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North Coast Further Information

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About the North Coast

Exposure to westerly storms and pounding surf has given rise to the famously dramatic scenery of Cornwall's north coast, a landscape carved and sculpted by the sea, and made all the more exciting by the numerous tales of smuggling and wrecking that abound in her coves and caves. Walking the fifty or so miles of coast path between Portreath and Padstow, with its steep cliffs and endless granite steps, while definitely not for the faint hearted, is a richly rewarding experience.Heading west from Padstow, a working fishing port made famous by celebrity chef Rick Stein, who has now opened no less than five eating establishments on her crooked, colourful streets, Trevose Head offers some remarkably varied cliff scenery. Deep gorges, marble cliffs (actually a limestone outcrop washed white and black by the sea), natural arches and collapsed sea caves lead to beautiful sandy beaches, popular with both families and surfers.

The increasing popularity of surfing has definitely put the North Coast of Cornwall on the map, as this stretch of coastline is renowned for its fantastic surfing beaches. With more than ten sandy beaches, an easy to access airport with regular flights to London and Manchester, the Sea Life Centre and the award-winning Newquay Zoo, it is not surprising that Newquay is a popular holiday destination in the summer months.

The village of St Agnes is a thriving village with a real sense of community and is a popular holiday destination. With its easy to access beaches  - Trevellas Porth, Trevaunance Cove and Chapel Porth – walks, cafés and restaurants, you can also take in some of Cornwall's mining history.