Delabole is a working village, famous for its slate quarry which has been operational since the early 17th Century. A large playing field hosts Delabole AFC’s home matches as well as a small play area for children. Trebarwith Strand, a beautiful sandy beach at low tide and popular with surfers, is about 1¼ miles away by road (nearer if you are willing to walk), where the Port William pub has good fresh food and fine views. The spectacular Tregardock Beach is a little further and, as the last mile or so is only accessible by foot, it guarantees a quiet spot even in the height of the summer. Both beaches are dog friendly
Cornwall has 12 designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty “Pentire to Widemouth” and Delabole is located on edge of one them and only a mile from a second “Bodmin Moor” The other ten are all within an hour’s drive, many of them much nearer.
North Cornwall is the area from the River Camel to Bude and it covers a mixture of great cliffs and beaches with a walking trail along the entire coast providing exhilarating views and bird-friendly cliffs. Polzeath, Trebarwith, Widemouth Bay, Bude, and Sandy Mouth offer great sand/surf beaches (lessons available at Polzeath and Trebarwith) and at Port Gaverne, Bossiney and Crackington Haven, there are charming sandy coves. Daymer Bay about seven miles away has lots of sand for dogs or children even at high tide – walk along it as far as Rock (good for water sports) and then you can take the short ferry ride across to Padstow where celebrity chef, Rick Stein has a choice of restaurants. Another celebrity chef, Jamie Oliver has his “Fifteen” restaurant at Watergate Bay. Port Isaac is probably the prettiest fishing village in the area with its cliff-enclosed harbour – famous for its “Doc Martin” location.
The Camel Trail provides easy cycling and you can visit nearby Pencarrow, a beautiful house with wonderful garden where you can pick you own fruit in summer. Tintagel has a ruined castle said to be that of King Arthur’s on a wild headland. Bodmin Moor with its two peaks Rough Tor and Brown Willy, the highest point in Cornwall, provides open moor land walking with visible evidence of prehistoric settlements and stone circles.
For a change from the coast, you can visit the Heritage Centre at Minions which details the local mining industry and its history, or Blisland, on the moor’s northern edge – one of Cornwall ‘s prettiest villages. A day out to the restored “Lost Gardens of Heligan” and/or the “Eden Project” can be enjoyed by children and adults alike.