Updated: Apr 3
When Dan and I have some free time together there is nothing we like more than a few days away from the rat race to go exploring. So after 4 months of hard graft, we jumped at the opportunity of spending three days at a family friend’s cottage in Trewarmatt, North Cornwall. There's just something about Cornwall. Whether its the miles upon miles of coastline, great views, picturesque towns or lack of phone signal and wifi, the atmosphere always appears to be a lot slower paced making it the ideal place to escape to and relax.
In terms of getting around Cornwall, I would suggest you drive down . Cornwall is quite spread out and therefore it is easier to get to and from the locations visited in this post if you have a car. If you are travelling down over a Bank Holiday weekend you might want to consider going and returning a day earlier as traffic can be a nightmare. I remember a few years ago we made the fatal mistake of travelling during the bank holiday and spent seven or eight hours stuck in traffic on the way home. This time we decided to travel down on the Thursday afternoon and home on Sunday evening and completed the journey is around 3 hours. Talk about a time saver. Another plus is that we now have time to spend Bank Holiday Monday preparing for the rest of the week rather than feeling rushed.
We stayed in a family friend's cottage in Trewarmett. However, there are plenty of holiday rentals to be found on a simple Google Search and Trebarwith Strand has a whole range of holiday cottages for rental which can be found on https://www.cornishcottages.co.uk/.
Things to do
North Cornwall has plenty to do. Our 80,000 steps and 24 miles of ground covered in 4 days is testament to that but here is some of our best bits.
Trebarwith Strand Beach
Trebarwith Strand Beach is around a 25 minute walk from Trewarmett. The beach is dog friendly and the perfect location for surfing. Enzo had a fabulous time stretching his legs on the sand until he underestimated the depth of what he thought to be a puddle of water but turned out to be a rock pool. That certainly woke him up.
The Port William Pub located on the cliff side is an excellent place to watch the sun go down with a drink. https://www.theportwilliam.co.uk/
If the tide is in when you arrive and it is not too late be sure to walk around the cliff side where you find a perfect suntrap late afternoon.
Camel Trail - Wadebridge to Padstow
The Camel trail is an 18 mile pedestrianised cycle route along a disused railway line between Wenfordbridge, Bodmin, Wadebridge to Padstow. Dan and I decided to pick up the line at Wadebridge to cycle 5 miles to Padstow.
You can hire bikes and dog trailers from Bridge Bike Hires which is located next to the start of the Camel Trail. For two adult bikes and a dog trailer we paid £36 for the day. Parking can be easily found close by at the Piggy Lane car park behind Lidl.
Overall with a coffee stop at ACE which I will come onto, it took us around 45 minutes to get to Padstow.. We parked our bikes up by the Lobster Hatchery before making our way into the harbour.
Most places in Padstow are dog friendly so it is easy to find somewhere to sit and watch the world go by. During the Summer months the harbour is buzzing with life. However, on this occasion Padstow was rather quiet which provided a great opportunity for us to explore.
If you fancy coffee and cake after all that cycling be sure to check out the Cherry Tree Coffee House. Although I didn’t try any of the cakes as I was saving myself for icecream, they looked incredible. http://www.cherrytreescornwall.co.uk/. It will certainly be on our hit list next time we visit.
Padstow has a range of shops which is good for us as every time Dan and I have visited Padstow we seem to underestimate the weather. Last time we visited we got caught in a downpour and ended up purchasing wellies and raincoats and on this occasion we were perhaps somewhat optimistic about the overall temperature when we saw the sun shining and so Dan ended up purchasing himself a new jumper for the ride back.
Port Isaac, the home of Doc Martin and Fisherman’s Friend, is a beautiful shanti town. It's best to park at the top of the hill near Port Gavern and walk down into Port Isaac as the roads are somewhat narrow.
After taking a walk on the beach, we headed up past Doc Martin's house and onto the hill behind. As expected the views over Port Isaac were incredible. From the top of the hill you will find a coastal path which leads 2 miles to Portquin.
Before leaving Port Isaac we stopped in the Port Isaac Pottery and Chapel Café which sells a range of gifts, clothes, handbags, accessories and jewellery. I don't think I have ever seen such a large range of colourful scarfs. The Boat House also sells a lovely range of homewares.
Walk from Tintagel to Bossiney Cove and Rocky Valley
As we had previously visited, Tintagel Castle, we decided to walk from Tintagel Visitors Centre through Bossiney Cove and Rocky Valley. This is a 4 mile circular route which takes you by some of Tintagel’s best sights including King Arthur’s Great Halls, Tintagel’s castle, Merlin’s cave, Bossiney Cove and Rocky Valley. A large part of the walk is along a coastal pathway providing excellent views. However, be sure to make sure you have a dog lead with your if taking dogs. Overall the walk took us a couple of hours from start to finish allowing some time to sit and relax on Bossiney Cove.
Where to eat
Dan is dieting for a competition at present and so I was a lone ranger when it came to eating on this occasion. Whilst we prepared a lot of our food at the house, it didn’t stop me from enjoying a few Cornish treats.
Not many places to ice cream better than Cornwall. The range of flavours on offer never ceases to amaze me. Treleavans (Tintagel) toffee fudge crunch is nothing short of amazing whilst Harbour icecream even had dog icecream on offer for Enzo. https://www.treleavens.co.uk/?
Not many places to icecream better than Cornwall. The range of flavours on offer never ceases to amaze me. Trevowens (Tintagel) toffee fudge crunch is nothing short of amazing whilst Harbour Icecream even had dog icecream on offer for Enzo.
If you’re looking for Pasties then be sure to drop by at Nicky’s B Pasty shop when you’re in Port Isaac. I highly recommend the steak and stilton. https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g186242-d4297850-Reviews-Nicky_B_s_Pasty_Shop-Port_Isaac_Cornwall_England.html#REVIEWS
Another Cornish favourite of mine, Cream Tea. I have to say if you’re looking for Cornwall’s best cream tea then you need to head to the Strand Café at Trebarwith Strand Beach. https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g3176990-d2039720-Reviews-The_Strand_Cafe-Trebarwith_Strand_Cornwall_England.html However, the Krab Pot in Port Isaac is a close second (they’re sandwiches looked great too).
If you do decide to take the Camel Trial, be sure to stop off for a pit stop at Atlantic Coastal Express. The coffee is great, views amazing not to mention their upcoming supper clubs which are due to start next month. We had a sneak peek at the menus whilst we were there and they look great. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for dates. https://www.facebook.com/atlanticcoastexpress/
In terms of places to book, I would suggest securing a table at Tintagel Brewery months in advance before you visit as their waiting list is long. The Brewary serves a four meat carvery for £10.95 and I must say it was worth every penny. Both Dan and I had beef brisket, beef fillet, honey roasted gammon and turkey with all the trimmings and even Enzo enjoyed his own mini carvery of our leftovers which we snuck into a tuppawear pot under the table. https://www.tintagelbrewery.co.uk/
So there you have it, The Juggling Lawyer's Guide to three days in North Cornwall. I hope you have enjoyed and please do feel free to comment with your own recommendations and things to do.
The Juggling Lawyer