Beat those January blues by exploring what Cornwall has to offer during the season’s post-festive downtime, where a bracing experience of the outdoors can be enjoyed alongside a wealth of cultural offerings and spectacular sights across the Duchy.
From windswept coastal walks to rural cycling routes and donning your wetsuit for a spot of supping, surfing or kayaking, there are oodles of options for the adventurist keen to revel some alfresco moments amongst Cornwall’s myriad of beyond-scenic landscapes.
Cornwall is practically surrounded by beaches and chock with rivers, waterfalls, moorlands, lakes, countryside, and ancient woodland – making it a feast for the senses for all types of visitor, from wildlife enthusiast to rambler, geologist and nature-loving escapist.
And with gardens galore, visitors can experience a range of sublime and utterly beautiful green spaces, such as The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Trebah, Glendurgan, Caerhayes Castle Garden, Trelissick Garden, Lanhydrock, Tremenheere Sculpture gardens, Trengwainton, and Tregothnan – which also features the only tea plantation in the country.
Then there’s the world-renowned art, food and entertainment scenes, where you can cook, eat,listen, watch and admire all manner of things at some seriously spellbinding spaces such as the glorious Tate St Ives, iconic Eden Project, majestic St Michael’s Mount or legend-centric, Tintagel Castle.
Or for historians, the assortment of museums, castles, cairns, hill forts and landmarks scattered throughoutCornwall provides the perfect stomping ground to discover an intriguing and unique heritage that can lead you from standing stone to World Heritage Site mining territory where – if you’re lucky – you might even catch a glimpse of Ross Poldark himself!
Here’s just a few ideas for days out across Cornwall guaranteed to blast away your January blues…
For edge-of-the-world adventure:
Walk the coast path from Land’s End to Sennen Cove before a stint of surfing at one of west Cornwall’s best breaks and tucking into something tasty (served with a stunning side of sea views) at Ben Tunnicliffe Sennen Cove. Continue eastward for cliff top engine houses, Geevor Mine, and a soul-stirring gull’s view of the Atlantic at Cape Cornwall.
For maritime-themed moments:
Take a ferry to explore the Fal River or book an on-the-water activity followed by a seafood lunch at Rick Stein’s Fish - or head into Falmouth for fantastic Caribbean food at Cribbs, then visit the National Maritime Museum and take a walk through Trebah Gardens, along the headland to estuary-gazing St Mawes or Pendennis Castles, or across the main trio of beautiful beaches.
For family fun and mining discovery:
Cycle the Mineral Tramways Coast to Coast Trail from Portreath to Devoran to take in some rare wildlife, natural landscapes and some of Cornwall’s most striking mining heritage including Gwennap Pit, Tolgus Tin Streaming Mill, Bissoe Valley Nature Reserve, Restronguet Creek and King Edward Mine (with the ‘cultural candy’ attraction of Heartlands also situated in the vicinity).
For eco park escapades:
Visit the Eden Project for its breath-taking biomes and incredible host of things to see and do before heading south to see the tall ships at Charlestown harbour, walking the South West Coast Path along the picturesque Polperro Heritage Coast, or scheduling an inspired stop-off at The Lost Gardens of Heligan.
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