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.


View along the coast near Port Isaac, with red flowers in the foreground


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 thrift on the clifftop in Cornwall


Guests will be able to 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.

To give you a 'taster' of the landscape take a look at the beautiful aerial photography in this short video.

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.

Unless you ask us to customise your trip, and choose alternative accommodation, your holiday in North Cornwall will be based at a comfortable family-run guest house in the pretty village of Boscastle, with its National Trust-owned harbour. Your room will have ensuite bathroom facilities and you will have a choice of continental or full English breakfast. Boscastle has a number of restaurants and pubs serving meals in the evening.

If you prefer hotel accommodation we can arrange a room at the Wellington Hotel which stands beside the old coach road leading down into the attractive village of Boscastle. The hotel offers a range of well-appointed rooms, including two fabulous turret rooms with panoramic views towards the harbour. The additional cost for accommodation at 'The Welly' will depend upon the room type chosen.


What's included in the price of this holiday?

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Travel information
Rail: Bodmin Parkway
Onward travel: Taxi

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