Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Wonderful Walks To explore On Holiday in North Cornwall - Specially Selected for Luxury Cottage Holidays In North Cornwall - and anyone staying at Rooky's Nook!

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If you're coming to stay in a holiday cottage in North cornwall, you'll probably want to get out and explore the local area, and whilst it's easy to jump into the car and drive around sightseeing, one of the best ways to really appreciate the scenic beauty and natural diversity of North Cornwall is on foot - whatever the weather - or time of year.
So don't worry about your fitness or age, just remember to pack your walking shoes and all weather gear, and come and explore some of these wonderful local walks in North Cornwall near Rooky's Nook, - ranging from easy to challenging, with varying distances - and different attractions (inland, coastal, national trails, village, etc) - including many dog-friendly walks!

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Delabole and Delabole to Lanteglos (Inland, Moderate) - both walks closest to Rooky's Nook! Walk out of the cottage (Rooky's Nook), down the lane into Newhall Green, into the 'bluebell woods' at Helland Barton, along the valley and up to Delabole, to the quarry (famous for it's distinctive black slate). Then walk around the top of the quarry on the old cattle droving track, and enjoy great views across the Allen Valley towards Rough Tor. - And rumour has it, apparently the water level in the quarry moves with the tides!
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Rough Tor and Brown Willy (Inland, Moorland - Moderate) Climb Cornwall's most iconic and rugged Tor, and enjoy panoramic views from the summits - Cornwall's twin peaks! Brown Willy is 420 metres high and is the highest point in Cornwall. On a clear day you might be able to see both the North and South Cornish coastline! A Dog-friendly walk, but please remember to keep your dog(s) away from the sheep and ponies grazing on the moor.

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 Trebarwith Strand To Tintagel (Coastal/Inland, Church, Castle - Easy Moderate - Circular Walk) Enjoy fantastic views out along the coastline, past Materiana Church,Tintagel Castle and Merlin's Cave, before coming inland to the medieval 'Old Post Office' and King Arthur's Great Halls. Return via Treknow - one of the oldest slate quarrying villages in North Cornwall - (and one of many local coastal quarries who originally used Trebarwith Strand to dispatch their shipments of slate). Another dog-friendly walk - especially when the tide is out and you can run your dog on the sandy beach at Trebarwith Strand!

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 Boscastle (Coastal, Village, Church: Moderate) Enjoy panoramic views over Boscastle fishing village and harbour from Penhally Hill, and also along the coastline from the Willapark Coastguard Lookout on the clifftop. Then walk beside the medieval field system (known locally as 'The Stitches') on Forrabury Common, close to Forrabury Church. Another dog-friendly walk, again 'respecting' local livestock (cows and ponies) grazing on the headland.

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Polzeath to St Enodoc Church - Including Daymer Bay. (Coastal, Church: Moderate) - One of my favourites, whatever the weather, all year round! Enjoy panoramic views across Polzeath beach, Daymer Bay and across the Camel Estuary to Stepper Point. Make your way through the sand dunes by St Enodoc 'links' Golf Course, and Church - the burial place of Sir John Betjamen. Finally return to Polzeath and the surreal purple-and-green-striped rocks and shipwreck remains around Trebetherick Point. Whilst Daymer Bay is dog-friendly all year, please remember there's a dog ban on Polzeath beach in peak season (From Easter to 1st October).

luxury cottage holidays in north cornwall
I walk North Cornwall Lists many wonderful walks, from 2 to 10 miles, each with a map of the route, detailed directions, photos and some information about the area, classified by length, steepness, grade, type of scenery (coastal, moorland, riverside etc). Plus if you use their guided walk mobile apps - it's like "SatNav" for walking, describing when and what to do next, giving information about the local area as you walk around the route (- always assuming you're in an area where you can get a phone signal!) 
And for even more local dog-friendly walk suggestions see:
Dog Walks In North Cornwall - courtesy of South West Coastpath, whose origins lie in North Cornwall’s smuggling history, when it was used by HM Coastguard to patrol the cliffs and provide easy access to the numerous bays and inlets along its coastline.

So if you are coming on holiday to Cornwall,
and fancy a walking holiday in North Cornwall, come and stay at
Rooky's Nook Luxury Self-Catering Holiday Cottage for 2,

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Spring Breaks in Cornwall

Why not book an early holiday or short break to Cornwall, and come and celebrate the early arrival of Spring, (earlier than in most other parts of the UK).
Spring Breaks in Cornwall
Come and visit many Cornish gardens which will be full of fabulous fresh Spring colour, from colourful camellias and ravishing rhododendrums to magnificent magnolias, not forgetting pretty primulas, dazzling daffodils and heavenly helebores. Cornwall really is a gardener's paradise, with many great gardens to visit to enjoy these early blooms.
Here are a selection of photos from a walk around the gardens at Pencarrow House gardens, near Bodmin.
Garden Break in CornwallCombining formal landscaped grounds and woodland walks, there is something for both the garden specialist and casual walker, plus you are also welcome to bring your dog.

Also showcasing some of the best of Cornish Horticulture is the Spring Flower Show at Boconnoc  on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th March 2015, with over 100 trade stands, show gardens and gardening experts on hand, offering plenty to see, do and buy.                                                      
Cornwall Spring Breaks
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Spring Garden Breaks in Cornwall
Celebrate the Early Arrival of Spring in Cornwall
With a Short Break at Rookys Nook, 
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Thursday, 5 February 2015

Cottage Breaks in Cornwall: Wonderful Winter Walks: Trebarwith Strand to Tintagel, North Cornwall

Winter Break in Cornwall
February is a fabulous time of year to wrap up, put on your walking boots and come and explore the South West Coast Path here in North Cornwall. While the days may be chilly, with bracing winds, the clear blue skies and bright Winter sunshine mean it is almost criminal to stay inside. And there is simply nothing better to fight any 'winter blues' that may be lurking than to book a cottage break in Cornwall to come and walk some of the amazing South West Coast Path along the North coast. (Not to mention the benefits of fresh air and exercise!)
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One of the best way to fully appreciate the rugged, raw beauty of this part of North Cornwall's coastline is to do so on foot, and walking this stretch of the South West Coast Path is truly breath-takingly beautiful. 
While there are many fantastic local coastal walks, here is one of my favourites, between Trebarwith Strand and Tintagel. This offers dramatic views along the coastline and out to sea, and is not too long (approximately 40 minutes) or too difficult to walk (much of the walk is level, although starting out from Trebarwith Strand you have a steep cliff to climb to get you up onto the coast path). 

cornwall winter breaksSome local landmarks and 'natural beauties' to look out for along this walk include miles of local stone hedging, 'dotted' with various different types of styles, most of which have been designed to restrict sheep or cattle (and dogs!). While this is an ideal coastal walk with your dog, please keep it under control near livestock grazing in the adjacent fields. Short Breaks in CornwallWhether 'up and over', or 'down and under', - or even both, (you go over and your dog goes under!) some of these styles can be truly challenging, particularly if you are not especially fit or mobile, but all are fun to investigate.

coastal breaks in cornwallMany of these dry-stone Cornish hedges have been skillfully made using local slate, some with the herring-bone design, others simply stacked, all beautifully patterned and weathered over time, becoming 'objects of beauty' in their own right. 

cornwall short breaksAdjacent to the coast path near Tintagel look out for these intriguing ancient grave stones at the St Materiana's church, which stands on the windswept cliffs between Trevena and Tintagel. St Materiana has been identified with St Madryn, a princess of Gwent, who, according to tradition, evangelised this area in about 500 AD leaving this whole site (church and graveyard) steeped in history and religion.  
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cottage breaks in cornwallTake a few moments to look inside the church where you will find this beautiful stone font, believed to be of Norman origin, and surrounded by a floor of thin slate, laid on its side, in a stunning 'basket weave' design. Imagine the huge number of 'man hours' this took to make, showcasing some truly unique Cornish craftmanship. 
Unfortunately stonework and laying slate floors like this today is becoming a 'dying art', making it all the more important to appreciate them today.holidays in cornwall 
If you fancy, you can then go and explore the ruins of Tintagel Castle, (managed by the National Trust) on the peninsula of Tintagel island. I have always enjoyed 'admiring it' from the coast path, from where you can truly appreciate its fortified position, and the amazing feat of engineering to have originally built it on the cliff edge, with such limited access via a narrow bridge and steep path. 
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 So why not book a Winter Break in Cornwall, and stay nearby, in a cosy Cornish cottage for two, so you too can enjoy walking this part of the South West Coast Path