The north Cornish coast is punctuated by some of the finest beaches in England, the most popular of which are to be found around Newquay, the surfers’ capital, and Padstow, also renowned for its gourmet seafood restaurants. North of the Camel estuary, the coast features an almost unbroken line of cliffs as far as the Devon border; this gaunt, exposed terrain makes a melodramatic setting for Tintagel Castle. There are more good beaches at Bude.

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