Hidden Cornish Charm!
Are you one of those people that has been coming to Cornwall for years and keeps going to the same beaches, the same pretty fishing villages, stick to the same roads?
There's nothing wrong with that, we don't mind where you go as long as you keep coming back!
But here's our short guide to a few charming bits of Cornwall that you might just of missed. They're not the out of the way 'hidden' places, we want to keep them to ourselves. These are just a few places that might not be on your usual tourist route.
- Bude Canal: You can walk or paddle along the historic Bude Canal in North Cornwall. A unique waterway, it was originally created for transporting sand to local farms. Today it is a place for fun rather than industry. Canoes, kayaks and bikes can all be hired nearby, while fisherman can also enjoy sitting on its banks waiting… The level towpath also makes the canal an ideal place for wheelchair users or families with pushchairs.
- Mount Edgcumbe: This wonderful country park in south east Cornwall offers visitors countless chances to escape from the crowds as you walk through woodlands, across parkland or along the South West Coast Path. Discover Victorian follies, enjoy carpets of daffodils in the springtime or just take in the views across Plymouth Sound. If you prefer things more formal, you can visit the house and wander around the manicured gardens between it and the waterfront. Find out more here.
- Kennack Sands Beach: With hundreds of beaches dotted around Cornwall's coastline. it's hard to pick just one to point out. Many of you will have a favorite already, but here's one of ours. Down on the east side of the Lizard and often missed by visitors who head for better known, but busier, spots down there. Kennack has a car park, a couple of cafe's and two large sandy beaches devided by a rocky outcrop popular with geologists.
- Blisland: Bodmin Moor is thought by many to be a bleak, rugged wilderness, and there are times when this can appear true! But on a summer's day it's a great place to explore with loads of history and some wonderful walks. On the western side of the moor you will find the pretty village of Blisland with its village green, award winning pub and a church whose interior will stun most people due to its decorations. Keen cyclists can reach Blisland by using the Camel Trail from Bodmin.
- Godolphin: One of Cornwall's lesser known National Trust properties, the house (featured in Poldark) is only open on special days. Hidden in shaded woodland, Godolphin escaped modernisation and contemporary fashions, the granite-faced terraces and sunken lawns of the Side Garden, little changed since the 16th century. The Victorian farm buildings tell the story of Godolphin as a tenant farm and the wider estate is great for walking, especially up onto Godolphin Hill.
- Cape Cornwall: Land's End is visited by thousands every year, in search of that 'End of the World' experience. But just to the north, past the long sandy beach at Sennen, is Cape Cornwall. Reached by a winding road from St Just, the Cape marks the place where two bodies of water meet and is crowned by the dissused chimney of a tin mine that worked here in the 1800s. Priest's Cove, below the headland, has a seawater pool for brave swimmers. Off shore the rocks known as the Brisons are said to look like General De Gaulle lying in his bath!
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