Five great places to visit in Cornwall
I have received so many messages from readers and friends since our trip to Cornwall this year. So naturally i had to put a post together to talk (or type) about our top five great places to visit in Cornwall. It was so hard to narrow it down because there is a heck of a lot to do in Cornwall. These places made my top five because if i was to go to Cornwall for five days only, these are the places i would visit. I am very outdoorsy and this list reflects that, so it may not necessarily be to everyones taste. I find it difficult to be indoors anyway and I definitely didn’t want to be indoors when there was so much natural beauty around. That is the reason i steered clear of the Eden Project despite the rave reviews.
Aah Cornwall.. Years and years ago, (like literally ten years..yes I’m old 🙁 ), a colleague was telling me about her holiday to Cornwall. Her eyes lit up as she described the views, the beaches, the scones. She repeatedly told me that i wouldn’t believe such a beautiful place existed in the UK and i didn’t to be honest.
23 of us went to Cornwall with Haven Holidays in April this year. I find that holiday parks don’t always have the best reputation. To be honest, outside of camping in a tent i don’t have any experience of living in a caravan on a holiday park so i wasn’t sure what to expect. This holiday park was not to be scoffed at. I mean for starters, It was on the most beautiful clean, serene and scenic beach. The accommodation itself was well equipped, clean and compact and there were people on hand to help out when needed. Like for example when we couldn’t get the heating to work.
The great thing about Cornwall was that there was loads of happy humans around. Everyone loves happy humans. The chilled out kind. My husband LOVES small talk so he was in his element. He was chatting away to every person we came across at any given opportunity so naturally out of the hundreds we spoke to, we met two people from Leicester. One who lived quite close to us. I’m not great at small talk. I am actually quite shy at times. So small talk gets me into a bit of a sweat if I’m honest. I did a lot of background smiling and shuffling and eventually opened my mouth and spoke because the people were so nice, approachable and very relaxed.
I didn’t lug my camera to all these wonderful places and so the pics are mainly off my phone or someone elses phone.
Anyway on to that list!
OMG! If there is one place you should visit in Cornwall, this is it. I mean what’s not to love about an open-air theatre which has been carved into a cliff? Seriously, this is a place with breathtaking views, the most beautiful beach, wonderful gardens and a turquoise sea. From May to September the Minack Theatres hosts drama, musicals and opera in these beautiful surroundings overlooking Porthcurno Bay. Like most places in Cornwall, you have to be ready to walk and this walk is a challenging one. At the top there are a lot of rocks that you can sit on to take in the view which is exactly what my dad did, whilst my mum screamed in the background telling him to get away from the edge. The route down to Porthchapel beach is full of steep rocks and there is no actual path. Needless to say, i abandoned my phone and focussed on where my feet were going and only got a few pictures.
Image courtesy of: www.360degreesbeaches.com
Image courtesy of: www.360degreesbeaches.com
My Pops at Minack Theatre!
The beautiful Kynance Cove includes a wonderful scenic walk to the beach which is hidden between giant cliffs. Once you get to the beach, you see stacks of beautiful serpentine rock contrasting against the white sand and turquoise water. There are also hidden caves, that offer a chance for you to get close to those beautiful rocks.
There’s a steep, rocky 10-15 minute walk down to the cove but the rest of the walk isn’t too bad. Once the walk is over, you come to a cafe that offers scones, sandwiches, baguettes, homemade cakes and cream teas along with beach goods. By the time you get there, you have earned that cream tea. BELIEVE me.
From Kynance there is a fantastic 2 mile walk around the coast to Lizard Point which is the UK’s most southerly point.
Kynance gave my mum another reason to scream, as my husband climbed up said stacks and sat smiling at us from high above.
We knew very little about Trebah Gardens before we went along but I am so glad we went. On the Trebah Gardens website, it is described as ‘ a subtropical paradise with a beautiful coastal backdrop.’ I can’t think of a better description for it. It is magical and beautiful and vibrant. Cascading flowers and towering plants are all around and at the very end of the walk through the valley of Hydrangeas is a quiet, pretty secluded beach. It is £9 entry for adults and £3 for children over 5. Once you purchase the ticket, you can return all week for free, so in effect you could do the gardens in parts because it is a long walk. The Gardens also have Kitchens, Shopping, kids play area and an Ampi Theatre.
St Ives Bay
There is so much to do in St Ives Bay. There are also no shortage of beaches with golden white sand and crystal clear water around the bay. I feel like there are two sides to St Ives bay. There is the hustle and bustle side and the quieter side. We were staying at the quieter end of St Ives where watching the sunrise/set was one of our daily highlights. The other highlight was seeing how happy my kids were on the beach! The busier side of St Ives includes various craft shops, delicious bakeries, the best fish and chips ever and cobbled streets. This was also the place where a seagull took my brothers ice cream cone right out of his hand. Hehehe!
St Michaels Mount
St Michael’s Mount has stunning views across Mounts Bay, Lands End and The Lizard. It also has a wonderful castle that is steeped in history. There is a beautiful path leading to the castle itself.
‘At low tide, the causeway appears from the sea and you can reach St Michael’s Mount by foot, following in the footsteps of giants and pilgrims. Setting out from the beachfront at the Godolphin Arms, it takes just minutes to walk across the ancient cobble causeway which stretches from the mainland to the island..’
Overall, Cornwall was an unforgettable experience and is a place I feel i will visit time and time again!