Go Off The Beaten Track In Cornwall
Tiny sheltered coves, moorland trails, breathtaking headlands: discover special spots off the beaten track in Cornwall you never knew existed. With our feet firmly planted in the county, put away the guide books for the day and let us help you head out along roads less travelled with our secret suggestions … shhh.
A visit to Cornwall soon becomes a life-long love affair where each visit takes you to another stunning seascape, another iconic landmark, another coast path walk. And for those who are ready to explore beyond the stunning beaches and coastline you will be rewarded with a quieter Cornwall off the beaten track.
Moorland and Woodland
Breathe new life into your walking boots and experience the moorlands and woodlands of the county. Tall pine trees flank rushing rivers on the popular cycle and walking trails at Cardinham Woods in Bodmin whilst winding tracks at Hustyns near Wadebridge and Tehidy Woods’ 9 miles of paths in west Cornwall will lead you deep into rural Cornwall. For a birds eye view, head to the high-ground of Bodmin Moor and climb the natural granite stacks at The Cheesewring, Roughtor and Cornwall’s highest point, Brown Willy.
Way down in the west
Commit your journey to the end of the county and immerse yourself in the myth, legend and spectacular natural scenery of the west. Rub shoulders with the locals in famous fishing village of Mousehole, hear long-ago tales of smuggling and tin-mining at Poldark Mine and hit the coastal paths that lead down craggy rocks to sparkling clear water at Land’s End. Dive right into the west coast way of life, far from the madding crowds.
Rich Cornish Heritage
From pasties and cream teas to Cornish folklore and legends of King Arthur, Cornwall is steeped in a rich heritage well worth experiencing. Spend the day visiting The Hurlers stones, Colliford Lake and the site of King Arthur’s Excalibur in Tintagel or hop between traditional villages enjoying the largest scones, local jam and of course Cornish Clotted Cream. During the warmer months, plan your stay around local events including Helston’s colourful Flora Day in May and see steam engines and street dancing at Camborne’s Trevithick Day in April.
The Coolest Cafes and Pop-Ups
No longer do Cornish cafes only serve up egg sandwiches and mugs of tea: with Cornwall firmly on the foodie map, today’s artisan eateries tempt you with award winning bread, the freshest of local crab, gourmet salads and barista prepared Cornish coffee. Away from the bustle of holiday crowds, stumble across converted horse box pop-ups such as The Hungry Horsebox serving up fresh cakes and coffee (and the occasional feast night) on Gwithian Beach near Hayle, Wild Bake pizza found around Wadebridge or Tatums on the quay at Portscatho, Roseland Peninsula.
When you think of Cornwall, many of us think of the beautiful beaches, but hit the paths less trodden and you’ll find many stunning landmarks many visitors have yet to discover. Hell’s Mouth along the north coast road is not for the faint hearted as 300ft high cliffs plunge into the sea. St Nectans Glen offers cascading 60ft waterfalls, rare botanicals and trails of woodland to explore or how about a day following in Captain Poldark’s footsteps exploring Cot Valley, a lush sub-tropical valley leading through tin mines and rugged clifftops in west Cornwall.
Lose yourself in the distraction of the landscape and discover your perfect Cornwall … off the beaten track. For more tips and favourites from the Cornish Gems team call our travel advisors today – 01872 241241.