A historic market town with great community spirit, in easy travelling distance of all the highlights of North Cornwall and without the huge price tags of Port Isaac, Padstow and Rock; it’s easy to see why Camelford is a rising star!
The ancient town of Camelford lies on the edge of Bodmin Moor, and is about six miles inland from the beautiful and rugged North Cornwall coast. A friendly little town, Camelford boasts a good assortment of independent shops, it has excellent public services, good transport links and a strong community spirit, all of which make it a great place to lay down roots in Cornwall.
The surrounding countryside is scattered with pretty villages and farmland, and flanked to the east by the majestic Bodmin Moor. To the west you’ll find popular family beach Trebarwith Strand, which is known for its fine golden sand, and farther afield the major attractions of Tintagel and Port Isaac.
The area attracts plenty of visitors, bringing a buoyant local economy and lots to do, but Camelford itself has avoided over-development and retained a thriving year-round community, making it a great place to bring up children, retire, or simple enjoy the many benefits of the Cornish lifestyle!
Location & transport links
The main road through Camelford is the A39 (Atlantic Highway) and three buses a day pass through on their route between Newquay and Exeter (via Launceston). From Camelford the A39 continues north to Bude, or the A395 links through to the A30 – the major route in and out of Cornwall.
This stretch of the Atlantic Highway was recently named one of the ‘top 10 road trips in the UK’ by the RAC, who praised the sea glimpses around Bude, Camelford and Wadebridge, the proliferation of great pit-stops – including Tintagel Castle and Bedruthan Steps Beach – and the many Cornish Cream Tea opportunities along the route! such as Carnewas Tea Rooms Bedruthan.
The nearest railway station is Bodmin Parkway, which is around a 30-minute drive, while Newquay Airport is a 40-minute drive.
Places to eat & drink
As you would expect in Cornwall, there is no shortage of fabulous food and drink options nearby, from simple farm shops and takeaway fish and chips, all the way up to Michelin-Starred dining.
- Hilltop Farm Shop, a little to the north of Camelford on the A395 serves and stocks local Cornish produce, and has pretty views of the surrounding countryside.
- Port William at Trebarwith Strand is a family-friendly restaurant with stunning sea views and al fresco dining in the summer. Enjoy classic pub food and local ales, or push the boat out with fresh lobster and crab and a crisp glass of white wine.
- Peckish Fish & Chips conveniently located on the high street, is an award winning takeaway serving up fishy delights plus burgers and pies too – your new regular Friday night treat perhaps!
- The St Tudy Inn is a village pub where chef Emily Scott serves outstanding food. Her elegant dishes feature the best local ingredients, and the pub has won multiple local and national awards.
- Restaurant Nathan Outlaw in Port Isaac is just a few miles away; this is the ultimate place for a really special treat. The restaurant has two Michelin Stars, and is regarded as one of the best restaurants in the whole of the UK – especially for seafood. Down the road Nathan also has the popular Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen in the heart of the harbour – try them both and find your favourite!
Camelford’s main street, Fore Street, has many small independent retailers. There is a superb traditional local butcher, two greengrocers, a chemist, a pet supply store, a pasty shop, and a gallery. You’ll also find two small but well-stocked supermarkets in town.
Nearby Delabole has a doctors surgery, a very popular nursery and a good village primary school, as well as a pub.
The village of St Teath, which sits on the western slopes of the Allen Valley, has its own primary school, church, post office and various shops including an excellent butchers and and a local pub. The larger town of Wadebridge is 20-minutes away and here you’ll find larger supermarkets and homeware stores.
Fancy a round of golf? Bowood park hotel and golf club, just a couple of minutes drive from the town centre, is set within 230 acres of rolling hills and woodland and the ideal destination for a mini golf tour.
From modern housing to bungalows, there is a good degree of varied housing stock in and around Camelford. Prices here are very reasonable compared with the coastal towns and villages, and indeed with much of the county as a whole. There is also a range of affordable housing developments that have been built over the last 5 years with further plans for more over the next few years.
Close to the North Coast of Port Isaac, Polzeath and Boscastle, Camelford is ideally located for easy accessibility to these areas. This is reflected in average house prices increasing by 18% over the last 5 years to a current average value of £281,992 and in the last 12 months, prices have risen by almost 4%. In terms of its proximity to the North Coast, Camelford is a reasonably affordable hot spot for those looking for good value without stretching to the high prices on the North Coast.
Why we love Camelford!
- Outdoor enthusiasts will love climbing and walking on Bodmin Moor one day (Rough Tor and Brown Willy are very close), surfing and swimming at Trebarwith the next, and a round of golf at Bowood to finish things off!
- Retreat from the crowds. Despite the many attractions nearby, Camelford, Delabole and St Teath remain relatively undeveloped and still have a strong community feel.
- Cheese! Cornish produce is legendary, but in this area cheese-making is particularly strong (forgive the pun!) St Endellion Brie is a few miles from Camelford, as is Davidstow Cheddar. Cornish Blue is also made not too far away by the Cornish Cheese Co, making Camelford the site of the ultimate Cornish cheeseboard!
- Join the Camel Trail just down the road in Wadebridge. This 18-mile cycle route runs from Padstow to Blisland on Bodmin Moor, and takes you through some beautiful countryside.
- Days out to Boscastle, Tintagel and Port Isaac. Each of these picturesque coastal spots has its own unique attractions and historical character.
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Featured image courtesy of Visit Cornwall Matt Jessop