Delabole in North Cornwall

View from Green Lane in Delabole

Delabole Village and Delabole Quarry

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Delabole in North Cornwall

Booby's Bay
Coads Green
Crackington Haven
Constantine Bay
Daymer Bay
Five Lanes
Harlyn Bay
North Hill
Petherwin Gate
Port Isaac
Porthcothan Bay
Port Quin
South Petherwin
St Breward
St Endellion
St Issey
St Juliot
St Kew
St Kew Highway
St Mabyn
St Merryn/Shop
Stoke Climsland
St Teath
St Tudy
Trebarwith Strand
Warbstow Cross
Week St Mary
Widemouth Bay

Delabole is the third highest village in Cornwall and is almost on a par with Roughtor. If you care to stay you will find several interesting things to see and do in and around Delabole. When you reach the centre of the village, you will come across a public house known as "The Bettle and Chisel", a couple of grocery shops and the award winning florist "Bruallen". The Cornwall Air Ambulance charity shop used to be located here but for reasons beyond me the shop no longer supports the heli-aid charity.

                       Arial view of Delabole and the Quarry                   A view from Delabole

The quarry from which the villages around grew to ultimately become Delabole.   Delabole has commanding views over North Cornwall due to its high location.

Here you can turn and drive down a road called Pengelly, at the bottom of which you will find one of the biggest holes in Europe, Delabole Slate Quarry. It is a must see. Delabole is also the birth place of the Cornwall Air Ambulance, there fund raising H.Q. and charity shop can be found here. At the Northern end of Delabole there is a thriving fishery, where you may picnic or fish, or feed the birds and take in the backdrop....which includes the extinct volcano that is Roughtor. Close by to Delabole is the disused airfield at Treligga Downs. Now home to many sheep, the downs afford the most amazing views up and down the coast, and of course, the surfers beach at Tregardock is close to here and is a worthwhile walk.  Also within the vicinity is the cove of Backways, which is best reached via, Trebarwith village, a small hamlet that nestles about a quarter of a mile inland of Trebarwith Strand. If you do venture to Tregardock or Backways, we do urge you to park away from all working farm access or you may regret it.

Backlanes of Delabole

If you approach Delabole from Camelford you will come upon windmills situated at the outskirts of the village, and if you pull in here you will find area 21.

  St Teath is the name of both the parish in which Delabole lies and the village of St Teath itself .

The wind farm at Delabole

The first commercial wind farm in the u.k.

Delabole Wind farm in North Cornwall

Delabole wind farm was submitted for construction in 1989 and came into operation in 1991, thus making it Britainís first commercial wind farm. Delabole wind farm is operated by Windelectric, which is owned by Good Energyís parent company, Monkton Group Plc.

Ownership: Commercial

Renewable technology: Horizontal Axis Wind Turbines

Delabole wind farm update: Redevelopment.
There were originally ten 400 kilowatt (kW) Vestas wind turbines at Delabole meaning the 4 megawatt (MW) site reliably provided around 10,000 megawatt hours (MWh) of electricity each year. That was enough to power the homes of 3,000 customers.

However, advances in technology meant that Good Energy could significantly improve the efficiency of the wind farm by installing new turbines and so, in December 2009, Good Energy received planning approval to repower the wind farm, investing £11.8 million into the project.

On 2nd August 2010, the 10 original turbines began to be taken down and replaced by four larger, more powerful ones. With a total combined capacity of 9.2MW, these new turbines increased the wind farmís output by roughly two-and-a-half times. Not only will it now prevent a projected 13,708 tonnes of carbon from being released into the atmosphere every year, Delabole generates enough electricity to supply around 7,000 homes, ensuring it plays an integral role in helping put the UK on the path to a 100% renewable energy future.

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Bettle and Chisel: Bettle and Chisel are tools used to split the slate into thin sheets that could then be cut by hand, or with a guillotine, to make roofing slates. The Bettle was a wooden mallet and the chisel would be made from drop forged steel. Rents and Heads: Rents are the places were the split would be made and heads are the natural slate faults that occur throughout Olabobs.

Bettle: Originally a wooden mallet used in the splitting of slate.

Olabob: Large piece of un worked slate slab.

Treligga Downs and the hamlet of Treligga are located southwest of Delabole about half a mile has the crow flies or 5 minutes by car. Here can be found HMS Vulture II, a bombing and gunnery range for RNAS St Merryn near Padstow in use from 1940 to 1955. The lookout / control tower is still at Treligga and was home to many a farm animal until recently when the owners decided to convert the tower into a possible holiday let or home.


Flowers from Bruallen  67 High Street  Delabole, Cornwall

Telephone : 01840 212555

Winner of the Duchy of Cornwall Trophy for the past 5 years.

   Web:      E-mail: Flowers From Bruallen

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OPEN:  Monday to Friday 8.30am til 5.30pm....Saturdays  8.30am til 1pm


Delabole Business Listings

A.R.P. Plumbing  18 Trebarwith Road  Delabole  01840 213791

Bettle and Chisel Inn 114 High Street Delabole 01840 211402

Central Garage 45  High Street  Delabole  01840 212388  (Second Hand Goods)

Cornish Insurance   High Street  Delabole  01840 213836

Delabole Post Office  51 High Street  Delabole  01840 213262

Delabole Slate Co Ltd  Pengelly House  Pengelly Delabole 01840 212242 

Delabole Stores  High Street  01840 212303

Delabole Surgery  46  High Street  Delabole  01840 213229

Ferndale Coarse Fisheries Delabole 01840 212091

Planet Park  West Down  Delabole  01840 213361

Poldark Inn  Trelligga Downs  Delabole  01840 212565

 Slate & Stone Crafts   4 Higher Medrose  Delabole  01840 213742

Spar Stores  67 High Street  Delabole 01840 213897

Smugglers Rest 1  High Street  Delabole 01840 212232 

W. E. Lugg and Son  Rockland Garage Delabole 01840 213284

Western Supply Co  Atlantic Road Delabole 01840 212580

Delabole village - Business directory for Delabole in North Cornwall


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