Romantic things to do in Cornwall
With rugged coastlines, golden beaches and picturesque fishing villages, the dramatic scenery of Cornwall makes it one of the most romantic destinations in the UK. Teeming with beauty, the landscape in Cornwall can turn the most urban of couples into nature lovers with its breathtaking views, lush forests and nature reserves. Here are some tips for couples looking to spend a romantic holiday in Cornwall...
Stay in a Cottage in the Countryside
Few things are more romantic than spending a week with your sweetheart in front of an open fireplace in a cozy cottage in Cornwall’s peaceful countryside. Cornwall offers all sorts of romantic cottages, some perched on cliff tops overlooking a roaring sea, others hidden in the heart of Cornwall’s lush countryside - and a few even date back as far as the 16th century, such as the Rock Cottage by the Helford River! Let your imagination free and you’re likely to find just what you’re looking for.
Explore the Stunning Walking Trails
From the rocky wild south, to the blue seas and Caribbean-like beaches of the North, Cornwall’s rugged stunning coastline offers many amazing walks waiting to be explored. Some beautiful and easy walks in the north include Zenner, an area steeped in history and legends, and the walking trail between Land’s End and Sennen Cove, with its breathtaking views and beaches. In the South you have the Lizard coastal walk, which is the most southerly point of mainland Britain and is famous for its wildlife. Many people choose to stay in seaside cottages in Porthleven to walk the coastal path and National Trust woodlands walks which are also nearby. Another option is the romantic Gribbin Head walk - with meadows, beaches and steep coves, this walk is a classic recipe for romance!
Relax by the Beach
The beautiful Cornish beaches can easily be mistaken for those in the Caribbean, and since Cornwall is one of the sunniest places in the UK there will be plenty of fine weather to enjoy them. Cornwall is known for its high quality and variety of beaches, and while surfers flock to Newquay and the northern coast, families enjoy the sheltered sandy coves in the south coast. Those looking for some alone-time should head for romantic remote beaches like Harlyn and Kyance, and couples who prefer a charming beach town with cute cafes and seaside restaurants will love Whitsand Bay, in Sennen, with its golden sand. Cornwall is overflowing with beaches, and the best way to make the most of them is to stay literally on the beach. What could possibly be more romantic than waking up with the sunrise, have the beach all to yourselves and go for an early morning dip before anyone else is awake? Perhaps the only thing more romantic is to share a glass of wine on the porch, whilst the the sun sets over the beach right in front of you. Porthmeor Beach is popular for its beautiful sunsets, and there is some great accommodation on and a few steps from the beach.
Enjoy a Romantic Picnic
Although Cornwall’s towns offer many great restaurants and fine dining, few dinners beat a romantic picnic in a beautiful setting - especially when you can choose from some of the best picnic spots in the country. Overlooking idyllic Porthcurno Beach, Minack Theatre was included in Country Life's Great British Picnics campaign as one of the best picnic spots in the country. The best picnic grub in Cornwall has to be the Cornish Pasties sold at the legendary takeaway shop “The Lizard Pasty Shop” in Helston on the Lizard peninsula - which also happens to be full of picture-perfect picnic spots! So before you take on the steep paths to Housel bay beach or pretty Church Cove, grab some Cornish Pasties to go!
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Lose Yourself in The Lost Gardens of Heligan
Along with its colourful scenery, charming fishing villages and awe inspiring vistas, Cornwall also boasts one of the most beautiful gardens in the UK: The Lost Gardens of Heligan. Created between the 18th and 20th century, the gardens were neglected after the first world war, but restored again in the 1990’s, and today they boast several lakes, flower and vegetable gardens, sub-tropical tree ferns and huge rhododendrons and camellias. The gardens are beautiful to walk around in, and still belong to the Heligan estate which is known as one of the most mysterious estates in England. Minutes from the gardens is the cute little fishing village Mevagissey, a great base for those interested in visiting both the Lost Gardens of Heligan as well as the famous Eden Project.