Beautiful beach and great for kids. The beach slopes very gently. Great for walks too. If you wander round to Rock you can get the ferry across to Padstow. Daimer Bay is great for windsurfers and surfing where there is a decent wind or swell. Voted one of the best beaches in the world.
It's a 2 minute drivefrom Polzeath, go through the Polzeath beach road and carry on for about a mile or two it's a turning on the right. if you get stuck ask a local.
'The Cove' is a set of stunning apartments cut into the hills 200 yards from Lamorna Cove. The apartments are self-catering, although there is a great on-site restaurant (that also serves food in your room.)
Best bits were the friendly staff, the private pool with amazing views to the cove and the hot chocolate croissants delivered to your door each morning. Fairly costly but excellent value and a very desirable setting.
Bar/restaurant just above the beach with wide floor-to-ceiling windows giving a fantastic view of the beach and sea. Good food, great relaxed atmosphere, good with kids and, although it can get a bit busy in high season, it's a fantastic place to recover from a walk along the Sands.
Praa Sands, off the A394 Helston - Marazion
Rough Tor is a beautiful granite-boulder strewn hill on the northern edge of Bodmin Moor.
On opening the gate on to the moor you cross a small stream and then start the gentle slope up the hill - past ancient stone hut circles and wild ponies - to the top where you can sometimes see the north and south coasts of Cornwall, as well as other craggy peaks, the odd coniferous forest and pools and reservoirs.
If you have more time, you can continue across to Brown Willy - the highest hill in Cornwall - passing another stream and through an abandoned hamlet.
Malvern has a funny mixture of places to shop when you are bored of walking, or getting rained on. Great Malvern has the best shops I think.
I love shiny things and found this little gallery in Malvern's town centre, Great Malvern. It's full of fab jewellery and some unusual bits and pieces like tin aeroplanes and model chickens made from plastic bags!
I also found a fab knitting shop - and I don't even like knitting - called the knitting parlour. Sod's law one is at the top of the hill and one at the bottom so you need to be fit to visit both! Iapetus is at the top on Bellevue Terrace and knitting shop is at the bottom near a set of traffic lights surrounded by banks.
I noticed someone else had mentioned the theatre in the old loo - it's really something, has to be seen to be believed!
Also top cafe in town is by that theatre. It's called leaf and serves all local yummy stuff. Good for people watching too!
Great food with a north African influence to it, and they serve wine by the jug. Great place to eat if you're travelling alone. Do book in advance though.
St.Andrews Street Bistro
16 St.Andrews Street
Tel: 01736 797074
North of New Polzeath is a headland ending at the Rumps Point. From here there are spectacular views up and down the coast. This stretch belongs to the National Trust and there is a car park off a small road going out to Pentire Farm.
A stylish modern flat for up to six people. Near to Holyrood, the Scottish Parliament, Arthur's Seat and Salisbury Crags. Great for walking to old and new town with free local parking.
Telephone 0781 112 7920
I discovered the REAL Cornwall, after years of family holidays in 'obvious' places, by going on a week long walking holiday with Martin Hunt.
He leads walks over moors, along coastal paths, across beaches, up hills and down creeks and valleys. He knows magical, secret places that I'd never have discovered on my own and he's got amazing knowlegde of local flora, fauna and folklore and geology. Does tasy packed lunches as well! Excellent.
You don't have to be super fit but a bit of agility helps and although I had a good time on my own, there were also couples and groups of friends.
www.adventureline.co.uk 01209 820 847
A top quality small hotel overlooking the harbour in Fowey. Fabulous views from the balconied sea view rooms, and a great Michelin starred restaurant that does the best full English breakfast I've ever had (or local Kippers, which are just as good).
www.themarinahotel.co.uk, nearest rail station: Lostwithiel
One of the most beautiful beaches in England, I think - a perfect, tiny cove, wonderful for swimming, and a little shack selling Cornish pasties and ice cream further up the hill.
Also, an interesting history to the location as the first underwater cables across the Atlantic were laid here and the little cabin where all the cables came above ground is still visible half-way up the cliff.
I stayed in the nearby village of Treen and walked to Porthcurno along the cliff path - a completely magical day.
The whole area of Cornwall west of Penzance is simply beautiful, and many other lovely places to visit - Lamorna Cove, St Just, Sennen Cove, Mousehole, but nowhere has stayed in my heart quite as much as Porthcurno and Treen.
This is a wondrous, fun place to stay, filled with paintings floor to ceiling, old and new, fabulous and not quite so, most by local artists.
Each room is different. Ours was huge with a view over the rooftops of the town to the sea.
There's also a lovely walled garden and an excellent restaurant. The town itself is fun to walk around and St Michael's Mount is nearby.
A helicopter will take you to the island of Tresco for a look at the famous Abbey Garden and a good day out.
There are wonderful artists in Penzance too. We bought a painting by American artist, Kathy Todd, who now lives in Penzance. After our time there we drove further along the coast to St. Ives, another magical spot.
Chapel House, Chapel Street, Penzance
Nicest beaches on the south coast.
There is Studland Beach for the adventurous sun seeker who like to be natural.
Take a while to get there by car.
They have a new Monglian Yurt Village.
In Dorset, on the coast
www.yurtvillage.co.uk for the Mongolian yurt place
Quite simply the most evocative industrial heritage site ever. Understand the privations and hardships endured by Cornishmen mining for tin through the centuries and decide whether this kind of work was better than the no-work that Cornishmen now suffer.
Many of the guides at Geevor were miners and engineers when the mine closed, they are always knowledgeable and keen to impart that knowledge. There is a museum, and a walk through the ore separating plant. There is also a trip down an 18th century mine adit.
Utterly fascinating and an immensely important project. Oh, also very good pasties in the cafe!
For the fit, you can walk to Pendeen lighthouse which has spectacular views and is very atmospheric, especially when there's a sea fret and all the long-dead-drowned-sailors come up out of the sea!
Geevor Tin Mine is located in the village of Pendeen, 7 miles west of Penzance. The mine is easily reached from Penzance, St Ives or Lands End by car or bus. There is a 10% discount for visitors who travel to Geevor by bus.
Simply one of the best places to eat fresh, local seafood on the south coast of England. I had my favourite ever dish here, hake, caught that morning, cooked with cornish yarg. Delicious.
1-3 Polkirt Hill
Cornwall PL26 6UR
Tel: +44 (0)1726 842174
1-3 Polkirt Hill
Cornwall PL26 6UR
Tel: +44 (0)1726 842174
At the turn from the main road (B3315) for Treen, instead of going up the hill go down through a fecund valley to a stream at the bottom. You'll have to walk from here. The stream is perfect. Cross the bridge and pass a hair house with doves and flowers. Continue to the fisherman's cottages and boats at the working cove.
This place is timeless. There's no beach, no pub, no cafe. There's a bench to sit on if you can't bear the rocks. You can't hear any traffic or planes, just sea and one or two mackerel fishermen. This is a place to simply be.
On a fine day, it's just plain peaceful, on a stormy day it's cathartic. You could also walk to it from the car park at Treen, along the coast path, and then back up the valley, turn left up the hill into Treen and get waylaid in the Logan Rock over a few pints of Tinners.
Theatre carved out of the cliff overlooking the beautiful Porthcurno beach. Amazing setting to see a play or in our case, an opera. Take wine and a picnic. Not to be missed on a visit to Cornwall.
Porthcurno, Penzance, Cornwall.
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