house at Minions, Bodmin Moor
The ancient local hill fort of Warbstow Bury commands a stunning view towards Dartmoor and along the coast.
Warbstow Bury ancient hill fort with fantastic views
Tintagel Castle, legendary birthplace of King Arthur
Dramatic story telling at Tintagel Castle
Fishing boat, low tide Port Issac
Bringing in the catch, Port Issac
Short video from Visit Cornwall highlighting the delights of North Cornwall
Short video from Visit Cornwall of North Cornwall from above
CRACKINGTON HAVEN - 3 miles
Our nearest beach. Once a haunt of smugglers, now a great family beach. Rock pools and lovely sand at low tide. Car park, cafés, surf shop, pub & toilets. Good for surfing and as a base for cliff top walks. PREMIER SEASIDE AWARD.
STRANGLES BEACH - 5 miles
A lovely secluded beach with dramatic scenery. Take the B3263 to Boscastle & then take the turning marked “Trevigue Farm”. Park in the lay-by near the farm, then a steep walk down to the beach, but it’s well worth it. Beware though, some sections of the beach are sometimes used by naturists!
BOSCASTLE - 6 miles
The famous picturesque harbour with wonderful cliff scenery. It has the ghoulishly entertaining Witchcraft Museum, plenty of cafes, shops, good pubs, restaurants, car park, toilets and a Tourist Information Centre. The Cobweb, Wellington and Napolean pubs all do good food (sit in the bar area at the Cobweb). The walk to the end of the harbour on the seaward side is steep, but magnificent. The old part of the village can be reached via the steep old main road past the Wellington Inn. The delightful Napolean Inn is at the top of the old village.
ROCKY VALLEY - 7 miles
Take the B3263 from Boscastle and park in the lay-by opposite Rocky Valley entrance. Follow the lovely walk down to the sea by a stream through a wooded valley. Famous Bronze Age “Labyrinth” carvings can been seen by the old ruined mill, the scenery once you reach the sea is breathtaking. Sensible footwear required. There is also a café/restaurant near the entrance which serves a variety of meals and refreshments.
ROUGH TOR (Pronounced Rowtor) - 8 miles
Take A39 to Camelford. Just after 30 m.p.h. sign when approaching Camelford, take first turning on left. Car park at end of lane. Walks over Bodmin Moor with wonderful views. On a clear day you can see coast to coast from the summit.
TINTAGEL - 8 miles
Take B3263 from Boscastle, along coast road. The castle is the legendary birthplace of King Arthur. Other places worth a look are the Old Post Office and “The Shining” like Camelot Hotel on the headland; cafes, pubs, shops (seaside and mystical/crystal), car park. Magnificent views.
WIDEMOUTH BAY (Pronounced Widmooth) - 7 miles
Our nearest large sandy beach. Take the A39 to Bude, turn left signposted Widemouth Bay. Wonderful beach over 1 mile long. Sands & rock pools. Easy access, park by the beach. PREMIER SEASIDE AWARD.
TREBARWITH - 9 miles
Carry on the B3263 from Tintagel, turn right signposted “Trebarwith Strand”. Pretty wooded valley goes down to beach, sandy at low tide. Cafe, shop, excellent, cliff top pub with good food, toilets, car park, surfing.
BUDE - 11 miles
Well known seaside resort with many shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants, surfing, golf and fishing. Two beaches, Summerleaze & Crooklets. Excellent indoor leisure pool.