Cornwall's Best North to West
A Day Out East
Less than 30 minutes drive from the park
Golitha Falls are a series of spectacular cascades and waterfalls along a section of the River Fowey as it makes its way through the ancient oak woodland of Draynes Wood. The Falls are situated approximately 8 miles to the north East of Lostwithiel on the edge of Bodmin Moor the perfect spot for a lovely walk in picturesque surroundings being one of the best known beauty spots on Bodmin Moor. As the river Fowey winds it way from its source high on the Moor near Brown Willy, to its entrance to the sea at the picturesque fishing harbour of Fowey it passes through the beautiful wooded gorge below Draynes Bridge.
Less than 60 minutes drive from the park
Padstow is a charming working fishing port surrounded by glorious sandy beaches, at the head of the Camel River. Watching the everyday ebb and flow of harbour life is a perfect way to spend a day. This foodie destination with popular eateries such as Rick Stein’s Seafood Restaurant, is the start and end point for the Camel Cycle Trail and a good base for water sports.
Bedruthan Steps Wow factor doesn't even begin to cover it. Carnewas and Bedruthan Steps is one of the most popular destinations on the Cornish coast and is an absolute must-see. The landscape is synonymous with shipwrecks and smugglers, and the spectacular clifftop views look out over Bedruthan Steps, where a rank of colossal, pointed stacks march out of the atlantic waves against a dramatic backdrop.
Crantock offers a large expanse of golden sands backed by dunes between the Pentire Headlands to both east and west. Popular for swimming, snorkelling, surfing and wind-surfing with board/canoe hire on the beach. Dolphins accasionally visit too! Lifeguard cover is provided from late May to late September. Cafes, toilets and parking with 150 spaces.
Say the word Fistral to any avid surfer and you can guarantee their eyes will widen in awe. As one of the world’s top surfing destinations, backed by high cliffs and sand dunes, Fistral is the playground for hundreds of enthusiasts who flock to the beach to get a fix of the big waves.
A Day Out North
Less than 60 minutes drive from the park
Explore Cornwall's most three unique villages, Boscastle, Tintagel, and Port Isaac each are situated along dramatic unspoiled coastline North Cornwall. Stunning scenery abounds providing something new to enjoy in every season. Walking & cycling are popular activities in this area, also renowned for its wildlife. There are beautiful churches, historic buildings and winding country lanes bordered by Cornish hedges. There’s something for everyone nearby; from moors and river valleys inland to beaches and harbours on the coast; from stately homes and museums to potteries and galleries; from Arthurian legends to extreme sports.
The historic picturesque fishing village of Boscastle with its Medieval core and distinctive harbour is one of Cornwall’s most romantic places. It is a village steeped in history, associated with authors and artists who have been inspired by its remoteness and rugged beauty.
Set high on the rugged North Cornwall coast, Tintagel has dramatic sea views both from the castle ruins on the headland and island. This is a spectacular place, steeped in myths and mystery, and has inspired artists and writers throughout history who have associated it with the legend of King Arthur.
Port Isaac is a traditional fishing village with a vibrant local community in north Cornwall and home to the TV series Doc Martin starring Martin Clunes. It's a truly picturesque village with narrow winding streets lined with whitewashed cottages that head down to the harbour where you can watch local fishermen landing their daily catch of fish, crab and lobsters.
A Day Out West
Less than two hours drive from the Park
St Michael's Mount
St Michael's Mount, is the jewel in Cornwall's crown. This, the most famous of Cornwall's landmarks, has a fascinating history, is steeped in both legend and folklore, has stunning panoramic views across Mounts Bay to Lands End and The Lizard, boasts a picturesque harbour and has a spectacular castle, complete with magestic gardens. The Mount is a complete family day out, with quite literally something for everyone.
The Minack Theatre
The Minack Theatre is Cornwall's world famous open-air theatre, carved into the granite cliff and set in glorious gardens overlooking the spectacular panorama of Porthcurno Bay.
From above it looks as though some wandering Greeks, two thousand years ago, had carved a theatre into the granite cliffs of Porthcurno, Cornwall. In fact, it was just under eighty years ago that there was nothing there except a sloping gully of gorse and heather and below that, the sea of the Atlantic Ocean.
The summer theatre season runs from May to September presenting drama, musicals and opera in this most dramatic of settings. Day visitors can explore this world famous open-air theatre created from a cliffside at Porthcurno by Rowena Cade.