Islands Around Cornwall to Visit
June 27th, 2023
Luxury doesn’t come much more indulgent than our holiday cottages in Cornwall, and with so much to see in the beautiful county, venturing away from your holiday accommodation for the day is a must
Cornwall has plenty to explore, especially along its breath-taking coastline. Scattered with captivating little islands, we have selected our top locations for those who are eager for a mini adventure! Discover how to get to them and why you should visit.
St Michael’s Mount
Where: St Michael’s Mount is situated just 500 metres away from Marazion.
Now part of the National Trust, St Michael’s Mount is one of the classic hotspots of Cornwall. The history of the island is vast, and the site greets visitors with captivating mediaeval architecture and fascinating sub-tropical terraced gardens to explore. It is believed to have origins as a monastery in the 8th and 11th century, though this is not confirmed.
The island can be accessed via a human-made causeway which is revealed during low tide, making St Michael’s Mount an exciting location to travel to by foot.
On high tides, the mount can be accessed or exited by boat.
Where: Godrevy is situated on the East side of St Ives Bay.
From the Cornish coastline, viewers can gaze upon the charming lighthouse which sits upon the island. The lighthouse is believed to have been the source of inspiration for Virginia Woolf’s novel To the Lighthouse.
The small 12-acre island is renowned for its rockiness and has been the unfortunate setting for many tragic shipwrecks due to the Stones Reef just off the island, until the lighthouse was created in-between 1858 and 1859.
The best way to view Godrevy island and lighthouse is to organise a walk on the South West Coast Path. The hike will take you across Godrevy Head which reveals incredible views of St Ives and Trevose Head, with Godrevy Lighthouse stealing the show.
The area is also known for inhabiting grey seals from autumn to January, so keep your eyes peeled when travelling past private beaches and coves.
Looe Island / St George’s Island
Where: Looe Island is one mile away from the Cornish town of Looe.
Part of the Whitsand and Looe Bay Marine Conservation Zone, Looe Island is the home of many unique species of animals and birds including Shetland ponies, Hebridean sheep and grey seals. It also boasts the largest breeding colony of the great black-backed gulls in the county.
You can visit Looe Island through the organisation of official guided trips. The boat leaves from RNLI station on East Looe, and the boat trips last around two hours in length.
St Clement’s Isle
Where: St Clement’s Isle can be spied just off the coast from Mousehole.
This small but fascinating rocky islet is full of wonder and charm and is said to have once belonged to an ancient hermit who resided there. It is about 500m from the harbour, and it is best viewed from the shoreline where you can see the energetic activity of wild birds. Some days it is also a vantage point to spot grey seals on its tiny beach.
Wild swimmers have been known to swim there, though this is not recommended!
If you walk from the village, you can find a huge cave which is rumoured to be how Mousehole got its name (Mouse Hole).
Isles of Scilly
Where: The Isles of Scilly are 25 miles off the tip of Cornwall.
One of Cornwall’s most unique features is the Isles of Scilly. Its beautiful collection of pretty islands draws visitors in search of its unique and unspoilt landscape. You may be pleased to know that hopping over to the Isles of Scilly is possible on a day trip!
The largest of the Isles is St Mary’s, which also happens to be the best choice for a one day visit. Find a secluded spot on one of its gleaming, white sand beaches or make your way to energetic Hugh Town.
The Scillonian III is a direct boat to the Isles and is acclaimed for its unforgettable views of the Cornish coastline in two hours and 40-minutes.
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5 Best Canoeing and Kayaking Spots in Cornwall
August 20th, 2021
Cornwall has miles and miles of gorgeous coastline and various waterways to explore, and there are so many ways to do it. You can trek along the coast paths, lounge on golden sands, swim in the crystalline waters, or, if you’re feeling adventurous, then why not take to the seas and rivers with a canoe or kayak?
If you fancy the adventure and excitement of trying canoeing or kayaking, there are some fantastic spots across Cornwall for both beginners and seasoned pros.
Fal-Ruan Upper Creeks, Truro
Situated in the Roseland Peninsula and Fal-Ruan nature reserve, this spot is shielded by woodland, adding to the total tranquillity of being out on the water.
This remote part of the tidal river Fal offers a peaceful, leisurely canoe or kayak experience that’s brilliant for all skill levels.
The Fal River is also connected to a network of waterways stretching from Truro to Falmouth, so there are plenty of other great spots to paddle down for those that want a longer journey.
Carbis Bay, St Ives
The scenic beaches at St Ives offer more than just picturesque views; there are also some lovely water sports spots to check out.
Carbis Bay is just one of the stunning canoeing and kayaking areas along the St Ives coast. With calm, gentle waters at low tide and great breaks at high tide, there’s something for everyone to enjoy here.
Porthcurno Beach, Penzance
Another top beauty spot in Cornwall, Porthcurno Beach offers gorgeous views with the white-gold sand, aquamarine waves and dramatic cliffs. A paddle along this stretch of coast showcases Cornwall’s beautiful countryside in the best way!
The nearby Minack Theatre is another must-visit attraction, giving you the perfect opportunity to relax with an open-air play or show after an active day in the sea.
Cotehele Quay, Saltash
A paddle along the Tamar via Cotehele Quay has a lot to offer in the way of interesting sights to see and places to stop off at along your journey.
The Cotehele Quay is located on the National Trust estate of the same name, which makes a picture-perfect backdrop for your leisurely paddle along the river. You’ll pass the historic property, canopied by woodland banks. If you’re lucky, you may see deer, kingfishers and falcons on your watery journey.
Mullion Cove Beach, The Lizard Peninsula
Take to the glorious shores of the Lizard Peninsula and explore Mullion Cove. The cove is well protected thanks to an off-shore island, meaning you shouldn’t fall victim to the stronger ocean currents.
A guided tour from Mullion Cove to Kynance Cove lets you enjoy the dramatic cliffs from a new angle and provides a more lively swell. If you paddle further out, you may also get the chance to see dolphins gliding past!
If you’re new to canoeing or kayaking, there are countless watersports centres around Cornwall where you can hire equipment and learn from professionals!
After a tiring day out on the water, you’ll want somewhere comfortable to put your feet up. Our luxury Cornish cottages make a great base for your adventures – discover more about accommodation at The Valley.
5 Sports to Enjoy in Cornwall
October 12th, 2020
Whether you love reading on the beach or running on it, Cornwall has plenty of activities on offer amongst beautiful scenery!
If you’re a particularly active person in search of adventure sports, you will be pleased to know that Cornwall is a prime spot for sports activities, especially watersports! We take a look at Cornwall’s top activities and the best locations to experience them.
After an active day, what better way to unwind than in one of our luxury hot tub cottages Cornwall? The Valley specialises in beautiful self-catering holiday cottages nestled in peaceful countryside. A short distance from exhilarating attractions, including beaches and heritage sites, it is ideal for those who love to explore!
Hiking and Running
Cornwall is inundated with vast and stunning countryside and the county is most famous for being home to the South West Coast Path. The path outlines the South West coast, including the whole of Cornwall, starting in Minehead, Devon, and ending in Poole Harbour.
There are various walks you can experience throughout the path ,and you can do as much or as little as you want.
Some of our favourite walks include The Lizard Peninsula, Pentire Point & The Rumps and Talland Bay & Looe.
If you are an avid runner, the path is ideal for those who want to put on your running shoes and experience all it has to offer at a faster pace!
If you want to travel further and faster, cycling might be the perfect sport to experience while staying in Cornwall. The county is home to plenty of cycling trails, and many are traffic-free.
Located near St Austell, The Clay Trails consist of five pathways which showcase the dramatic scenery belonging to the area. Visitors can enjoy them by walking, cycling and horse riding!
Another great place to explore by bike is Seaton Valley Countryside Park. The trial explores the countryside, riverside and the coast. It is perfect for spotting wildlife, including dormice, kingfishers and butterflies!
Not to be confused with Irish hurling, Cornish Hurling is a unique sport belonging to the county.
It is one of Cornwall’s most original customs and has a history dating back to about one thousand years ago. It is quite a rough game where opposing teams try to keep the possession of a silver-coated ball.
It is now only played once a year in St Columb Major and St Ives. You can see locals play at the St Ives Feast, which is an annual event on the first Monday after 3rd February.
If you want to try something a bit daring, rock climbing could be the ideal activity for you!
Cornwall has plenty of opportunities to try rock climbing on its dramatic cliffs! At the Lizard Peninsula, one of Cornwall’s most stunning coastlines, an adventure company called Lizard Adventure work with the National Trust to provide such experiences.
Here, you can try your hand at rock climbing, coasteering, kayaking and paddleboarding! Their range of rock climbing programmes provide anything from introductions for beginners to guidance for experienced climbers transitioning from wall to outdoor cliff, and there is something for everyone to try, no matter your age or ability!
Arguably, the UK’s most associated county for surfing if you want to ride some waves, there are few better places to start than in Cornwall!
Newquay is regarded as the surf mecca for the activity, with a variety of beaches and surf schools in the town and surrounding it. Sennen Cove is another popular spot which is favoured due to its sheltered beach.
For those just starting, a beginners lesson is thoroughly recommended as it will provide you with invaluable advice as well as teach you the basics of beach safety.
That concludes our top pick of watersports in Cornwall! Don’t forget to check out others such as bodyboarding, swimming, paddleboarding, kayaking, and coasteering! Cornwall provides a whole host of activities while being surrounded by some of Britain’s most inspiring scenery!
What are you hoping to master on your next visit to Cornwall? Why not let us know on our social media channels!
What’s On: Falmouth Week 2018
August 06th, 2018
Falmouth Regatta started out as a sailing competition for locals in the Falmouth area back in the 1800s and has grown over the years into a week-long festivity, celebrating sailing and the local community. As one of the biggest events on the calendar in Falmouth, the week draws in visitors from around the country to enjoy all that the town has to offer, as well as to take part in some of the exciting boat races that take place during Falmouth Week.
This year, the event will kick-start on the 10th August with a Pink Wig Night for the ladies, aiming to raise money for the Cornwall Breast Cancer Team. The evening will consist of live music performances and a raffle, as well as plenty of cocktails to enjoy as the DJ takes to the stage. From the 10th to the 18th, there will also be some exciting things happening on The Moor, with a whole host of markets and stalls selling an array of local produce to sample as live acoustic music entertains. The Moor will also be home to a climbing wall, providing some fun for both kids and adults alike.
Falmouth warms up for the regatta, getting everyone excited on Saturday 11th as the Carnival hits the town. There’s lots of fun to be had on the rides and entertainment at the rugby club from 12pm before the big carnival parade commences at 6.30pm. With the marching parade ending at Events Square, a marquee will be set up to enjoy an assortment of live music following the carnival.
The sailing aspect of the regatta begins fully on Sunday 12th, with the first of the seven clubs involved, Helford River Sailing Club, hosting the races. Monday 13th will be the Mylor Sailing Club, while the Restronguet Sailing Club will host on Tuesday 14th each seeing an assortment of traditional crafts, dinghies and keelboats taking to the waters. Wednesday 15th is the Ancasta Champagne Race Day, the biggest race that sees yachts following a 25-mile coastal course. Thursday’s events are hosted by the Royal Cornwall Yacht Club, whilst St Mawes Sailing Club hosts on Friday 17th. The final regatta day, on Saturday 18th, is held by Flushing Sailing Club. Over 450 yachts are expected to take part in the regatta over the week, making it the largest (and best) sailing regatta in the south-west.
One of the biggest days of Falmouth Week will take place on Tuesday 14th, as the Family Fun Day. The RNLI will be putting on a show, with a day of fun for free, with entertainment and music on The Quay, accompanying a number of stalls. At the Church Street car park, the Action Sports Tour will be putting on some impressive displays throughout the day and offering up taster sessions for you to give some new skills a go. In the evening, head to Falmouth Bay for the best views of the RAF Red Arrows display, which starts at 6pm.
Friday 17th August, also sees a huge assortment of activities, with the Science in the Square event providing some intriguing scientific knowledge as a fun free family event. In the evening, adults can travel back in time with the Epic 80s vs 90s Extravaganza, a themed evening of fancy dress and music from Go West and Snap! End the night with an incredible fireworks display over the stunning Falmouth Harbour at 10pm.
If you’re a fan of all things movies and comic books then don’t miss out on the Comic and Movie Fest taking place on Saturday 18th. At the free event, you can meet some of your favourite characters from comics and movies, as well as getting a photo opportunity with some of the special celebrity guests! Be sure to come along dressed as your favourite character. As the week draws to a close, the fun still continues, with a dragon boat race on Sunday 19th to really get the adrenaline pumping!
If you want to take part in this fun week celebrating Falmouth and the surrounding areas, then it is not too late to book an incredible luxury Falmouth holidays! For more events taking place in Cornwall this August, check out our complete What’s On in August guide!
Image Credit: Tim Green
A Guide to Building the Perfect Sandcastle
July 20th, 2017
The Cornish coastline is one of the most celebrated in the country thanks to its long stretches of golden sand and clean, turquoise waters. No trip to the county would be complete without at least attempting to build one sandcastle and we believe our child friendly holidays in Falmouth would be the perfect location for you to get your hands sandy and attempt to build the best castle possible!
Here is a list of our top tips on how to make sure you’re not left with a pile of sandcastle ruins, and to impress everyone this summer.
Take a Trip to the Eden Project
July 17th, 2017
With its cutting-edge architecture housing the world’s largest greenhouse, the Eden Project is the perfect place to marvel at some of the world’s most exotic plants. On the South Coast of Mid-Cornwall, it’s an experience that you shouldn’t miss during your next stay at one of our 5-star cottages in Cornwall.