Castles, Camels and Coastline... a guide to Camelford

Camelford is an historic market town and is an ideal base for exploring the spectacular moors and beaches of the area.

This attractive and ancient town, built on the banks of the River Camel, is located about 6 miles inland from the delightful coastal villages of Boscastle and Tintagel and also Bossiney and Trebarwith Strand beaches (the latter two are the main attraction for surfers).

Camelford has its fair share of Arthurian legend links, with some believing that the Camel in Camelford hints at this pretty little market town once being Camelot itself.

Superb walking trails and picturesque valleys surround Camelford, being as it lies on the edge of Bodmin Moor and sitting 700 foot above sea level, making it one of the highest towns in England. There are numerous buildings of historic interest in the town including the 16th century Masons Arms - once an old coaching inn.

The North Cornish coastal town of Tintagel is also well known for the legend of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. Due to coastal erosion the ruins of "King Arthur's Castle", maintained by English Heritage, can now only be reached by a bridge.

Nearby are the delightful villages of Boscastle, Delabole and the tiny fishing port of Port Isaac, made famous by the TV series, "Doc Martin" and also by The Fisherman's Friends, who can usually be heard singing on Friday evenings throughout the summer on the Platt.