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Chapel Amble

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The picturesque and peaceful village of Chapel Amble lies around 3 miles from the historic town of Wadebridge and is close to the watersports resort of Rock and the charming fishing village of Port Isaac in north Cornwall.

The River Amble runs through the small village to join the River Camel, the main road through the village crosses over the river via a stone bridge with high cutwaters. The Camel Trail, an exclusive route for cyclists and walkers, runs from Padstow inland to the edge of Bodmin Moor.

The quaint village green, which contains an ancient piggery, stands at the centre of Chapel Amble, surrounding the green are a number of attractive old cottages and the village pub, The Malsters Arms. There is also a post office and an interiors' shop. The village centre is a Conservation Area.

Medieval St Aldheims Chapel once stood here, which was licensed in 1383. Today the only signs of the chapel are some buried remains, but some ancient relics from the chapel have been incorporated in local cottages.

The three hundred year old village pub, The Maltsters Arms, (pictured right) has much old-world character and charm with Cornish slate floors, gleaming copper pots, open fire and low beams. A typical and traditional old Cornish pub, redolent with atmosphere, serving great, local food and a good variety of fine wine and real ale.

The Walmsley Bird Sanctuary is within close walking distance. It includes over 20 hectares of reclaimed flood plain between the farm of Lower Amble and the River Amble. Species to be seen include, in winter, Teal, large flocks of Wigeon, Lapwing and Golden Plover. Also Shoveler, Snipe, Greenshank, Green Sandpiper, Ruff, Curlew, Black-tailed Godwit, White-fronted Gees (low numbers), Little Egret and Barn Owl. In summer, breeding birds include Mute Swan, Mallard, Shelduck, Reed Bunting, Sedge Warbler and Reed Warbler. The bird hide at the sanctuarystands 4 metres high, and provides excellent views over most of the reserve and the surrounding countryside.

Within a few miles of the village is a wide selection of some of the very best sandy beaches that north Cornwall has to offer, which include Polzeath, Daymer Bay, and Porthilly.

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