Scenic drives around North Cornwall from Park Farm

All the routes below start and end at Park Farm - the distance is for the entire circular route. For each route there is a long version which is pretty much all on back roads through places of interest and is around 3 hours of driving, and a shorter version of about 2 hours driving which brings you back more quickly using a fast A road. For the longer routes we recommend you make a full day of it, taking time to stop and explore some of the places along the way, possibly stopping at a pub for food along the way or for a picnic. The shorter routes can be done in around half a day.

Note that the routes all involve narrow winding lanes so please drive carefully as round the next corner might be a tractor or a herd of cattle, or both! We also recommend you stop fairly often to explore the places of interest along the way and to have a break from driving. Click on the title of any routes you are interested in for detailed instructions, information and some photos of the places of interest along the route and a map.

Boscastle Harbour on the North Cornish coast
Boscastle harbour

The route heads north along the coast through Tintagel and Bossiney passing the pretty Rocky Valley and on to Trevalga, which has stunning coastal views a short walk from the road, then descends into Boscastle. It briefly turns inland to the pretty village of Tresparrett passing St Juliot Church which was restored by Thomas Hardy. The route then follows some of Cornwall's most rugged coast passing through Crackington Haven, the beatiful woodland at Millook and across Widemouth Bay to Bude. At this point you can either head back on the A39 or opt for the longer route which turns inland and heads back through the canal villages of Helebridge and Marhamchurch through Week St Mary to the bronze age hill fort at Warbstow. The longer route comes back through the pretty wooded valleys of Lesnewth and Minster.

Port Gaverne in North Cornwall
Port Gaverne

The route takes you through Delabole to Port Gaverne where slate was once shipped out from England's largest slate quarry. The route follows the coast south through the pretty fishing villages of Port Isaac and Port Quin to the goldy sandy beaches of Lundy Bay and Polzeath. At this point you can either head back on the main roads or opt for a longer return route which heads round into the Camel Estuary to Daymer Bay and Rock and then inland through the villages of St Minver and St Kew and returns along the verdant Allen Valley.

Roughtor on Bodmin Moor

The route reaches the Moor at Roughtor, Cornwall's second-highest Tor and continues via Davidstow to Altarnun - the cathedral of the moors. At this point you can opt for a shortcut along the A30 coaching route passing Jamaica Inn made famous by Daphne du Maurier or take the longer route which climbs up to Minions with its many engine houses, standing stones and curious tor in the shape of a Cheesewring before descending to Golitha Falls National Nature Reserve and St Neot, returning to Jamaica Inn via Dozmary Pool and the Loveny nature reserve around Colliford Lake. You then rejoin the return route which is through the saxon village of Blisland with its ornate church and St Breward where the moor is studded with the remains of Neolithic and Bronze Age settlements.