Cornwall probably has a more diverse coastline than any other coastal county in England and with a significant section of the south-west coastal path at your disposal you can experience as much, or as little of it, as you like, but by any standard it offers so much more than simply sea and sand.
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Beaches photography and panoramas ©The Design Poole.
In general the Atlantic has carved the county’s north coast into wide belts of golden sand and dunes – beautiful beaches for families, like Porth Joke, some with exhilarating swimming and surfing opportunities. Also characteristic of the rugged north coast are the majestic cliffs and jagged rocks that create spectacular scenery whilst sheltering quiet harbours and fishing towns.
Cape Cornwall and Land’s End epitomise the drama of the rocky coastline. This furthest corner of England has been exposed to ever changing winds and seas that have battered their imprint on the moor-type land.
A short journey south to the Lizard Peninsula brings about such a remarkable change in climate that unique eco-systems have developed and there are species of flora and fauna that cannot be found elsewhere. Still kept fresh by some bracing winds, the influence of the Gulf Stream is evident throughout this area and brings many visitors. Kynance Cove is characteristic of the Lizard – a sandy beach sheltered by towering cliffs.
The relative quiet of the waters of the English Channel, together with the proximity of the continent, means that the southern coast of Cornwall is busy with coves and inlets related to marine commerce. Fishing, mining, smuggling – industries that have great historical significance to the county – can all be followed throughout the coastal towns of the south coast. A huge variety of pleasure craft are the most common vessels on view these days but it is easy to find the evidence of strong maritime communities.
With gems like the Minack Theatre built into the rocks overlooking the turquoise water of Porthcurno, you will find places to surprise and delight you all around the Cornish coast. Whatever your interest you will find somewhere to spend perfect holiday time.