Cornwall is the most south westerly county at the toe of England. It is known for its pretty coves, sandy beaches, fishing harbours and rural farming communities. It has mild weather and is a popular holiday destination in Britain as it is very pretty and unspoilt. The towns and villages show their poor farming history, with few grand buildings but they hold a charm of their own. Each community is still centred around the church, pub and local shop. Many of the communities are very old, with tiny cottages stacked on top of each other down the steep sided cliffs. Polperro and Looe are the best known villages and in Polperro the streets are so narrow that cars are prohibited. Walk around the small shops and cafés and buy fresh locally caught fish and prepared crabs at the harbour, where the local fishing fleet will be moored.
Cornwall runs west from the city of Plymouth on the River Tamar all the way to Land’s End. If you manage to reach this famous point, there is a theme park and some pretty coastal walks. Campers and caravanners head for Cornwall during the summer, to enjoy walking the South coastal path which runs continuously along the south coast and back along the north coast. The path detours round every headland, with steep inclines in places but the seaviews and pretty countryside make it very rewarding.
Cornwall is known for its lamb and its dairy products including Cornish clotted cream, which is unique to the south west area. It is usually served with jam on scones as an afternoon tea treat. Cornwall also has many National Trust properties. These grand estates and homes have beautiful gardens of camellias, azaleas and roses, often with restored glasshouses, pineapple pits and vegetable gardens which once fed the family and staff of the estate. One such castle is on St Michael’s Mount, near Marazion, which can be reached by causeway at low tide, or by boat at other times. Falmouth has the third deepest natural harbour in the world and is teeming with wildlife. The National Maritime Museum is located here.
Tintagel on the north coast has the remains of what is reputedly King Arthur’s Castle. Apart from the ruins, the village is full of typical Cornish slate-built cottages with pretty gardens. Newquay has an extensive sandy beach and the area is popular with surfers. Although Cornwall is a long way from anywhere, it is a delightful place to visit for a holiday.