There is nowhere quite like Cornwall. With varied land and seascapes from immense sandy beaches nestled below rugged cliffs, to winding rivers, moors and tors, there is a mass of wildlife on nature’s doorstep ready to explore.
If we had to choose the unmissable hotspots, then the incredible landscape of Bodmin Moor would be right up there with its wild, unenclosed moorland and rocky tors, which have been 400 million years in the making. Seek out historic stones, and then maybe make your way to Jamaica Inn for refreshments.
In North Cornwall, St Nectan’s Glen is a site of special scientific interest, with fairytale ivy-clad woodlands with three waterfalls cascading down into the valley below. When you reach the holy ‘kieve’, you have reached the saint’s hermitage.
If you are keen on gardens, the Lost Gardens of Heligan, hidden until 1992, has some incredible sculptures, wonderful walkways and historic stories to share.
Over in West Cornwall, you cannot miss St Michael’s Mount, the Lizard and Kynance Cove, plus neighbouring the mighty Minack Theatre carved into cliffs, Porthcurno beach with its clear turquoise waters. The Roseland Peninsula around St Mawes is also unspoilt, and for those more comfortable walking on flat terrain or riding a bike, the Camel Estuary is perfect for birdlife, scenic farmland and natural beauty.
Circling Cornwall, around the coast, stretches of the SW Coast Path are there to be enjoyed, some parts more strenuous than others. The most moderate section is probably Penzance to Falmouth, where you have a 60 mile stretch of nature lover’s paradise, taking in St Michael’s Mount and the National Trust’s Loe Pool.