Activities in the local area

 

Below is a list of attractions and activities in the local area, some   with links to web sites which may be of interest whilst you are staying with us in the Roundhouse & Little Barn Self  Catering cottages.

Beaches

There are many outstanding beaches within close proximity all of which have something different to offer owing in part to the diverse topography of the coastline. Access to the main established beaches is by road but there are others, some of which are little known that are only accessible on foot from the coastal path or by footpath. (You are welcome to borrow our selection of OS Explorer maps whilst staying  in our cottages.)

Crackington Haven – is our nearest beach. This is in an unspoilt, beautiful cove nestling in the rugged coastline. It has a sandy beach with rock pools and is great for traditional beach activities including surfing, body boarding, sandcastle building or just relaxing in the sun. There is access onto the South West Coastal Path www.southwestcoastpath.com on both sides of the bay from which there are unrivalled cliff top views over the bay and beyond. The coastal path in this area is quite challenging although diversionary routes are signposted to avoid some of the steeper climbs!

Facilities in the cove include a public house, two beach café’s and a small shop that hires out wetsuits, surfboards and body boards. There is a small village shop in Higher Crackington situated nearby.

Widemouth Bay/Black Rock –   www.visitcornwall.com/beaches/north-cornwall/bude/widemouth-bay-beach#.VGY1_vmsWGc approximately a twenty minute drive. This is one of the larger beaches in the area with long sandy beaches, great for sandcastles, rock pooling, body boarding, surfing, walking and exploring the unusual geological formations. Parking is convenient; there are body board/surf and wetsuit hire outlets, lifeguards, two cafes and public conveniences. The Bay View Inn www.bayviewinn.co.uk which provides good affordable pub food is situated nearby as is Elements restaurant www.elements-life.co.uk that specialises in Italian cuisine (it is advisable to book). The south side of Widemouth Bay (Black Rock) is dog friendly all year.

Bude Summerlease and Crooklets beaches; are popular town beaches each with large public car parks beach cafes and other facilities. Summerlease is home to a traditional sea pool and permits dogs on leads. Both are ideal for traditional beach activities, have lifeguards, cafes, hire shops, wc’s, and afford easy access to the town centre. www.visitcornwall.com/beaches/north-cornwall/bude/summerleaze-beach#.VGY3T_msWGc

 

 

Northcott Mouth – www.visitbude.info/things-to-do/bude-beaches/northcott-mouth to the North of Bude. Small sandy each, rocky outcrops, rock pools wildlife, limited parking, easy access to the coastal path heading north towards Sandymouth and Duckpool beaches, both of which are worth a visit each having good parking facility(but are quite pebbly initially)

Trebarwith Sands –www.cornwallbeachguide.co.uk/northcornwall/trebarwith/trebarwith.htm is approximately a thirty minute drive and is definitely worth a visit. This is a very popular beach,only accessible at low tide which can become quite crowded during the peak season. It is very picturesque with a huge overhanging cliff formation. It is important to watch the tide at this beach as it comes into the narrow entrance to the beach at an alarming speed!!! Facilities include the usual beach cafe, shop public conveniences and a public house that overlooks the bay. We suggest you time your visit at low tide.

Padstow and Rock www.padstowlive.com Whilst some distance from Tremaine these both have attractive long sandy beaches on either side of the estuary. A trip to the beaches can be combined with a visit to Padstow which features a most attractive harbour in the centre of the town usually occupied by a mixture of local fishing boats and ocean going yachts. Crab fishing around the harbour is enjoyed by all as is a visit to Rick Stein’s fish and chip takeaway or to one of the many restaurants in the town. Town centre parking is at a premium so one could take the ferry from Rock on the other side of the estuary. Another way to visit Padstow is on the Camel Trail www.cameltrailmap.co.uk  see further information under Cycling.

Body boarding and Surfing

The surf on this stretch of coastline is regarded as some of the best in the county. Many people try body boarding, whilst others try to surf. There are many schools which offer tuition / equipment hire for half day as a taster. All are very helpful and encouraging taking the beginner to the advanced. Below are just a couple of links to give you  ideas.

 

 

Equipment Hire: Numerous shops and hire centres  in the towns and on the beaches offer a range of surf and sup boards, wet suits  and will provide updates on surf conditions etc

www.zumajay.co.uk/need-to-hire

Surfing Tuition:

www.budesurfingexperience.co.uk

www.shorelineactivities.co.uk

Cycling

Many of our guests take a day (or even two,) hiring bikes/tandems or walking along the Camel Trail from  Wenfordbridge or Wadebridge to  Bodmin or Padstow (no camels enroute!). The route, along a disused railway track (so it’s quite flat and easy going) follows the river Tamar and  estuary. You can watch the wildlife, tide movements, sailors and water- skiers as you cycle. Some parents walk whilst children cycle ahead. There are benches along the track to stop for a picnic, or you can park your bikes at Padstow and dine in or out at one of the many fresh fish restaurants/cafes etc. The Camel Trail extends from  Wenford bridge through Bodmin Wadebridge and finally Padstow.You can hire bikes from Snails Pace  Cafe   at Wenford Bridge  www.snailspacecafe.co.uk and from Wadebridge  at  www.bridgebikehire.co.uk/home/  amongst other hire centres. It is a popular activity and  ideally one needs to reserve one’s bike early preferably a day or two before in the peak  season .

Padstow is a small popular fishing harbour where all sorts of sailing boats tie up alongside the fishing boats. You can drop crab lines into the harbour, meander around the many surf shops , boutiques, galleries, take a trip out to sea on a boat, catch a foot passenger ferry over to Rock, on the other side of the estuary, walk over the hill to the beach, cycle back and feel quite fit!

Wadebridge is also a popular local town with a good variety of antique, gift, boutique, clothes and shoe shops and a ‘Tesco store ‘to pick up food for hungry guests on the way back to the cottage!

Pony trekking and lessons

There are a number of centres in the area which offer a range of equestrian activities from hacking through glorious countryside and over sandy beaches to lessons. www.dartmoor.co.uk/discover-dartmoor  .

 

 

St. Leonards Equitation Centre: Polson, Launceston PL15 9QR: Tel: 01566 775543. www.stleonardsequestrian.co.uk

Sailing, Windsurfing

 

Water sport activities with/without tuition, craft hire, canoes, dingys, windsurfers, wetsuits buoyancy aids for hire available at South West lakes. Superb safe locations for having a go at the sports, relaxed, friendly centres; so have a go! There are lovely lakeside walks, wildlife, tea rooms/restaurant picnic areas (and small children’s play park at Tamar) there to keep everyone amused.

www.swlakestrust.org.uk/leisure-activities/watersports/roadford-lake

Roadford Lake. Launceston 01409 211507/01409 211514.  Tamar Lake Bude 01288 321712

Fishing

Fresh, sea, course fishing is available.

www.cornwall-online.co.uk/waterside/fishing.htm

www.padstowlive.com/things-to-do/emma-kate-fishing-trips-p658223  www.boscastleboattrips.co.uk

Golf

Here are a number of golf courses and driving ranges in the area as well as crazy golf in Bude

Golf Courses :

•Bude 01288 352006

•Ivy Leaf  Kilkhampton 01288 321592: Holsworthy 01409 253177.

•Launceston 01566 775359 www.launcestongolfclub.co.uk

Tennis Courts

There are tennis  courts  for hire in Bude  and Launceston.

Bude www.bude.co.uk/BudeHavenRecreationGround/Default.htm

Bude www.budehaven.cornwall.sch.uk/community-leisure

Launceston www.cornwall.gov.uk/default.aspx?page=15652

Gardens

There are numerous gardens /historic houses to visit in the area some of which are dog friendly.

Eden Project, 45mins away good family day out. As well as the horticultural aspect, there are educational and activity domes. There are usually special events running throughout the year.Call 01726 811911 or www.edenproject.co.uk

Cotehele  www.nationaltrust.org.uk/cotehele

Prideaux Place  www.prideauxplace.co.uk

Lanhydrock house and gardens. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lanhydrock/

Rosemoor Gardens near Torrington. The RHS gardens, various types of gardens, water, fruit, veg flower etc all beautifully maintained.  www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/rosemoor. Near to the Tarka Trail (off road bike trail) www.devon.gov.uk/tarkatrail and Dartington Crystal. www.dartington.co.uk

Perncarrow, dog friendly in grounds, 50 acres. www.pencarrow.co.uk/homepage.asp

Lost Gardens of Heligan  www.heligan.com/

 

Adventure Parks

Trethorne Leisure Park Launceston All round/age park. small animal handling, outdoor and indoor play areas, rotating rock climbing wall, ten pin bowling, large trampolines, small pony rides, golf club. www.trethorneleisure.com/leisure_farm/index.htm

The Big Sheep fun day activities for all the family, indoor and outdoor areas www.thebigsheep.co.uk

The Milky Way is “North Devon’s largest adventure play area”www.themilkyway.co.uk

Hidden Valley www.hiddenvalleydiscoverypark.co.uk

Springfields, fun park and pony centre www.flambards.co.ukwww.chycor.co.uk/tourism/springfields

Go Kartinig Go-karting www.cornwallkarting.co.uk/

Flambards  www.flambards.co.uk

Zoos and Aquriums

Newquay Zoo www.newquayzoo.org.uk

Bluereef Aquarium www.bluereefaquarium.co.uk/newquay

Steam Railways

Bodmin and Wenford Railway  www.bodminrailway.co.uk

Rock Climbing

Indoor rock climbing and bouldering   www.barnclimbingwall.co.uk

Organised introductions to rock climbing, caving, orienteering off road cycling , guided walks: www.dartmoor-npa.gov.uk or telephone 01822290414 for latest events information,

Walking

The South West Coastal Path and Dartmoor offer a vast variety of rural and scenic landscapes to venture through in addition to the local footpaths and bridleways. The Camel and Tarka Trails (are level with slight inclines) disused railway tracks through the countryside which are ideal for dog walking and cycling.

www.richkni.co.uk/dartmoor/

www.dartmoor-npa.gov.uk

www.southwestcoastpath.com

 

WET WEATHER DAYS

For the days, albeit few, when the weather is not too promising, one may be looking for some indoor/sheltered activities. These may include:

Indoor Swimming

BudeSplash Leisure Pool.EX23 8AR.Tel: 01288 356191: www.cornwall.gov.uk

Launceston Phoenix Leisure Centre.PL15 9DQ.Tel: 01566 772551: www.cornwall.gov.uk

Ten Pin Bowling

Harlequins, Bude 01288 355366: www.harlequinns.com

Trethorne Launceston 01566 86324: www.trethorneleisure.com

Cinemas

The Rebel  Bude www.rebelcinema.co.uk

Wadebridge: 01208 812791  www.twcinemas.co.

Okehampton: 01837 658586 www.merlincinemas.co.uk/movie/384/mirrormirror

Padstow: 01841 532344 www.wtwcinemas.co.uk

There are numerous more activities around  Cornwall. Please ask if you would like any assistance.