Villages

Villages and Towns of Interest near Crackington Haven

Boscastle (4 miles)
Very picturesque village with a fair few interesting shops, plenty of very good places to eat, and a multitude of great walks in all directions. It’s well worth taking a packed lunch (or popping into the bakers) and pottering around the harbour for a few hours.

Tintagel (8 miles)
On the surface Tintagel is home to many of the types of shops that sell crystals and joss sticks. But there is much more too it (and much more to you too if you start chomping on the pasties you can see being made through the window). It’s a steep but interesting walk down to the castle – worth paying the fee to visit the castle island once every couple of years although out of season when you don’t have to jostle up the steep steps is best!

Camelford (8 miles)
Only just down the road but the shops have most things you need including another good pasty shop (selling the best pasty I’ve had to date) and an award winning chippy. It has a good park, an interesting river, and is just 2 miles from walking on Roughtor.

Bude (11 miles)
Definitely a town with several supermarkets, a swimming pool with waves for when the sea’s too cold, and lots of longer flatter walks including around the harbour area.

Launceston (16 miles)
As one of the tourist website’s says “Once the ancient capital of Cornwall, the importance of Launceston is reflected in the architecture and fine buildings of this traditional Cornish market town, a great place to visit, a great place to stay.” – what more could I add?

Port Isaac (17 miles)
Well worth a day’s visit; a good reputation for fish restaurants, an interesting harbour and a good walk after lunch to good views at the top of the hill.

Wadebridge (19 miles)
Probably the best place within easy reach for a spot of shopping therapy – but take your trunks with you and go the slightly longer way around on the way back and pop down to any one of the 10+ beaches you pass on the way back to Roundhayes if the sun comes out.

Bodmin (22 miles)
An interesting town, plenty to do, with both modern and old fashioned railways.