A tranquil and intimate landscape, it gains a sense of shelter and richness from the many small woods and creeks that flank the estuary. On the hilltops, the full impact of the coastal winds is felt, with long distance views down the estuary to the sea. Numerous small quays line the estuary and its creeks. Small lanes are bound by high hedges and overhung with trees, with the popular Camel Cycle Trail linking Bodmin and Padstow.
The Camel Estuary is broad expanse of water at high tide, extensive mud flats and sandbanks at low tide. The Amble Marshes form a level area where water and land intermingle, giving rise to valuable salt marsh habitats attractive to wildlife such as wading birds. Cant Hill is a prominent rounded and steep sided landmark. Cornish hedges built of local slate and some the bare stone work of the locally characteristic herringbone pattern.
Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Unit
Block E1, Carrick House