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A Guide to Cornwall

What is Cornwall famous for?

Dramatic coastline, beaches, Cornish pasties and Poldark are just some of the things Cornwall is best known for.

Cornish pasties will be the first most people think of when they think of Cornwall, it’s seen as the national dish and accounts for 6% of the Cornish food economy. A must try when visiting.

The 300 plus beaches of Cornwall are amongst some of the best in the world and the dramatic coastlines make them all the more beautiful.

Set against the beautiful backdrop of Cornwalls stunning scenery, the latest dramatisation of Winston Graham’s novels, Poldark has been a big TV hit once again in recent years. Check out our guide to Poldarks Filming Locations coming soon.

Which is the nicest part of Cornwall?

Some of the most popular areas of Cornwall to visit are:

  • Penzance – Gaining more popularity in recent years, in 2016 the Jubilee Pool, an Art Deco lido on the seafront opened and the town also has a large selection of modern art galleries as well as a thriving foodie scene.
  • St Ives – One of Cornwall’s prettiest and best known towns is that of St Ives, well known for its museums and galleries, most notably the Tate St Ives which opened in 1993. Fishermans cottages with slate roofs sit side by side on traditional cobbled streets with views down to the sea beyond putting this on most tourists to do lists.
  • Helford River – Carving its way down west Cornwall, just south of the seaside town of Falmouth is the estuary known as Helford River. For the active adventurer, get out on the water with a kayak, rowing boat or self-drive motorboats and for those who prefer to look out at the water rather then be on it there are white-washed pubs with their own pontoons to sit back and relax in.
  • St Michael’s Mount – Looked after by the National Trust, this island is around 500 metres off the mainland and linked by a giant causeway to the beach town of Marazion. There’s a tiny harbour, castle and gardens and just 30 people who inhabit the island.

St Ives, Cornwall via Pixabay

Which are the best surf spots in Cornwall?

Fistral Beach inNewquay, Duckpool in Bude and Sennen Cove Beach in Penzance are just a few of our favourite spots.

Click here for our blog on the best summer surfing spots in Cornwall.

How do you get around Cornwall?

The easiest way to explore the sandy coves and hidden beaches of Cornwall is by car but If you want to leave the van parked up then grab a bus or train map from the Cornwall council or hire a bike and spend a day travelling round at a slower pace so you can really make the most of the beautiful views.

Where can I camp for free in Cornwall?

Wild camping isn’t allowed in England but if you don’t want to stay in a campsite there are a few low cost spots worth checking out.

  • King Arthurs Car Park, Tintagel – In the centre of Tintagel town is King Arthurs car park which is just £4 a night, has a toilet block available and if officially licensed for camper vans to stay overnight.
  • Kings Road Car Park, Marazion – Overnight parking is allowed for motorhomes but best to check the availability of spaces before attempting to drive into the town. Price £4 and no facilities available.

Can you camp on the beach in Cornwall?

You can’t legally camp on the beaches in England but there are plenty of beautiful beach side campsites available. See our page on Cornwall for some of our recommended sites.

Tintagel, Cornwall

Which is nicer? Cornwall or Devon?

Both home to some of the beast beaches in the country, there’s a lot of debate on which county win’s over the other. Cornwall has beautiful family-friendly sandy beaches by popular seaside towns and great surfing spots, whereas Devon, with its beaches back by cliffs and moorlands is arguably for aesthetically fascinating.

There are also many unique cultural variations even though the two places sit side by side. Both areas offer visitors so much more then just beaches with great walking, cycle routes and nature trails ready to explore.

An amazing 27% of Cornwalls land area is class as Area’s of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) as well as just over 50 areas which are owned and protected by the National Trust. The South West Coast Path traverses a huge 630 miles of stunning coastline, with the whole of the Cornish coast included and makes up the longest national trail in the UK, open to both hikers and cyclists.

In Devon, there are four Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, which are all as distinctive and charming as the next, including the well known Dartmoor National Park, an area filled with beautiful open moorland, deep valleys and diverse environment.

What is there to do in Cornwall?

Famed for its beaches and rugged coastlines, Cornwall is know for its surfing, family beach breaks and outdoor pursuits. See our location page on Cornwall for some of the most popular things to do and tickets for local attractions.

If you’ve visited Cornwall, we would love to hear your top tips, your favourite days out and highly recommended campsites. Get in touch at [email protected] and if we use your recommendations you’ll receive a discount off your next hire!