October 14th 2015

Storms and pounding surf have shaped the wildly beautiful scenery of the northern coast of Cornwall, England’s most southwesterly county. The Atlantic coast of North Cornwall stretches for over 40 miles from Bude to Perranporth along a wildly beautiful landscape, where towns and villages huddle in the cliffs for protection against the sea. It’s easy to see why this is part of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Cornwall's Protected Landscape, and has the same status and level of protection as a National Park. north cornish coast So it’s no wonder that this beautiful region has proved a magnet for film-makers and our brand new Walk is an exhilarating tour taking the locations of two top TV series – and the birthplace of a legendary king! The new BBC adaptation of Winston Graham’s Poldark novels, shown on Masterpiece on PBS was filmed here. The breathtaking and rugged coastline is a stark reminder of shipwrecks, the one-time importance of tin-mining and of course, a perfect backdrop for a sweeping tale of 18th century romance. And in little Port Isaac, we see the fictional village of Port Wenn, much loved as the home of Martin Clunes’ crusty Doc Martin and a cast of memorable characters in the series about a squeamish GP and his life and loves. But fiction turns to legend at Tintagel, where, it is said, the great King Arthur was born. And this dramatic, ruined castle high on a promontory is truly atmospheric, surrounded by centuries of myth and legend. tintagel Richard, Earl of Cornwall, brother to King Henry III, was inspired to build his castle here in the 1230s because of the connections to Cornish rulers and King Arthur. We explore the remains of his building including the Great Hall, the ruined chapel and the walled garden. The South West Coastal Path leads us past coves and cliffs next to the sea and lanes lead inland to ancient villages, gracious houses and even a vineyard, where we get to taste the wine. The harsh life of the miners is reflected in the land near St Agnes, where we see old tin streams and the iconic ruined engine house of the Wheal Coates mine, still standing tall over the sea. After our days out on the trail, we stay in an old coaching inn on the harbor at Boscastle, a cool and contemporary take on the classic seaside hotel and in a country residence built for a Georgian gentleman, now elegant and tranquil accommodation. And we work up an appetite for the best of local food, from an English breakfast to great seafood and of course, a Cornish pasty and a cream tea (jam on the scone first, then the golden clotted cream, because we’re in Cornwall!) Take a look at the full details of our new North Cornwall Walk and join us next June!

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