Why Choose a Cornish Holiday
Due to the gulf steam currents and the southerly location, Cornwall is a gem for those wanting a warm sunny holiday without flying abroad. The landscape and natural beauty are the main reasons to visit, and local authorities work hard to ensure that nature remains Cornwall’s best feature.
A Walkers Paradise
Having some of the most breath-taking scenery in the country, Cornwall has some fantastic walks for experienced hikers and casual day walkers. Taking a hike in Cornwall couldn’t be easier as there is plenty of parking and many routes pass by local pubs and tea rooms so that you can stop off for lunch or a beer. Here are a few of our favourite walks:
Easy Walk: Land’s End to Porthcurno. This is a relaxing walk of just under 6 miles where you can stand at the most southerly point of the mainland UK and take in the rugged granite landscape which has been shaped by millions of years of weather from the Atlantic.
Medium Walk: Lamorna Loop Via St Loy. This is a pleasant walk of a little under 6 miles which passes along the rugged coastline where you can view Lizard Point and ramble through woodland areas awash with wildflowers. Lamorna Cove has been home to many great artists and still has dedicated arts and crafts festivals annually.
Challenging Walk: Polruan to Polperro. This walk is a little over 12 miles if making the return journey, and takes in picturesque, quiet bays and coves. The trail is known as the roller coaster due to the steep gradients at some points. For those who don’t like walking the same route to return you can catch a local bus to take you back to Polruan.
As the home to the UK surfing scene, the north shores of Cornwall attract surfers from across the globe and holds many world-class events. Whether you like to surf, bodyboard or sit on the beaches, you will find plenty of choice for all. Here a few of our top picks for beaches to visit:
Fistral Bay is located near the town of Newquay and is the home to the British Surfing Association. There are fantastic views from shore and surfers can challenge themselves with waves reaching 9 meters. The sandy beach stretches for 700 meters and gives incredible views over the Atlantic Ocean.
Marazion Beach is popular with tourists and families as it is the gateway to St Michaels Mount which can be accessed at low tide on foot, or by boat when the tide is in. The beach has dunes and long stretches of sand, so it is easy to find a quiet sun trap. For those keen on water sports, you can join the windsurfing school and find your sea legs or swim in the calm waters of Cornwall’s south coast.
Tregantle Beach is located not far from Plymouth making it an easy place to visit for those travelling from the north. The beach is open to dog walkers all year round and at low tide has a large sandy beach for families to play and rocky coves to explore. Swimming can be tricky due to strong rip currents, and there will be lifeguards on hand to advise you upon arrival.