Five beautiful locations you have to visit in Cornwall in 2016

January 14th, 2016

The Valley offers a luxurious selection of dog friendly cottages in Cornwall making it as easy as ever for your family and four legged companions to enjoy the beautiful sights and rugged nature that Cornwall offers at every nook and cranny of this gorgeous county.

Here are 5 of our favourite attractions and sights for you and your whole family to enjoy.

The Camel Estuary – This stretches from Padstow and Rock down river to Wadebridge, and is one of only two ‘inland’ sections of the Cornwall AONB. At low tide mud and sandbanks are exposed and the reed-beds and salt-marsh flats teem with wading birds. A host of marine life can also be found, with the otter also making this area its home due to the abundant water life that can be found in these water-ways. The best way to see this area is by hopping on a bike, as the Camel trail follows the river the whole way.


Helman Tor Nature Reserve – Helman Tor Nature Reserve includes the wetlands of Breney Common to the West and Red Moor to the East. This large wetland complex extends across more than 500 acres, spreading from the slopes of Helman Tor, and is one of the best areas to view a host of Cornwall’s wildlife. The landscape varies from wildlife rich habitats including wet and dry heathland, grassland, large areas of woodlands and numerous ponds.


Fowey River – The River Valley is surrounded by wooded slopes and water meadows mostly owned by the National Trust, with nature reserves, salt marshes and bird sanctuaries on each side. The whole area is teeming with Heron, Wildfowl, Cormorants and even Kingfishers. With over 25 miles of shoreline and 1000 acres of water there is something for the whole family to enjoy from stand-up paddle boarding, to kayaking, boat hire and river expeditions.


Tehidy Country Park – Tehidy was formerly the estate of the Bassets, one of the four most powerful families in Cornwall with extensive lands and mineral rights in this western part of the county. Today it is managed by Cornwall Council as a Country Park, and has over 9 miles of paths and 250 acres of peaceful woods with a rich diversity of fauna and lakes to explore. There is also a cafe and a picnic area.


Mount Edgcumbe House – The house offers beautiful landscaped gardens in 18th century Italian, French and English styles with newly established American plantation and New Zealand gardens as well. A superb landscaped park, fallow deer, woodland and coastal walks offer fantastic views to make Mount Edgcumbe one of the most spectacular attractions in the West Country.