Kilkhampton is a small village in North Cornwall on the A39 (the Atlantic Highway) about five miles from Bude.
We have a selection of shops within the village, and there are also a variety of places to eat or get a takeaway. There is also an MOT test station and an agricultural supply depot, and the parish church, St James, is situated on the main road. We have a thriving Pre-school and school on the outskirts of the village too.
The A39 passes through the heart of the village linking it to Bideford and Newquay. The village also accommodates Penstowe Holiday Park and Pentire, and there are many more places in the village or nearby to stay such as Forda Lodges or Sandymouth Holiday Park to name a few, and there are many attractions or places to visit within a short drive.
Kilkhampton has a long colourful history and there are several burial grounds, dated to the Bronze age, located around the parish that suggest this area has been occupied for many centuries. The 1084 Doomsday record says Kilkhampton had 3 league of woods and some still survive in the valley at Stow. There are remains of a 12th Century motte and bailey style Norman castle. The castle site is under ownership of the National Trust and can be accessed via West Street leading out of the village and then by footpath. Our 12th century parish church dedicated to St James the Great, much rebuilt in the 15th century, is one of many churches dedicated to this saint on a pilgrims' route, which leads ultimately to Santiago (St James) de Compostela in northern Spain. There is now a Kilkhampton Common (http://www.westlandcs.co.uk/kilkhampton-common-2/), which covers an area of approximately 20 acres. The Common is situated in a steep-sided, south-facing valley and comprises grassland, woodland and river habitats. The land is dedicated to nature conservation with sheep and horse grazing to manage pasture areas. Public access through the Common has been established using a combination of way-marked rights of way and permissive footpaths.
More information or details of current events in our village can be found in our parish newsletter -
A few ideas of the places to see when you visit Kilkhampton. With the way things are at present, please always check on opening hours:
The Gnome Reserve & Wild Flower Garden - fun family day out - Visit one of North Devon 's family run attractions a fun day out for the whole family.
Tamar Lakes. Enjoy Tamar Lakes, learn to windsurf/ sail/ sup and much more within the comfort and safety that the lake provides. Visitors to the Lake can enjoy a wide range of water sports irrespective of abilities. Whether you want to enjoy a day out and try something new whilst on holiday or live locally and want to join a local club to meet new people, Tamar Lake offers a relaxed environment which caters for many needs.
The Milky Way. North Devon's Top Family Day Out! If you’re looking for fun days out and things to do in Devon, The Milky Way Adventure Park has it all! Ride the Cosmic Typhoon roller coaster, have a bumping good time on the droid destroyer dodgems and go wild in North Devon’s biggest indoor adventure play area with assault courses & slides built for adults & children. Kick back & watch our amazing live shows featuring Merlin from Britain’s Got Talent, plus fantastic displays from the North Devon Bird of Prey Centre. At The Milky Way we’ve got attractions to suit all ages, whatever the weather. With over 110,000 sq ft of indoor fun & acres of outdoor activities, The Milky Way theme park is the biggest all weather, family day out in North Devon! There are so many things to do plus ALL the rides are included in the entrance fee! Your adventure awaits... are you ready?
Tregarth Studio. Small studio in Kilkhampton, offering workshops and gifts.
Beaches: Sandymouth Beach is just a short drive from Kilkhampton. When the tide is at its lowest, it is possible to take in the spectacular coastline between Bude and Sandymouth by walking the two miles along the beach. Returning by the coast path makes it a very pleasant, circular walk. Sandymouth is a National Trust beach and has a large car park with 200 spaces at the top of the cliff which is pay and display. The walk down to the shore leads you through a quite steep and narrow path, with some steps, which makes Sandymouth unsuitable for those who are less mobile. This lovely beach has its own waterfall and is serviced by a seasonal café, toilets and surf-hire.
Widemouth Bay sands is a very long open bay with a varied and interesting beach. At the more northerly end of Widemouth there is a large sandy area that becomes more exposed has the tide drops, and to either side of this area the sand gives way to some amazing rock formations of interest not only to the geologists amongst you. Widemouth Bay has lifeguards during the summer months, and if you fancy a swim please observe the flags, they're there for a reason.
Summerleaze Beach is located within easy walking distance of Bude town centre, with a sea-water bathing pool, and the canal nearby.
There are many other beaches nearby which all deserve a visit too.
See many more on Trip Advisor or This is North Cornwall Site:
Why visit the North Coast of Cornwall?
The Atlantic coast of North Cornwall stretches for over forty miles from Bude to Perranporth along a wildly beautiful landscape where towns and villages huddle in the cliffs for protection against the sea.
A renowned hub for thrill seekers who get active in and out of the water, the mile wide bays are popular with the nation’s surfers and families alike and the area magically combines the hip and trendy with absolutely stunning natural scenery.
Cliff top walks
Places to visit include:
Boscastle; Bude; Camelford; Crackington Haven; Delabole; Mawgan Porth; Newquay; Padstow; Polzeath; Port Isaac; Perranporth; Rock; St. Agnes; Tintagel; Wadebridge; Watergate Bay.