Attractions in North Cornwall

What to see and where to go

Treyarnon Bay

Treyarnon tidal poolTreyarnon Bay is a huge and beautiful cove lined bay with lots to explore and a natural sea-water swimming pool big enough to jump into!  Hillside has sight of the Bay which is less than ten minutes walk away. As one of the big surfing beaches in North Cornwall, together with the nearby other six it forms part of the “Seven Bays for Seven Days”, each surfing beach facing a slightly different direction to catch the varying winds and each protected by the RNLI.

The tidal swimming rock pool is rated one of the 10 best in the country according to Phillippa Stewart:

and this is what one of our guest’s had to say:

“A super swim in the large rock pool at Treyanon Bay this morning was one to remember!”

Treyarnon Bay has the following amenities:

  • Car-park with public toilets
  • Mobile convenience store in the car-park
  • Mobile snack bar with big hog-roast butties and large mugs of coffee
  • Wet suit and board hire
  • RNLI presence.
  • The Youth Hostal Association – open from 7.30 until late for that post surfing breakfast and great for trying out the local beers.  The cliff top garden commands an impressive view and dogs are welcome both inside and out!

Constantine Bay - 20 minute walk

St Merryn - 30 minute walk

St Merryn

St Merryn is the main village which supports life on it’s surrounding “Seven Bays for Seven Days.  It takes less than half an hour to walk across the fields from Hillside to the shops and pubs or to have a home cooked breakfast at Nins. There are year round events, sales and coffee mornings at the Community Hall, and in the summer the Church fete, a funfair, a steam traction rally and a Carnival.

St. Merryn village has a tourism motto “Seven bays for seven days”, displayed on the road signs as you enter the village. This refers to the bays & beaches in the vicinity which are (north-east to south-west):  Trevone Bay, Harlyn Bay, Mother Ivy’s Bay, Booby’s Bay and the adjoining Constantine BayTreyarnon Bay and Porthcothan Bay.

Fryer Tucks (award winning) Fish & Chips, of real quality and fame

Cornish Arms (Rick Stein), no reservations so first come first served but excellent and high quality pub food, a really pleasant place

Farmers Arms Tel: 01841 520303 a good solid pub offering darts and snooker

The Olive Tree Tel: 01841 521560 –  easy family restaurant

Rafferty’s Café and Wine Bar Tel: 01841 521 561 – fun and good.

Waves – deli / pizzeria / cafe / restaurant 01841 520501

Waves Surf School  Tel: 01841 521230 – surfing lessons, wetsuit purchase and hire.
Recommended by guests!

Petrol station with shop selling hardware

Delicatessen with local pasties: Malcolm Barnecutt Bakery & Deli, Tel: 01841 521407

Nin’s Tearooms Tel: 01841 520691 for a cream tea with the freshest scones, lemon drizzle cake, soups and lunches or a full English after that long journey down.

Padstow - 10 minute drive

Bedruthan Steps - 20 minute bike ride

Bedruthan Steps

Beach cove near Hillside Cottage PadstowJust 10 minutes by car or 20 minutes (up hill and down dale!) by bike along the coastal road from Hillside.

Part of “Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty” No 4,  this is a most dramatic and spectacular coast-line, with giant rocks pushing out from the sands and caves linking one beach to another.  Access is via a steep and rugged stepped path, hewn into the rocks  –  sometimes closed for safety reason.

There is a wonderful national Trust Tearoom at the top, run from the old industrial buildings left over from Cornwalls tin and copper mining history!

Carnewas and Bedruthan Steps has recently been recognised by the STFC as a Dark Skies Discovery Site and through the Kernow Astronomers there will be a number of star-gazing events offered on their website..  It is also an ideal spot for bird-watching for stonechats, linnets and the rare corn-bunting as well as carpets of flowering squill in the spring and autumn. The walking along Carnewas coast-line is just breathtakingly beautiful.

Also with high recommendation comes for adults only The Scarlet Hotel at Mawgan Porth (01637 861 800)  for it’s wonderful eco-restaurant and spa.