Whether it’s summer or winter, or somewhere in between, there is so much to do in Cornwall. If you’re a family with young children, or a couple that likes to take things a bit slower, there are plenty of options on your trips out from Butterwell Farm.

We always encourage our guests to check out what’s on their doorstep at Butterwell Farm. We have a 40 acre private nature reserve which is reserved for our guests only. Enjoy woodland and river walks in total tranquility here on the farm, spotting wildlife as you go. And don’t forget to come and visit our brood of chickens and say hello to the sheep that roam our estate freely.

If you use Instagram check out our highlights for more ideas which include: Things to do, walking, beaches and restaurants to name a few.

The Camel Trail at Butterwell Farm

Camel Trail

Fantastic for walking and cycling, we are situated directly on the Camel Trail with our own private gate for access. The Camel Trail is an 18-mile, surfaced and virtually level trail, which provides access to the beautiful Cornish countryside and Camel Estuary along a disused railway line between Wenfordbridge, Bodmin, Wadebridge and Padstow. Just a short walk from Butterwell Farm on the Camel Trail you can visit our local pub, tea garden and Camel Valley Vineyard.

Bring your own bikes or organise for rentals to be delivered directly to your property for your stay through our bike hire partner.

Read more about the Camel Trail on our dedicated Camel Trail page.

View of Butterwell Farm from the Camel Valley Vineyard

Camel Valley Vineyard

Located only across the valley from Butterwell Farm (a 20 minute walk) is the award-winning, world-class Camel Valley Vineyard where you can join one of their weekly wine tours and tastings. Or simply walk in and enjoy a couple of glasses and enjoy views back across the valley to Butterwell Farm.

If you want to book a wine tour and tasting we recommend doing this in advance as they get booked up.

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Fishing

Butterwell Farm is the premier destination in the Southwest for sea trout and salmon game fishing. Butterwell offers anglers a good chance of catching sea trout in excess of 5lb on night fly and large autumn salmon all the way to the season close on 15 December when nearly all other fisheries are closed.

Visit our dedicate pages on fishing for more information.

We also have a couple of ponds at Butterwell which are available for residents to fish free of charge year round.  These ponds hold a variety of small fish including roach and rudd.

Coarse fisheries nearby include Innis Fishery and Temple Fishery.

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Eden Project

Just a 25-minute drive from Buttewell Farm is one of Cornwall’s most exciting attractions – massive Biomes house the largest rainforest in captivity, stunning plants, exhibitions and stories. With restaurants and a year-round family events programme it is a fantastic day out in Cornwall.

Read more about the Eden Project here >

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Surfing in Cornwall

Within a 20-25 minute drive from Butterwell are some of Cornwall’s premier surf beaches such as Watergate Bay, Fistral Newquay, Constantine and Mawgan Porth to name a few. Hire a board locally or bring your own and book a lesson to get started!

Want to try surfing? Click here to find out more >

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Mountain Biking

Accessible directly from Butterwell are Cornwall’s relatively undiscovered and superb mountain bike trails, suitable for all abilities including some very challenging down-hill, including Grogley Woods, Cardinham Woods, Hustyns Woods and Bishops Woods.

The best in the Southwest a short ride away! Find out more >

Eating out

Cornwall is one of the country’s prime destinations for eating out with numerous famous chefs choosing the county to open shop – most notably Rick Stein who has some fabulous restaurants mostly in and around Padstow.

Read our Cornwall restaurant guide >

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Walking

Cornwall really is a walker’s paradise with miles of stunning coastline to explore as well as the wild Bodmin moor with its dramatic granite tors just on our doorstep:

South West Coast Path >
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I Walk Cornwall >

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Pencarrow House & Gardens

Less than 10 minutes from Butterwell Farm is a beautiful family estate with 50 acres of formal garden and woodlands, cafe, shop and house tours.  For people interested in history, nature and gardens.  A tranquil place which is dog and family friendly.

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Trebah Garden

Trebah Garden, just South of Falmouth, is a magnificent sub-tropical garden well worth a visit, about a 55 minute drive South from Butterwell and is dog friendly.

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Jamaica Inn

Cornwall’s most famous smugglers inn! Situated on Bodmin Moor it is a fun place to visit for a meal or drink and their museum, and take a walk up to Brown Willy – Cornwall’s highest peak.

Read more about Jamaica Inn, Cornwall >

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Bodmin & Wenford Steam Railway

Discover the excitement and nostalgia of steam travel with a journey back in time on the Bodmin Railway.

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Bodmin Jail

An all-weather family attraction on the Camel Trail packed with exciting history and anecdotes. Licensed bar and restaurant on site.

Read more about what to expect at Bodmin Jail >

Padstow

A traditional day out for the family in this beautiful harbour town with cream teas, pasties, crabbing, boat trips and the National Lobster Hatchery!

Read more about Padstow >

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The Lost Gardens of Heligan

Heligan offers over 200 acres for exploration. Discover Victorian Productive Gardens, romantic Pleasure Grounds, lush sub-tropical Jungle, pioneering Wildlife Project & beyond.

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Tate Modern and the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden at St Ives

St Ives is a charming harbour town location in itself to visit – combine this with these two fantastic museums available on a multi-ticket purchase.

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Lanhydrock, National Trust

Magnificent late Victorian country house with gardens and wooded estate. Extensive gardens, ancient woodlands, cycle trails.

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Dairyland Farmworld

There is so much going on here at this all weather family attraction.  Get up close with lots of different animals, tractor rides, pony ride, trampolines and more!  Less than a 30 minute drive from Butterwell Farm just outside Newquay.

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The Japanese Garden

A beautiful, tranquil and unusual garden just near Mawgan Porth bay with an attached shop and nursery selling succulents and bonsai trees.  Dogs are not permitted but there are some shaded parking areas and a typical visit would take 1 – 2 hours.

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Cornish Seal Sanctuary

The seal sanctuary provides a lifeline for stray, sick and injured seal pups which have been discovered around the Cornwall coast.

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Crealy Adventure Park

A great day out for the whole family.

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Horse riding

Hallagenna Riding, Bodmin Moor.

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