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Watergate Bay

This is the biggest beach in the area boasting 3 miles of golden sand, so there is loads of space of all sorts of activities, from just relaxing in the sun, through to kite boarding up and down the beach.

Watergate is home to the largest amount of extreme sports, not just surfing but body boarding, wave skiing and kite surfing. The beach used to host the English National Surf Championship as it getting hit by the best swells the Atlantic can produce. The Championships are now located just down the road in Newquay.

Surrounding the beach is the high rough cliffs of Trevlegue Head to the south and Stem Point in the North, with the amazing coastal footpath running all the way along, perfect for stretching those legs and taking in some amazing coastal scenery. watergate bay

Towards the end of the season the Watergate Hotel organises a game of beach polo, which is well worth a visit. There is music, food and drink to get stick into with no admission cost.

There is a fabulous choice of places to eat, that include an amazing take away pizza provided by the Phoenix, up to the high class restaurant Fifteen, which the celebrate Jamie Oliver owns. If you don't want a full meal then there's the Beach Hut, which can serve up an extreme hot chocolate or legendary burger. mawgan porth

Mawgan Porth

This is one of Cornwalls many hidden secrets. The small and gorgeous village of Mawgan Porth on only 1 mile North of Watergate but is quite a contrast. Where Watergate is busy, full of "extreme surfers" Mawgan Porth has a more relaxed atmosphere.

Set in the beautiful Vale of Lanherne Mawgan Porth is on the coastline, where the River Menalhyl meets the sea. This village in popular for it's impressive and diverse landscape of rough and rugged sea views combined with softer, lush green rolling hillsides perfect for walking or cycling school

The beachfront has everything one could need, including pubs and restaurants serving the finest local ales and home-cooked food, and a collection of shops selling jewellery clothes and knick knacks.

The beach is privately owned meaning that it never gets busy. The dunes that back the golden sands make it sheltered and safe, perfect for learning how to surf with tuition from the local instructors. The beach has been quality assessed and is supervised by life guards through out the summer. beach runners

There is much history here with artefacts being found from 850, so when you have had enough of searching for shells and making sand castles try and imagine your self as the common man would have been, 100s of years ago.

It maybe small but that is what makes this are so perfect whether you fill your time with fun activities or you feel more inclined to relax on the beach there is something for everyone. So between the surfing, fishing and good eating, spend some time just looking around you taking in the glorious views. tea garden

St. Mawgan

This village is frozen in time and has not changed in decades. Just a mile inland hidden in the depths of the Vale of Lanherne is where you will find this picturesque village showing what untouched Cornwall is like.

The focal point of every good village is the pub and The Falcon is something special. The magnificent garden has the most delightful floral display which is perfect for enjoying those hot summer afternoons, but that is just the start. Tuck into the award winning food that is served here and taste a host of the best ales produced in the area. river

The post office is the other great place in this village as it is not only there for send mail but is the village shop and a tea room serving up warm, fresh home made scones which can't be beaten.

Hidden in the Cornish countryside St. Mawgan is the perfect place to come and enjoy a picnic and take pleasure in the River of Menlhyl that runs through St Mawgan. You can try to catch your fishy dinner as the river is home to many brown trout. (Visit the Merry Moor, Mawgan Porth for a day tickets, 5.) church

Most of the land in the village is owned by the Arundels since the 13th century and many of them still reside here today. The parish church also dates back to the 13th century and if you take a walk around the graveyard you will see many memorials to the Arundels. There is one other memorial that stands out, the stem of a rowing boat and Lantern Cross that is in memory of the ten men who drifted ashore frozen to death in 1846. bed steps

Bedruthan Steps

Just a couple of miles north of Watergate Bay is the amazing beach of Bedruthan Steps. This beach is something special and you will not have seen any thing like this before. The Nation Trust maintains the area of great beauty, the car park is free to National Trust members and is also available to non-members, at a small cost.

Very popular among artists and tourists because of the massive stacks that jut high out the beach. The stacks are massive rock boulders that weigh 1000s of tons. To get down on to this impressive beach you have got to drop 142 steps that have been cut into the cliff face. beach This is where the name Bedruthan Steps can from.

A word of warning when visiting this fantastic beach. Make sure that you visit at low tide as you can only access the beach at this time, also make sure that when you walk around on the beach you get back to the steps with plenty of time before high tide as you don't want to get stuck in one of the coves. This beach is not ideal for bathing and it is strongly advised that you don't go swimming in the water due to the hidden rocks, heavy rips and fast tides. padstow


This once tradition fishing port is now a top tourist destination and is only 10 miles north of Watergate. Padstow does still function as port but second to the tourism industry. When Rick Stein opened his array of establishments that include a pub, hotel, fish and chips and his most famous seafood restaurant it put Padstow firmly on the map.

Located on the bank of the river Camel estuary Padstow has loads to see and do. One attraction is the multi use Camel trail which used to be a rail way line connecting Padstow, Wadebridge and Bodmin now used for cycling, walking and horse riding, it passes through some dramatic coastal scenes and mystical woodlands. cream teasMake sure that when wondering around the picturesque town of Padstow you look out for the mile stone embedded out side the Shipwrights Arms, a pub in the harbour.

Back hundreds of years ago Padstows church of Wethinoc was of great importance until the town wad raided by the Vikings in 981 and was laid to waste. The monks that lived here decided to move inland to Bodmin taking the relic of St Petroc, the cult was very strong in both Padstow and Bodmin but there collection of three main churches where in Bodmin.

In the Mid- nineteenth century maritime traffic used to arrive at Padstow after crossing form Canada with timber, offering cheap travel to people wishing to emigrate. When the great ships approached the river camel they would have to navigate the Doom Bar that was a great sand bank, which caused many ships wrecks. The Doom bar is now more commonly known for the brilliant ale that is produced in the local area.

There are a couple of great traditional festivals that happen in this small town, one which is Obby Oss where two men dress up as Obby Osses, one old and one in blue ribbon, they parade around the town from midnight through to the evening. They finally meet in the evening at the may pole before returning to there stables, all the while the crowd are singing the traditional songs.

The other festival is Mummer's Day when on Boxing day and New years Day residents don black face paint and parade through the town singing minstrel songs. This midwinter celebration is an ancient British celebration originally taken form the pagan heritage and was regularly celebrated all over Cornwall.