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A short drive from the Cornish Coast, St Mabyn Holiday Park is ideally placed as a base for sightseeing and exploration. This is one of the sunniest, driest areas of the United Kingdom with some of the sandiest beaches in the land. Many are ideal for surfing.
With the beautiful Camel Valley to the South and Bodmin Moor to the North, the area is full of history with quaint villages, rivers and creeks, unspoiled coast and famous countryside.
There is plenty of variety for even the most demanding visitor with award winning beaches, bathing, water sports, lively resorts, historical sites, nature reserves, and shopping centres. Within easy reach there are many museums, galleries and craft shops, and a variety of specialist restaurants using excellent produce.
The nearby village of St Mabyn is within easy walking distance with a Post Office and a 17th Century inn. St Mabyn Inn is a friendly local serving real ales and with a fine reputation for home cooked food. For fans of the 'Doc Martin' series on TV, the St Mabyn Inn is where some of the filming takes place.
'Obby Oss Day'
(May Day) in Padstow
We are within easy reach of the popular Camel Trail (just 2.5 miles away) - Cornwall’s most popular free attraction. This isn’t a road or a path but a stretch of converted railway ideal for walking, jogging or cycling. The Camel Trail wends its way through some of England’s most beautiful and relatively unknown coastal scenery and countryside. There are 11 miles of disused railway beside the River Camel that have been converted from the rail track bed to trail way, thus linking the towns of Padstow, Wadebridge and Bodmin. An offshoot of the trail follows the river through North Cornwall's rugged moorland village landscapes and idyllic wooded valleys, towards the picturesque market town of Camelford. The hub of the Camel Trail can be found at Wadebridge and from here there are two possibilities. One is to head west and follow the trail to Padstow.
The trail passes through some of the most beautiful countryside in England, with stunning views out over the Camel estuary, complemented with little tributaries that disappear into the heart of the fabulous north Cornwall countryside, as well as revealing little inland coves and beaches at low tide. The other option is to head inland, east towards the town of Bodmin, with equally inspirational surroundings and various interesting diversions along the way. www.thisisnorthcornwall.co.uk/camel_trail.htm
The Royal Cornwall Show is an event that takes place in June at the Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge. Only 8 miles away from St Mabyn Holiday Park. With annual visitors exceeding 125,000, it's the summers big event!
The Eden Project - this well known visitor centre loved by children, adults and senior citizens alike, is a short drive away.
"Visit Wadebridge and you will discover a surprise around every corner." From local shops and galleries, to pubs and restaurants and even a multi-screen cinema. There is a weekly country produce market in the Town Hall, Wadebridge.
Port Isaac Better known today as Port Wenn and the location of the popular ITV series Doc Martin, Port Isaac, remains an unspoilt, pretty fishing village and is less than 10 miles away from us. Its neighbour, Port Quin, is also worth a visit. To find Port Quin just head on past the turning for Port Isaac as if you were going to Polzeath, and look for the tower of the church at St Endellion. This tower was used as a navigation aid to ships in days gone by, but now guides sight-seers towards one of the most dramatic stretches of coastline in the whole of England.
The National Trust Lanhydrock House is a beautiful Victorian country house and one of 'The Great Gardens of Cornwall' with the added attraction of an adventure playground and delicious Cornish Cream Teas.
English Heritage venues abound in the area, for example, Launceston Castle, Hurlers Stone Circles and Tintagel Castle - properties full of magic and myth.
Some of the best beaches in Cornwall are within easy reach, from excellent surfing beaches such as Polzeath (one of two Blue Flag beaches in North Cornwall) and Harlyn Bay to beaches like Port Gaverne that are ideal for families.
Boscastle nestles in a scenic rocky inlet on the dramatic north coast of Cornwall. Visitors usually head for the harbour but there is far more to discover in this unique place. Visit the potter demonstrating his fascinating Mochaware technique, the world famous Museum of Witchcraft housing an outstanding collection of witchcraft related artefacts, the Old Mill with its working wheel and unique shops on each floor or the artist in residence at the Old Forge.