Cornwall

The South western tip of the UK is home to the county of Cornwall, long and thin with almost 700kms of coastline this Duchy is one of the most beguiling places in England, amazingly you are never more than 16 miles from the sea making it no wonder that this region has some of the  most dramatic scenery to be found anywhere in the British Isles.

The seafaring history of Cornwall surrounds you from the moment you enter the region, tales of smuggling and piracy abound, seeped in tradition and folklore; the Cornish people are fiercely proud of their land and their heritage and have managed to protect their own ancient language,  large numbers of people consider themselves to be bilingual – Cornwall with its unique charm and fiercely loyal inhabitants is the holiday destination with added history and heritage.

Cornwall attracts many tourists over the summer season and has everything from top class hotels to basic guest houses, camp sites to self catering apartments – the type of holiday that you anticipate will have a huge impact on the type of accommodation that you require but it is all readily available throughout this beautiful part of the world; just be sure to book in advance during the high season.

No matter which part of Cornwall you choose to stay the simple fact is that you won’t be disappointed, any shortcomings that your accommodation may have will soon be forgotten when you see everything else that the glory of Cornwall has to offer.

Cornwall has lots of regional specialities such as pasties and cream teas but above all else it is known for its seafood, the tradition of good restaurants has led several well known chefs to open restaurants in the region but these are not the only good places to eat – well cooked locally caught fish can be just as good when eaten with chips on the seafront as it is when expertly cooked in a Michelin starred establishment.

If you are in Padstow it is essential that you try one of Rick Steins various businesses, booking at the restaurant is essential although there are some more casual places where his trademark food can be purchased with less formality.

Many of the restaurants and inns of Cornwall serve excellent quality locally sourced food but for location look no further than the Bowgie Inn at Newquay with great views over Crantock beach; the inn is hard to miss – it’s the bright pink building overlooking the beach.

Visit Bodmin Moor, you might not get to see the beast of Bodmin but you will certainly see Brown Willy – the much loved tallest peak in Cornwall; the moor is also linked with much mythology, mainly surrounding King Arthur, and is home to King Arthur’s Hall monument and Dozmary Pool which is said to be the place of the Lady of the Lake and is where Arthur first accepted Excalibur – it is however not the only lake that has this claim!

Cornwall is also home to the well known Eden Project and even those that are not sure what it is will have heard of it, the Eden Project replicates the climates of the world and perfectly recreates the correct flora for each region, the easily recognised biomes (domes)  house areas such as  the Rainforests and the Mediterranean, these are authentic with all the plants and flowers that are geographically correct to the region. The sights and smells are amazing in this unique attraction that allows you to travel around the world without leaving the UK.

With its southern location Cornwall has one of the most pleasant climates in the UK, the summers although not always the warmest are the sunniest and the beaches fill with holidaymakers intent on watersports or relaxation, this leads to increased prices and a strain on the available accommodation – booking is always recommended during the school summer holidays (July & August)

As with anywhere in England the weather can be changeable, rain is not uncommon and during the autumn and winter months heavy storms with sudden downpours and floods are not unusual.

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