A few weeks ago my parents and I spent a long weekend down in Cornwall, in a place called St. Minver which is about 10 minutes from Rock. The last time I had been to Cornwall before this was about 10 years ago so I was eager to retrace my footsteps and discover more of North Cornwall. We went with a list of places we wanted to explore (all dog friendly as we had Charlie the Labrador with us – how could I not bring him?!) and I want to share them with you as you mustn’t miss them out when you find yourself in North Cornwall.
Oh the small, touristy town of Rock. It’s not one to miss off your list, that’s for sure. If you’re doing a mini tour around North Cornwall then add Rock into that list. It’s small but has everything you could want for a small seaside retreat. Beach, shops, restaurants, and if you’re into golf then triple bonus, St Enodoc is one of the best and most exclusive golf courses in the area. The beach is the best part of Rock, in my opinion. It meanders round towards a cliff and is a few miles long – perfect for all you keen walkers.
Convenitenly, there’s a small ferry that transfers from Rock to Padstow daily, for a small fee. It saves you the long drive round of about 20-30 minutes.Padstow is a beautiful seaside town with all the coastal shops you could think of. It’s perfect for shopping, wining and dining, and just having a nose around. Juts beyond Padstow is a beach, with Rock just opposite, and a lovely country walk up the cliff.
About 20 minutes from Padstow is the Trevose Head Lighthouse (the Lighthouse in all my Instagram photos…). Here is where you can catch those gorgeous coastal views, and a golden sunset (providing it’s clear).
If you’re after a surfing holiday, New Polzeath is the place to go. It is one of the finest surfing beaches in the UK. And when the tide is out, it’ perfect to let the dogs run wild and free. More coastal walks along the cliffs which will give you great views of the beach. New Polzeath also has a few cafes and takeaways, as well as the obvious surf shops.
The town famous for filming Doc Martin. A town I want to retire in. The narrow bendy streets made it feel like a miniature village, as everything is very small anyway. The cottages were small but cosy. The shops were compact but popular. the locals were quiet but friendly. What else could you want in a village?
We only went to Tintagel to visit the well-known castle. We arrived after closing but people were still walking through freely, so we did too. The views were amazing, and it helped that there were blue skies all round (well worth the hike and a half up there!) As you can see in the photo, there was another island attached by a bridge but we saw people’s red faces and heavy breathing and decided against going down and back up that – it didn’t look very appealing.
if you make your way to Tintagel then you must travel further up to Boscastle. We made it just in time to grab an ice cream and walk around. It is another very picturesque village with a fishing port, a town which I’m sure is a lot more popular in the day.
I’m dying to go back to Cornwall. I’m keen to explore more of the South of Cornwall, including St Ives, Land’s End, Falmouth, Penzance and many more beautiful places. Cornwall has to be my favourite place in England without a doubt, just look at the photographs! (You could probably tell I was a little obsessed with it from the amount of posts I’ve shared with you all on Instagram – see here.)