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Things to do in the Local Area 

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Which is the best beach in North Cornwall? Tricky question as the stretch of coastline from Newquay to Padstow is truly some of the best in the country, but here are a few of our picks; 


Our closest beach is Mawgan Porth, which is a 10-minute drive or an hour and a half walk away. The beach is bordered by dramatic cliffs, has a pub, a number of seafood restaurants and cafes as well as parking and loos. It is a good beach for surfing and bodyboarding but only at Low and Mid tide. 

15 minutes drive away is Porthcothan, a firm family favourite. With lower cliffs and gentle dunes, Porthcothan can feel a little calmer. It has a great café for ice cream and food and the parking is convenient. A good option for walks in either direction to explore the coastline and find quieter spots. 

Porthcothan Beach North Cornwall

Trevone and Treyarnon are two more fantastic options, great for kids with loads of rockpools to explore, facilities close by, and relatively easy parking. Good for body boarding but probably not my pick for a surf. 

Picking a beach really depends on what you are looking for, that being said you can't really go wrong around here, exploring them all is a great way to spend a week! But for what it's worth here is my advice;

Surfing                  Kids                      Best Food         Quieter

Watergate           Porthcothan      Maw. Porth       Porthcothan 

Fistral                    Treyarnon           Harlyn               Treyarnon

Harlyn                   Trevone               Watergate       Trevone 

Constantine                                                                  Constantine 

Maw. Porth 

Harlyn Beach North Cornwall

Days out 

Things to do in North Cornwall


Cycling the Camel Trail. The historic fishing town of Padstow is only a 15 minute drive away. Popular for people looking for some big name food options its also great for an ice-cream or Pasty, some crabbing and maybe even a boat trip.


If you are feeling active then cycling the Camel

Trail can be a great option, there are a number

of places where you can rent bikes, kids options too,

(click the map for Padstow Cycle Hire) then you can

make your way upriver on the converted railway

track for 5 miles to Wadebridge. If you want to go

further another 6 miles will take you to Bodmin

passing tea rooms and a Vineyard which make

excellent rest stops. Starting in Wadebridge and

tripping down to Padstow is also an option, it just

depends on how you want to split your day. 

Our friends at Newquay Activity Centre have a massive range of things to do from Coasteering and Paddleboarding to Kayaking and Surfing, they can be found here - 

Walk any stretch of the Southwest Coast Path, we are Way Makers for the Southwest Coast path meaning we support this amazing stretch of public footpaths for all to enjoy, come and talk to us at reception for our best bits or have a look on their website to find a section that suits you. 

Camel trail cycle map

Wet weather things to do in North Cornwall

  • Tide Climbing Centre - Climbing with ropes or Bouldering, suitable for all abilities 

  • Blue Reef Aquarium - Get up close to all manner of sea creature

  • National Maritime Museum - Learn about how we conquered the oceans and the adventures we took

  • Cornwall Aviation Heritage Centre - Sit in the cockpit of countless different aircraft 

  • Trevibban or Knightor Vineyards - Take a tour and relax into a tasting session in either amazing location

  • Bodmin Jail - Discover the hidden Myths and Stories of Cornwall. 

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