The picturesque harbour of Port Isaac is a very popular destination for those wishing to visit the home town of ITV’s popular television series ‘Doc Martin’ as well as the equally well regarded local shanty singers ‘The Fishermans Friends’.
Perfect for coastal walks, Port Gaverne is just around the corner (a great spot for coasteering, but make sure you go with a recommended local who knows the terrain) or further down the coast is a peaceful cove ideal for exploring rock pools at low tide and crabbing. The coast path takes you right past Doyden Castle, a tiny fortress perched high on the cliffs. There’s a lovely sandy beach at Polzeath and Daymer Bay (which has the benefit of being dog friendly all year round). St Enodoc has a 18 hole golf course overlooking the Camel estuary, and only a 20 minute drive from Port Isaac. There are regular ferry’s crossing the estuary from Rock to Padstow, where you’ll find a range of boating trips and fishing excursions available. The Victorian Gardens at Long Cross are also worth a visit. Port Isaac has a range of traditional pubs to choose from, as well as cafes and gift shops. Alternatively you may wish to just sit back and watch the comings and goings of the day to day harbour life from one of the many cafes that line the harbour.
Cornwall is the most western part of the South West of England and is a very popular holiday destination with its array of golden sand beaches and dramatic cliff top scenery. The Cornish peninsular is bordered by sea, north, south and west with just one (land based) entrance and exit route over the eastern border to Devon. Traditionally fishing, mining and agriculture were the mainstays of the local economy but tourism has since replaced these. Cornwall boasts thousands of acres of un-spoilt moorland protected as an area of outstanding natural beauty. All year round, the 630 miles of coastal walks (preserved in part by the National Trust and Duchy of Cornwall), are enjoyed by walkers of all ages. Cornwall is known for its mild climate giving rise to the plethora of botanical & specialist gardens like the Eden project, Trelissick and the Lost Gardens of Heligan. By escaping to Cornwall you can thoroughly immerse yourself in the many contrasts that draw visitors year after year. From the picturesque fishing villages steeped in history to the iconic Eden Project, looking to the future. Survey the changing landscape from moorland to the dramatic & varied Cornish coastline. Sample the freshest gourmet offerings from the abundance of local produce or simply find a quiet spot and unwind with a Cornish clotted cream ice-cream! Wherever you choose to hang up your boots, you will never be far from the sea.
England’s peninsula incorporates the counties of Cornwall and Devon, Dorset, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Bristol. This region is mostly rural so is perfect to escape the everyday hustle and bustle, whether relaxing with the family by the seaside or exploring the wild moors and rugged coastline. The area boasts hundreds of beautiful sandy bays to choose from and fantastic surfing opportunities. The historic cities of Exeter, Bath and Gloucester are definitely worth a visit, and with transport links all the way down to Penzance even the famous Lands End and remote Isles of Scilly can be reached.