Cornish pasties and clotted cream aside, Cornwall is perhaps best known for its beautiful coastline. Catch some waves on one of the world famous surf beaches near Newquay, try your hand at a number of different water sports, or enjoy an exhilarating cliff top walk to blow those cobwebs away. If you are looking for a relaxing family day out building sandcastles and splashing around in the sea head to the laid back beach at Harlyn Bay near Padstow. Potter about in the rock pools, go for a swim and even book yourself a surf lesson. When you have built up an appetite head to The Cornish Arms to sample one of Rick Stein’s favourite dishes in this popular family and dog-friendly pub.
If you are looking to explore a pretty fishing village, but want to head slightly off the beaten track, visit Gorran Haven on the south coast. This cluster of fisherman’s cottages is nestled around a pretty sheltered bay. The two sandy beaches are a great spot for a swim or you can hire kayaks and paddleboards. If it’s too chilly to brave the sea, walk north along the coastal path to the charming fishing town of Mevagissey. You will be rewarded with breath taking sea views, wild meadows and fish and chips on the beach to refuel.
It’s not all about beaches in Cornwall! Head inland and you will find tropical gardens, wild moorland and historic houses. Discover ancient woodlands and leafy jungles at the The Lost Gardens of Heligan or immerse yourself in the magical sub-tropical paradise at Trebah Gardens. If you are looking for something a bit more rugged and wild, pack a picnic and go for a walk and paddle in the water at Golitha Falls on Bodmin moor, or be inspired by the history and myths at Tintagel Castle.
For those who don’t live in the West Country, don’t write Cornwall off for a last minute getaway because you can’t face the M5. Either hop on the sleeper train from London or book a flight to Newquay. After a busy week in the office treat yourself to a well-earned break. Spend the weekend riding some waves, admiring the stunning scenery along the Cornish coastal path and sampling some of the best Cornish pasties and cream teas you will ever taste. We have some great last minute deals on our cottages to rent so start your last minute escape to Cornwall here.