There is pretty much an endless list as to why we love Cornwall and that it is the best place to live/visit in the whole world. Although we do have the travel bug and love to explore new continents searching for unridden waves, or a little closer to home with road trips in our campervan, we always love to come home. Here’s a few reasons why Cornwall should be right up there on your list too…
Pasties, cream teas, fish and chips, saffron buns, ice cream, fudge, yarg, stargazey pie, clotted cream, fairings. Need we say anymore! Any food lover in Cornwall will not know what’s hit them! Not only do we have some amazing local foods, we also have lots of fresh seafood, and some top-notch restaurants. From Michelin Star eateries, to farm shops and delis, the food is so fresh and so tasty. We may be a bit protective of our heritage mind, so make sure there’s no carrot in your pasty, and it’s ‘jam first’ on your scone! But be warned you may gain an inch or two on the waist if you stay for too long…
There are also some pretty famous drinks (of the alcoholic variety) to come from the far South West. From Betty Stoggs bitter, Cornish Knocker Ale, Rattler and Scrumpy ciders, to mead wine, Tarquins Gin and Polgoon sparkling wines, there’s a lot of tipple to tickle your tastebuds. With cider farms giving you a tour of the orchard, to brewery tours that come complete with a pasty to soak it all up, it’s worth the day out, but make sure you’re not the designated driver.
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With hundreds of miles of dramatic coastline it’s not surprising that there are over 300 beaches to choose from, and each one makes you love Cornwall that little bit more. From tiny inaccessible coves to vast expanses of sand dunes and golden sands there really is a beach for everyone. In the winter you can pretty much guarantee yours will be the only footprints along the low tide, but in the summer you may have to search a little harder to find a quiet spot. Bedruthan Steps, Porthcurno and Kynance Cove are amongst our top picks.
Find out about Cornwall’s best beaches here.
Us Cornish folk may talk a little odd and have a funny language on our road signs, but we’re a lovely bunch. A true Cornishman/women celebrates our national day, St Pirans Day, with a pasty and a cream tea, and gets a funny feeling when they cross the Tamar into Devon… There have been some pretty famous people to come out of Cornwall including Sir Humphry Davy, Richard Trevithick and Daphne du Maurier; nowadays we have Kernow King, Jethro, Fishermans Friends and Captain Ross Poldark to celebrate.
Read our blog on the greatest Cornish men and women of all time to learn more about the locals.
If you’re after extremes in weather then there is no better place. As a whole we are the mildest county in England and can have some of the warmest temperatures being this far South. In the summer we can have beautiful beach days, which can start as early as Easter and run though to October, even November if you’re lucky. In the winter we can have some pretty extreme weather, with the wind truly battering our exposed coastline, it’s got to be the best place to storm watch in the country.
With some of the most stunning scenery in the country, from dramatic clifftops, to rolling countryside and sandy beaches, there’s a photo opportunity almost everywhere. Take your pick from hundreds of iconic landmarks and tourist spots, not to mention the sunsets, especially down the far west. Be sure your camera is always at hand as you never know when a beautiful rainbow is going to make an appearance or dolphins are going to leap out of the surf in front of you.
Almost the best thing since sliced bread, Poldark has certainly captured the hearts of a nation. Not only is the star of the show, Ross Poldark, a sight to behold, but the stunning backdrop of our beloved Cornwall is shown off in all its beauty. The filming locations include Porthgwarra, St Agnes, Gunwalloe and Botallack mines. We definitely will be glued to our screens when series two is aired later in the year.
There’s not that many places in the country where you can drive for no more than 5 minutes from a town to find peace and quite. Cornwall boasts such peace, from hidden coves and empty coastal paths, to deserted moorlands and rambling fields. It’s so easy to escape the hustle and bustle (not exactly that hustley or bustley in the first place!) but you can get back to nature and appreciate the birds song, the rabbits hop or the squirrels scurry.
well Eden Project… although our climate is so mild you can see palm trees across the county.
Surrounded on three sides, you don’t have to go far to find the sea in Cornwall. Apart from our land border with Devon we are pretty much an island, and sometimes it does feel like you’re on a tropical holiday island. The sea provides us with world class seafood, as well as some amazing wildlife and some pretty inspiring surf. You can also take boat trips out from our coastline to reach the Isles of Scilly, with a population of just over 2000, they are an unspoilt corner of Cornwall not to miss.
Only in Cornwall can you watch a top theatre production perched on a cliff edge with the Atlantic sea as a backdrop. Or walk across a causeway only exposed at low tide to reach a castle. And where else boasts King Arthurs Castle and Merlins Cave.
Let us know why you love Cornwall…
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