Overview of Cornwall
The breathtaking county of Cornwall boasts a rich History and heritage, and stretches from the spectacular and atmospheric Bodmin Moor in the north, down to the Lizard Peninsula at the very southern tip of the UK mainland, and encompasses some of the most outstandingly beautiful countryside and spectacular coastline anywhere in the world. The temperate climate offers some of the best Weather in the UK, ideal for a holiday or Short Break.
Passing through Bodmin Moor the desolate and wild grassy heaths are interspersed by small areas of woodland and a number of farms. Underfoot there are ancient peat bogs around river beds which support a whole range of natural wildlife, including the rare otter. Historic remains can be found scattered throughout the area and add to the folklore and legend which has always been a part of this mysterious and intriguing landscape. Wild horses still roam the moor as they did in ancient times, and of course there is the legendary beast of Bodmin to seek out.
The western coast boasts some of the most stunning beaches in the area, and around the Camel Estuary is particularly tranquil. Where the River Camel meets the Atlantic Ocean lies the village of Padstow, sitting directly on the mouth of the estuary with a wide expanse of fine sandy beach and a historic fishing harbour. All around the area are small villages tucked away in private coves and peaceful bays, mostly reached via steep cliff top paths or characteristic narrow, hedge lined roads. The area is renowned as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and has some specific areas of scientific importance for botanists amongst the salt marshes and sand banks. The famous Camel trail is an 11 mile long disused railway line which has now been transformed into a cycle and walking track, linking several towns and villages along the way.
Newquay is renowned for its superb surfing beaches and none more so than the excellent conditions around Fistral Beach, where championship class competitions are held every year, making the most of the huge waves which form around the rocky spurs along the headland. The beach attracts tourists from all over the world and has become a very important part of Cornwall's leisure industry. There are a number of clean sandy beaches around Newquay and the bustling town houses many shops, pubs and eateries which makes it an ideal place for a family holiday. There are several museums and exhibition centres as well as parks and entertainment to be found. Accommodation is plentiful and ranges from camping & Caravan sites to cosy bed and breakfasts, smart hotels and of course Lodges & Log Cabins.
On the eastern side of the mainland in South East Cornwall lies the Rame Peninsula, known as the "forgotten corner", where the coast is divided by tidal creeks and secluded inlets, backed by wonderful, lush green farmland and unspoiled award winning villages.
The Roseland Peninsula is another of the Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty due to the breathtaking scenery and amazing beaches along this Atlantic coast. The rocky headlands are full of interesting rock pools which house a collection of sea creatures at low tide and are perfect for beach combing and exploring. The clear waters around the peninsula are perfect for snorkeling and diving, and house many wrecks of treasure ships and stricken vessels which are a constant source of fascination. Local villages have picture perfect cottages and cosy little tea rooms where the famous quintessential clotted cream teas are served.
St Michaels Mount is a historical island in Mounts Bay which lies off the westerly southern coast near Marazion and houses a magnificent castle, which can be reached on foot, via an ancient causeway at low tide. Around the castle, the village houses ancestors of the local families who lived here long ago, who still live, work and carry on traditional jobs here. At high tide the island is reached by small boats which ferry passengers back and forth to the mainland.
Lands End is most well known as the start of the Lands End to John O'Groats walk, and has a magnificent lighthouse perched on the rocky headland. There is a lifeboat station and visitors centre which depicts the history of the area. The famous Lands End signpost stands as one of the most popular attractions and is highly photographed by tourists. Around the village there are galleries and shops where local artists display and sell their wares. There is also an RSPB reserve which is perfect for bird watchers.
Lizard Point forms the most southerly piece of the UK mainland and is a stunning area of rugged cliffs and rolling green hills. Tiny fishing villages cling around protected coves, with their whitewashed thatched cottages and ancient inns, still welcoming a regular stream of colourful fishing boats. The mild and temperate climate encourages a wealth of wildlife and is perfect for the survival of rare plants and flowers, creating another Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Cornwall has something for everyone, with magnificent scenery as far as the eye can see and so many hidden gems to discover that visitors will always find something new to see and do.