Area Guides

Area Guides of Cornwall


Famous for its food and fisheries, the picturesque town of Padstow sits on the west side of the Camel Estuary in North Cornwall. Solid stone buildings and pretty old fishermen’s cottages huddle around the harbour, whilst further up the hill you will find classic high-ceilinged Victorian and Georgian villas enjoying breathtaking views across the estuary. Fine sandy beaches are a joy, perfect for families with numerous water-sport activities to enjoy. You will be spoilt for choice by the abundance of fine restaurants and fantastic eateries, which include the renowned Rick Stein restaurants and cafes and Paul Ainsworth Michelin Starred, No 6 . The Camel Trail is a wonderful way to enjoy the views over the estuary and river with a dedicated foot and cycle trail that runs along its banks and links the town to Wadebridge and in turn on to Bodmin.


Rock has for many years been a real favourite of the family. The area offers wonderful peace and tranquility, fabulous beaches combine with a great selection of on and off shore leisure activities and the extremely rare facility for the North Cornwall Coast, the ability to launch and moor a sailing boat from the Rock Sailing Club. Rock is also home to the championship golf course of St Enodoc Golf Club which has been voted in the top 20 golf courses in the country. As well as being renowned for its fine, scenic course. The beaches are unspoilt offering fine golden sand and crystal clear waters. The Estuary has options for sailing and waterskiing as well as surfing and diving. For the Gastronomes Nathan Outlaw offers fine food at both the Mariners Arms in Rock and his restaurant in Port Isaac. Across the water via foot ferry Rick Steins famous Seafood restaurant is a must as is Paul Ainsworths No 6.


Wadebridge is a very charming town set on the river Camel inland from Padstow. The town is famous for its wonderful stone bridge that sits at its centre. There is a wide variety of interesting boutique shops and restaurants as well as all the local services you could ask for. Recreation plays a big part and there are numerous sports clubs, Football, Rugby, Cricket as well as Tennis and Bowls. The Camel Trail runs through the town and provides a wonderful route into Padstow alongside the River in one direction and a lovely country experience to Bodmin going inland.

Helford River

The Helford River has long been a sought after location as it offers both peace and quiet as well as an abundunce of outdoor and lifestyle activities. For sailing and boating enthusiasts, the river offers a great place to mess about in boats with many creeks to explore as well as access out to some of the best sailing waters in the country in Falmouth Bay. The area was made famous by Daphne Du Maurier with her famous novel Frenchman’s Creek. For keen gardeners, the beautiful Trebah and Glendurgan Gardens offer outstanding collections of exotic plants shrubs and trees. Other activities in the area include golf and tennis at the Buddock Vean Hotel and nearby Falmouth, as well as many amazing beaches.


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