Perched on the side of the valley overlooking the stunning Trebarwith Strand, the Port William is an ideal base for exploring North Cornwall’s dramatic coast. The golden sands here are popular with families, couples, and four-legged friends alike.
There’s a wealth of incredible outdoor spaces to savour, not to mention famous fishing villages, right on our doorstep. Run free and discover all that this magical corner of the county has to offer. Here are some of the best things to see and do during your visit.
This picture-postcard fishing village rose to fame following the devastating flash flood of 2004. The recovery efforts that followed were nothing short of extraordinary. To look at it now, you’d never guess there had been such upheaval, with Boscastle returned to its pristine, charming self.
Nestled in a natural amphitheatre of steep cliffs, you’ll find a picture-postcard harbour, an Elizabethan quay, stone cottages, and some fine tea rooms. There’s plenty to discover on foot, with the coastal footpaths covering some truly spectacular ground in either direction.
Feel transported to a land of myth and legend as you explore this otherwordly, gorge-like valley that tumbles down to the sea. Follow a babbling brook as it whistles through fields before cascading down the gorge over beautiful waterfalls, past a ruined village, through countless crevices and clefts, and all the way to the open ocean.
Rocky Valley is steeped in magic. The mysterious stone labyrinth carvings here date back to the Bronze Age and capture the imagination of all who see them. Perhaps the most inspiring sight of all is found at St Nectan’s Glen; a sixty-foot waterfall that splashes through a striking rock formation.
A Surfer's Paradise
Trebarwith Strand’s wide stretch of beach is blessed with impressive waves, making it a go-to spot for local and visiting surfers from afar. The conditions can be a challenge, but Trebarwith Surf School is on hand to ensure beginners get to their feet safely. The instructors here all learned their craft on these very waves.
Immerse yourself in the legend of King Arthur as you explore the atmospheric remains of a 12th-century castle and surrounding settlements that date back to the Dark Ages. Uncover the fabled tales that seep into every corner of this fascinating destination, which is dramatically perched on an island beside a spectacular headland.
While you’re here, be sure to check out the sandy beach below the castle. It’s one of the area’s best-kept secrets. You’ll also get the chance to hunt for Merlin’s Cave at low tide.
Step into a real-life film set at Port Issac. It’s most famously known as the home to ITV’s Doc Martin but has also been used as a set for Poldark, Saving Grace, and Fisherman’s Friends.
While the hours away as you meander past historic cottages and along narrow alleys, otherwise known as ‘opes’, in this pretty little fishing village. Be sure to keep an eye out for their colourful names. Squeeze Belly Alley is the world’s narrowest thoroughfare at just 18 inches wide!
Lazy Beach Days
The glorious golden sands at Trebarwith Strand stretch out for over two miles. With plenty of caves and rockpools to explore, curious minds will be kept entertained for hours.
Hunt for the remains of Port William Harbour just around the corner from the main beach. The shoreline almost completely disappears at high tide, so check the tides before you go exploring. This beach is dog friendly all year round, and lifeguarded in the summer.