Wherever you are in the world, there is always a North v South divide. The comparisons, competition, scenery, politics, way of life, even sporting achievements are talked about and debated when it comes to the North or South and Cornwall is no exception.
Polzeath surf beach in the North
Portscatho Coastal walk in the South
The North Coast of Cornwall, runs from just above Bude, all the way down to Lands End. Then there’s the South Coast, starting from Lands End and working up just beyond Torpoint.
So what’s the difference and which is the best?
Well, having a holiday Lodge in Bossiney, just outside Tintagel, we are a little biased towards the North, although the South should not be overlooked by any means.
Gilbert Lodge Location on the North Cornwall Coast
The North Cornwall Coast is the place to be if you like a rugged coastline and the white surf of the sea. If you are partial to catching a wave on your board, then this where you need to be. There are some fantastic surf beaches to try out. Trendy Polzeath or Watergate Bay. Trebarwith Strand, Harlyn Bay, near Padstow or Widemouth Bay near Bude, all have places to hire your surf kit. If have your own wetsuit and board, you can also visit our very own Bossiney Cove, across the road from Gilbert Lodge(tidal) or travel further afield down towards St Ives and the magnificent expanse of Gwithian Bay. It’s not just the surf though. There are many places you won’t want to miss, Port Isaac, Padstow, St Agnes, St.Ives and St Just to name a few.
The South Cornwall Coast is still beautiful. You will find the coastline still has that rugged touch but perhaps with more sheltered river estuaries, ideal for messing about in boats. Many fishing villages and harbour towns to explore and you’ll find a host of pretty villages and market towns. There are some surf spots too but we would say the North is better.
Whitsand Bay, Looe and Polperro, Fowey, Lostwithiel, Charlestown, St Austell, Mevagissey, Roseland Peninsula, St Mawes, Truro, Falmouth and Helford River, all great places to visit and The Eden Project is also claimed by the South.
Whichever is your choice, it can all be reached from Gilbert Lodge and because there is so much on offer, you will have to return again and again to see it all.
But wherever you are in Cornwall, it’s always Jam first, followed by clotted cream on your scone…go further North into Devon and they insist it’s the other way round! See what we mean about the North v South.