A cream tea and stunning views in Cornwall
Morwenstow is about six miles north of Bude and within the Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
It is the home of the Parish Church of St Morwenna and St John the Baptist, Morwenstow, and was also the one-time home of the eccentric vicar and poet Robert Stephen Hawker (1803–1875), the writer of Cornwall’s anthem ‘Trelawny’.
The nearby coast is hazardous to shipping and Hawker is noted to have retrieved the bodies of drowned sailors and buried them within the parish boundaries.
There is a path that leads from the church and down to the cliff edge where the National Trust’s smallest building, “Hawker’s Hut,” can be found. This is where Hawker spent many hours in contemplation, writing poetry, and smoking his opium pipe.
The Rectory Tearooms, Morwenstow
The Tea Rooms opened in 1950 as a family-run business, which it still is. The family-run the Organic Farm. The tearooms offer vegetarian, gluten, wheat, and dairy-free menus. A must-try is their cream tea.
Get to Morwenstow
Address: Morwenstow, Cornwall EX23 9SR
At Stratton (Bude) on A39, turn off left heading 2.5 miles (4km) north to Stibb. Pass Stowe Barton on right and drive downhill through woodland. Continue past GCHQ (Government Communications Headquarters) until you reach a junction. Turn left and continue following signs for Rectory Farm tea rooms.
Bus: Western Greyhound 530 from Bude.
Cornwall Cycle Route, 23 miles (37km), passes through Morwenstow
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