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Our Locals Guide to Devon & Cornwall

Want the ultimate guide to the South West from a true Devonian and Cornish? Our local's guide will take you off the beaten track and give you all the tips and tricks to really discover Devon & Cornwall. 

Want to try the lingo? 

If you want to get the real West Country experience or you’re struggling to understand a local fisherman we’ve got some tricks of the trade to help you on your way. 

“Born in a barn?” = they are cold and want you to ‘close the door’

“Geddon Me Bewty” = ‘Hello, friend” 

“Spurting arrishes” = a polite way of saying to shave your beard as it means your growing stubble 

“Where’s it to?” = “Where is it?” “Where did it go?”

“Dreckly..’ = “Right away” or “Soon” - so if you hear this being said something is happening soon.  

Walk Our Way 

South West Coast Path (Devon & Cornwall) 

Crossing Devon and Cornwall this 630 miles long National Trail, starting in Minehead, Somerset and finishing in Poole, Dorset. Whether you complete a mile of all 630 you will not be disappointed by this stunning coastal path. 

Camel Trail (Cornwall) 

Discover former stations, wave to steam trains on the Bodmin to Wenford Railway. Stop for a break as you pass through Wadebridge and continue on to the picturesque village of Padstow.  The route is mainly traffic-free with a road section through Wadebridge.

Baggy Point (Devon) 

Baggy Point is one of the most breath-taking and beautiful climbs in the country.  It separates Croyde Bay and Morte Bay which includes the beaches of Woolacombe and Putsborough. This short circular walk along the western flank of Baggy Point will reward you with far-reaching coastal, sea and farmland views. It's also an excellent place to see wildflowers and for a spot of bird-watching. 

Coast to Coast Trail – Devoran to Portreath (Cornwall)

Following the route of the old Chacewater railway with this largely off-road 11 miles each way trail.  Start at Devoran with parking at the start of the route and explore the route as you pass through historic mining areas before descending into the harbour village of Portreath.  Take a break on the beach with a pasty before returning to Devoran.

Breathtaking Beaches 

Gwithian (Cornwall) 

Blasted by the breeze off the Atlantic, the magnificent beach at Gwithian Towans is always a colourful scene of windsurfers on the water blokarts on the beach and kites in the sky. Backed by sand dunes tufted with wild grass, at low tide there is a vast amount of sand to enjoy and large areas of rock pools and caves are uncovered which are great for kids to explore.

Saunton Sands (Devon)

As one of North Devon's most glorious beaches this stunning award winning beach will not disappoint. With miles of golden sands, breathtaking sand dunes and crystal clear waters you will find yourself feeling relaxed and rejuvenated from the moment you feel the sand beneath your toes. 

Perranporth (Cornwall)

Nestling beautifully amongst rolling hills and areas of outstanding natural beauty, Perranporth with it's three miles of golden sands, clear waters, spectacular cliff walks and famous surf, attracts visitors from all over the world. Perranporth village has evolved around the beach, and the golden sands are less than a couple of minutes walk from the shops and restaurants. The beach provides endless opportunities for relaxing, playing or simply taking a leisurely walk.

Glorious Gardens 

Trebah Gardens (Cornwall) 

Located near Mawnan Smith, this Cornish valley garden has over 4 miles of footpaths, full of exotic plants. Experience a beautiful sub tropical valley garden leading down to the beach overlooking the Helford River.  Trebah can be reached by following the South West Coast Path from the hotel.

Lost Gardens of Heligan (Cornwall) 

Discovered under a tangle of weeds this 200 acre garden is bursting with history, mystery and romance. (Booking is essential.) 

Places to Eat & Drink 

At 62 The Bank, enjoy contemporary dining in a historic building. Dishes are made with fresh local ingredients with an impressive cocktail menu to match. A wonderful place to meet up with friends and linger over a coffee, lunch or an evening meal. (Devon)

Beachside Grill serves exquisite seafood and meat dishes right by the sea. Experience a contemporary restaurant on the beach with a laid back vibe. A stone’s throw from the Atlantic Ocean it captures the mood of beachside living at its best. Enjoy lunch al fresco on the terrace. By night, enjoy a bistro-style meal with a chilled glass of wine while you watch the sun dip over Saunton Beach. (Devon)

The Champagne Bar at The Royal Duchy is the perfect way to unwind after a day exploring the coast. Whether it’s a first quenching Cornish pint, a cosmopolitan cocktail or Seedlip mocktail, the Duchy bar is well stocked to suit your needs. (Cornwall)