Cottage with Sandy Beaches Nearby

We have been visiting North Cornwall since we were children in the 1960s. The Moor and sandy beaches we played on then are just the same now - completely unspoilt. Our memories are of Summer Holidays with Picnics, Scones with Cream and Jam, King Arthur's Castle and Beam Engine Houses. But now we are a bit older we can appreciate so much more: Winter Cliff Top walks with the sea pounding the rocks below; having tea in harbour side cafes after that walk, whatever the weather; exploring Bodmin Moor with trekking boots and rucksack; visiting beautiful Norman Churches, two of which, Lanteglos and Advent are within walking distance of Tregoodwell; watching the sun set over Trebarwith Strand on the terrace outside the Port William Hotel, or eating out at the St Kew Inn. And, now that Cycling is becoming more popular, taking bikes from our door to the National Cycle Route that skirts the western side of the Moor from Davidstow Airfield, just over a mile away.

Trebarwith Strand to Gull Rock Trebarwith Strand

Long Sandy Beaches at Trebarwith Strand and Tregardock. Both are also popular with surfers.

Port Quin Boscastle Water Wheel

The Harbour Villages of Port Isaac, Port Gaverne, Port Quin and Boscastle are all nearby. There is now organised Kayaking and Adventure Sports at Port Quin

Bodmin Moor

Bodmin Moor with its peaks of Rough Tor and Brown Willy is a natural wilderness, with much evidence of Past Civilisations and more recent Quarrying and Mining activities.

The Masons Arms

Masons Arms, Camelford.

Lanteglos Parish Church Altarnum Parish Church Beach at Sunset St Materianas Church, Tintagel

There are many Historic Churches dating from Norman times nearby, including at Lanteglos, Advent, Tintagel, Altarnum and Davidstow.

Chimney Stack On the Cycle Route

Views by the National Cycle Route, which skirts the Western side of the Moor, within pedalling distance of Tregoodwell.

Delabole Slate Quarry

Trebarwith Strand

Beam Engine House, Trebarwith

The area abounds with worked out Slate Quarries, including one on the way to Trebarwith Strand. The impressive Engine House is beside a footpath and you can go inside. The Slate Quarry at Delabole, one of the deepest open cast pits in Europe, is working and you can buy slate items such as House Name Signs in the shop.

Camelford itself boasts an 18 hole Golf Course at Bowood, an Equestrian Centre and a Leisure Centre with a 20m Indoor Swimming Pool - worth considering for the children on one of those rare wet days.

The Camel Way to Wadebridge and along the estuary with its sandy beaches to Padstow, one of the many walking routes, starts (or ends) in Camelford and winds its way along the River Camel to Wadebridge and Padstow, much of it also being a Cycling Route. On the road to Bodmin is the house and gardens of Pencarrow.

Slightly further afield, but easily reached by car for a day trip, are the sandy beaches at Newquay and Polzeath. Trebarwith has a nice little Cafe and Shops that sell all sorts of beachy stuff including buckets and spades. The Port William Pub / Restaurant is just above, overlooking the beach. The Eden project can be combined with the Lost Gardens of Heligan near St Austell, with Charlestown Harbour well worth a visit to see the Tall Ships that are berthed there.