Discover hidden gems along the north Cornish coast. An area steeped in myths and legends; with stunning coastline and wide sweeping beaches. Cornwall is a county of contrasts and there is much to uncover. The rugged north Cornish cliff tops play host to a wealth of historical sites whilst the softer, south Cornish shores are hugged by sub-tropical gardens. Inland promises award-winning vineyards and world-class attractions and the entire county holds its own for fantastic food and drink.
First stop is Tintagel, home to the ruins of Tintagel Castle, said to be inextricably linked with legendary King Arthur. Venture into the town itself and discover the Old Post Office, a fourteenth century manor house, and the parish church which provides sanctuary for a Roman milestone, dating back to 250AD.
Sitting slightly south is the tiny fishing village of Port Isaac, home to the famous Fisherman’s Friends and the setting for TV series ‘Doc Martin’. A local guide will point out the most notable filming spots before taking you to sample the culinary offerings at Nathan Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen.
Next stop is Bedruthan Steps, a stretch of coasline with huge granite stacks, which, if legends are to be believed, were the stepping-stones for the Giant Bedruthan. Take a gentle walk along this stunning swathe of coast or climb down the steep steps onto the beach.
Spend this evening at the iconic Watergate Bay Hotel. Overlooking a vast sandy beach, Watergate Bay is also home to Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen restaurant, a two minute stroll across from the hotel – perfect for dining this evening and for catching the sun as it sets over the ocean.
This morning we journey up to pretty Patstow, home to some of Cornwall’s top eateries where time will be spent honing culinary skills at celebrity chef Rick Stein’s cookery school before enjoying your handiwork or dining in his restaurant for lunch.
From Padstow, journey in land to the gorgeous Camel Valley Vineyard, Cornwall’s largest vineyard and producer of award-winning rose, white and sparkling wines.
The final stop for today is the internationally renowned Eden Project. Located in a reclaimed china clay pit, Eden is home to the world’s largest indoor rainforest and its dramatic global gardens have been dubbed the eighth wonder of the world!
After a busy day exploring spend tonight at a cost Cornish hotel, tucked away in peaceful woodland.
This morning will be spent touring the St. Austell Brewery Visitor Centre, one of the oldest businesses in Cornwall.
A knowledgeable guide will lead the tour around this award-winning visitor centre, culminating in a tasting session of their latest beers and favourite ales.
Experience a traditional pub lunch before venturing to the gorgeous Lost Gardens of Heligan. One of the most popular botanical gardens in the UK, these fully restored gardens are over 200 acres in size and offer hours of exploring, with fantastic views around every corner.
Spend this evening perched on the tranquil south Cornish coast at a stately hotel with stunning views out to sea.
After breakfast set out for a gentle foraging walk along the local coast, discovering the wide variety of bounty available as you go. Pluck fresh produce and then enjoy watching as they are turned into a freshly prepared meal, all whilst delighting in the beautiful scenery that makes the Roseland peninsula so very special.
There will be the opportunity this afternoon to explore the county on two wheels with a bike tour, or a walking excursion for those who prefer. Both offer a fantastic way to step off the beaten track and sight see from a different perspective.
Enjoy a well earned late lunch before departing the county.