Self Catering in Cornwall - Something for Everyone

Nov 11, 2021

Tregonetha is a small village in mid Cornwall. Perfectly positioned between Padstow and Bodmin, it’s a great base for exploring wild and wonderful local heathland, hauntingly memorable attractions, picturesque villages and dramatic, awe-inspiring coastline.


With so much to see and do, here are some of the highlights.


Tregonetha Downs 

Once used as a World War II airfield decoy site and now run by Cornwall Wildlife Trust, Tregonetha Downs is a 100-acre nature reserve. The lowland heath is home to an abundance of rare and fascinating plants, insects and birds and has been declared a Site of Special Scientific Interest. Pull on your walking boots, reach for those binoculars and enjoy a bracing ramble. It’s good for dogs, too, but keep them on a lead where cattle are grazing.


Bodmin Jail

Sixty executions took place in the jail and that fact – combined with the long rows of cells, dark corridors and tragic tales – has given it an understandable reputation for being one of the most haunted buildings in the country.  Roam its five floors, peer at scenes replicated from the past and leave more aware of why life is never fair.  As a sensory, historical experience, Bodmin Jail is hard to beat. For the very brave, there are ‘After Dark’ experiences too. Be afraid. Be very afraid…



This large, impressive Iron Age hillfort has a 2000-year-old history and consists of three ramparts and ditches. Once a place for community ceremonies – both trade and ritual – it represented wealth and power. Legend has it that Cador, Duke of Cornwall and husband of King Arthur’s mother, died here and, at 700 metres above sea level, there are sweeping views to both north and south coasts. As one of Cornwall Heritage Trust’s biggest sites, an imposing location and intriguing heritage make Castle-an-Dinas a walking must-see. Your dog will also enjoy it but watch out for grazing sheep.


Tregirls beach

Situated on the Camel Estuary, Tregirls Beach stretches more than a mile and a half at low tide – from Hawkers Cove to the north and around Gun Point to the east. Dog-friendly all year round, a mixture of sand dunes, fields, pools, sea and beach keeps everyone well exercised, and the view is spectacular. If the tide is out, you can walk most of the way to Padstow on sand – or take the coast path if it isn’t. Offshore is the notorious Doom Bar, where more than 600 ships have been wrecked.

Legend blames the Bar on a mermaid who tried to lure her human lover beneath the waves. When he refused and shot her, she retaliated with a dying curse that resulted in Doom Bar and many drowned sailors.


Screech Owl Sanctuary and Animal Park

Say hello to owls and watch them flying, join the keepers on their feeding rounds, meet the meerkats or even rouse the racoons. The award-winning Screech Owl and Animal Sanctuary is a class act in conservation and a wonderful way of getting close to wildlife. There are two flying displays each day and, if the weather is inclement, you can watch them in a large barn. Started by Tom and Carolyn Screech in 1990, a passionate desire to care and house owls evolved into an attraction that appeals to young and old.

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