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Belle Tents Camping is sited in our grounds at Owls Gate in the parish of Davidstow, - home to Davidstow Cheese.
Although Owls Gate has an off-the-beaten-track feel, we are only 5 minutes from the A39 Atlantic Highway giving access to the whole of the North Cornwall coast. We are 6 miles from Boscastle with it's famous harbour, Valency Valley and Witches Museum and 7 miles from Tintagel, home of King Arthur's Castle.
The town of Camelford is 4 miles and has small shops, including a Co-op & leisure centre. There are a various takeaways and couple of good pubs for food. Also near to Camelford is Hilltop Farm Shop who sell local and organic produce, it also has a cafe serving farmhouse breakfast, lunch and delicious home made cakes - highly recommended.
Mixed media artist Liz Gregory runs regular Art Days at her studio, about 1 mile from the site, for beginners and experienced artists alike. Visitors can also view her work by appointment. For more information, please go to her website or Facebook page:
To fully experience the breathtaking scenery of this beautiful part of North Cornwall, a walk on the coastal footpath is a must. Between Boscastle and Tintagel is the beautiful Rocky Valley where a footpath passes through an old mill with an ancient maze carved into the rockface and then follows a river with waterfalls winding down to the sea. The valley can also be reached from a lay-by on the Boscastle to Tintagel road.
Most of the North Cornwall coast is great for surfing, you can hire surfing equipment or book surf lessons at most of the beaches. Many of the beaches are tidal so care needs to be taken, although most do have tidal notices and a lifeguard.
Our favourite nearby beaches with car parks are at Trebarwith strand, Crackington Haven and Widemouth Bay - which also has one of the best wet fish shops in the area. There are lesser known coves with beaches that are only reached by hiking down the coastal footpath, but the effort can be very rewarding. They generally do not have lifeguards and are only accessable at low tide, so it is important to check the tides before setting off. The best ones locally are Bossiney Cove near Tintagel and Tregardock Cove at Treligga, near Delabole.
Bodmin Moor is fantastic for walking and the high tors of Roughtor and Brown Willy are accessable direct from the site via a Cornish sunken lane that starts at the corner of our property and emerges onto the well known Davidstow Moor Airfield which boasts two museums, The RAF Memorial Museum and The Davidstow and Cornwall at War Museum. The lane is part of the Davidstow circular walk taking in Tremail, inney vale and Davidstow airfield.
Roughtor is the site of the famous murder in 1844 of Charlotte Dymond, who is buried in Davidstow Churchyard, and which inspired Charles Causley to write The Ballad Of Charlotte Dymond.
Bowithick is a nearby secret beauty spot on Bodmin Moor with small idyllic streams and swimming holes, great for picnics with young children. After a morning splashing about in the stream or hiking up Bray Down, you can lunch at The Rising Sun, a true moorland pub near Altarnun.
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COASTEERING, SURFING AND OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES:
Bude: Raven Surf School
Widemouth Bay: Outdoor Advenure
St. Breward: Hallagenna Farm, Bodmin. Tel: 01208 851500
Hallagenna is signed off from the B3266 Camelford - Bodmin road at the St. Breward turning. Just follow the brown & white horseshoe signs.
Camelford: At Steppes we also offer horse riding, catering for children and small adults of all abilities. We can provide lessons or hacks, just give us a call to discuss your requirements
Hard hats and body protectors provided.
Please call 01840 212214 or 07814 621815 to book!
Bude: At Efford Down Stables our trekking is all off road on our 100 acre farm including “Efford down”. With fantastic views along the coastline, the town and surrounding countryside, our experienced friendly escorts guide you on an enjoyable hack amidst some of Cornwalls most stunning scenery.
The rides are suitable for adults and children, novice and experienced, even those that have never ridden before.
Efford Down Farm, Vicarage Road, BUDE. Tel: 01288 354244
SEA FISHING TRIPS
Sea Fishing and scenic boat trips from Boscastle. 2 hour Mackerel Fishing trips, Ken will have a new Boat for this season. More details to follow
For bookings please telephone 01840 250527 between 11am and 5pm, or in person at Boscastle Rock Shop.
For more information or charter hire telephone Ken on 01288 353565
"Peganina" - Reef, wreck and shark fishing - 2 hour, half day or all-day trips - rods and reels supplied. 01288 353565 or at The Rock Shop next to The Riverside.
If you'd like to try your hand at fishing or would like to see the North Cornish coast from a different angle, why not try a fishing or sight-seeing trip on ‘Winnie the Pooh', a pretty fishing boat which sails from the historic and beautiful fishing village of Port Isaac, just a few miles up the coast from Fentafriddle. Fully equipped with life jackets, Winnie the Pooh comfortably accommodates up to 10 people and is perfect for a fun day out mackerel fishing or a relaxing afternoon wildlife spotting and bird watching – look out for basking sharks, seals and dolphins!
For more information or to make a booking on Winnie the Pooh, please contact John Brown on 01208 880033 or 07815 156632
Sea Angling and sightseeing boat trips from Port Isaac
Charter Angling Trips.
2-Hour Sightseeing Trips to Padstow or Boscastle, via King Arthur's Castle ruins.
1 Hour Mackerel Trips.
Sunset evening trips.
A chance to see the beautiful rugged North Cornish Coast from the sea and the various marine life, including Dolphins, Puffins and Basking Sharks.
Depart: Port Isaac Harbour Skipper: Jim May
For enquiries phone telephone 01208 880716
Launceston is the ancient capital of Cornwall and has a castle on a hill. you can take a ride on the Launceston Steam Railway at the end of which is New Mills Farm Park which has indoor and outdoor play areas plus lots of animals to pet.
For something a little different, how about Bodmin Jail where Matthew Weeks was tried and hung for the the murder of Charlotte Dymond.
Bodmin is also the start of the famous Camel Trail which follows a disused railway track to Wadebridge and on to Padstow. Bicycles can be hired at all three places.
Pencarrow House & gardens near Bodmin is a 50 room Georgian mansion set in 50 acres of parkland, lake & woodland.
Lanhydrock House, also near Bodmin, is a fabulous National Trust property with 1,000 acres of wooded parkland.
Prideaux Place near Padstow is a beautiful Elizabethan mansion sitting on the hill above the busy harbour of Padstow and the grounds boast some of the finest views over its ancient Deer Park and the Camel Estuary to Rock and Bodmin Moor beyond.
The Eden Project is approximately a 50 minutes drive and as well as the wonderful biomes hold various events throughout the year.
Tesco deliver here
Taxis must be booked in advance, for large groups at least a month is recommended. Shirley's Taxis will organise your taxi needs, whether for individuals or large groups.
Tel: 07743 743222
If you would like to stay with us outside of the camping season, then available all year is Little Owl, our self contained studio annex - sleeps 2/3.