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Cornwall’s north coast is home to some fantastic stretches of beach, inviting towns, historic attractions and great eating options.

Popular Bude is a small resort surrounded by pristine beaches and beautiful sea cliffs as well as some good spots for surfers. A quiet stretch of coast leads west to the pretty, historic harbour village of Boscastle and Cornwall’s stand-out historic site: Tintagel Castle. The romantic castle ruins have a stunning cliff-top location and lay claim to being the birthplace of legendary King Arthur.

Lively Padstow is something of a foodie haven, containing some of the country’s best seafood restaurants. Its busy harbour offers cruises around the bay and the nearby coastline contains some fantastic stretches of sand. There is also some good walking and cycling around the Camel Estuary.

Cornwall’s ‘party town’, Newquay is Britain’s surfing capital and home to some excellent beaches as well as a lively nightlife. Further west, things quieten down. Uninterrupted stretches of coastline make for stunning walking, interspersed with pleasant towns and villages.

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