Cornwall’s North Coast isn’t exactly shy about how beautiful it is. Spin in a circle anywhere along this coastline and you’re bound to be treated to a delightful onslaught of your ocular senses: dramatic cliffscape, craggy coves, boundless white-tipped breakers and miles upon miles of golden sands.
Choose between the golden sands of St Ives Bay, the storm washed cliffs of Land's End, the sub-tropical gardens of Penzance or the ancient lands of West Penwith.
Swap cliffs for gentle hills, strong currents for calm estuaries, surfboards for paddleboards, and give Cornwall’s South Coast a chance. Its understated, quiet beauty might just turn your head…
Are you on the lookout for your next Cornish adventure? Then why not head for the verdant Tamar Valley on Cornwall’s eastern boundary? Pretty villages, water meadows and hillside orchards, industrial heritage, and cut through by the majestic River Tamar…
You don’t have to journey far from either coast in Cornwall to get away from the crowds and into a land seldom touched by tourism. This is where you will find quiet villages, rich farmland, historic market towns and Cornwall’s only city, Truro.
Away from the coastal delights of Cornwall sits another area of stunning beauty. Compact in size, though overflowing with things to see and do, Bodmin Moor is the rugged heart of Cornwall. More often than not, visitors pass across its wild centre and barely notice it, hurrying to Newquay, St Ives and other family favorites. They don’t know what they’re missing.
The rare geology of this area creates a haven for exceptional plants and flowers and a coastline dotted with little fishing harbours and gorgeous sandy bays fringed with rare rock formations and caves.
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Spoilt for choice!
St Ives alone has five wonderful beaches, with both Porthminster and Porthmeor being awarded Blue Flags in 2022. Across the bay you will find three miles of golden sand stretching north from the Hayle Estuary. Then there's Porthtowan and Portreath just up the coast...
Sennen Cove right down near Land's End is another popular stretch both with surfers and families, whilst Mount's Bay provides endless walking and is often home to kite surfers.
There's also countless small secret coves, ideal for hiding away in, we would tell you where they are, but they wouldn't be secret then!
- Tamar Valley Line
The Tamar Valley is served by its own branch line which runs out of Plymouth. Called the Tamar Valley Line it stops at Bere Ferres and Bere Alston on the Devon side, before crossing over the river to Calstock. From here it continues to its final destination, Gunnislake.
You can also use the main line to access the station at St Germans on the Lynher River.
Yes, but please keep them on leads during nesting season and also when sheep are lambing. This stretches from March 1st until July 31st.
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Often, and quite literally, bypassed, mid Cornwall is overlooked by visitors who are understandably seeking coastal charms. Next time, however, pull over, stop for a while and allow yourself to be pleasantly surprised by the pastoral beauty of this underrated area… There's still plenty of pretty villages, lots of heritage, tucked away attractions and Cornwall's only city, Truro.
Yes, there is a good service with most busses passing through or starting from Helston.
The North coast of Cornwall is a wonderful place to come for a holiday. A very family-friendly area, it has long attracted visitors looking for a traditional “bucket-and-spade” holiday, as well as surfers, walkers and those seeking the more relaxed pace of life.
From Bude down to Sennen Cove, there are loads of long sandy beaches, including the popular ones at Newquay and St Ives, but there are also sections of high cliffs, great for walking or just watching the summer sunsets.
The main towns are St Austell and Falmouth, but smaller towns and villages include Saltash, Looe, Polperro, Liskeard, Lostwithiel, Fowey, Mevagissey and St Mawes.
Some people even include the city of Truro in south Cornwall, and we wouldn't argue.
The general rule is anywhere south of Bodmin Moor and the A30, until you get into West Cornwall, for example Penzance is on the south coast but is in West Cornwall.
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Long sandy beaches, hidden coves, rugged moorland, quaint fishing villages, deep wooded valleys, bustling seaside resorts, industrial heritage, rocky headlands, colourful gardens, idyllic rivers and a bijou city, Cornwall has a bit of everything for those who want to explore.
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