Cornwall is a peninsular to the extreme southwest of England. The county has the longest stretch of continuous coastline in Britain and it is one of the sunniest areas in the UK. With picturesque villages, Celtic ruins, light blue waters, gardens and parks with unique architecture, it certainly is among the most scenic areas of England. Home of many events, festivals and the home of the infamous and deliciously tempting Cornish pasty.
Cornwall is definitely worth visiting. It’s hard not to fall in love with this English version of the French Riviera. For some it’s the happy memories of a childhood seaside holiday, for others the brief fling of a teenage summer. For most it’s a passionate affair that lasts a lifetime…so let the affair begin.
There are lots of things Cornwall is loved for; the dramatic coastline with its captivating fishing harbours; the spectacular beaches and the pounding surf that provide a natural playground for a variety of watersports; and of course the cream teas. With freshly baked scones, oozing with zingy jam and sumptuous clotted cream.
But there are also lots of things about Cornwall that may surprise you. For instance, the wilderness of captivating Bodmin Moore with its panorama of big skies, fascinating prehistoric remains, great walking trails and more than its fair share of local legends.
There’s also the dynamic art scene found mainly in West Cornwall inspired by the naturally stunning landscape.
More recently, Cornwall has become known for a food scene to rival others and beyond; Cornwall now has a multitude of award-winning local food producers, and stellar chefs putting the region well and truly on the gourmet map. Especially sea-food. There are many varieties of crustaceans.
Cornwall also has a tremendous history based on its Celtic roots and culture; the warmth and friendliness of the people and the Cornish language and spelling that can be seen in the village names.
Take a trip around Cornwall and you’ll discover a hugely diverse landscape.
In the far west where the sea turns turquoise in the sun, the sand is white and the natural light is sometimes blindingly bright, the land is adorned with a legacy of Bronze age standing stones, huge granite burial chambers, Celtic crosses and Holy wells.
In the old industrial heartland, the landscape was recently awarded World Heritage Site status, and is dotted with the fascinating remnants of a triumphant mining past, illustrating Cornwall’s enormous contribution to the Industrial Revolution with engine houses, museums and miles of recreational trails.
The effects of the metalogical Gulf Stream means that Cornwall has the sunniest climate in the UK. It also has the mildest climate in the United Kingdom. Warm ocean currents ensure that snow and frost are rare in the county, even during the winter months. Cornwall experiences some of the longest hours of sunlight in the UK with 1541 hours per year.
Top three things to do/see in Cornwall
Visit St Michael’s Mount
St Michael’s Mount is located some 3 miles east of Penzance, and is one of the treasures of Cornwall. Set on an island a few hundred yards off-shore from the ancient town of Marazion and in the heart of Mounts Bay, the castle, now maintained by the National Trust, has for centuries been the home of the St Aubyn family. Originally, the building was a Benedictine Priory, that had religious links with the equally famous Mont St Michel in France.
Visit the picturesque village of St Ives
St Ives – the dazzling jewel in Cornwall’s crown. A picturesque fishing harbour and seaside town. Voted best family holiday destination by Coast magazine and one of TripAdvisor’s top 10 European beaches.
Wander through the maze of narrow cobbled streets, independent shops and fisherman’s cottages, in the heart of the town. With accommodation ranging from top hotels, bed & breakfasts, self-catering cottages or apartments, then come and sample some of the tastiest award-winning restaurants, cafés and bars in the Southwest.
Explore the Poldark Locations
Those of you who are a fan of the famous Poldark series, well why not have a sneak peak at the filming locations, whilst exploring the iconic scenery of Cornwall. Below is a list of the filming destinations much favoured by the BBC.
Cornish Clotted Cream
A must-try when holidaying in Cornwall is the famous Cornish clotted cream. It is made when milk is unpasteurised and is heated using steam.
Once the cream is left to cool down the cream starts to clot (hence its name) and the end result is a delicious thick cream that is usually used to create ice-cream, and is also commonly added to a bowl of strawberries. Some locals even add it to a cup of tea!
If you are looking to taste some of the best cream in the county, then you should look no further than Rodda’s.
Rodda’s has been making clotted cream since 1890 and first started with Eliza Jane Rodda making Cornish clotted cream in her farmhouse, but since these humble beginnings Rodda’s is now a popular choice amongst households across the UK.
Cornish Yarg may not be quite as familiar as Cornish clotted cream or the Cornish pasty, but trust us, it is just as tasty!
Yarg is a Cornish cheese that is made from the milk of Friesian cows and it has a striking nettle coating that is to protect the cheese from deterioration. The cheese is hugely popular across the world as cheese enthusiasts enjoy Yarg’s unique flavour, creamy texture and crumbly centre.
Look out for next week’s travel post, where I will be taking you to another beautiful English destination!
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