Great Scenic Cornish Drives
Cornwall boasts beautiful coastline, amazing countryside and dramatic cliffs. Explore all of Cornwall’s landscape from the comfort of your car.
St Ives to Sennen Cove
This stretch of road (the B3306) enjoys magnificent sweeping views across the craggy west Cornish coast and the Atlantic Ocean. The road quite literally hugs the remote coastline as it passes through ancient fields and scattered settlements. 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 search out the mermaid or visit the World Heritage listed 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.
- Zennor village and Church for the legend of the mermaid.
- Gurnards Head Pub and walk out to the headland
- Walk up onto Carn Galva for fantastic views
- Pendeen Lighthouse and the walk down to Portheras fishing cove.
- The World Heritage sites at Geevor Mine, Levant Mine and Botallack
- St Just village for its shops, pubs and galleries including Kurt Jackson’s
- Cape Cornwall, England’s only cape.
- Sennen Cove and over a mile of beach
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 tol discover the infamous Seven Bays of Porthcothan, Treyarnon, Constantine, Booby’s, Mother Ivey’s and Harlyn and Trevone. You might even recognise where a certain Ross Poldark rides his horse!
- St Mawgan village, the Japanese Garden and the pretty Vale of Lanherne
- Watergate Bay for long beach walks, great food or adventure sports.
- Mawgan Porth
- Bedruthan Steps, where natural rock pillars defy the crashing waves.
- Porthcothan Beach
- Constantine Bay
- Walk the South West Coast Path out to Trevose Head with its lighthouse and natural round hole.
Whitsand Bay to Looe
Starting beside the Tamar River at Cremyll, at the entrance to the wonderful Mount Edgcumbe Country Park, climb around the park before dropping down into the twin villages of Cawsand and Kingsand. From here the road heads out to the former military road that sweeps above Whitsand Bay in a westerly direction towards Tregantle Fort, but don’t miss out on the drive up to Rame Head for 360 degree views.
Joining the B3247 head towards Crafthole and then on along the coast to Downderry and Seaton. Here you head inland leaving the wooded Seaton Valley and following the A387 as it enters Looe alongside the river.
- Mount Edgcumbe Country Park and house
- Explore Kingsand and Cawsand and try to find where one village finishes and the other one starts?
- Climb out to the old chapel on Rame Head and take in the views.
- Whitsand Bay’s long sandy beaches and the wooden chalet communities
- Seaton Valley Country Park
- The Monkey Sanctuary
- The Old Guildhall Museum, Looe
Tintagel to Bude
Leave the spirit of King Arthur behind in Tintagel and pick up the coastal road to Boscastle passing though the Rocky Valley and enjoying the views out over the fields. The road snakes down through the village of Boscastle to the little harbour, beloved by visitors through the ages.
From here we follow a selection of roads as we weave our way between high hedges and deep valleys to the village of Crackington Haven and its smaller neighbour Millook, both famed for their geological formations in nearby cliffs. Next, it’s on to Widemouth Bay where we pick up the long strand of beach that runs up the coast to Bude, the family friendly resort where our journey ends.
- Tintagel Castle and the village
- Walk down the Rocky Valley or up to St Nectan’s Glen
- Explore Boscastle’s historic harbour or walk up the Valency Valley
- St Juliot’s Church with its Thomas Hardy connections.
- Crackington Haven's beach
- View the rock formations at Millook and keep an eye out for seals.
- Watch the surfers at Widemouth Bay
- Walk or kayak along the Bude Canal.
The Roseland Peninsula
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 the sailing haven of St Mawes, taking time to explore the tranquil church at St Just in Roseland.
From St Mawes head east, perhaps detouring out to St Anthony’s Head and Porthscatho. Along the coast, there are plenty of hidden gems, such as Carne, Pendower, Portloe and Portholland. At Porthluney Cove, the striking Caerhays Castle sits hidden behind the beach, surrounded by sub-tropical gardens. From here head towards Gorran Haven or Mevagissey, where larger settlements offer shops, pubs and restaurants.
- St Just in Roseland Church
- St Mawes Castle
- St Anthony Head with its lighthouse and military defences
- Walk along Carne and Pendower beach’s
- Discover the round houses in Veryan.
- Walk around the stunning gardens at Caerhays Castle.
- Take the coast path out to the Dodmin Point
- Spend the day at the Lost Gardens of Heligan.
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