Hollyhocks and Bryher - Our recommendations and favourite places to visit

Start your day with a visit to Barnecutts bakery a five minute walk, but go early to avoid queues and to get the best selection, breakfast rolls, pasties, cakes, breads, salads and even pre-prepared meals

Start your day with a visit to Barnecutts bakery a five minute walk, but go early to avoid queues and to get the best selection, breakfast rolls, pasties, cakes, breads, salads and even pre-prepared meals

Our favourite walk is from Rock beach at low tide on the sand or high tide across the dunes, or from Daymer Bay (car park) around the coast to Polzeath and then to stop at TJs for coffee, brunch or lunch. Polzeath  is safe and best for body boarding and surfing, Daymer & Rock are dog friendly and great for kids.

Our favourite walk is from Rock beach at low tide on the sand or high tide across the dunes, or from Daymer Bay (car park) around the coast to Polzeath and then to stop at TJs for coffee, brunch or lunch. Polzeath  is safe and best for body boarding and surfing, Daymer & Rock are dog friendly and great for kids.

A quieter walk can be found at Lundy Bay & Epphaven, National Trust car park (find it beyond Polzeath) and you can get down to the beach via rocks, or stay on the coast path to Doyden (filmed Doc Martin here). Amazing views and blows the cobwebs away, you can walk all the way to Port Quin and Port Isaac if you have the legs.

Lundy Bay

A quieter walk can be found at Lundy Bay & Epphaven, National Trust car park (find it beyond Polzeath) and you can get down to the beach via rocks, or stay on the coast path to Doyden (filmed Doc Martin here). Amazing views and blows the cobwebs away, you can walk all the way to Port Quin and Port Isaac if you have the legs.

Lundy Bay

Another favourite is Hawkers cove on the Padstow side and you can take a break at the Rest a while café, an unusual ‘back garden café’ in coastguard cottages but amazing cakes and scones with a view to die for. Carry on to Stepper Point and meet the volunteer coast watch team. Finishing your circular walk back towards Hawkers cove.

Hawkers cove

Another favourite is Hawkers cove on the Padstow side and you can take a break at the Rest a while café, an unusual ‘back garden café’ in coastguard cottages but amazing cakes and scones with a view to die for. Carry on to Stepper Point and meet the volunteer coast watch team. Finishing your circular walk back towards Hawkers cove.

Hawkers cove

Port Isaac (Doc Martin) gets busy in high season but is quaint and interesting and a must for fans.

Port Isaac (Doc Martin) gets busy in high season but is quaint and interesting and a must for fans.

Boscastle has risen like a Phoenix after the dreadful flood of 2004, interesting display shows the damage and restoration, there are nice shops and you can walk to the mouth of the harbour on the cliffs for stunning views and surf battering the rocks.

Boscastle has risen like a Phoenix after the dreadful flood of 2004, interesting display shows the damage and restoration, there are nice shops and you can walk to the mouth of the harbour on the cliffs for stunning views and surf battering the rocks.

Padstow is better when the crowds reduce, but is always bustling, we like Rojanos restaurant (book), pasta etc and there is an abundance of takeaway or eat in places, interesting shops, Rick Stein’s places and lobster hatchery. Events in the year include Obby Oss May Day celebrations and Christmas market and food fair with celebrity chefs. Crabbing around the harbour is very popular with the young ones, with Dad perhaps while Mum visits all the little shops, art, clothing and much more. Visit Prideaux Place up the hill and usually meet the owner, nice café and views to Padstow over the deer park.

Padstow is better when the crowds reduce, but is always bustling, we like Rojanos restaurant (book), pasta etc and there is an abundance of takeaway or eat in places, interesting shops, Rick Stein’s places and lobster hatchery. Events in the year include Obby Oss May Day celebrations and Christmas market and food fair with celebrity chefs. Crabbing around the harbour is very popular with the young ones, with Dad perhaps while Mum visits all the little shops, art, clothing and much more. Visit Prideaux Place up the hill and usually meet the owner, nice café and views to Padstow over the deer park.

Lovely beaches at Constantine, Boobys Bay and many more, be prepared to be windswept, it is the Atlantic but very beautiful.

Lovely beaches at Constantine, Boobys Bay and many more, be prepared to be windswept, it is the Atlantic but very beautiful.

Further afield a good day out is the Eden project, https://www.edenproject.com/ look out for events, and Lanhydrock National Trust is good both suitable on a wet/cloudy day, large house and gardens, with walks and cycle routes. https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lanhydrock
Another ‘not so sunny’ day out is Truro, shops, Cathedral and Uneeka for coffee and ethical goods.

Further afield a good day out is the Eden project, https://www.edenproject.com/ look out for events, and Lanhydrock National Trust is good both suitable on a wet/cloudy day, large house and gardens, with walks and cycle routes. https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lanhydrock
Another ‘not so sunny’ day out is Truro, shops, Cathedral and Uneeka for coffee and ethical goods.

Wadebridge is lovely for shops and to pick up the Camel trail by bike or on foot, to Padstow, estuary views and usually a coffee/ice cream stop in main season, great fun for all the family. Hire bikes at both ends (Hollyhocks has some bikes)

Wadebridge is lovely for shops and to pick up the Camel trail by bike or on foot, to Padstow, estuary views and usually a coffee/ice cream stop in main season, great fun for all the family. Hire bikes at both ends (Hollyhocks has some bikes)

For local eating we recommend The Blue Tomato for breakfast or lunch and The Rock Inn is great for a meal with a view and many guests recommend the Pityme Inn which is a five minute walk from the properties. The Rock n Roll Plaice will take orders, great fish and more, Jaws Pizza will deliver and for fine dining there is The Enedoc Hotel and The Dining Room, and of course Rick Stein if you have a large wallet! Stein’s fish and chips eat in or take away is great on Padstow harbour. Nathan Outlaw for fish at Port Isaac is recommended.

For local eating we recommend The Blue Tomato for breakfast or lunch and The Rock Inn is great for a meal with a view and many guests recommend the Pityme Inn which is a five minute walk from the properties. The Rock n Roll Plaice will take orders, great fish and more, Jaws Pizza will deliver and for fine dining there is The Enedoc Hotel and The Dining Room, and of course Rick Stein if you have a large wallet! Stein’s fish and chips eat in or take away is great on Padstow harbour. Nathan Outlaw for fish at Port Isaac is recommended.