Cornwall is the ultimate UK summer staycation with its mild climate, breathtaking scenery and long stretches of sandy beaches.
Surfing is at the top of everyone’s to-do list in Cornwall and it’s no surprise due to the incredible waves you can find all along the coast. It is the best place to visit this summer, with a mix of country-manor style and chic boutique shops and cafes. Cornwall has everything to offer you, whether you are a family, couple or a group of girls heading away for a long weekend. Grab a bottle of Prosecco, head to the beach and breath in the fresh air, summer season is back!
HOW TO GET THERE
I would drive, but you can also jump on a bus, fly or get a train. Newquay Airport is 5 mins from Watergate Bay and is served by Flybe which operates year-round services from London and Manchester. If you are driving however, be organised for a road trip as it can be a pretty long drive. Stay on the A30 to get anywhere fast or head down the A38 via Plymouth and Liskeard is a much slower route into the county. Trains take quite a while, but go from London-Penzance returns from £62 through First Great Western.
WHEN TO GO
Cornwall is one of the first places to spring alive due to its southerly location. Plants tend to flower as early as January and from mid-Feb many gardens open to the public. June and July are usually dry and warm, never too hot. The best time to visit seems to be September and October when the weather is usually glorious.
WHAT TO DO
The Lizard Peninsula
Shaped by the relentless Atlantic ocean, the cliffs of The Lizard Peninsula at the southernmost tip of Cornwall offer a dramatic sight. You’ll find coves, turquoise waters and lots of wildlife.
The Eden Project
I’ve visited the Eden Project many a time and love it. Even if you head here for the domes, it is well worth a visit. It can be a bit busy or pricey but it’s a fun day out and the gardens are always perfect and change with the seasons, and the biomes are great fun. There’s nowhere else in the world quite like The Eden Project!
In between St Agnes and Perranporth there are caves, caverns and a secluded beach, it is also the perfect spot for a little bit of kayaking. There is nothing better than a sunset walk across the coast from Perranporth to St Agnes.
St Michael’s Mount
Walking across the causeway to St Michael’s Mount at low tide is one of Cornwall’s true highlights and something that can’t be done in many other places around the world.
If you’ve ever watched Doc Martin, you’ll want to visit here. It’s also one of the most beautiful towns in Cornwall with its wonderful pubs, little streets and proper Cornish feel.
The South West Coast Path
Cornwall has over 300 miles of stunning coastline to explore via the South West Coast Path. With dramatic headlands, intimate coves, and pretty harbour towns, there’s something for everyone.
Set on one of the prettiest headlands anywhere in the world, St Ives is a beautiful town and the stunning Porthminster beach attracts thousands every year.
A true gem of Cornwall, The Minack Theatre is an amphitheatre built into the granite cliff up above Porthcurno beach. This one is not to be missed! The open air theatre sits on the stunning cliffs overlooking Porthcurno.
Penzance sits on the very tip of Cornwall, and every time you visit it never gets old. I visited a lot as a child and I will always remember that feeling of being on the edge of the world. You can also on a clear day see St Michael’s Mount.
The Isles of Scilly
Not technically in Cornwall, but another not to be missed. Jump on a boat and head across to the beautifully-raw Isles of Scilly. They are an absolute must, accessed by a 15 minute flight from Land’s End. Tip: here you can go swimming with seals!
WHERE TO STAY
There are an abundance of gorgeous hotels, and B&B’s in Cornwall, so many in fact it is often hard to choose the one. But one recommendation I would have, is that instead why not rent a cottage for a weekend or a week long holiday. I would personally recommend the lovely guys at Cornish Horizons who are one of Cornwall’s leading Visit England accredited agencies representing some of the best holiday cottages in Cornwall. With a collection of nearly 500 cottages in popular locations including Fowey, St Ives, Padstow, Looe and Newquay.
I found this great cottage in Padstow, called The Padstow Cottage and fell in love. Exquisite furnishings, bespoke fittings including hand-made kitchen with granite worktop, a stunning bathroom offering a “his and hers” walk in shower or spoil yourself with a relaxing soak in the free-standing roll top bath. Upstairs you will find a romantic French style four poster bed with a view of the estuary to enjoy with your morning coffee in bed. Get me there now!
WHERE TO EAT
The Old Quay House – https://theoldquayhouse.com – 28 Fore Street, Fowey, Cornwall, PL23 1AQ
Tolcarne Inn – https://tolcarneinn.co.uk/ – Tolcarne Place, Newlyn, Penzance TR18 5PR
Fifteen Cornwall – https://www.fifteencornwall.co.uk/ – On The Beach, Newquay TR8 4AA
Sam’s on the Beach – http://samscornwall.co.uk – Polperro Heritage Coast, 14, Polkerris, Par PL24 2TL
Ben Tunnicliffe Sennen Cove – http://benatsennen.com/ – Penwith Heritage Coast, Sennen Cove, Cornwall TR19 7BT
The Victoria Inn – http://www.victoriainn-penzance.co.uk/ – Perranuthnoe, Penzance
Cornwall TR20 9NP
The Hidden Hut – http://www.hiddenhut.co.uk/ – The Roseland Heritage Coast, Portscatho, Truro TR2 5EW
The Seafood Restaurant – https://www.rickstein.com – Riverside, Padstow PL28 8BY
*This post is a collaboration with Cornish Horizons.