02 Pentire Point to Widemouth
The AONB from Pentire Point to Widemouth encompasses an unspoilt rocky coast, including the highest cliffs in Cornwall. Steep-sided wooded valleys reach the coast at Boscastle, Crackington Haven and Millook Haven - including the tranquil Rocky Valley. The picturesque remains of the thirteenth century Tintagel Castle, prehistoric earthworks, and Iron Age cliff fortifications adorn the landscape.
BEACHES, BAYS & COVES
Crackington Haven, is surrounded by several miles of dramatic coastline managed by the National Trust, including High Cliff at Trevigue, the highest in Cornwall at 223m. Other beaches, include Trebarwith Strand and the more remote Tregardock beach. To the west is the pretty National Trust cove at Port Quin.
Crackington Haven, Tresparrett, Boscastle and Tintagel are served by the service that runs between Truro, Wadebridge, Camelford and Bude. This route includes the villages of Port Isaac and Port Gaverne.
COAST & COUNTRYSIDE
West of Boscastle nestles Rocky Valley, which within a few hundred metres changes from a sheltered woodland to a deeply incised rocky gorge which suddenly opens out to the sea. From the prominent headland of The Rumps you can look back up the coast to Tintagel Island. Pentire Point overlooks the mouth of the Camel estuary.
COMMUNITY & TOURIST INFORMATION
EVENTS, FESTIVALS & ATTRACTIONS
HISTORIC SITES & BUILDINGS
South of Bude and Widemouth Bay are the Woodland Trust’s Millook Woods, an area of semi natural woodland secluded in a valley between Poundstock and the north coast cliffs. Visitors are encouraged although parking is limited. There is a Cornwall Wildlife Trust’s reserve at Trebarwith although access here is also limited.
RIVERS, PORTS & HARBOURS
Set into sheltered coves along the coast are the popular harbours of Port Isaac and Port Gaverne with useful public transport services to Tintagel and Wadebridge. For Boscastle Harbour see ‘Towns and Villages’.
TOWNS & VILLAGES
Boscastle's harbour and coastline are managed by the National Trust. Inland from here the Trust also manages large parts of the Valency Valley, much of which is recovering from the severe floods of August 2004. Nearby Tintagel is famous for its association with the legend of King Arthur which is centred on Tintagel Island
WALKS & CYCLEPATHS
Click here for fantastic walks in this area from iWalk Cornwall. The South West Coast Path National Trail runs all along this stretch. The Rocky Valley can be visited as part of the National Trust’s local circular walk. The North Cornwall Trail bisects the North end of the AONB area from Great Wanson to Wainhouse Corner.