Morwenstow is a small village, in the most northerly parish in Cornwall, close to the border with Devon. The village is doubly blessed with the picturesque countryside and rolling hills that surround it, and the stunning stretch of nearby Atlantic coastline with its rugged rocks and spectacular cliffs.
Morwenstow is home to the National Trust's smallest building, Hawker's Hut which is built into the face of the cliff overlooking the sea. It is well worth taking the gentle cliff top trail that passes a beautiful ancient church, believed to date back to Saxon times, and leads to the hut itself, once the refuge of poet Reverend Robert Hawker. On a clear day, Lundy Island can be seen from here, and it is a fabulous place to spot an abundance of birds and wildlife.
Just 6 miles to the south you'll find the bustling seaside town of Bude will cater for all your holiday essentials, offering a wide selection of cafés, bars and restaurants, and also two sandy beaches that are popular with families, surfers and dog owners alike.
This whole stretch of coastline offers numerous pretty fishing villages and excellent beaches to explore - catering for watersports enthusiasts, families, walkers, foodies, and those looking to escape to one of the many hidden secluded coves.
A holiday cottage in Morwenstow offers a quiet Cornish retreat set away from the crowds, but within easy access of Cornwall's most popular tourist spots.
Offering an action-packed programme of activities under the safe supervision of the highly experienced Sam Roberts, and his team. Whether you'd like to learn surfing or body boarding at Widemouth Bay, or experience Canadian Canoeing or the entertaining Jungle Run in the Bude canal - there is something for everyone, of all ages and abilities. Qualified coaches. All equipment provided. No experience necessary. Open 1 March through to 30 December. Booking required.
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A timeless village on the coast, Clovelly has a history dating back to the Domesday Book when it was owned by the King. There are lots of charming local activities to get involved with – silk workshops, meeting birds of prey, angling and boat trips on the water, spa treatments and even a little retail therapy, all with a view of the sea. In short, there’s something for everyone.
Clovelly Village, Clovelly Visitor Centre, Clovelly EX39 5TA (T: 01237 431781)
A magic experience to enjoy while you’re on holiday in Cornwall, the Museum of Witchcraft is in the village of Boscastle and was the creation of Cecil Williams whose fascination with the subject started in childhood. He set up the Cornish museum in 1960, saying it was three miles from a prehistoric maze stone carved into a living rock face, ‘proof that from ancient times man and his magic making with the world of spirit were active in this area’. Today you can visit to explore the collections or enjoy seasonal events such as candlelit evenings and Halloween at the museum.
Just a few miles from the beach in North Devon’s Tarka country, Bideford Bicycle, Surf Board and Kayak Hire does pretty much exactly what it says on the tin, meaning they have everything you need to really get out and enjoy the area. They are open seven days a week from 9am to 5pm, so pop in and find the right pieces of kit for you!
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Part of English Heritage, Tintagel Castle is more a ruin than a castle these days, but nonetheless, it’s an exciting opportunity to get involved with the history, myths and exceptional scenery at this spot that’s inextricably linked to the legend of King Arthur. Set on a coastline that has inspired artists and writers for centuries, see ancient artefacts and explore the history of the castle and the legends that have shaped its story, as well as learning about its time as a royal stronghold, thriving trading post and the setting for romantic stories. Prices start at £7.90 for adults who are not members, and £4.70 for children.
A 13th century traditional Cornish pub with open fires in winter and a beer garden with beautiful sea views and children’s play area for summertime. Open all day, all year round, serving tasty light lunches, cream teas and hearty evening meals along with a great selection of local ales and other beverages for all occasions.
The Bush Inn Crosstown, Morwenstow, Bude EX23 9SR (T: 01288 331242)
A pretty tea garden by the sea run by local legend Margaret, who is as famous for her delicious home-made cream teas and pasties as she is for her sense of humour. Pretend to walk off the calories afterwards by strolling down to the beach or along the cliffs to Northcott Mouth. All seating outside, dogs welcome.
Margarets Rustic Tea Garden S W Coast Path, Bude EX23 9ED (T: 07747 537564)
A picture perfect English tearoom surrounded by the beautiful wild flower gardens at Docton Mill, a great spot for a cream tea or slice of homemade cake after a few hours discovering the wonderful array of plants here. Also serves a good range of freshly prepared soups, pasties, salads and sandwiches.
Docton Mill Gardens & Tearooms Lymebridge, Hartland, Bideford EX39 6EA (T: 01237 441369)
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Lovely, lovely! Amazing garden. Amazing cakes and cream teas. Great walks. Would visit again.
A bustling beachside café just a stone’s throw from Crooklets beach with an enclosed sundeck overlooking the waves and plenty of seating. After a hard day rockpooling, surfing or building sandcastles this is the place to come for a coffee, a refreshing beer or something delicious from the menu. Think gourmet burgers, woodfired pizzas, salads, plenty of fish and seafood and lots more!
Rosie’s Kitchen Crooklets Beach, Bude EX23 8NE (T: 01288 354238)
Busy place on a hot day. Food is excellent and staff friendly. Great for dogs on the terrace
Crooklets Beach, near Bude, offers golden sands and rock pools to explore. There is a cafe right on the sea front and access from teh car park is level. There are public toilets and an outdoor shower for sandy toes. Car parkign is available at Crooklets Road car park EX23 8LG.
Less the five minutes on foot from the centre of Bude, Summerleaze Beach is an easy beach to get to and enjoy for the whole day. There’s a river flanking the sandy beach and it’s sheltered by a breakwater, making it popular with families and surfers. You can book beach huts daily or weekly, and adding to its charm is a part man-made/part natural salt water sea pool to swim in at the foot of the cliff, that’s been welcoming swimmers since it opened in 1930. There’s lifeguard cover in the summer months, dogs need to be kept on leads from May to September, and there are toilets and disabled toilets close by as well as an RNLI shop, sandy play area, a beach café, and a large car park that leads directly to the sand dunes.
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Busy car park but the sandy beach is worth it. Cliff top walks and a tidal pool made this a perfect spot on a sunny day.
Hartland Quay is primarily a pebbles and rocks beach but low tide exposes sand and interesting rock pools to explore. It is splendidly isolated with no facilities but that's part of the charm. Car parking is available at Hartland Quay Hotel & Pub, EX39 6DU
Three miles south of Bude, Widemouth Bay Beach is a long, open bay that’s popular with families and surfers, while at low tide there are hundreds of rock pools to explore. It’s a wonderful place to learn to surf or body board thanks to fantastic conditions and lots of local surf schools in the surrounding area. There’s free parking at both ends of the bay as well as viewing points. Dogs are welcome throughout the year on the south section of the beach, otherwise known as Black Rock, but on the northern part there are seasonal dog bans. It has a wild feel to it, which adds to its appeal, and there is lifeguard cover in the summer, but nonetheless do be careful when swimming.
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Lovely clean beach.
Lovely clean beach. Dogs enjoyed it!
Bucks Mills beach is situated in a rocky secluded cove at the bottom end of the ancient fishing village of Bucks Mills. No public toilets, no shops or other facilities, just a lovely place. Car parking is available at Bucks Mills car park EX39 5DY.
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