North Cornwall has one of the most spectacular stretches of coastline to be found anywhere in the world. The Atlantic Ocean provides an awesome and ever-changing backdrop to the towering and rugged cliffs, and spectacular rocky promontories are interspersed with idyllic sandy coves and picturesque fishing villages.
North Cornwall is exposed to the full force of the Atlantic rollers and on the high plateau above the slate cliffs the sparse trees are shaped by the prevailing wind. At intervals the coastline is punctuated by narrow gorges where fast flowing streams lined with deciduous woodland cascade into the sea. The close-grazed grassland on the clifftops makes for superb undulating walking and expansive views along the coast are a constant feature.
In spring and early summer the cliffs and the Cornish slate ‘hedges’ are draped in carpets of thrift, sea-squill and campion. In high summer valerian, monbretia and foxgloves wave in the breeze. A wide variety of seabirds nest on the cliff faces and peregrine falcons can be seen swooping on their prey.
Our walks will sample the splendour of Cornwall’s wild and rugged Atlantic coast with its numerous magnificent headlands and highlights will include Pentire Head which provides one of the finest views in Cornwall; the charm of Port Isaac (Doc Martin's Port Wenn) with its jumble of fishermans’ cottages; the incomparable setting of Tintagel Castle perched on the clifftop; Boscastle with its narrow fjord-like harbour; and the peaceful isolation of The Rumps where Laurence Binyon sat to write his ‘Ode to the Fallen’, now an integral part of our Remembrance Day services.
Lonely Planet lists hiking the South West Coast Path as one of the world's great adventures with “walking at its most diverse, most spectacular and most delicious", and we would definitely agree with that description.
We stay at the Lanteglos Country House Hotel [Enjoy England***] which is located in a very attractive valley just inland from Port Isaac Bay. The hotel, formerly a rectory, dates from 1847 and was designed by renown architect Augustus Pugin. It stands in 15 acres of attractive gardens, alongside the delightful and ancient church of St Julitta. Lanteglos Hotel offers very comfortable accommodation, a good range of leisure facilities and a warm welcome, along with a restaurant which features quality local produce on its excellent menu. All of the large bedrooms have ensuite bathroom facilities.
- All of the above prices are per person, and based upon two guests sharing a double or twin-bedded room.
- Single traveller? Enjoy sole occupancy of a double room at a supplement of £20 per night. (More about single supplement)
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Rail: Bodmin Parkway
Onward travel: Taxi