|Roughtor & Crowdy Reservoir|
Belle Tents Camping is sited in our grounds at Owls Gate in the parish of Davidstow, - home to Davidstow Cheese.
Although Owls Gate has an off-the-beaten-track feel, we are only 5 minutes from the A39 Atlantic Highway giving access to the whole of the North Cornwall coast. We are 6 miles from Boscastle with it's famous harbour, Valency Valley and Witches Museum and 7 miles from Tintagel, home of King Arthur's Castle.
The town of Camelford is 4 miles and has small shops, including a Co-op, leisure centre and museum. There are a various takeaways and couple of good pubs for food and also a farm shop selling local and organic produce.
To fully experience the breathtaking scenery of this beautiful part of North Cornwall, a walk on the coastal footpath is a must. Between Boscastle and Tintagel is the beautiful Rocky Valley where a footpath passes through an old mill with an ancient maze carved into the rockface and then follows a river with waterfalls winding down to the sea. The valley can also be reached from a lay-by on the Boscastle to Tintagel road.
Most of the North Cornwall coast is great for surfing, you can hire surfing equipment or book surf lessons at most of the beaches. Many of the beaches are tidal so care needs to be taken, although most do have tidal notices and a lifeguard.
Our favourite nearby beaches with car parks are at Trebarwith strand, Crackington Haven and Widemouth Bay - which also has one of the best wet fish shops in the area. There are lesser known coves with beaches that are only reached by hiking down the coastal footpath, but the effort can be very rewarding. They generally do not have lifeguards and are only accessable at low tide, so it is important to check the tides before setting off. The best ones locally are Bossiney Cove and Benoath Cove near Tintagel and Tregardock Cove at Treligga, near Delabole.
Bodmin Moor is fantastic for walking and the high tors of Roughtor and Brown Willy are accessable direct from the site via a Cornish sunken lane that starts at the corner of our property and emerges onto the well known Davidstow Moor Airfield which boasts two museums, The RAF Memorial Museum and The Davidstow and Cornwall at War Museum.
Roughtor is the site of the famous murder in 1844 of Charlotte Dymond, who is buried in Davidstow Churchyard, and which inspired Charles Causley to write The Ballad Of Charlotte Dymond.
Bowithick is a nearby secret beauty spot on Bodmin Moor with small idyllic streams and swimming holes, great for picnics with young children. After a morning splashing about in the stream or hiking up Bray Down, you can lunch at The Rising Sun, a true moorland pub near Altarnun.
|Moorland Ponies at Bowithick Dam|
|Boscastle||Davidstow Holy Well|
Recommended Visitor Attractions
For something a little different, how about Bodmin Jail where Matthew Weeks was tried and hung for the the murder of Charlotte Dymond.
Bodmin is also the start of the famous Camel Trail which follows a disused railway track to Wadebridge and on to Padstow. Bicycles can be hired at all three places.
Gardens and Houses
Pencarrow House & gardens near Bodmin is a 50 room Georgian mansion set in 50 acres of parkland, lake & woodland.
Lanhydrock House, also near Bodmin, is a fabulous National Trust property with 1,000 acres of wooded parkland.
Prideaux Place near Padstow is a beautiful Elizabethan mansion sitting on the hill above the busy harbour of Padstow and the grounds boast some of the finest views over its ancient Deer Park and the Camel Estuary to Rock and Bodmin Moor beyond.
The Eden Project is approximately a 50 minutes drive and as well as the wonderful biomes hold various events throughout the year.