Those who have ever stayed with us will know that we have a load of things on offer here at The Point. From an 18 hole golf course and driving range, a well equipped Health Club, tennis courts and pool, to a Bar and Restaurant with ocean views, we have enough to keep most entertained. However we also pride ourselves on being a perfectly positioned base for our guests to explore the local area of North Cornwall that we are proud to call home, and we know that many come to Cornwall to explore all it has to offer. For this reason we have put together a short guide of our top 10 days out from The Point.
1. Ferry to Padstow
Catch the ferry from Rock and explore the well-known quaint fishing town of Padstow. Ferries run every 20 minutes or so depending on the tide and offer a direct and novel travel route for guests staying here at The Point. Passengers on the ferry can enjoy the gorgeous views of the Camel estuary as they weave their way through the sand banks towards Padstow before landing in the harbour or on the beach.
More information on the Ferry can be found here.
2. Jubilee Queen Boat Trips
For those who couldn’t get enough of the Ferry ride over to Padstow, seafarers can enjoy a longer trip aboard the Jubilee Queen which runs trips from the harbour at Padstow. Passengers can enjoy 2-hour trips exploring the Camel Estuary and the coastline beyond. With a well-stocked bar onboard sit back, relax and simply enjoy the beautiful views before returning to Padstow. Full information here.
3. Rockpooling and Beach Cleaning with Polzeath Marine Conservation Group
Do your bit for the coastline whilst learning about the creatures that call the beach their home. Polzeath is fortunate to have its very Marine Conservation Group that leads groups on rockpooling tours and wildlife discussions. These fun and informative sessions are free and are great fun for all of the family. Those who are ultra-keen to do their bit can take part in organised beach cleans which help raise awareness of ocean plastic. Full details of sessions can be found on their facebook page here.
4. Fishermans Friends Live in Port Isaac
This year Cornwall gained it’s very own Boy-band in the form of folk and sea shanty band the Fishermans Friends. Having signed a record deal in 2010 the group have gone from strength to strength, even having a movie made detailing their unlikely rise to stardom. Those in the area can listen to the boys singing down on The Platt during the summer months whilst enjoying an Ale or Cider. Full program here.
5. Visit St Enodoc Church
Just a short walk over the public footpaths from The Point is fascinating St Enodoc Church at Trebetherick. An unlikely location for a place of worship set behind the dunes at Daymer bay on St Enodoc Golf Course. The 12th century church has an interesting history which saw it at one point nearly buried in the sand before being dug out and restored to its former glory. Evidence of its burial can be seen in the crooked spire. More recently The former Poet Laureate, Sir John Betjeman who was particularly fond of the setting lies buried in the churchyard. The church is open to all during daylight hours – Read More…
6. Camel Trail
The Camel Trail is an 18 mile largely traffic free, surfaced and virtually level multi use trail which provides access to the beautiful Cornish countryside along a disused railway line between Wenfordbridge, Bodmin, Wadebridge and Padstow.
The trail is suitable for walkers, cyclists, horse-riders and wheel-chair users and falls into three main sections:
- Padstow to Wadebridge– 5.5 Miles (8.8Km)
- Wadebridge to Bodmin (Boscarne)– 5.75 Miles (9.25Km)
- Bodmin to Wenfordbridge– 6.25 Miles (10.1 Km)
Bike hire is available from Padstow and Wadebridge. A map of the trail can be found here – here.
7. Cornish Vineyard Tours
Cornish wine is no longer a secret. The valleys and vineyards within the heart of Cornwall are producing some of the best wine in the country with many picking up well-deserved accolades along the way. Guests at The Point can visit a vineyard and learn about the processes involved in producing the great tasting wines we all love along with some samples along the way! Our top 3 in no particular order include:
For those who are a little more enthusiastic about their wine our friends at Cornish Wine Tours organise half day/full day trips. Trips include tastings at multiple vineyards across Cornwall with lunch stops and transport included. The ultimate adults day out!
8. Take a Dip
Polzeath is famed for it’s surfing a beautiful beach. Guests here at The Point have the perfect opportunity to explore the sea at a personal level with a whole host of activities to choose from during their stay. Those wishing to learn to surf or stand up paddleboard have the pick of a number of high quality surf schools offering tuition to all abilities:
Those looking for something a little different can join in the adrenaline fuelled coasteering scene and explore the coastline in a different way. Those wanting a more peaceful experience can enjoy a guided kayak tour and witness some of Cornwall most dramatic coastline
9. Dine at a Celebrity Chef Restaurant
In recent years the North Cornwall has been considered a gastro-tourism ‘must visit’ with an array of top-quality restaurants headed by celebrity chefs and well-known names in the culinary world. The Point is the perfect base for foodies wishing to explore the area and our picks below are all within a short journey from The Point.
- Paul Ainsworth – No.6 / Rojanos in the Square / The Mariners (Padstow and Rock)
- Nathan Outlaw – Restaurant / The Fish Kitchen (Port Isaac)
- Rick Stein – Seafood Restaurant / Fish and Chips / St Petrocs Bistro (Padstow)
- Jamie Oliver – Fifteen (Watergate Bay)
10. Tintagel Castle
Immerse yourself in history, myths and stunning scenery at Tintagel Castle, set high on Cornwall’s rugged north coast. Inextricably linked with the legend of King Arthur, for centuries this dramatic castle and coastline has fired the imaginations of writers and artists alike. A brand-new bridge has been constructed to improve the visitor experience and is due to open in summer 2019. Full information here.