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

Constantine Bay

Boobys BayJust round the headland, within easy 20 minute walking distance from Hillside, is Constantine Bay, an enormous stretch of sandy beach with long deep rollers ideal for serious surfers.  Walk on and you follow the coastal path to Trevose Head.  With fantastic bird-life, there are often seals swimming in the turbulent inlets below.

Of enormous fascination is the blow-hole, a huge and unprotected sink hole where – from a careful distance, you can watch the sea blasting in through the caves far down below.

Surfing, a wide sandy surfing beach – Constantine Bay Surf School Tel: 07837 488083

Wet-suit and board hire and purchaseConstantine Bay Surf Store. Tel: 01841 520250

Golf, Tennis and Swimming at Trevose Golf and Country Club. Tel: 01841 520208)
This most beautiful Club overlooks the vast sandy shores of Constantine Bay and offers three year round Links courses; an 18 hole Championship course, the 9 hole Headland Course and a Short course as well as a restaurant and bar, tennis courts and swimming pool. It is 10 minutes by car from Hillside along the coast road.

Constantine Bay Stores selling a wide range of foods from basic to gourmet local delicacies such as Cornish cheeses, frozen home-made meals and puddings, wine and fresh produce.

Spoil yourselfTreglos 4 Star Hotel has a pleasant restaurant, spa pool and beauty treatments. Tel: 01841 520727

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!

Post Office and Stores

Petrol station with shop selling hardware

Cornish Corner Tel: 01842 520473 – New speciality Delicatessan selling prize wining pasties, Cornish lamb, beef and seafood (greatest crab sandwiches) – as well as meals (a clever chef) to eat in or takeaway. Very obliging and friendly.

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

Cello Hairdresser and Beauty salon Tel: 01841 521 200

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


Just north of Treyarnon Bay it takes about 10 minutes to drive to Padstow.  There is parking at the top of the hill (recycling as well) and a pretty walk down past the Church, or drive down to the busy harbour car-park.  The views are spectacular and Padstow has loads of charm and interest for everyone, even if it is just sitting on the quayside, eating a pasty and watching the boats come and go!

Walk on past the harbour and you will reach the ferry to Rock and Polzeath.

Check Padstow Tourist Information Centre 01841 533449 / for information on ferry timetables, What’s on, fishing expeditions, local walks, coastal cruises, tickets for the Eden project and other facilities.

Restaurants, pubs and cafes are plentiful, the quality is good and the sea-food is superb.  Rick Stein has several eating places which are very popular – booking has to be well in advance and they all share one booking number ( 01841 532700)   The Seafood Restaurant has amazing food with a buzzy and fun atmosphere; St Petroc’s Bistro is quieter and Rick Stein’s Café is simpler but lovely.

Paul Ainsworth at No 6 (01841 532093  is particularly good, just round the corner in Middle Street.

Other good restaurants are well worth exploring, we have often enjoyed pot luck but have to book ahead for Margots Bistro 01841 533441. Another lovely place is Cherry-Trees Coffee House (01841 532934) on the harbour edge who serve the most delicious and pretty Cornish teas.  It is really high on our list and on Tripadvisor!!!

Bikes can be hired on the right side of the harbour, a really great day can be had cycling the off-road 17 mile Camel Trail alongside the Camel Estuary up to Wadebridge and Bodmin.  The Camel Estuary is beautiful and peaceful and an excellent source of bird and other wild life.

There are an abundance of walks to take advantage of the spectacular north Cornwall coast.  The South West Coast Path goes through Padstow from it’s most westerly point at Land’s End to Hartland Point lying to the north.

The Saint’s Way, opened in 1986 follows the route of the early Christians from Padstow to Fowey 28 miles to the south and starts at Padstow Parish Church.  A true hike for one day, the route is peppered with pubs and hotels if you need to give in!

A more manageable walk is the Padstow Circular walk (approximately 7 miles) details of which can be found at the Padstow Tourist Information Centre.

A favourite visit for for the whole family on a rainy day is The National Lobster Hatchery 01841 533877 at the right of the harbourside.  We have visited many times ( it doesn’t last too long!) and still find it really interesting!

There are banks, a post office, a chemist and small provision stores in the town itself.  There are also some really useful “find everything” hardware shops but the main supermarket is at the top of the hill.

There is a good wine shop called BinTwo (01841 532022) on the South Quay with lots of buzz and atmosphere (ask to try their local gins!), and for local produce go to Padstow Farm Shop at Trethillick Farm 01841 533060.

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 in  2014.  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.

Further on down south

Other restaurants in the area include Jamie Olivers’ Fifteen (01637 861000) at Watergate Bay.  They do a fabulous breakfast!

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.