Bedruthan Steps has become one of the most popular destinations on the north Cornish coast because of the stunning cliff views of sea stacks stretching across Bedruthan bay. The whole coastal area around Bedruthan is ideal for walking.
The cliffs at Bedruthan have been systematically eroded over the years, leaving a series of impressive volcanic rock stacks. Theses pillars of detached cliff rise majestically from Bedruthan Beach, forming a series of columns that stretch across the bay.
Location: Bedruthan Steps, Cornwall Title: Coastal Spring.
Boscastle is set in a narrow ravine and is one of the few remaining unspoilt harbour villages in Cornwall. Designated an Area of Outstanding beauty, the National Trust own and care for the beautiful medieval harbour and surrounding coastline.
With its Medieval core and distinctive harbour, Boscastle is one of Cornwall’s most romantic places. It is a village steeped in history, associated with authors and artists who have been inspired by its remoteness and rugged beauty. A lovely valley path heads inland following a stream which leads to several hidden churches.
Location: Boscastle, Cornwall Title: Boscastle Boats
Dramatically perched above the Atlantic Ocean on Crowns Rocks, Botallack is one of Cornwall’s most painted and photographed mine sites. It is, in fact, an ancient group of mines, formerly worked for tin, copper, arsenic and a few other rare minerals. The BBC television series Poldark was filmed partly in Botallack.
The small historic village of Botallack, in Cornish, Bostalek, now a haven for visitors enjoying the beauty of West Penwith, was once part of Cornwall's thriving mining industry. The Botallack former tin mines, are low down the cliffs north of Botallack.
Location: Botallack Tin Mine, Cornwall Title: Heritage Of Cornwall
Bude is a small seaside resort town in North Cornwall, which overlooks a wide bay, flanked by spectacular cliffs and protected by a breakwater. Bude has two excellent beaches - Crooklets and Summerleaze, both offer extensive flat sands and when the tide is out, are perfect for beach lovers of all ages.There is also a seawater swimming pool under Summerleaze Downs providing safe swimming even at low tide.
The popularity of Bude as a seaside resort dates from Victorian times and has managed to retain its atmosphere of easy going charm whilst catering for the most discerning modern day tourists.
Location: Bude, Cornwall Title: Boats At Bude
Cadgwith is a village and fishing port in Cornwall located on the eastern side of the Lizard Peninsula. Thatched and whitewashed stone cottages cluster around the beautiful cove and a fleet of working fishing boats can be seen hauled out on the beach.
Cadgwith cove has two small beaches and a small brook runs through the cove over the sand and shingle into the sea. The large cliff to the south of the cove is known as the Man o' War.
Location: Cadgwith Cove Title: Cliff VIew Cadgwith
Cape Cornwall is a small headland four miles north of Land's End and is the point at which Atlantic currents split, either going south up the English Channel, or north into the Bristol Channel and Irish Sea. A little known fact is the definition as to what a "cape" really is. It is a headland where two oceans or channels meet.
The whole area is littered with the picturesque ruins of the mining industry. And the Cape is recognisable by the old chimney on its summit, a relic from the tin-mining days when mine shafts extend out under the sea for hundreds of metres.
Location: Cape Cornwall Title: Boats Of Cape Cornwall
BEDRUTHAN STEPS - HISTORY
The name Bedruthan Steps is said to be taken from a mythological giant called 'Bedruthan' who used the rock stacks on the beach as stepping stones, and seems to be a late nineteenth century invention for Victorian tourists.
The buildings at Bedruthan and Carnewas are a reminder of it's industrial past when iron, copper and lead was mined from the cliffs. The National Trust shop was originally the count house office of Carnewas Mine and the cafe was one of the mine buildings.
Location: Bedruthan Steps, Cornwall Title: Bedruthan Steps at Sunset.
BOSCASTLE - HISTORY
The name of the village comes from Botreaux Castle, a 12th century motte-and-bailey fortress, of which few remains survive. Boscastle was once a favourite haunt of author, Thomas Hardy, and the setting for one of his novels, 'A Pair of Blue Eyes'. It was here that he met his wife, Emma.
A flash flood in 2004 caused extensive damage to Boscastle. Four buildings were demolished and a further 58 were flooded as the downpour hit. An estimated total of 440 million gallons of water flowed through the village.
Location: Boscastle, Cornwall Title: Fleeting Moments
BOTALLACK - HISTORY
Botallack mine date from the early eighteenth century. In 1721 and is the result of an amalgamation of several other small more ancient mines. includes the former Wheal Cock, Crowns and Carnyorth Mines as well as Parknoweth.There has been a mine in this area for at least 400 years.
Built during the 1860s at the height of the Cornish mining boom, the Count House at Botallack stands on the cliffs near the Crowns Mine. It was the hub of the day-to-day running of the mine and also where the miners collected their pay.
Location: Botallack Tin Mine, Cornwall Title: The Clouds
BUDE - HISTORY
In the 19th Century Bude was notorious for its wreckers, who plundered the ships that came to grief off the coast. The figurehead of one of these, the Bencoolen, a barque whose wrecking in 1862 resulted in the drowning of most of the crew, was preserved in the churchyard but was transferred to the town museum to save it from further decay.
In 1823 the Bude Canal was constructed to carry beach sand 20 miles inland to Launceston and for exporting Local produce. It was this waterway that brought development to the town. The canal is now used for pleasure-boating and fishing.
Location: Bude, Cornwall Title: Bude Breakwater
Known in Cornish as Porthkajwydh, meaning cove of the thicket, the village has its origins in medieval times as a collection of fish cellars. From the sixteenth century, Cadgwith came to be inhabited, with fishing as the main occupation.
All around Cadgwith cove are reminders of the past - old pilchard cellars, winches, the old lifeboat house that was used until 1963. The film 'Ladies in Lavender' starring was set in Cadgwith.
Location: Cadgwith Cove
CAPE CORNWALL - HISTORY
Cape Cornwall Mine, a tin mine on Cape Cornwall, operated intermittently between 1838 and 1883. The mine's 1864 chimney near the peak of the cape was retained as an aid to navigation, and in the early 20th century the former ore dressing floors were for a time converted into greenhouses and wineries.
The name Cape Cornwall appeared first on a maritime chart around the year 1600 and the original Cornish name Kilgodh Ust has fallen out of use. In English it translates to "goose-back at St Just", a reference to the shape of the cape.
Location: Cape Cornwall Title: From Priest's Cove