The Camel Trail runs along the track of the old railway line which was established in 1834. It stays close to the river during its journey from Bodmin Moor to the sea winding through beautiful and little-known countryside. Cornwall County Council converted 11 miles of disused railway beside the River Camel from track bed to trail, linking the towns of Bodmin, Wadebridge and Padstow, an extension follows the river towards Camelford. Being an old railway track, the Trail is virtually level all the way. You can hire bikes in Wadebridge and cycle the trail to Padstow or hire them near the Old Mill just outside Bodmin and cycle to the Camel Valley Vineyards to the west or up to Camelford to the north. There are other cycle routes for more serious cyclists but you would need to bring your own bikes.
Cornwall Flying Club is located at Bodmin airfield; you can have a trial lesson or book a course. They have Cessnas and other light aircraft
The nearest golf courses are Bowood Park in Lanteglos (just off the back road to Camelford) and the Roserrow Golf & Country Club in St Minver, near Wadebridge (which also has “leisure facilities” including an indoor pool, steam room and spa).
There are five riding stables within half an hour’s drive of the cottage: Lakefield Equestrian
Centre in nearby Camelford, Benbole Farm in St Kew Highway, Denby Riding Stables in Nanstallon (near Camel Valley Vineyards), Hallagenna Farm in St Breward and Tredole Trekking & Riding Stables in Trevalga near Boscastle.
The Camel Sailing School is located in the beach house in Rock and offers a range of RYA approved courses for novices and experienced sailors.
North Cornwall is one of the best places in the UK for surfing and will satisfy the most serious of surfers. Beginners can take lessons at the Surf’s Up School in Polzeath.
The Coast Path runs all the way round the Cornish coast for 258 miles and it is all a public right of way and inland, Bodmin Moor also offers a host of walks. The coastline near Ruby Cottage is stunning and there are several nearby circular walks depending on how long and how hard you want to walk! Maps, guides and instructions are all available in the cottage.
You can visit the “local” Camel Valley Vineyards in Nanstallon, just off the road to Bodmin, about 20 minutes drive from Delabole either for a vineyard tour (which runs once or twice a week in the summer and includes wine tasting, or just visit the shop and buy some of the award-winning world class wine.
The Bodmin & Wenford Railway is a Standard Gauge Railway that operates mainly steam locomotives along a 13 mile round trip on a steeply graded line. It is Cornwall ‘s only standard gauge railway still operated by steam locomotives. The main station on the line is at Bodmin General where the engine sheds are located, as well as a Souvenir shop (with good selection of maps, books on Cornwall and railway toys etc); there is a refreshment room in the authentically restored station buildings. The station and trains are run by enthusiastic volunteers – please support them by taking a train journey which you can combine with a visit to a pub for lunch (Boscarne Junction) or a visit to Lanhydrock House (Bodmin Parkway). The trains run during the summer and but there are occasional special services in the winter.