07 Sep Newquay
The 13 mile drive to Newquay throws up much of the best of what the north coast has to offer. After Trevone there is turning to Harlyn beach, popular with surfers and charge to park; continuing past Harlyn takes you to Constantine, a vast beach that’s stunning at sunset. Coming out of the S bend entering St.Merryn you’ll pass The Cornish Arms on your right. Although not flagged as such it’s run by Rick Stein and is heaving during the holidays. The food is good and the staff are always charming despite the pressure. It best to get there after 8pm when most of the children have gone. Porthcothan, Mawgan Porth and the mighty Watergate Bay with a Jamie Oliver 15 above the sand follow. Newquay is the next stop. An old fashioned family seaside town, delightful and rough ‘n ready and ice lollies and amusement arcades in equal measure. Park near Fistral and take a look around the surf stores and ethnic holes in the wall behind Towan Beach. Your last stop has to be Lewinnick Lodge on its own on the northern edge of Pentire Point. Pub grub with a continental twist (try the seafood platter for two) and arguably the best coastal views in Britain.