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Cornwall is well-known for its peninsular location, nestled at the base of mainland Britain, and home to over 300 miles of coastline. From the rugged cliffs of the north coast to the balmy tropics of the south coast, there’s plenty to explore in this beautiful county.
Whether you’re seeking a peaceful, restorative holiday, filled with salty sea swims and yoga on the beach, or an action-packed adventure of kayaking, coasteering and surfing, Cornwall as a coastal destination really does have it all.
Check out the guide below to find out just why a visit to Cornwall’s coast is a must!
Walk the South West Coast Path
Cornwall is famous for its breathtaking coastal path, spanning the length of the peninsula, from Bude down to Land’s End, and around to Looe. There’s nothing quite like the feeling of rambling along the South West Coast Path: rocky trail beneath your feet; wind brushing against your skin; waves crashing below you and spectacular panoramic views all around. It’s a wonder for the senses and an opportunity to enliven the mind and soul.
Whether you’re an avid walker or prefer a gentle stroll, you’ll find the perfect stretch for you at South West Coast Path.
Swim in the Sea
In recent years, wild swimming has grown in popularity, with people discovering the health and wellbeing benefits of this pastime. There’s something truly magical about dipping into a pool of natural water, whether a large pond, lake, river, or of course, the sea, with the added advantage of the salt, which does wonders for your skin!
In Cornwall, you’ll discover numerous settings for a spot of sea swimming. From the calming waters of the south coast to the hidden pools tucked into the rocks of the north cliffs. Here are some top suggestions:
- Helford River: calming, balmy and serene, take a dip in the waters at Helford Passage to feel truly at peace in the harmony of this magical place.
- Porthleven: join a growing group of eager sea swimmers who take to the water morning, noon and night in the sheltered harbour of this traditional fishing village.
- Battery Rocks Penzance: travel back in time and swim in a location that has been popular with the locals for decades.
- Porthtowan tidal pool: Truly magical, tucked into the rocks at Porthtowan, you’ll discover a small tidal pool, created by locals over a century ago!
- Bude Sea Pool: If you prefer the shelter and protection of a pool, but also love the sea, then Bude Sea Pool is for you. Built in the 1930s, the pool has provided a safe and free swimming area for nearly a century.
- Readymoney Cove: this sheltered little cove is ideal for swimming, and even has a bathing pontoon to take a moment’s rest, and catch some rays before diving back in.
Spend the day at the Beach
No visit to Cornwall is complete without a visit to the beach, and with so many to choose from, you won’t be disappointed. Pack up a picnic and head to the beach for a day spent sunbathing, paddling in the water, playing beach games and dipping your toes in the sea. You know you’ve had a good day when the sun sets, and you have salty skin and sandy toes.
Visit Historic Locations
Cornwall has a strong mining heritage, with signs of this fascinating history dotted along the coast. If you’re interested in the history and culture of Cornwall, then head towards the cliffs and take in the sites of the once-thriving engine houses. Be sure to take your camera!
- Wheal Coates Mine: Located near St Agnes on the north coast, you’ll discover the remnants of the iconic Wheal Coates Mine, nestled on the dramatic cliffs. Opened in 1802, this busy mine worked until its closure in 1889.
- Geevor Tin Mine: Situated in Pendeen, Geevor Tin Mine is the largest preserved mining site in the country. Now a visitor attraction, you can learn all about its fascinating history and even go underground!
If you’re seeking fun, adventure and adrenaline on your holiday to Cornwall, then you won’t be disappointed. Surrounded by water, Cornwall is synonymous with water sports; be sure to try one during your stay.
- Surfing: one of Cornwall’s most popular pastimes, surfing is a must for anyone visiting the county. With surf schools up and down the coast, you can easily arrange a lesson or hire surf equipment so you can have a go yourself!
- Coasteering: With so much coast to explore, why not see it from a different angle? Coasteering gives you the chance to scramble along the rugged cliffs; spot native wildlife and jump into the crystal-clear water.
- Kayaking and SUPing: For a more gentle approach to water sports, hire a kayak or stand up paddle board and enjoy a relaxing paddle along the coastline, taking in the splendid views all around.
Where to Stay in Cornwall
With so much to fill your days, you’ll want a relaxing base to return to, and what could be better than a beautiful home from home? Choosing a self-catering holiday cottage means you can make yourself at home, and have the option to either eat out or cook for yourself. Aspects Holidays has a large selection of properties across the county, and with so much to choose from, there’s something to suit everyone.
Take a look at all their available properties here.