Two and half miles from Land’s End, this sliding valley that descends into a pearly white beach was a big deal back in WWII (where it held an important submarine communications cable station) – something you can explore at Porthcurno’s Telegraph Museum. On the cliffs west of Porthcurno lies the world famous Minack Theatre, an open air venue with ancient origins that still hosts stunning plays to this day. It’s also one of our Britain’s Best Beaches!
A pretty town with a still-working fishing port; Looe is, unsurprisingly, well regarded for its fresh fish. From the humble fish and chips to more sophisticated dishes you’ll find delicious offerings here. The beautiful sandy beach is ideal for children and the rock pool are sure to be a hit. Check out the Looe Museum for relics of this towns pirate past.
Beautiful abandoned mines from this old mining town will leave you with an interest in ruins you never knew you had. Hitting the big screen in 2015, Botallack Mine featured in TV hit Poldark as the hero’s home and has become a decaying attraction for visitors to the coast. Take the Botallack Walk through rocky cliffs & wild flowers to truly experience the old-world magic.
Set in the the Fowey valley – an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – the River Fowey has numerous pleasant sites with spectacular bursts of nature, along with special paths made for hikers and walkers along the banks. You can even experience river wildlife and a real adventure with a trip on the waters in an open canoe!
With its turquoise seas and white sands, you might be forgiven for thinking you’d stumbled on a tropical paradise with The Lizard. There is much myth and mystery surrounding the odd name that accompanies this magical land. The most common explanation seems to be that it’s a mutation of the Cornish ‘Lys Ardh’ meaning ‘high court’, or ‘Lezou’ for ‘headland’. But regardless of how it got its name, it’s not to be missed.
Mullion is the largest village on the Lizard coast, home to the 15th century church of St Mellanus with its famous intricate biblical carvings. Full of smuggling tales and pretty coastal shops and cafes, its a quaint village on the South West Coastal Path that has survived the wrath of the sea for centuries. It’s also home to some of the largest caves on the Lizard, making it a real place of mystery.
Renowned for excellent water quality, Perranporth Beach is a bit of everything – soft sandy areas, long stretches of interesting coastline and rocky crags . It’s perfect for sandcastle building, water sports, great local shops and spectacular sunsets – Perranporth is a real Cornish all-rounder.
Three miles north of Bude in Cornwall we have Sandymouth Beach, an unspoilt landscape of pebbles, sands and dramatic cliff tops. It’s a National Trust beach and has a large, manned, car park with 200 spaces at the top of the cliff. It even has its own waterfall, as well as cafes, restaurants and other leisure facilities. Best of all? It allows pets all year round!