The north coast of Cornwall is dotted with beautiful beaches with exotic names. Fistral Beach in Newquay, the largest tourist resort in the area, is the most popular surf beach and hosts many top competitions, including the UK Pro Surf Tour. If you fancy following in the footsteps ...or board wake... of the pro's, there are numerous surf schools that can set you on your way.
Lusty Glaze Beach, on the outskirts of Newquay, is a sandy horseshoe cove with beautiful lush sand and crystal clear waters, perfect for a day out with the kids. If relaxation isn't entirely your thing, this beach is surrounded by beautiful cliffs from which you can abseil or take a ride on one of Europe's longest, highest and fastest zip wires.
A tight squeeze
Away from Newquay discover towns such as Bude ...another destination with superb sandy beaches... and pretty villages including medieval Boscastle, Tintagel ...home to the legend of King Arthur..., and the fishing village Port Isaac - home to Squeezee Belly Alley, a thoroughfare that is only 18 inches wide, so best attempted before lunch!
Peeks into the past
Other peeks into the past include Trerice, a delightful Elizabethan manor house with lush gardens and a perfectly preserved bowling green; the ruins of Tintagel Castle and spooky Bodmin Jail, where you can take part in a ghost walk.
The North Cornwall coast is a popular spot for walkers of any ability, with a variety of routes heading along the incredible cliff-top coastline and along pebbly coves.