Perranporth Beach, North Cornwall
Cornwall is a much loved County beloved by many and we are no exception to that. We have been coming to Cornwall since the year 2000 and have stayed at many places along the way.
Renowned for its natural beauty, Cornwall has much to offer on this front with its rugged coastline, numerous sandy beaches, miles of coastal paths, quaint ports full of history, unique history in its mining and mills, and countryside that seems to go on forever.
Each year once the tourist season starts, there seems to be a mass exodus down to Cornwall by most of the UK population, at least it seems that way. On this page, you will find links to interesting places in Cornwall as we visit them. We now live in Cornwall so intend to travel around a lot through the summer and winter months in all weathers and will post the information on these pages.
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It is rare to see a village, town, or harbour that has side-stepped time itself and retained its original characteristics but that is exactly what you get at Charlestown Harbour. It's a veritable time capsule and some make good use of that fact in the movie and TV world and many movies have used various aspects of the area, and TV series such as Poldark have based the entirety of their series here.
You can have a pleasant stroll around the harbour taking in the sea walls, the beaches and back up to the harbour where, if you are lucky, see a range of tall ships and barges going back to times gone by. Plenty of eateries are scattered around should you require a snack or a full meal, and all of the offerings give a warm welcome to all visitors. A charming and wonderful place to visit especially if you like history.
Delightful extensive gardens with an amazing history behind it.
Having visited many gardens up and down the length of the UK, Heligan remains high on the list of those you should see. Besides a wonderful array of gentle paths with fabulous borders, there are more challenging areas like the hidden valley with it's sub-tropical ponds and vegetation that will delight the intrepid explorer.
The main gardens with a large array of outbuildings untouched by time, and man, lay waiting for those who only have to step through the doors to see the history unfold before them.
Along with the obvious love that is shown by all who work in the gardens you can share that love by walking the many areas that are open to the public.
We first visited The Eden Project just after it opened 20+ years ago. Even then the domes were fascinating, but as the grounds were comparatively new then, they had a lot of maturing to do. And that they have done! Our last visit in 2020 confirmed that and the gardens are a joy to behold with mature trees and shrubs everywhere to complement the astounding array of flower beds in the summer. Also speckled around are huge sculptures which seem to come to life as you draw near.
As the gardens are laid out in a disused clay pit it is a descent from the visitors centre and entrance to the bottom of the valley and also a long walk back to the top so be aware of that. Most walkways are wheelchair friendly so it is a gentle descent overall. I have never heard of anything similar to the Eden Project but as it has been a great success, that may change.
Cornwall has many beaches both large and small, golden sands, some with dunes, others with rocks, but all inviting. Mawgan Porth is one such beach that has some of each. Sited on the river Menalhyl the beach stretches out for quite a distance when the tide is out and is a lovely walk for all. There is a small part that has sand dunes and another that has fallen rocks that looks quite beautiful with marbling running through them and at the end of the beach there is a small waterfall which you can see from the photographs on the Mawgan Porth Page.
Although the village is not large you can find various eateries, a pub, a surf shop, and a few other shops. The car park is quite spacious but does get very busy in the summer months as does every other car park in Cornwall at this time.
What can you say about Mevagissey! It is the quintessential English fishing port with all the trimmings. Housing a fleet of working fishing boats, a large assortment of smaller craft, and the true ambiance of a working port, it is a favorite for many including the summer tourist and locals alike.
A stroll around the harbour is delightful and opportunities for photography are many including the boats in the inner and outer harbours, birds such as the Turnstone (similar to Plovers), and Cormorants, and if you are really lucky, the odd seal may surface.
There is a museum of local history which is free to enter, and there is also a small Aquarium which has been there for many years and still going strong. Kids will love the Mevagissey Model Railway which has dozens of trains and backdrops to show them off.
As Cornwall is pretty much surrounded by the sea, it stands to reason that there would be a lot of ports around the county and indeed that is so. From larger ports like Falmouth and Plymouth to small fishing posts and dedicated harbours purposely built for commerce such as the China Clay Ports.
Padstow has always been a point of export for commodities such as Tin, Copper, Lead, and Slate, and was built for that purpose originally, fishing fleets also moved in a natural development because of the herrings and pilchards that Cornwall became famous for. Whilst being a small Town, Padstow is openly pretty and unique in its looks and delights visitors of all ages. Lots of fine eateries abound along with excellent local shopping with great locally made foods for those staying in self-catering.
Now, this is a beach that you and many others have not heard of before, but it is a beautiful Cornish gem nonetheless. It is only a small village but at least the car park is of a decent size. There are a few eateries around where you can get snacks and meals from but services are limited here.
Surfers will also find it wanting as it does not boast great waves but is surfable at low to mid-tide. There are many rocks around this area so care needs to be taken whatever water sports you are taking part in. It boasts a small area of sand dunes and as you go further out you will find an assortment of caves cut out from the rock by the consistent wave action over the years.
Lifeguards are here during the tourist months and the beach is dog friendly all year round but do clean up after your pet. Parts of the Poldark TV series were filmed on the cliffs and walking up there you will see why.
This is a lovely walk we accessed from Trelissick Gardens and is one of the available walks you can take from these gardens. National Trust owned, the walk is a natural paradise although it can be quite hilly in places and not really suitable for wheelchairs as it is quite steep.
You meander down into the valley below and reach the pools and the stream outlet that joins the River Fal, and there is a great wooden bridge over the stream to continue the walk. The walk continues through beautiful woodland leading down to 'Roundwood Quay', which was first used in the Iron Age and has seen continuous use right through to the 1900s.
When the tide is out there is a large expanse of mud-flats to be seen but still bringing in the cormorants to the deeper sections of the Fal River. You can see larger vessels taking shelter in the river especially in rougher weather as it is so sheltered there.
Trelissick is one of our favorite gardens in Cornwall as it has a beautiful layout and is a joy to traverse. It can be a little steep in places with steps to mount from certain areas, but on the whole, is friendly to wheelchairs.
There are outlying walks if you feel more energetic and you will not be disappointed with the views you will come across as you meander around the expansive grounds. In the near gardens, you can find a wonderful orchard full of local apples and they have apple pressing events there each year, and the walk to it is a gardener's delight of exotic and strange trees, large English specimens, and shrubs galore.
A large cafe is on-site and has a good menu along with good teas and coffee, also available is a decent-sized shop full of gifts and a plant sales section for the keen gardeners amongst us.
If you like wild and rugged over serene and quiet, then Wheal Coates is a testament to the wild part! Situated on the North coast of Cornwall with its Atlantic swells crashing on the rocks below, you will not find much wilder. There is a circular walk taking you along the Gorse and Heather laden moor down to a hidden valley of sand and rock where surfers play and others picnic on the small beach.
Heading around the coastal path brings you in sight of the old ruins of the once busy mine that has been worked since Medieval times and ended in the 1910s, taking the lives of more than a few miners who, it is said, now haunt these workings. Tin and Copper were the lures and many tons were mined before the seams ran out and it became unprofitable and closed.
On warm calm days, you will get refreshing breezes to keep you cool, but when the weather turns, more comfortable clothing is needed for this exposed walk back through history.
One of the 5 most popular beaches in Cornwall, Pentawan boasts a half-mile of golden sands suitable for all sorts of water sports and activities including swimming, surfing, canoeing, etc. This is a privately owned beach but is open to the public and parking is ample for the venue.
Pentawan was also a small port for the China Clay industry, Coal, Timber, Etc, first built in the mid-1700s and re-developed and opened in the 1820s and lasted until the 1930s when it was abandoned and left to run down over time. Soon after it became a designated tourist beach and it built up from that time. You will not find much in the winter months but the summer months provide more services for the tourist trade.
When the tide is out the beach is enormous and seems to go on forever into the distance. Lots of shopping can be found in the town along with ample car parking which can be filled quickly in the summer months. All types of eateries can be found along with bars and clubs for the tourist, local shopping and groceries abound and lots of locally made bread, cakes, pasties, etc, are easily available everywhere.
A great place for a day out especially if you have children as they can run around to their hearts content on this wonderful beach and Lifeguards are here at the busy times.