Doc Martin & North Cornwall Tour
We start the day overlooking Fistral Beach in Newquay to see the stunning scenery and Pentire Headland. Newquay is the home of surfing in the UK, and Fistral has attracted world renowned surfers 🏄♂️ since the 1960’s. Just around the corner is a 13th century Huer’s Hut which offers a panoramic view up the coastline. These huts were originally lookouts for spotting shoals of pilchards and can be found along the coast near to fishing villages.
Heading north we leave Newquay, and after a quick stop at Watergate Bay for a photo, we head inland to the ancient monastery and village of St Mawgan. We’ll see the 13th century church and the Lanherne Carmelite Convent before taking a stroll around this special village.
Back out on the coast, we head for the Bedruthan Steps, one of the most photographed and painted coastal views in Cornwall, with the stunning backdrop you can see why they used it for the opening scenes in the TV series “Poldark”.
The cafe is a great place for morning coffee, or even a Cornish cream tea with jam and clotted cream.
Onto Padstow, which has been made famous by the seafood chef Rick Stein, this medieval fishing port which was the landing point for 6th century Pilgrims. The town also has one of Britain’s oldest pagan festivals “Obbyoss” which is held annually on 1st May each year which celebrates the beginning of Spring.
After visiting Prideaux Place which is a country house and deer park, we’ll have free time to take a walk around the harbour and shops and maybe to try a pasty.
After rounding the Camel Estuary and driving through Wadebridge, we wind our way on towards the now famous Port Isaac or Portwenn home of the quirky Doc Martin and the more recent Fisherman’s Friends movie. Exploring this village is best done on foot and we’ll drop you here to explore the tiny streets, have lunch and view the filming sites should you wish. We then pick you up and continue North up the coast.
The dramatic cliffs and rolling farmland continues, as we head for Tintagel and its Arthurian legend. We’ll park up by the Norman Church St Materiana’s above the town (and church wedding venue for Doc Martin) to walk the coast path for a breath-taking view over this iconic island and and to talk about the links with King Arthur and to see the new bridge spanning the headland and island.
Our last coastal stop is Boscastle, one of the oldest harbours in Cornwall made famous by the flood of 2004! It’s a great place to walk the old cobbled street, and enjoy the view over the ancient harbour walls and dramatic headlands… and perhaps enjoy a creamy Cornish icecream?
If we have time before dropping you at your hotel we’ll see Bodmin Moor which was home to some of Cornwall’s earliest settlers from Neolithic times. Dozmary Pool is nearby where King Arthur has allegedly thrown “The Sword 🗡 of Excalibur” although there are a variety of different scenarios!
Although this is our suggested itinerary, please feel free to contact us to adapt the tour to suit you, or chat with your us at the beginning of the day if you have any firm favourites to visit.
£275 per day for up to 4 passengers. Price includes everything apart from food and drink and entrance to attractions. For larger groups please email for price and availability.