Cornwall, Kernow, the set of Poldark, the home of smuggling and pasties! I’ve been visiting this beautiful part of the country since I was tiny and I still go back at least once every year! Having just got back from my latest visit I thought I would compile a list of ‘must dos, visits and must eats’ for anyone who is thinking of visiting!
Cornwall’s beaches are mostly unspoilt and it is not entirely uncommon to pretty much have the beach to yourself! I’d always recommend avoiding midday when most will be visiting and opt for a mid afternoon trip instead! Not only then do you get a quieter beach but as the sun starts to set we have very often spotted seals and other marine life enjoying the shallow waters and the quietness that early evening brings! Lots of the beaches are not manned by lifeguards so do be careful when in the sea and bare in mind many have toilet blocks and facilities a walk away so bring comfy walking shoes! Always bring a bag for your litter and if you get an opportunity to, do collect any litter you see on the beach and take it to a bin!
Places to visit
There are so many wonderful places to go in cornwall! The seaside villages never disappoint and a trip to Fowey, Mevagissey, St Mawes, St Agnes, Perranporth etc shall never disappoint! Allow time to travel as the roads are small and windy and a few miles can often take a while, especially when creeks get in the way and you have to go around! There is a ferry named the King Harry Ferry that can take you across for a very reasonable fee and will reduce many miles of travel, it’s also a lovely crossing! I highly recommend it!
Whilst at seaside villages make the most of icecream and the fresh sea food! Often the best food comes from the fish vans on the harbour which are freshly stocked by fisherman every day! Please take note of the signs and don’t feed the seagulls, they can be a pest and have been known to snatch food from people if fed!
Many of the coastal villages also have free admission into aquariums and museums about the fishing villages history (always well worth a visit!). During summer months rib rides and boats depart from the harbour and the fresh sea air and being out on the sea is truly exhilarating!
Make sure you have a stroll around the harbour and take your time to browse the quaint little shops! There is also nearly always a Joules to browse! https://instagram.com/joules?igshid=1hbhenm7tq8uj
A trip to The national trust owned Trelissick gardens is always an absolute treat! The gardens have some of the best hydrangeas I’ve ever seen and the gardens and grounds are truly magical! The house is now open to visitors too and boasts magnificent views over Falmouth harbour- you could just sit and watch the boats float around all day! There is also a beautiful shingle dog friendly beach on the woodland walk which is well worth a stroll to!
Food and drink
No trip to Cornwall would be complete without making the most of the delicious food! The Cornish pasty being one! These can be picked up from almost anywhere- hot and freshly baked these are a meal in itself and make a fantastic grab and go option too! There are now many flavours available to accommodate dietary needs alongside the traditional fillings!
Cream teas! The traditional Cornish way to eat a cream tea is to break the scone with your hand and then apply the jam and then dollop the cream! However you like to do it, a cream tea is a must!!
Cornish Ice cream is infamous and the flavours and varieties available in Cornwall are endless! From bubblegum to rum there is a flavour to satisfy all tastebuds! The traditional clotted cream ice cream is not to be over looked!
Cornwall still has a busy fishing industry and offers a selection of fresh and locally caught fish in most pubs and restaurants! Make the most of the freshness and indulge on fish and chips, muscles, and oysters when you get the chance!
Cornwall also has a wide selection of locally made ciders, wines, beers and spirits and the bartenders are always very happy to recommend local Cornish drinks! Enjoy!
Anyway I hope this has inspired you and you’ve found this helpful!