Explore the beautiful coastline

Head to the coast

Just outside of Launceston and with excellent transport links across Cornwall, you can easily reach the dramatic coastline of North Cornwall and the pretty, picturesque coves and fishing villages of South Cornwall from your base at Higher Bamham. Whether you want to gently explore or throw yourselved into the waves, there’s something for everyone!

18 miles / 32 minutes

Widemouth Bay

The long, sandy beach at Widemouth is one of Cornwall’s most popular with families and wave hunters alike. At low tide, the receding water exposes hundreds of rock pools to explore and vast expanses of sandy beach to enjoy whilst there are waves to suit every surfer or body border just offshore.  Wonderfully unspoilt, take a picnic and enjoy a whole Summers’ day lazing by the water.


In just half an hour you can be at the world famous beaches of family friendly Bude.  Whether you’re a seasoned surfer, just learning or fancy splashing about in the water, you’ll find something to suit you at Bude.  If heading into the waves isn’t your thing, there are plenty of rockpools to explore, miles of golden beach to relax on and the lovely, super safe tidal lido at Summerleaze beach is a great place to laze a day away for kids big and small.

20 miles / 33 minutes

21 miles / 33 minutes

Boscastle and Tintagel

Soak up the rich history of beautiful Boscastle and the magical mythology of nearby Tintagel, the historic home of King Arthur.  Heading for this stunning stretch of coastline, you can’t help but be swept up in the extraordinary tales that emanate from this part of the rugged North Cornwall Coast.  The lovely, sheltered beach at Boscastle is perfect for a family dip too.

Seaton, Torpoint

Another wonderful spot for families to enjoy, Seaton Beach has also proven popular with surfers in recent years.  Kids will love splashing about in the river that runs across the beach at Seaton and if you’re all done with the sand, explore the beautiful Seaton Valley Country Park adjacent to the beach which is home to otters, kingfishers and all manner of local species. There’s a large café to refuel at or grab a spot of lunch, loos and a shop to pick up any forgotten essentials for your beach day.

27 miles / 46 minutes

27 miles / 46 minutes


Pretty Looe is the archetypal Cornish fishing port and a beautiful place to spend a day.  Stroll the narrow streets, wandering in and out of local shops and galleries and linger by the water watching the fishing boats or crabbing along the wall at Looe Mill Pool.  There are loads of great places in Looe to pick up some local Cornish food and drink so why not make a whole day of it. 


The pretty fishing village of Polperro is well worth a visit.  Nestled into the hill, traditional cottaged line the way down to the stunning working harbour.  There are plenty of places to grab a bite to eat or why not try catching your own on a guided fishing trip.  The South West Coast Path snakes off in either direction from the harbour too, for some of the most beautiful walks in Cornwall. 

32 miles / 51 minutes