Cornwall has the longest and best coastline in the country. From where we are on St Breock Downs just outside Wadebridge on the ancient walkway between Padstow & Fowey. You couldn’t be better placed to explore Cornwall its glorious, coastline, beaches, fishing villages, estuaries, gardens, historic houses, family attractions. There is even an award winning vineyard just down the Camel valley.
Our location nr the ancient monolith on St Breock downs puts you within 30 minutes drive of Padstow, Rock, Polzeath, Port Isaac, Tintagel Castle and Newquay along the north Cornish coast. Looking south you find the Eden project, Fowey, Mevagissey, Looe and Polperro.
We are on the Saints way, which was used in ancient times by early Celtic traders and mariners crossing the Irish sea and English channels in flimsy wooden coracles which they would rather carry 27 miles across land rather than risk the journey around landsend. This ancient walkway connects to the coastal path in Padstow & Fowey and winds its way all around the county.
Wadebridge is bustling little town with independent shops, boutiques, delicatessens, a lovely old cinema, a great pasty shop , the largest antique shop in Cornwall, even a good curry house tucked away on the river, the pubs have a genuine proper Cornish ambience and the folk festival at the end of August is a belter. A nice town for a wander around the shops, a coffee or a beer. The usual selection of supermarkets are just on the edge of town nr the Royal Cornwall Showground. Somewhere to get almost anything.
You can hire bikes in the town and explore the Camel trail inland to Bodmin and the moor or along the estuary to Padstow. Padstow is the gastronomic capital of Cornwall with Rick Stein’s famous seafood restaurant and other eateries around the town. Paul Ainsworth number 6 restaurant has a Michelin star. Nathan Outlaw across the estuary in Port Isaac has been proclaimed the best restaurant in the country. So foodies will find delights all around.
Doc Martin is filmed in Port Isaac and Poldark has used locations all around this area.
Bodmin Jail and Jamaica Inn made famous by Daphne de Maurier are nr by on Bodmin Moor. John Betjeman the poet laureate wrote of the area many times whilst he lived in Daymer Bay on the Camel estuary and is buried at the ancient church in the sand dunes.
Golfers will find two links courses either side of the river at St Enodoc golf club, Rock and Trevose golf club, Constantine Bay. Inland, Lanhydrock golf club, Bodmin is a pleasant course.
All these things are within easy driving distance, but you can relax in the quiet Cornish countryside between your expeditions.