Our Favourite Places To See In Cornwall This Half Term
Cornwall has something to offer everyone, from dramatic landscapes, expansive beaches of golden sand and rock pools to beautiful hidden coves and magical cascading waterfalls. Paddleboard around the quaint unspoilt coves, tunnel through wooded valleys and climb the secluded picturesque coastal path. Sophie Colwill has compiled her favourite must-see places around Cornwall, whether you’re planning your first trip to Cornwall or you would like to make sure you visit THE best places Cornwall has to offer, we don’t want you to miss a thing this half term!
It’s worth taking the hour and a half trip to Godrevy as this iconic postcard spot is absolutely spectacular. Park in the National Trust car park and take a short circular walk along the coast path to the lighthouse. This is an incredible spot for photo opportunities. On the way back, make a pitstop at the beach cafe at Gwithian for a light snack; the beach itself is renowned for surfing thanks to the endless rolling waves and it’s also a firm favourite with those who like kit-sand yachting along the miles of sand.
Be sure to look out for the seal colony that can be spotted throughout the year on Mutton Cove.
How far from Wooda? 1:45 minutes by car
This stunning beach, which is known for its superior surf and secluded location, is a hidden gem. It is best accessed when the tide recedes via either Trebarwith Strand and Backways cove or via the lane that descends towards Treligga from Delabole. Please note that parking is limited here, and the beach is nearly half a mile walk from the road. The path down to the beach is steep and final access to the beach can be rocky.
The seclusion of this sandy beach. Why not stop at Delabole for fish and chips and watch the sunset.
How far from Wooda? 37minutes by car
This ancient oak forest, situated along the bottom of Bodmin Moor, is an area of outstanding natural beauty. The dramatic cascades and waterfalls set in the steep valley gorge along the River Fowey, make this such an enchanting place to visit. There is a simple circular walk that is mostly accessible for wheelchair users and perfectly suitable for walking small children. Access to the walk is very straightforward from the carpark (with toilet facilities) just past Draynes Bridge. There are many places suitable for paddling in the river and several opportunities for woodland picnics.
Inkie’s Smokehouse BBQ trailer which provides ice creams, drinks and delicious charcoal-grilled food- a scene from the wild west!
How far from Wooda? 55 minutes by car
Explore the beautiful coastline of Port Quin with Cornish Coast adventures, who offer kayaking, stand up paddleboarding, and coasteering in the sheltered harbours of Port Quin, Port Isaac and Polzeath. Run by Cornish brothers, Sam and Mark Williams, who have a wealth of experience in outdoor pursuits, the tours aim to offer the opportunity to explore huge caves, hidden bays, guided by cornish history and stories behind the old shipwrecks that can be seen on some low tides.
Stand up paddleboarding £30 pp
Family fun sessions (2 hours) £35 pp using double kayaks
3-hour Kayak tours – £50 pp
Groups quite often see grey seals and some are even lucky enough to see dolphins and basking sharks!
How far from Wooda? 45 minutes by car
This hidden cove, which joins up with neighbouring Benoath cove on low tide, is very much ‘off the beaten track’ as far as holiday beaches go. A popular surfing spot, this picturesque beach is often missed on the road from Tintagel to Boscastle, making it relatively quiet compared to other beaches in the area. This may be also partly due to its lack of lifeguards and limited accessibility; please note access is via a steep, half a mile path from the car park which is unsuitable for pushchairs. However, it is well worth the steep climb down to the sandy shores for the breathtaking scenery. Due to its sheltered nature, it is also an ideal place for swimming and snorkelling with a reef along the western edge of the sands.
Bossiney cove is famous for the cliff formation in the shape of an Elephant.
How far from Wooda? 30 minutes by car
Just as characterful as its name suggests, Speke’s Mill is marked by tall, jagged cliffs and lashing waves. This may not be a beach for sunbathing due to its shingly nature but it is cloaked in history as many ships have been wrecked in this bay. This beach can be accessed by parking at Hartland Quay and walking 20 minutes along the coast path. Access to the beach via steps gives you sandy stretches at low tide running down to the shore.
The dramatic 60ft high coastal waterfall with water raging down from the moorland to the shore.
How far from Wooda? 30 minutes by car
St Cuthbert Cave
Also known as the Holywell sea cave, this hidden grotto is renowned for its unique colour and supposed healing powers. Located at the end of Holywell Bay’s beach in Kelsey Head, this Aladdin’s cave of colour creates mineral deposits leaving its stones red, green blue and yellow- a true rainbow sensation! It has been described as one of the most remarkable sites in the British isles, featuring on postcards for its sacred spring water. Please note: exploring on your own is not advised.
The water from the sacred spring was said to have healed thousands of people over the centuries who have descended down its steps to drink from the holy well!
How far from Wooda? 1:14 minutes by car