Towns and Places

Key facts

  • The little harbour is its inevitable focal point
  • Trips cruise along the Camel estuary
  • Rocky coves, inlets and miles of golden, sandy beaches
  • National Lobster Hatchery

Wadebridge: a busy market town and gateway to the Camel Trail; popular with walkers and birdwatchers; a 17-arch bridge, built in 1460, spans the River Camel joining what were two separate parishes; the Bodmin and Wadebridge Railway Line was opened here in 1834.

St Breock: the village’s 13th century church has a slab connecting it to the legend of ‘evil Jan Tregeagle’, whose punishments included emptying Dozmary Pool with a limpet shell.

Bodmin Moor: wild and craggy granite moorland towered over by Cornwall’s highest point, Brown Willy (1377ft); littered with Neolithic and Bronze Age relics and stone circles, and home to rare plants; also, Dozmary Pool, associated in legend with Excalibur.

Boscastle: a National Trust picturesque fishing village, set between spectacular steep cliffs.

Bude: popular resort with sandy beaches, rock pools and tidal swimming pool; good for shopping, restaurants and concerts.

Camelford: small, thriving town with Slaughter Bridge close by, where King Arthur’s last battle in 539AD is said to have been fought.

Port Isaac: a lovely little fishing village of ancient alleyways; used as the location for Poldark and Doc Martin TV series.


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