Cornwall has a long, rugged and spectacular coastline, punctuated by beaches, fishing villages, high cliffs, castles and rock formations of all shapes and sizes. The coast is a huge draw for visitors, making Cornwall the UK’s most popular holiday destination. But where can you go to experience the best that the coast has to offer?
Visitors to Cornwall are spoilt for choice. Most people head straight for the beach or to one of the many fine holiday towns and resorts along the coast. But to really get the most out of Cornwall, visitors should get out and explore.
One of the best ways to explore the coast is on foot on the world famous South West Coast Path. This footpath extends around the entire length of Cornwall and into devon and Somerset. It’s not possible to do the entire distance in a short visit, but holidaymakers should tick off a few stretches of the South West Coast Path when visiting the county.
There is a great section of coastline in North Cornwall which leads out of Widemouth bay up to the high cliffs of Millook and along to Crackington Haven. Nature lovers will enjoy this walk for the lofty sea views and glimpses of wildlife flora and fauna.
Near Polzeath, there is a great circular walk around the Rumps. This series of jagged rocks at the end of a headland is natural landmark on this stretch of coast. It’s exhilarating to stand at the end of the Rumps and take in the bracing sea air and outstanding sea views.
Similarly Trevose Head near Padstow allows you to walkers to get right out onto the end of the headland for far reaching views over the sea and golden beaches of Constantine and Tryarnon. There are loads of cottages in Cornwall by the sea just waiting to be discovered.
Further south between Newquay and Perranporth, is the spectacular Holywell Beach with its sand dunes and offshore island. Visitors can climb the dunes or the footpath up the cliffs at this National Trust Beach for more phenomenal sea views of coastline and beach.
Near Gwithian, visitors can set off on foot under the gaze of Godrevy Lighthouse up the cliff path for views down to a seal colony on a secluded beach way below. It’s one of Cornwall’s best wildlife spotting locations.
Cape Cornwall in West Penwith has similar lofty scenery. This is one of Cornwall’s remotest spots and hence visitors can enjoy lovely vistas and viewpoints without the crowds.
Taking the past south from Sennen, walkers soon reach Land’s End with its panoramic sea views and abundance of sea birds. It’s a natural place to top for a breather and take in the scenery.
One of Cornwall’s scenic wonders is located on the Lizard peninsula. Kynance Cove is an incredibly beautiful spot with large rock formations creating natural protection for small sandy beaches. The view from the clifftop looking out over Kynance Cove is worth the effort of the long drive down to mainland Britain’s most southerly point.
This is just a small selection of wonderful sea view scenery in Cornwall. For more inspiration search for VisitCornwall tourist information or visit the wide range of useful Cornish websites on the web.