Hidden Gems in Cornwall

August 23rd, 2019


Capturing the hearts of visitors for hundreds of years, Cornwall is one of the top staycation destinations in the UK, and for very good reason! The allure of the jaw-droppingly beautiful coastline, historic harbours and settlements, mixed with the vibrant green countryside and selection of fantastic attractions makes this a holiday location like no other.

Whether you’ve visited a hundred times, or your next trip will be your first, there’s something so special about exploring the lesser-known paths and discovering some of the hidden gems of the area. We’ve taken out the hard work of finding them, and below are just a handful of some of our favourites!


Abandoned Gunpowder Factory, Kennall Vale Wildlife Reserve, near Truro

Found between Redruth and Falmouth, in the village of Ponsanooth, is one of Cornwall’s more unique attractions. With a rich industrial heritage, the landscape is dotted with reminders of times past, and this pocket of the county is no different. A short walk through a picturesque woodland will reward you with sightings of the old gunpowder factory. Production began in 1812, and the powder was used across many mines across Cornwall, keep an eye out for the milling equipment, milestone, iron cogs and quarry.
Today, the Kennall Vale is a haven for wildlife, and the immersive walk is equally as idyllic for the history buffs as it is for the outdoor lovers.

Abandoned Gunpowder Factory, Kennall Vale Wildlife Reserve, Cornwall

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Church of Cohan, Merther near Truro

The ruins of the Church of Cohan provide an atmosphere you can almost touch. Parts of the structure are being reclaimed by nature as ivy trails up the walls and cascades out of the windows. It is said that the original building has been on the site since the late 14th-century and it wasn’t until the 1920’s that it begun deteriorating following the establishment of a church in the neighbouring town, Tresillian. Over time, the bells and statue from the Church of Cohan were removed and used elsewhere, while the structure became ever-more beautiful as the years went by.


Gwennap Pit, Busveal near Redruth

It is believed that the Gwennap Pit was formed by the earth falling into an abandoned mine below, and this theory is often supported by the fact that it never collects water. There is evidence of the pit being used for preaching since the 18th-century, but it wasn’t until the early 19th-century that the 12 terraces were created to form the seats that can be seen today. To walk around each of the tiers and back again is the equivalent of a mile and it can comfortably hold approximately 1,500 people!

Gwennap Pit, Busveal near Redruth

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The Lookout Tower at the National Maritime Museum Cornwall, Falmouth

The lookout tower boasts some of the most fantastic views of Falmouth and the harbour. At just over 30 meters high, the panoramas to be admired from the top are worthy of several snaps with your cameras! Take in the outstanding views and reminisce on your fantastic holiday to the area.


Nanjizal or Mill Bay, Penzance

Nanjizal, also known as Mill Bay, is said to have, what appears to be, some of the clearest waters along the Cornish coast. Due to its limited access, it’s a place that often feels untouched by humans, and depending on the time of year, you may find yourselves the only people there. Alongside the crystal-clear waters, there are some incredible rock formations, an abundance of caves and on occasion, the beach is visited by seals.


Hawker’s Hut near Bude

Currently the smallest National Trust property, Hawker’s Hut is less than three meters square. It was built by a vicar of Morwenstow, Reverend Hawker, out of the driftwood washed up on the Cornish coast. He would visit to admire the stunning shore and write poetry; one of the best-known of his poems is ‘The Song of the Western Man’, which is now the National anthem of the county.

To reach Hawker’s Hut, go to the church in Morwenstow, which is located by Rectory Farm. Walk through the churchyard and follow the signs which direct you toward the coastal path. The hut is signposted from the village.

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There are so many outstanding locations to visit in this outstanding county! Why not come and see them for yourself while enjoying a much-needed break? Our hot tub cottages in Cornwall serve as the perfect base during your exploration of the area, and the bubbling and warm waters are an idyllic place to relax.