CORNWALL – WHY GO?
Cliffs, coves and crashing Atlantic surf give Cornwall heaps of scenic superlatives. Its rugged coastline is dotted with walking trails, pretty fishing villages and golden beaches. It also boasts some top boutique hotels and art galleries, as well as Britain’s mildest climate.
MUST SEE, MUST DO
Surf ‘n sand
Catch a wave at Newquay, Cornwall’s surfing mecca, or along the coast between St Agnes and Morwenstow. Rub shoulders with Cornwall’s barefoot surf set at Crookletts and Summerleaze beaches around Bude, or Porthleven and Sennen Cove.
Other good bronzing beaches include Kynance Cove on the Lizard peninsula, Porthcurno near Land’s End, Gerrans Bay or Pendower near St Mawes, and Porthminster at St Ives.
Britain’s most westerly outpost faces out into the Atlantic in dramatic style. Park the car and scramble down one of the coastal paths to take in the salt air, wind-blown heather, rugged rocks and unfurling ocean waves for the full end-of-the-road experience.
St Michael’s Mount
Britain’s answer to Britanny’s Mont St Michel sits just off the coast at Marazion, near Penzance. Linked to the mainland by a causeway (check the high tide times before venturing across), this historic island castle is a crowd-puller.
Pretty St Ives has been home to a lively artist’s colony since the 1930s. Contemporary art fans can make a beeline for the Tate St Ives at Porthmeor Beach to see the works of some of the biggest names in the art world.
Hewn out of the stone cliffs above Porthcurno Beach, this Greek-style amphitheatre stages open air plays and concerts during the summer months – an experience not to be missed.
Check out the beautiful Lost Gardens of Heligan or the hugely successful Eden Project near St Austell for a more futuristic take.
Isles of Scilly
This tiny cluster of islands basking in the warmth of the Gulf Stream lie just 28 miles out to sea. Be sure to visit the subtropical gardens of Tresco, and go diving, seal-spotting and picnicking while gazing over Atlantic rollers – it’s next stop, America. You can reach the Scillies by air via Newquay, or via helicopter or ferry from Penzance. Isles of Scilly
MAKE A DATE
Watch teams of rowers in action in the waters of St Mary’s in the Isles of Scilly at the World Pilot Gig Championships.
Pack your deck shoes for the big Falmouth Regatta.
Join fellow foodies at the Falmouth Oyster festival – a celebration of fresh Cornish seafood. Or see a line-up of drama, music and film at the Roseland Festival, along the Roseland Peninsula.
Snap yourselves in picturesque fishing villages such as Polperro or Portloe before picnicking along the cliffy coastal footpaths. Or take a chopper ride to the Isles of Scilly and swim with the seals.