Stratton village, Cornwall
Stratton despite appearances is actually a town situated about a mile and a half east of Bude in North Cornwall. The town is quite ancient and was mentioned in the last Will ant Testament of King Alfred the Great. Nearby Stamford Hill was the site of a battle in the English Civil War. Taking place on 16th May 1643, a large Roundhead Army under the command of the Earl of Stamford crossed the Tamar and barricaded himself on a hill close to Stratton. The hill now bears his name - Stamford Hill. With him he brought 5,400 infantry, 200 horse, 13 cannons and a great mortar. The Royalists, under Sir Ralph Hopton and Sir Bevil Grenville, (owner of Stowe Barton at Duckpool), resolved to launch an attack with only 2,400 foot soldiers and 500 horsemen, being outnumbered 2 to 1. The battle began on the morning of Tuesday, the 16th of May and for nearly 10 hours the fight moved to and fro. By late afternoon, the Parliamentarians had expended all their ammunition - the moment for which the Royalists had been greedily waiting. Trusting to cold steel and iron resolve, they started marching into the Parliamentarian lines, and lo and behold, the Parliamentarians wavered. Victory was clinched by Sir Richard Grenville, whose wing scaled the summit, driving Stamford's men before them. The Parliamentarians fled, leaving 300 dead and 1,700 prisoners.
Stratton is well olaced to use as a base to vist the whole of North Cornwall, the Tamar Lakes and the sights of North Devon, less than an hours drive away.
Stay at a nearby Holiday Park and keep the kids amused all day! Parks in the vicinity include those at:
Plenty of hotels are available locally. Consider those in the local towns:
There's plenty more to explore in this area, too! Find more attractions and things to do nearby: