The Tropical South West Coast And Countryside
Cornwall is well known for its stunning scenery, fabulous beaches and range of towns and villages that make for wonderful getaways. But what one often doesn’t realise until one has visited, is just how different and varied the North and South coasts can be in terms of landscape and terrain. Both make for fabulous holidays spots, but indeed both have very different things to offer, so no trip to Cornwall can be complete without a visit to both.
The South coast is renowned for being more sheltered, often milder, with deeper natural harbours and more coverings of woodland. The North Coast, on the other hand, is famed for being more open, dramatic and wild, whilst having wider estuaries and some of the countries finest and most stunning beaches. Here we offer you a few of the natural wonders of both the North and South coasts of Cornwall, with the hope it will encourage you to get out and explore them on your trip…
A particularly beguiling spot on the North coast is the tidal estuary of the Camel, which stretches from Wadebridge, through to Padstow and out towards Polzeath. This area has been designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is surely one of the most stunning locations on the North coast. The wide natural estuary is a great spot for birdwatchers, kayakers and walkers who can enjoy the well marked South West Coast Path, whilst those seeking a little more adventure can head to Daymer Bay, famed for its suitability for windsurfing or to Polzeath for the fabulous surf.
If the surf is not for you, you could stick to dry land and explore the Rumps – the remains of an impressive Iron age cliff castle built on a promontory of hard basaltic rock, which was formed thousands of years ago by volcanic activity. This can easily be combined with a visit to nearby Port Quin, a really pretty historic village with a rich history and a handful of very nice National Trust properties.
Trebarwith Valley Nature Reserve is another gem in North Cornwall’s crown. It is an area covering 1.3 hectares, providing home to some magnificent flora and fauna. Brown Trout can be found in the reserve’s stream and a special little flower called Germander Speedwell, with sky blue blooms, grows there. Explore this area on foot and be prepared for some steep, though rewarding climbs. Port Isaac is but a stones throw away from the Trebarwith Valley and could well provide an excellent location for accommodation for anyone wishing to explore this.
Why not head to the stunning Helford Passage..the sheltered geography of this estuary make it a very peaceful and relaxing place to explore and the many paths around the water that will lead you through fields and woodlands quite different from the North Coast. You can find a very pretty shingle beach just a short walk through woodland from well-placed car park at Durgan, discover the delightful tropical gardens at Trebah, which thrive in the warm climes of this sheltered south coast area and don’t miss the lovely traditional pub– the Ferryboat Inn. .
Visit nearby Falmouth, famous for it’s natural harbour, which holds the impressive accolade of being the third deepest in the world. Falmouth has seen some momentous round-the-world voyages start and finish in its port, including the record -breaking trip of Dame Ellen MacArthur. This is a bustling little town, popular all year round, with locals, holiday-makers and made even livelier by students from the University there. Head to Pendennis Castle, built by King Henry VIII, which sits out on the headland or take the ferry from Falmouth to nearby Flushing, to get the best views of this impressive natural harbour.
And it is always worth remembering on your visit to Cornwall that it is a well-known fact amongst locals that weather can be entirely different on the North and South coasts on the very same day…
This post was written by Jill Landeryou from Latitude 50, who offer self catering cottages in Cornwall including Port Isaac holiday cottages – the perfect base for exploring the wonders of the Cornwall coastline!