Cornwall is the most southerly of England’s counties. It is known for its rugged coastlines with the north and south having vastly different attributes. The north is on the Irish Sea and therefore more exposed. The south coast is better sheltered and has been called the English Riviera. There are many things to see and do in this historic county and here are just 5 suggestions of places to visit on your trip to Cornwall.
Lands End – The most westerly point of the Engliands main land. From here there are stunning views of the Atlantic ocean. Hear about the adventures of those who have made the long trek from Lands End to John O’Groats (only 838 miles – 1,249 km!). You can also take a trip to the Scilly Isles which is haven for bird watchers where you can see many birds that cannot be seen anywhere else in the UK.
St Michaels Mount – The castle on the rock was originally a Benedictine chapel dating back to the 14th century. The island is steeped in legend and history with spectacular views over the Lizard Peninsula( Englands most southerly point). You can see the well where Jack the Giant Killer is purported to have trapped and killed Cormoran the Giant to stop him from stealing cows and sheep from the mainland.
Tintagel – The castle at Tintagel is the legendary birthplace of King Arthur. There is not much left of the castle today but the area has an air of mytery and intrique. There are many references to the legends surrouding Arthur and Camelot, King Arthur’s Halls is the place to go to get a feel of what it was like in Arthurian times.
Newquay – On the Atlantic Coast and is the surfing capital of Britain. There is always something going on here. In June you can go night surfing, in July take part in a pirate weekend, or in August watch the Beach Rugby Festival. There is also an aquarium, a birds of prey sanctuary and a maritime museum to keep you entertained.
Eden Project – Owned by the Eden Trust the project is about human dependence on and our connection with the natural world. There are lots of thing going on: Gardens for Life is about getting children to learn about and take part in growing food, Mud Between your Toes is about getting children out in the open again rather than sitting indoors in front of the TV and Cape Farewell is a project to share experiences of expeditions to the Arctic and the Andes to raise awareness of climate change.
These are just some of the interesting and fun things that you can do in Cornwall. Whatever you want from a holiday you will find it here. What are your favourite places to visit?