5 to try: scenic drives

The drive to Watergate Bay, Newquay c Bob Berry

Pack a picnic, pull on your sunnies and get ready to be captivated; have the drive of your life in Cornwall. 

St Ives to Sennen
This stretch of road (the B3306) enjoys magnificent sweeping views across the west Cornish coast and beyond. The road quite literally hugs the remote coastline and falls away across fields which rest on mighty cliffs. With every twist and turn, the view gets even more glorious with the sea on one side and rugged moorland on the other. Stop off along the way at Zennor and view the church, or visit the mining remains at Geevor, Levant and Botallack. At St Just turn right and head out to Cape Cornwall, a quieter alternative to Land's End! Finish the journey at Sennen by driving down to the cove and taking in the stunning views of the famous Longships Lighthouse.

Newquay to Padstow
Take the scenic route along the breathtakingly beautiful coastal roads which connect Newquay and Padstow. As Newquay disappears into your rear-view mirror you will sweep through Porth, Watergate Bay and Mawgan Porth with their surf washed golden beaches and hairpin bends before picking up the narrow coastal roads destined for Padstow. Stop off at Bedruthan Steps to take photos of the sea stacks before detouring from the B3276 where you will discover the infamous Seven Bays nearby; Porthcothan, Treyarnon, Constantine, Booby’s, Mother Ivey’s and Harlyn and Trevone. You might even recognise where a certain Ross Poldark rides his horse!

Whitsand Bay
For maximum impact start out at the pretty vilages of Cawsand and Kingsand before driving out to Rame Head where you get stunning views up and down the coast. From there take the coastal road that sweeps above Whitsand Bay in a westerly direction so the coast on your left can be viewed in its full splendour. The road drifts high over the five miles of golden sand and rugged cliffs where beach huts cling to the cliffs. You’ll pass through Freathy and on past Tregantle Fort before reaching Crafthole where the road continues on towards Seaton and Looe.

The Roseland
Head to The Roseland peninsula for the ultimate Cornish driving experience. Here single lanes are the norm and scenic views come courtesy of some exciting manoeuvring. From Tregony, the gateway to The Roseland, take the winding A3078 to St Mawes and have fun exploring the network of smaller roads leading to the hidden gems of St Just in Roseland, Carne, Pendower, Portloe and Veryan. Have lunch at the Nare Hotel before heading on towards Carehays Castle and Gorran Haven.

Boscastle to Bude
Pick up the small coastal road from Boscastle and head north along the B3263 towards Bude and you will find yourself drifting along one of Cornwall’s most scenic stretches of coast. Your car will follow the curves of the dramatic coast and fly over the highest cliffs in Cornwall which stand at 223m above sea level. The road offers detours  through Crackington Haven and 1 mile further along turn left at Tremayna Methodist Church towards Coxford and Widemouth Bay where magnificent sea views come into sight. The pounding surf and golden sands accompany the road through to Bude and star stuck drivers will find lots of handy lay-by’s en-route offering tempting pit stops from which to soak in the view.