A guide to the popular activities in Cornwall

June 02nd, 2016

When you’re staying at The Valley this summer in our pet friendly cottages, discover why Cornwall has such a strong appeal to UK holiday makers and visitors from abroad. It is varied, from busy tourist hotspots to offbeat places where you can escape the crowds.

From the stunning coast to the wild moorlands, vibrant arts and to the surfing culture, you are spoilt for choice when you visit Cornwall, but check out this guide to the most popular activities you can do:

Eating out:

In Cornwall, you have to try the local delicacies of pasties, cream tea with Cornish clotted cream and the amazing locally sourced seafood from Cornish waters. Not only that, there are also some amazing restaurants to try out in the Duchy, such as Rick Stein’s restaurant at Padstow, and Jamie Oliver’s 15 at Watergate Bay.

Art and culture:

Tucked away in the far South West, Cornwall takes on a culture of its own. There are galleries, museums, art exhibition, theatre and more which you can explore on your visit, where you can discover the county’s rich history and landscape.

On the water:

Cornwall is famed for the array of water sports that are available. Surfing on the north coast attracts people from all over the world, with hotspots being Polzeath, Mawgan Porth, Widemouth, St Agnes and Newquay for anyone wanting to start out. Head to the south coast for yachting and sailing on the calmer waters, and the rivers across Cornwall are great for canoeing or kayaking.

On foot, bike or hoof:

The South West Coast Path runs the whole way along the coastline, where you can enjoy some breath-taking sights, Lizard Point being one of the walks not to miss. But it is not the only place where you can enjoy a hike or cycle ride, or even horse riding. Bodmin Moor has a stunning landscape of granite tors, wild moors and hills where you can find remains from the Bronze Age.

Unmissable highlights:

Cornwall has so many things to see and do but there are some things you can’t miss out on when you holiday here: Take a boat ride out to sea where you can spot some incredible wildlife like dolphins, seals, porpoise and maybe some whales or sharks. For something calmer, visit one of the incredible gardens around Cornwall, like Trebah, Glendurgan or the Lost Gardens of Heligan. If you want to be adventurous, why not bypass the crowded tourist beaches and look for secret coves? They might require a bit of a hike to get to, but the views along the way and the quiet calm of the beach will be a reward.

Photo by: Mick Lobb