Written by Lynsey Oxton
With Covid-19 still scuppering plans to fly to a far flung land, we opted for another ‘staycation’ – this time in Costa Del Cornwall. It wasn’t so much the balmy break we had hoped for, as we accidentally chose to visit during the fourth wettest May in the record books – but it was still fantastic and we got to enjoy spots of sunshine in between the showers!
If you’re looking for inspiration for your own Cornwall trip, I’ve divided the blog up into North, South and West Cornwall so that you can jump straight to the places you want to see. There’s also a section for the Isles of Scilly, which is in easy reach of Penzance, Newquay or Lands End.
North Cornwall offers dramatic coastlines, culinary delights and daredevil surf. Its most definitely not for the faint-hearted and yet definitely for the foodies.
Click below to read about surfy Newquay, pretty Padstow and the fisherman’s favourite, Port Isaac.
The Southern side of Cornwall is best known for its quaint harbours, pretty-as-a-picture villages, tranquil beaches and luscious countryside.
Click below to read about Charlestown, The Eden Project, Falmouth, Fowey, Mevagissey and the absolutely stunning Polperro.
The ‘Wild West’ of Cornwall is generally quieter than the North and South coastlines and as such, it attracts the walking and camping crowd who come here for the craggy headland, ancient moorland and views to die for.
Click below to read about Lands End, the Lizard Peninsula, Mousehole, Penzance, Porthleven and the gorgeous, colourful St Ives.
The Isles of Scilly
The Isles of Scilly sit around 30 miles off the South-West coast of Cornwall and comprise a whopping 140 islands (even though just five are inhabited).
If you fancy a day trip (or a longer stay), St Mary’s is easy to reach by ferry from Penzance or Skybus from Lands End or Newquay – or if you’re really minted – by private helicopter!
Quick Tip for those with cars:
If you’re driving about in Cornwall, you pay to park almost everywhere. If you aren’t in the habit of carrying spare change in the glove box, you’re likely to have to phone up or pay online. Save yourself some time and download the ‘RingGo’ and ‘Flowbird’ apps before you go. By setting accounts up in advance, you’ll save lots of time on the day.
I hope you enjoyed your virtual tour of this beautiful part of England! I’d love to hear about your own Cornwall trips or any tips you may have for my own next visit! Comment below…