Wednesday, July 20, 2011
There are so many things to do in and around Port Isaac it was difficult to whittle this list down ten. But we’ve given it a shot any way…
1. Explore Stunning Beaches
North Cornwall boasts some of the most stunning beaches in the country, and has something to suit all needs. If the children are with you, head to one of Cornwall’s safest beaches at Port Gaverne and delve into the many rock pools. Alternatively, if you are feeling a little more adventurous, take a 10 minute drive to Polzeath and make use of one of the best surfing beaches in the UK.
2. Stroll Along the South West Coastal Path
The South West Coastal Path is the longest National Trail in the country, stretching a vast 630 miles. It passes through Port Isaac, conveniently running along the bottom of the Beach House’s garden, so don’t forget to pack your walking boots!
3. Wildlife Watching
Creatures both great and small have made their home in North Cornwall, making it an ideal destination for a spot of wildlife watching. Bird twitchers are regularly treated to sightings of rare birds, while those looking towards the sea are often lucky enough to see dolphins, seals and even the odd basking shark. And for any botanists amongst you, the beautiful displays of flora and fauna gracing the coastline will not disappoint.
4. Listen to Live Music
Live music is a regular occurrence in Port Isaac, and crowds often gather on the Platt to listen to local artists sing a song or two. Every Thursday during summer St Brewards Silver Band give an excellent performance, while every Friday our beloved Fisherman’s Friends please the audience with their soulful shanty songs.
5. Go Fish!
Set off with your own crabbing line and try your luck in the rock pools, or hop on board one of the fishing boats which run daily trips from the harbour. You might even catch a mackerel or two to take home for the barbeque.
6. Treat the Taste Buds
If catching your own supper sounds a little arduous after a days sightseeing, why not sample some of the local restaurants? The Edge restaurant offers a menu compiled of fresh, seasonal produce, all to be enjoyed while taking in the stunning panoramic views across Port Isaac bay. Or if you fancy giving your taste buds a real treat, head over to St Enodoc Hotel in Rock, where Restaurant Nathan Outlaw boasts two Michelin Stars – the first in Cornwall to achieve such an accolade.
7. The Eden Project
As a disused clay mine that has been transformed into a global garden, the Eden Project aims not only to entertain but also to educate. Playing host to the largest rainforest in captivity, gorgeous garden displays and much more, it is a day out for all the family.
8. Spot a Celeb or Two
Port Isaac has a long relationship with the big screen, previously providing the backdrop for the Poldark series, The Nightmare Man and the film Saving Grace. More recently it has been the set Doc Martin, an ITV drama starring Martin Clunes. The cast can often be seen in the town, known as ‘Port Wenn’ in the popular series.
9. Hop on the Bike
For a cycle ride through the Cornish countryside, check out the Camel Trail, a 17 mile cycle path that follows the River Camel from Bodmin to Wadebridge to Padstow. Bikes can be hired nearby if needed.
10. Revel in the Legend of King Arthur
Along the coast from Port Isaac is the mystical Tintagel Castle, believed to be the birthplace of King Arthur. Explore the ruins towering dramatically on the cliffs, visit Merlin’s Cave and enjoy a well-deserved cup of tea in the Beach Café before heading home.