What do most people think of England; the Royal Family, red buses, afternoon tea? Millions of travellers visit England every year and most visit the capital city, London. You can understand why as it is studded with both history and attractions; the London Eye, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, the list is endless. But what about England’s natural beauty? Visit Cornwall!
The county of Cornwall is one of the best places to experience the English countryside. It is located in the far west of Great Britain on a peninsula tumbling into the vast Atlantic ocean. Take one five hour train from London and you could be there exploring Cornwall’s many hidden gems.
There are over 200 Coastal Walks that you can take in Cornwall
With the longest coastline in Britain, these cliffside trails are the best way to view the dramatic cornish coastlines. On these coastal walks you’ll explore ancient paths that have been established by miners, fisherman and farm workers over centuries. You can also spend the day getting lost amongst the rolling green hills and through fields of cows, goats and sheep.
The North coast is more exposed and in turn has a wilder nature. The south coast has been dubbed the riviera and is more sheltered. Both are equally as beautiful and offer some of England’s most impressive views. You can spend the day getting lost in the countryside finding historical monuments and statues along the way. Best yet, you’ll be standing in awe as you scan over 360 views of the Atlantic ocean.
Dotted along the Cornish coastline you will find fishing towns dating back to the 1700’s
Every year these picturesque towns are filled with sailing boats, yachts and ships. Grab fresh seafood in the harbour or a pint at the cosy pub, meander along the boutique shops or even spot dolphins playing.
In the North Coast, head to Padstow and St Ives. In the South; Fowey, Charlestown and Port Isaac are just a few of the best spots. These charming towns won’t just provide you with a weekend of relaxation, you’ll also get to taste some of the world’s most delicious fish and chips when you visit Cornwall!
Cornwall houses some of Europes most beautiful beaches
The coastline stretches for over 250 miles and there are over 300 beaches distributed across the north and south. These beaches range from secluded rocky coves to vast expanses of golden sand.
On a sunny day, the turquoise seas sparkle in the sunlight and although chilly, offers a refreshing dip. There’s nothing like playing in the pumping waves in Cornwall. In the North Coast, you’ll find popular beaches such as Watergate Bay, Newquay and Polzeath.
In the south you will often find smaller, quieter beaches. Kynance Cove (pictured above) is located on the west of the Lizard and is probably the most photographed and painted location in Cornwall. The cove is truly spectacular. The white sand beach and dark red and green serpentine rock produce a breath taking sight.
Cornwall has perfect surf for all abilities
Yes, this really is in Cornwall. Cornwall was the birthplace of British surfing and is one of the most consistent regions for surf in the country. Newquay is the epicentre of Cornish surfing and home to one of the most famous surf spots in UK, Fistral. Other good surfing spots include Watergate Bay and Sennen Cove. The Cribbar, also known as the Widow Maker, is another popular surfing spot amongst big wave surfers. It is located off the Towan Headland in Newquay and is known world wide for its 30ft waves.
Beaches tend to become busiest around July and August, however there are still a few places to find off the beaten track for those who are willing to explore. St Agnes is home to some powerful waves whilst other spots such as Perran Sands, Godrevy and Gwithian have good waves that are mellower . You will also find a number of surf schools studded around Cornwall, so whether you’re a beginner or advanced there will be waves for you to enjoy.
You will never spend a day bored when you visit Cornwall as there are over a thousand attractions you can visit
The Eden Project has been called ‘the eighth wonder of the world’ and has won countless awards. It is an epic destination for all ages. It’s more than just a huge tropical garden, the Eden Project is the gateway into relationships between humans and plants. It presents a fascinating insight into the story of mankind’s dependence on plants.
Spend your day walking through the Rainforest or Mediterranean Biomes seeing and smelling an array of tropical plants. There is even a thirty acre out door garden which houses hemp, sunflowers and wildlife that is native to Cornwall and the UK. The Eden Project also houses numerous events throughout the year such as gigs and concerts and even an ice rink in Winter. Its a living example of regeneration and sustainable living and is definitely a highlight amongst Cornwall’s many attractions.
You can explore Cornwall’s stunning history and heritage
St Michael’s Mount dates back to the medieval period and is home to an ancient castle. It now belongs to the National Trust and is open for visitors all year round. Get there either by walking or by crossing on a boat and spend the day treading the medieval pathways or exploring sub-tropical gardens. You can even climb to the castle and uncover stories of history and legends. Get a taste of island life by spending the day exploring and let the stunning views take your breath away.
The Minack theatre is another of Cornwall’s unique historical gems. Sit perched on the cliffs high above the Atlantic ocean and watch a number of drama, musicals and operas over summer. The theatre is one of the world’s most famous outdoor theatres and welcomes over 200,000 people a year. With the first performance dating back to 1932, the theatre is bursting with historic charm and is a unique experience that is not to be missed when you visit Cornwall.
Cornwall’s crisp sea air will leave you feeling refreshed and it’s beautiful sights will leave you in awe. Make sure you visit Cornwall this year, you’ll see for yourself just how stunning it is.