Our most southwesterly county, a pretty peninsula with 400 miles of stunning coastline, is a treat to visit in all seasons. We’ve picked a few of the best things to see and do on a visit to Cornwall.
Cornwall’s scenery is dramatic in winter months—even better when it includes a traditional pub—while the summer sees the Cornish Riviera in all its sun-soaked glory.
Travel the winding roads up to Maker Heights on the Rame Peninsula for some spectacular laid back food with equally wonderful views.
The Canteen at Maker Heights is run by a former River Cottage chef who creates beautiful fair-priced food from local ingredients. Its unassuming corrugated canteen building pays homage to the military heritage of the vast hill, which was once home to army barracks.
There’s not much else for miles around other than a Maker campsite, so pitch up a tent, hire a yurt, and stay for some live music at the campsite bar.
No part of Cornwall is any further than 20 miles from the sea, which easily explains why surfing is a popular Cornish past time.
Where better to learn to ride the waves? You’re spoilt for choice for surf schools here, and different parts of the coast will suit different needs. Harlyn and Porthtowan on the north coast are both good for beginners, with surf schools and lifeguards on the beach.
Adventure Bay surf school in Whitsand Bay on the south coast is also a great choice for kids and those who need guidance and also offers coasteering sessions… helmets included.
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Whether you’re looking to cosy up by a roaring fire, or simply sample the local ciders, you’re never far from a great old pub in Cornwall.
Try the Pandora Inn in Mylor, a 13th-century inn that sits on the edge of Restronguet Creek. Flagstone floors, low beams and a thatched roof help create its wonderful atmosphere, while in summer months you can take in the views from the creek side.
Alternatively, try the mainland’s most southerly inn, the Top House, which is big on traditional live music, perfect for a lively sing-song before walking back to camp.
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The name alone might be enough to attract the kids when you tell them you’re off to visit the Lizard. England’s most southerly tip has plenty to explore, including a lighthouse and lots of wildlife to spot.
Head up to the Lizard Lighthouse Heritage Centre, where you and the kids can get a taste of life as a lighthouse keeper. Climb right to the top, track the boats and sound the foghorn, and don’t forget to look out for pirates.
Take a short walk over the cliffs from the famed Minack Theatre and you’ll find Porthchapel beach. A favourite with locals for being hidden away (you’ll have to climb down a little bit of rock face to reach it), this beautiful beach epitomises Cornwall’s beauty.
It sits at the foot of rugged, grass-topped cliffs and if you visit on the right day, you might just see dolphins, seals or sharks basking in the azure sea.