What do you fancy doing whilst in Cornwall?

Our Lodge visitors book and information pack  has lots of suggestions to help you enjoy your stay and make some memories

Gilbert Holiday Lodge is ideally located in  North Cornwall with the national trust coast path right on your doorstep It has something for everyone to discover. You will find surf spots, sensational beaches, spectacular coastline, picturesque harbours, dramatic cliffs, cliff top walks, the Camel Trail and Tintagel Castle. The world famous Eden project and Minnock theatre are just a day trip away. All you will be short of is time to fit it all in!

Enjoy Spectacular Beaches

Bossiney Bay

Just a short stroll from Gilbert Lodge, you will find the picturesque Bossiney Bay, which joins up with neighbouring Benoath cove and has an expanse of golden sand at low tide, with a waterfall behind and views along the coast. The cliff steps down to the beach are quite steep so are not suitable for pushchairs or wheelchairs but it is well worth the walk down (and climb back up!) to explore or enjoy a picnic - see who can spot "elephant rock" first!

Trebarwith Strand 

Golden sands stretch for a mile at low tide exposing fascinating rock formations and pools. The large Gull rock visible from the coast path and beach sits just off shore. It is popular for surfing and the Port William pub and restaurant has a fantastic view overlooking the beach from the clifftop.

Crackington Haven 

Crackington Haven has a gently shelving beach in an enclosed bay. Good car parking makes this an excellent base for walking.

Widemouth Bay & Bude

Widemouth has a large sandy beach that has fabulous rock formations as the tide goes out. Surfing schools  operate at widemouth. Bude is a great family orientated sandy beach with rock pools and a wonderful seawater swimming pool, created in the 1930's and enclosed in the natural rock.

Padstow & Polzeath

Located to the north of Padstow centre is an expansive stretch of sand from St Georges Cove to Harbour Cove  with great views across the estuary. For surfers, Polzeath has a large expanse of sand and excellent surfing making it one of the finest surfing beaches in the U.K.

Explore North Cornwall

Tintagel Castle

Tintagel Castle is an awe-inspiring place to visit and soak up the atmosphere generated by the dramatic views and wonderful legends of King Arthur. The remains of Tintagel castle stand on wind swept cliffs high above the sea and many claim that Tintagel is one of the most romantic places in the UK. Below the castle  you can find Merlins cave which  is only accessible at low tide.

The village has embraced the King Arthur philosophy and there are also attractions such as the Old Post Office, a 14th-century yeoman's farmhouse set in beautiful cottage gardens, owned by the National Trust. Tintagel is also where you will find the nearest visitor centre for tourist information.

Fishing Villages, Harbours and towns 

The picturesque fishing village of Boscastle is a walk away with its distinctive natural harbour is steeped in romance and history.  Port Isacc is a lovely fishing village known for it's association with "Doc Martin" and is built around the historic harbour which also serves as the beach. Padstow, has a lovely harbour with a variety of shops, galleries and crafts which is also home to the national lobster hatchery and Rick Steins famous seafood restaurant. Launceston and Bodmin are also nearby.

Bodmin Moor

Bodmin Moor covers 80 square miles with granite tors, Bronze Age settlements and many prehistoric stone barrows and circle. Journey back in time and take a steam train trip on the  Bodmin & Wenford Railway or visit the historic Bodmin jail.

The Eden Project 

The world famous Eden project indoor rainforest at St Austell is only about an hours drive for a very special day out.

Museums and National Trust Properties 

The Witchcraft museum at Boscastle hosts a collection of witchcraft related artifacts. Cornwall at war museum can be found at Davidstow air field, together with weekly tours of the WWII airfield.  Lanhydrock country house and estate with gardens is a National Trust property near Bodmin well worth a visit.

St Nectans Glen 

Situated in a beautiful valley in area of outstanding natural beauty, this sacred site is steeped in tales of knights of the round table.Accessible by foot from Gilbert Lodge through an ancient woodland is the magnificent 60 foot high waterfall & Hermitage. www.st-nectansglen.co.uk

Tamar Otter & Wildlife Centre 

Near Launceston is the Tamar otter & wildlife centre where you can watch the otters being fed twice a day, and there is a variety of other wildlife and woodland walks. www.tamarotters.co.uk



The South West coast path has 630 miles of dramatic coastline, with walks to suit all abilities. Walking the coastal path is one of the best ways to enjoy the North Cornwall coastline breathtaking scenery. Just across the road from Gilbert Lodge you can join the path and enjoy spectacular scenary with local walks to Tintagel, Boscastle, Rocky Valley and Trebarwith Strand. iwalkcornwall.co.uk is an excellent website for discovering walking routes in the local area, or visit www.southwestcoastpath.com to view walks further afield along the coast path.

Surfing and Paddle Boarding 

North Cornwall has some of the UK's best surfing beaches and surfing is popular on the amazing beaches. There are surf hire and surf schools within a few miles of Bossiney to suit all ages & abilities. Popular surfing beaches are Trebarwith Strand , Polzeth, Widemouth and Bude.  Harlyn surf school near Padstow offer  paddleboarding experiences to try with family or friends.

Horse Riding & trekking 

The nearest stable is Tredole Trekking and Riding Stables at Trevalga, Boscastle. You can find more riding stables for all abilities in and around Bude

Adventure Sports 

Thrillseekers can get up close & personal with the rugged North Cornwall coastline and try coasteering, rock climbing, Sea Kayaking or a power boat trip with Cornish Rock Tors at Polzeath, Cornish Coast Adventures at Port Quin or Atlantic Pursuits based at Bude. You can try Coasteering right on your doorstep with Outdoor Adventure who run 2 hour sessions at Bossiney Bay. 

Activity Days out for Kids

Carruan Farm Centre at Wadebridge has lots of cuddley animals and a soft play barn. Crealy Adventure Park at Tredinnick has lots of rides providing thrills and spills galore. For budding car racers, Kartworld is at Liskeard You can find more suggestions at www.dayoutwiththekids.co.uk

Wildlife Watching 

The exposed coast in North Cornwall has many resident seabird colonies. The local stretch of coastline has a number of offshore rock stacks where you may see guillimots, razorbills, fulmars, peregrine falcons or cormorants. Padstow Sea Life Safari run a variety of marine wildlife spotting boat trips out of Padstow harbour, where you can expect to see Puffins, Oyster catchers, Dolphins, Porpoise, sunfish and gray seals. 


The Camel Trail is an 18 mile route based on an old railway track that is  mostly flat with lovely views. You can cycle to  Padstow, Wenford or Bodmin. Cycles can be hired in Wadebridge www.cameltrailcyclehire.co.uk

Painting and Photography 

You are surrounded by inspiration for painting and photography at Gilbert Lodge, so bring your easel or camera and frame your perfect view


There are several excellent public golf courses in the area, the nearest is at Bude.