Route Section Number 10:
Padstow to Clovelly
Cornwall’s wild and wonderful Atlantic coast gets rockier, more remote and less developed as the road heads north from Padstow. By the time you cross the Devon border near Welcome Mouth, the ‘beaches ‘are covered by ranks of jagged boulders surrounded by cliffs famous for their long history of shipwrecks.
Yet this stretch makes a perfect roadtrip, thanks to quieter roads, fewer towns and some of the most memorable sights of the whole southwest 660 route. Look forward to discovering its spectacular highlights like Tintagel Castle, Boscastle Harbour, Hartland Quay and Clovelly.
Continuing your route...
The B3263 leads to Boscastle via the quirky attraction of St Nectan’s Glen. Narrow scenic lanes can then take you closer to the sea via beaches at Crackington Haven and Widemouth Bay, and finally on to the family resort of Bude. Enjoy the sandy beaches here – there are no more sands for the next 30 miles of rugged shoreline until Westward Ho!.
The A39 ‘Atlantic Highway’ cuts the corner of Hartland Peninsula and heads north to Clovelly but lanes turning to the left offer adventurous routes towards the coast. If you’ve only time for one, take the little road down to the wave-battered harbour at Hartland Quay.
During your trip
Discover a secret sight
Between Tintagel and Boscastle find the car park and signed path from the B3263. It leads along St Nectan’s Glen, a deep gorge following a stream splashing over mossy rocks in a lush rainforest. At the end is a sacred and photogenic waterfall that has worn a hole right through a ring of rock.
Staying in the area