From rugged cliff tops where the Atlantic waves crash, to sheltered estuaries that have inspired world famous writers, the Cornish landscape is undeniably breathtaking. However, those who take the time to delve a little deeper will be handsomely rewarded with sub-tropical gardens, award-winning locally produced food, world-class vineyards and an outstanding creative scene.
Start your trip in the far west at picturesque St. Ives, famed for its creative art scene. Spend a while touring the sunlit gallery at Tate St. Ives and the Barbara Hepworth Gallery and Garden before searching out some of the many other galleries in the town.
From St Ives head west, soaking up the incredible views as you journey along one of the most scenic roads in Britain (B3306) towards St Just where the Kurt Jackson Gallery demands a visit. Head out to Cape Cornwall, the inspiration for many of his paintings before journeying to the very tip of the UK, Land's End.
After a good night’s rest, start your day with a visit to the iconic St. Michael’s Mount, a fascinating rocky island steeped in myth and legend. Home to a medieval church and a sub-tropical garden, it also boasts over a thousand years of history. If you don't fancy a trip over, head to Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens on the edge of Gulval ,where art and sub-tropical plants merge into one.
Returning to the mainland, head east to Falmouth where the Maritime Museum hosts a fascinating collection of small boats and interesting sea themed exhibitions. Falmouth is a perfect base for the night with a good range of places to stay and plenty of choice when it comes to eating out, thanks to a lively student population.
This morning leave Falmouth and take the King Harry Ferry onto the wonderful Roseland Peninsula. A quiet corner of Cornwall, seek out St Just in Roseland Church or the village of Veryan with its unique round houses.
Slowly wind your way through deep lanes to the fishing harbour of Mevagissey for lunch before heading to the Lost Gardens of Heligan. Here you can lose yourself in the jungle, surrounded by tall palms and dense ferns, or soak up the colours of the formal gardens in the springtime
Finish the day in St Austell Bay, with a meal in the historic port of Charlestown.
Why not start the day with a trip to Knightor Winery for a tour of the vineyard, including some sampling.
It's only a short distance from the Eden Project. This internationally renowned attraction is located in a reclaimed China clay pit and is home to the world’s largest indoor rainforest. See for yourself why these dramatic global gardens have been dubbed the eighth wonder of the world!
The pretty harbour of Fowey makes a nice base for the night, with its selection of waterside restaurants and pubs. Why not curl up after dinner with a good book, perhaps one by Daphne Du Maurier who lived here for many years?
Heading east, the picturesque fishing harbour of Polperro should not be missed. Little white cottages cling to the steep hillside above the water, beloved by artists and a former home of smugglers. Next along the coast, it's Looe, the river dividing what was once two separate towns, now linked by a fine Victorian bridge. There's plenty of places to have lunch in both destinations, or you could just grab a pasty?
Finish your time in Cornwall with a drive north onto Bodmin Moor. Visit Minions, with its stone circles, industrial mining remains and the amazing Cheesewring rock formation before heading to Launceston, Cornwall's old capital and the A30 taking you back out of county.
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