Tuesday, 1 May 2018

FIVE PLACES THAT YOU MUST VISIT IN CORNWALL


Sunrise at Duporth Beach, St Austell, Cornwall
So you bethinking of visiting Kernow then? A wild moorland embraced by epic scenery, dramatic coastline and infinite geological wonders... Where the spirits of proficient and patient Smugglers linger beneath the tall and wispy roots of the earth... Where land meets sea and Celtic folk legends become reality... And if you're very quiet and very still, you may even find yourself immersed in the realm of the Cornish Piskies...

Home of the 'Cornish Pasty' and King Arthur, Cornwall is a county in South-West England. It boasts of wild flowers, luminous cliffs and sandy beaches, and not to mention the excellent beer and ice cream. It doesn't matter where you find yourself in this Celtic Kingdom, an endless labyrinth of beauty awaits to be explored...

Charlestown Beach in Cornwall, home of Poldark




1. Charlestown
Home of Poldark, China Clay and unspoiled 18th century character, Charlestown is a place that you must visit. Its rich and aged harbour invites you to go back in time, as you drift along the rugged coastline and hidden caves.

Eat At: The Rashleigh Arms. Share a seafood platter with a friend (or be ferrel and have it to yourself) and have a Proper Job beer, brewed in the heart of Cornwall with authentic, Cornish spring water.
Be Traditional: Have a Cornish 'Cream Tea' in one of the local shacks or cafes.


2. Porthpean Beach 
Also known as the 'Cornish Riviera', a whole day could be spent at this beach. Tip toe through the bright, green rock pools and alongside nesting birds, whilst you forage for iridescent shells and sea glass. I spent my entire time here ransacking the beach for sparkly objects because I am a child but I do like to make jewellery!

Enjoy: A strawberry & clotted cream ice cream, whilst you wander beside the abyss of the English Channel.
Don't Be Lazy: Walk back to Charlestown (above) alongside the cliffs and pick some fresh Garlic.


3. Tintagel Village & Castle
Get ready to spend a whole day here because you will not want to leave. Tintagel village is a romantic Mecca harbouring myth and mystery. Visit the quirky, vintage gift shops and the local, organic honey shop. After wandering along this Cornish community, head to Tintagel Castle. Particularly on a warm summers day this medieval fortress is one of the most spectacular sights that I have ever seen. Dating back to the Dark Ages, it is rumoured that this was the birth place of King Arthur. 

Stop Off At: The King's Arms for a local brew and a bite to eat... Maybe a pasty?
Don't Miss: Merlin's Cave at Tintagel Castle.


4. Mevagissey
If you are a true Brit then you know that it's some kind of unwritten rule to have fish & chips at least once, or twice when you go on holiday in England. And if you're super cool and really British like me, you eat it alongside the harbour whatever the weather. Or... Politely shiver on a bench for five minutes, pretending to enjoy the atmospheric view, whilst the seagulls attempt to attack you and REALLY PISS YOU OFF... And then the moment is ruined and you're scoffing your lukewarm food in the car.

Pop Into: The 'Fountain Inn' Pub and the FREE Aquarium along the harbour.


5. The Lost Gardens of Heligan
If you are like me, a sucker for flowers, colours and animals then you must go here... Well, if you have an NUS card that is. Without, it's £14.50 for a ticket (ouch!) but the place is so huge that it could take days to explore the entire grounds so in a way, the price is worth it. Especially for those who enjoy nature, can manage a few hours without Wifi and like to look at lots and lots of trees. Or, borrow a student and pay only £8.50.

Stop To Look At: The iconic 'Heligan Sculptures' and Victorian Gardens.
Try: A homemade Cheese & Onion pasty at the Heligan Kitchen Cafe.
Have a Seat: In the interactive 'Hide' and fall in love with an array of British winged wildlife.
Buy: Clotted Cream Gin from the Heligan Shop.


So, I spent a total of five days in Cornwall and only managed to touch the Northern region however, I am going back in September for a Poldark themed wedding so more places will be ticked off my never-ending list.

Added Bonus: If you're driving, stop off at 'The Jamaica Inn' in Bodmin Moor to refresh at The Smuggler's Bar and learn about Daphne Du Maurier, the famous author of 'The Birds' and 'Rebecca'.



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