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Top Five Places to Visit in Cornwall

Lizard Point

The broad stretch of the North coast often associated with Arthurian legend and world class surfing breaks furls into the claw of the Penwith area and Land’s End which once again straightens out towards Devon once it has looped around the Lizard Peninsula.  The South West Coast Path trails along cliff tops and through sandy brackens adjoining the coast all the way around this rural peninsula.


When in Cornwall it is essential to enjoy the tastes of the area and no trip to Cornwall would be complete without a great Cornish pasty and a cream tea.  In my humble opinion, unless a farmer’s wife is scalding fresh milk and making her own clotted cream to adorn the top of a warm scone, it must be Rodda’s clotted cream, and it must go on top of the jam.  If you can savour the sweetness overlooking the beach or surrounded by the bustle of a Cornish harbour, so much the better.

Here are five not to be missed places to visit in Cornwall:

Camel Trail - A slice of disused, yet well maintained railway turned cycle path which takes you through Wadebridge and out to the harbour town of Padstow.

The Isles of Scilly – Could this archipelago in the Celtic Sea be the legendary Lyonesse?  Some say it is so, others are just mesmerised by the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and enjoy a scenic flight or boat trip to the islands.

The Rame Peninsula – Often referred to as a forgotten corner of Cornwall this is truly a tranquil spot which, in parts, overlooks neighbouring Devon.

The Lizard – Not visiting the Lizard on a trip to Cornwall is akin to taking scones without cream; it simply isn’t done.  Try the Lizard for diving the shipwrecks caused by the Manacles or visit Porthleven, St Keverne or the Lighthouse Heritage Centre.

Charleston Harbour – The harbour has changed little since it was built by Charles Rashleigh as a Georgian new town during the mining glory days.  Today it is home to tall ships and is a film set location.

If you want somewhere special to stay has a range of luxurious Cornish cottages to stay in. 

Kelly Quance

I have lived in the South West all my life give or take a few stints abroad and I have made it a point to discover where to find the best cream tea and to discover where the Cornish giants are hiding these days. I am lucky enough to write about the region all day every day and the sights, the flavours, the scenery and the quirks all give me a reason to write.

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