Escape to Cornwall
It’s a beautiful and dramatic county, so it’s difficult to choose a favourite area for country pursuits. At the barnshop.co.uk we visit North Cornwall most often. We love the area due to the many superb small beaches and coves and harbour’s to explore, as well as being less than an hour to drive to Bodmin Moor. So you get the best of all worlds. We recommend that if the weather is good be sure to visit Sandy Mouth Beach. We have often spent nearly the whole day at that small beach and also enjoyed a cream tea at the Tea Hut a short walk from the beach. At high tide is fantastic to hear the stones rattling along, being pushed by the waves and then at low tide enjoying the sand.
Reach the beach in the car by going down a steep narrow road that descends to the carpark at the bottom of the hill. It’s normally an easy drive, unless you arrive in the mid afternoon in high season. Then you might well end up getting to the bottom of that hill, finding the Car Park is full and then have to fight your way back up the hill, against the flow of the traffic, and parking in a designated farmers field at the very top of that hill!
So our top tip is arrive early in high season for a more relaxing day arrive early before the National Trust car park gets full or you will be walking up a steep hill to get back to the car at the end of the day! Or if feeling even more adventurous you could try Duck Pool Beach , where the spectacular peak of Steeple Point Cliff over 100 metres high dominates the beach.We normally hire a costal cottage but you might consider staying at Hotel like the 4 star Budock Vean and have fun with the Laser Clay Pigeon Shooting or Archery . Bosvathick Riding Stable is also close by.
In the evening our favourite place to eat is the beach side restaurant at Bude. It undergoes a dramatic transformation from being a Beach Café in the day to to a top quality restaurant serving local food in the evening. Our top tips is always book a window seat a week or two in advance to be sure of getting a table and enjoy the view of the Beach . Park free of charge in the Summerleaze Beach Car Park after 7.00 pm and have a short walk on the Beach before or after dinner on the way back to the car!