North Cornwall

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.

 

Old lobster pot and summer flowers against the wall of a white-washed cottage
 
 

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.

 

Carpet of pink thrift on the clifftop on a sunny spring day

 

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.

 

View of The Rumps from Pentire Head

 

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.

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Holiday Options

Easy
Code:NCW1
Date:Apr 23 - Apr 28, 2017
Grade:Easy
Nights:5
Price:£785.00
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Moderate
Code:NCW2
Date:May 21 - May 26, 2017
Grade:Moderate
Nights:5
Price:£785.00
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Easy
Code:NCW3
Date:Jun 25 - Jun 30, 2017
Grade:Easy
Nights:5
Price:£785.00
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  • All of the above prices are per person, and based upon two guests sharing a double or twin-bedded room.

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Travel information
Rail: Bodmin Parkway
Onward travel: Taxi

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