Day ToursDay Tours of Cornwall's Dramatic North Coastline

Rugged North Tour

Famous faces, Endless landscapes & Surfing beaches

Take a private, guided tour to explore Cornwall’s Rugged North coast, the home of British surfing. We will visit an iconic Tin Mine perched on the cliff edge and hear about the life of a Cornish Tin Miner, an industry that shaped Cornwall’s landscape. You may also be lucky enough to see a Chough, Cornwall’s most treasured bird, which appears on our coat of arms. We make a stop at the three-mile stretch of golden sand at Perranporth, the place where a very important Saint built an oratory in the 6th century. We then head to Holywell Bay, which has been featured in numerous films and TV series, including 007’s Die Another Day. After enjoying lunch overlooking the wild Atlantic Ocean, we explore the area that the Beatles visited while promoting their album Magical Mystery Tour, traversing the scenic coast road, hugging the high northern cliffs and dropping into secluded bays. Ending the day at the rocky outcrops of Bedruthan Steps, named after the giant that supposedly roamed these cliffs, the perfect place to reflect on your day while enjoying our infamous homemade cream tea picnic.

Tour Agenda

Map of the Rugged North Tour
  • St Agnes

    The village of St Agnes is set back from its beach and harbour at Trevaunance Cove, where copper ore was shipped to Wales for smelting. We pass through this pretty village, heading to Wheal Coates World Heritage mining site, walk and view the Towanroath Shaft Engine House that overlooks the crystalline Atlantic Ocean.

  • Perranporth

    This 3 mile stretch of golden sands was the inspiration for Poldark author Winston Graham, who also called Perranporth home. Hear the story of Saint Piran, a Bishop that floated from Ireland tied to a millstone, landing on Perranporth beach and how he came to become the patron saint of Cornwall and of Tin Mining.

  • Holywell Bay

    Hidden from sight by giant sand dunes, this bay is popular with locals. One highlight of this beach is the Holy Well, a natural and breath-taking sculpture that is hidden until low tide and served as a place of pilgrimage for those seeking healing. Low tide also reveals a wrecked ship.

  • Crantock & Pentire Headland

    Lunch Spot

    This expansive sandy beach is backed by sand dunes and sites at the mouth of the Gannel estuary. Gaze upon its splendor while enjoying lunch, with a choice of a clifftop bistro restaurant or hearty, traditional pub food.

  • Newquay

    Britain’s surfing capital, bought back from Hawaii in the 1930s; the culture took off in the 1960s and still thrives today. Your knowledgeable guide will share with you the scenic vistas, places of curiosity, and tales of when the Beatles visited in 1967 to film and promote their new album. We will hug the scenic coastal road on the B3276, passing through Porth, Watergate Bay and Morgan Porth, stopping, of course, for photos on route.

  • Bedruthan Steps

    A place of legend that bears the mark of the giant Bedruthan. Walking this stunning stretch of Coast Path to a viewing lookout, we will see how the wild Atlantic Ocean has eroded the cliffs to form the five impressive rock stacks. On this remote headland, we will enjoy the treats that a Cornish cream tea offers, something that wouldn’t look out of place in any Rosamunde Pilcher TV series.