Exploring Cornwall: 5 things to in England’s southwest

Cornwall has been on my must visit list for many years. As well as my general love for all things associated with the sea and coastlines, I was an avid reader of Rosamunde Pilcher’s novels- most of which are set in Cornwall.

When I finally visited the south western corner of England I was blown away by the natural beauty and character of the region. Here are the five things I loved exploring the most in Cornwall.

1. Explore Penzance

Penzance is the most westerly major town in Cornwall and is full of winding, hilly streets, Cornish pasty bakeries and picturesque views. The town also has a beautiful ocean swimming pool- The Jubilee Sea Pool.

2. Climb St. Michael’s Mount

Perched on the top of an island, the Castle of St. Michael’s Mount and offers superb views of the bay. Owned by the St Aubyn family since 1650, entrance fees (£16) go towards the upkeep of the castle and grounds.

At low tide you can walk across a stone causeway to the island, while at high tide there are frequent boats to ferry you across, for a small fee.

Marazion- the town at the base of St. Michael’s Mount is also worth spending time exploring.

3. Wander around tiny village of Gulval

This quaint little town is set back from the coast and only a short walk from Penzance. You’ll find charming streets, a beautiful old church with a garden full of towering trees and fields of wheat and chamomile.

 

4. Explore Newlyn and Mousehole

In the other direction to Gulval, are the coastal towns of Newlyn and further along the bay Mousehole. These are both really picturesque and full of little cafes and art galleries.

5. Relax at stunning Porthcurno

Porthcurno is one of the most beautiful beaches I’ve ever been to. A short walk from the bus stop, the sandy cove provides the perfect spot to relax and take a dip in the sea.

The stretch of coastline on either side of the beach is equally stunning and there’s a coastal walking track along the cliff top to nearby bays and towns. Local buses travel frequently between Porthcuno, Penzance and Land’s End.