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Complete Guide to Cornwall

Picture courtesy of Giuseppe Milo via Flickr Creative Commons.

 
Cornwall - or Kernow as it is known to the locals - is famous for its fabulous coastline and consistently picturesque beaches. With the largest coastline in Britain, stretching over 433 miles, the beaches of Cornwall attract over five million visitors each year. The most southwesterly county in the country, Cornwall is a magnificent place famous for sun, sea, sand and ice cream, and is a popular destination for surfers and lovers of the great outdoors. 
 
However, there is much more to Cornwall than just beaches. It has a vibrant folk music scene, picturesque villages, cracking beer, tremendous restaurants and of course, who can forget the famous pasty? Few regions are as synonymous with their specialist food than Cornwall, and if you truly want to taste a proper, traditional pasty, then you will have to travel to its home. 
 
Cornwall has only one city - Truro - however, the town of St Austell has the largest population in the county. Another little known fact among most people is that Cornwall is officially recognised by several organisations, including the Celtic League and the International Celtic Congress, as one of the six Celtic nations. It stands alongside Brittany, Ireland, the Isle of Man, Scotland and Wales and the Cornwall Council consider Cornwall’s unique heritage and distinctiveness as a real asset to the area.
 
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The great outdoors in cornwall
 
The best beaches in cornwall
 
Top walking routes in Cornwall
 
Towns and villages in Cornwall
 
Places to visit in Cornwall
 
Places to eat in Cornwall
 
Caravan sites in Cornwall
the great outdoors in cornwall
the great outdoors in cornwall
Cornwall is full to the brim of hundreds of locations of true natural beauty. It's the perfect place for those of you who love a good country walk, whether that be through the beautiful woodland that is situated inland or along the cliffs and across the beaches that make up the dramatic coastline. If you are planning a caravan holiday and want to head somewhere inspiring and full of breathtaking views, then there are few places in this magical country of ours as suited for you as Cornwall. 
There are few things that we can think of that quite compare to taking a stroll along the Cornish coastline, enjoying the peace and tranquility whilst casting your gaze over the sublime beaches below. The sea breeze can make you feel alive, whilst helping you forget your day-to-day. It really is the perfect place for you to escape and recuperate. 
the best beaches in cornwall
the best beaches in cornwall
Seeing as we are talking about the wonderful outdoors, let’s take a look at some of our favourite beaches in Cornwall. As we mentioned earlier, the Cornish coastline is over 433 miles long, which makes choosing your favourite beach pretty tricky. So, rather than decide on our best beach, we thought we’d give you five. These beaches are great for differing reasons but we love them all the same. 
Pedn Vounder, Penwith
Pedn Vounder beach in Penwith is most certainly one of the best beaches that Cornwall has to offer. It is surrounded by stunning cliffs, as well as crystal clear water and a lovely sandy beach. What more could you want? The neighbouring Porthcurno beach is also lovely, and is accessible from Pedn Vounder when the tide is out. But beware, when the tide comes in you will be cut off which means the only way to get out of Pedn Vounder beach is up a steep path. If you are active and love a walk then you will be fine, and trust us, this smashing beach is most certainly worth the walk. 
pedn vouncder beach
Picture courtesy of Robert Pittman via Flickr Creative Commons. 
 
The bay has a dramatic feel to it and the imposing Logan’s Rock is a sight to behold. In the summer there are sandbars that create some lovely little shallow tidal lagoons. When the sun is out these little lagoons of crystal clear water warm up nicely and are perfect for a paddle! If you are heading to Cornwall in the colder months of the year then Pedn Vounder beach is most probably best avoided as you’ll most probably end up greeted with wild waves crashing against the cliffs (which are actually a sight to behold). However, in the spring and summer months this bay is one of the most beautiful places in the county.
 
The fact that this beach is secluded and private - especially when cut off by the high tide from its neighbouring beaches - makes Pedn Vounder beach popular with naturists, so be aware of this before you turn up.  
 
 
Sennen beach, Sennen
Sennen beach, which is also known as Whitesands Bay, is a one mile stretch of sandy beach that is just around the corner from Land's End - the most westerly point in mainland Britain. This beach is very popular among surfers thanks to its brilliant surfing conditions, which are due to the fact that it faces the full force of the Atlantic. If you are a keen surfer then this is a great spot to try out and it's nice to know that Sennen beach has a well equipped and well run lifeguard service making it that little bit safer. 
 
sennen cove cornwall
Picture courtesy of Martyn Wright via Flickr Creative Commons. 
 
If you aren’t up for getting your surfboard out then Sennen could still be the beach for you. It has a lovely little valley running down its centre that allows a small stream to run into the sea and there are also some sand dunes situated here that offer you a little bit of shelter. If you want some peace and quiet then the far side of the stream is where you want to head. 
 
You can easily access Sennen beach from the large carpark that also has some toilets - which is handy. There is also a lovely village that is located nearby which has a few nice shops, cafes and pubs. And, if you want some good grub, there is also a very nice restaurant right on the beach. 
 
 
Kynance Cove
The steep 10-15 minute walk down to this cove is well worth it. In fact, it hasn’t stopped visitors enjoying this magnificent beach for over 200 years! Coastal erosion has left this beach as a real spectacle and it may well be one of Cornwall’s most beautiful beaches. As mentioned earlier you will need to walk down from the clifftop National Trust car park, which isn’t the cheapest. There’s also a cafe there for refreshments. 
 
kynance cove
Picture courtesy of Jack Pease Photography via Flickr Creative Commons. 
 
Kynance Cove is set among the rocks of the Lizard Peninsula and is not far from Lizard Point. This whole coastline is the most southerly in Britain and has a nice mild climate, which when combined with the area’s unique geology and unusual flowers, offer it a very distinctive character. 
 
The clear waters are perfect for swimming and the amazing rock towers are great for diving - just please do so with care. When the tide is low you can walk along to the north bay, which is home to a number of sea caves and rock pools. These are just perfect for the inner explorer in everyone!
 
 
Polzeath beach, Polzeath
Polzeath beach is situated on the north coast of Cornwall and is fantastic for surfers. It can get quite busy in the summer, but that doesn’t matter because it is a humongous beach - especially when the tide's out. Surfers love Polzeath and it claims to be Cornwall’s number one surfing beach. It might not be the best place for a tranquil and secluded sunbathe but it's perfect for watersports enthusiasts. 
 
polzeath cornwall
Picture courtesy of Robert Pittman via Flickr Creative Commons. 
 
The beach itself is 1,500 feet wide and extends back 1,200 feet from the seafront at low tide. However, come high tide, most of the sand is below the water. Spring tides are so high, in fact, that the car park at the end of the beach can become flooded. As hinted at earlier, the beach does get rather busy in the hotter months, so only head there during this time if you don’t mind the crowds. Whilst lots of people will be put off the beach for this reason, those of you who love good surf and a nice bustling beach in the summer will thoroughly enjoy Polzeath. 
 
As well as the cracking beach itself, Polzeath is within walking distance of Rock, Daymer Bay and Trebetherick to name a few. There are also some nice pubs in the village and on the clifftops.
 
 
Porthmeor beach, St Ives
Porthmeor beach is one of St Ives’ best beaches and is also one of the finest that Cornwall has to offer. It is the most westerly of the St Ives beaches and is one of the few in Penwith that is entirely protected from the southwesterly winds. It has a lovely curved sandy bay that gets plenty of swell making it perfect for surfers. It also has plenty of character and is overlooked by numerous art studios as well as the Tate Gallery. 
 
st ives beach cornwall
Picture courtesy of John Stratford via Flickr Creative Commons. 
 
Porthmeor is a dramatic beach to look at and is flanked with rugged headlands. It is a consistent winner of the Blue Flag award and is the perfect family beach - which is why it made it onto our list. Not only does it have wonderful golden sands to boast about, but it also has a lovely beachside cafe, a surf school and the safety brought about by the fact that it has a seasonal lifeguard service. 

 
 
top walking routes cornwall
top walking routes cornwall
 
If you are a fan of taking your caravan away and spending your free time hiking through fields and forests or along clifftops and coastlines, then Cornwall is just the ticket for you. This delightful county has more to offer the avid rambler than you might expect, with ancient paths and rights of way that were established by the miners and fishermen of the past. With the longest coastline in England you’d be forgiven for thinking that Cornwall was all beaches and cliffs, but it also has some scenic moorland and quaint little woods to offer. 
 
So, for all of our avid walkers, hikers and ramblers, we thought we would offer up some of our favourite walks that Cornwall has to offer. Fill up your thermos flask, lace up your boots, and head off on any of these walks and you will not be disappointed. 
 
 
Porthcurno to Logan Rock (1 mile)
We thought we would start you off with a nice short one. Porthcurno is a fantastic and iconic Cornish beach, so start there and head across the cliffs to Logan Rock. The beach itself is the main attraction here with its wonderful golden sand and its beautiful clear waters. However, once you get to Logan Rock itself you will be blown away by its dominating stature. 
 
Whilst on this walk you can pop along and see the Minack Theatre which is on the western side of the beach. This little ampthitheatre is a marvellous structure and from it you can enjoy sublime views of the Cornish coastline. This is a relatively easy walk to undertake but well worth it. Great if you just fancy a short stroll and some excellent scenery. 
 
 
Mullion Cove to Lizard Point (7 miles)
Now we’re talking! This seven mile coastal walk starts at the beautiful Mullion Cove and takes you all the way to Lizard Point. This is part of the wonderful Lizard Coast, which is the most southerly point of mainland Britain. On a winter’s day you may feel exposed as it can get pretty windy - so wrap up warm - but there are plenty of hidden gems along the way including the amazing Kynance Cove. 
 
If you are taking a dog away with you on your caravan holiday then this walk is a good one for you as it passes beaches and pubs where dogs are welcome. This route is also particularly enjoyable during spring time when the wildflowers are all at their most beautiful. The walk begins with a fairly steep climb from Mullion Cove but you'll mainly be walking along the clifftops with a few ascents and descents where the valleys meet the coast. 
 
 
Cardinham Woods
The Cardinham woods are brilliant. These mixed woodlands are popular with local dog walkers and also horse riders. They are situated on Bodmin Moor and make for an exceptionally lovely afternoon stroll. There are marked trails throughout the woods to help you get around with ease. We would recommend the route around the river, which is nice and flat, but very pretty.
 
There are some stunning viewpoints and a lovely cafe too, so get inland and see more of Cornwall. Good walks from Cardinham Woods include the Callywith Wood Walk, the Lady Vale Walk, the Lidcutt Valley Walk and the more challenging Wheal Glynn Walk. 
 
 
Bilsland to Newton Downs (4.3 miles)
Another brilliant inland Cornish walk through Bodmin Moor, this trek from Blisland to Newton Downs starts out at the Blisland Inn and takes you through the village. You then head into the Lavethan valley and down to where the rivers meet at Waterloo. You then proceed to climb the valley to Trehudreth Downs towards Newton Downs before dipping into the river valley. You can then make your way back to Blisland through fields to Methrin and lanes through Carwen. Finally, you pass back through Blisland Manor and end up back on the Saxon village green. 
 
Blisland is a lovely Saxon village that is home to an impressive 15th century church. It also offers you stunning panoramic views from Newton Downs that will make your day. If you head out in spring then you will be lucky enough to come across bluebells when you head through the ancient riverside woodland. 
 
 
Tintagel to Port Isaac (9 miles)
This walk is relatively long and whilst it starts off nice and easy, it does become more challenging later on. You can, however,  take in some of the spectacular views from the clifftops and see just what North Cornwall has to offer. The pathway between Trebarwith Strand and Port Isaac is rather challenging and is also pretty long, so be prepared. It has some steep descents into valleys as well as some tougher climbs back up onto the cliffs. 
 
This area is fantastic though and we are sure that if you arrive prepared for a challenge, you will not be disappointed. Historically this stretch of coastline was very significant for fishing as well as fish processing and slate extraction. This walk does well to show off the history of the area as you can see some of the remnants of these old trades. The coastline you will be walking on has designated Heritage Coast status and has also been declared an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Port Isaac is also an amazing little village and is the treasure at the end of this long and challenging walk. 
 
 
towns and villages to visit in cornwall
towns and villages to visit in cornwall
 
Cornwall has an abundance of delightful and picturesque fishing villages and as you stroll down the cobbled streets of many, you will end up imagining that you are on the front of a postcard. Not only are these locations stunning to look at, but many of them are packed with great things to see and do. From the art and culture on offer in St Ives to the magnificent food and character of Padstow, Cornwall has so much to offer. 
 
If you are heading to Cornwall with your caravan any time soon, then we would urge you to try and visit at least one of these brilliant locations. 
 
 
Polperro
Polperro is a scenic harbour village that is nestled within a small gap in the cliffs. It is the definition of a picturesque seaside village, which has made it very popular with artists. Be sure to park in the carpark at the top of the village and don’t make the mistake of thinking you’ll find some on-street parking because you won’t. 
 
poplerro cornwall
Picture courtesy of via audi_insperation Flickr Creative Commons. 
 
There are plenty of delightful pubs, cafes and galleries in the village, however, the centrepiece has to be the harbour. It's peaceful and tranquil and you can sit and enjoy watching the sea lap against the side of the harbour houses, whilst listening to the squarks of the seabirds. Polperro harbour really does epitomise all of what Cornwall is about and is a nice respite from the busier places such as Newquay or St Ives. 
 
When in the village you could head to the Polperro Heritage Museum of Smuggling and Fishing, for some local history, or head on down to Kitchen where you can eat some amazing food cooked from locally sourced ingredients. There are a number of galleries that are worth visiting and if you are a fan of all things miniature then you might want to head to the Polperro Model Village and Land of Legend. 
 
 
Padstow
Padstow was a thriving fishing port at the time of Elizabeth I, and it's still one of the best places to eat locally sourced fresh fish in the UK. Padstow grew significantly in the 16th and 17th centuries and became not only a fantastic fishing port, but also became an important place for trade. Similar to Polperro, Padstow has a delightful harbour. However, Padstow is a busier village that is more popular with tourists, so be prepared for some crowds. The hustle and bustle of Padstow along with the working fisherman’s harbour most certainly give it the feel of a town that is alive. 
 
We’d recommend sitting down and watching the ebb and flow of the harbour at work whilst eating some fish and chips from one of the many fabulous eateries. If you want to get away from the town for a few hours then you are in luck. There are no less than seven delightful bays that are within a five minute drive and each has a lovely glorious sandy beach. 
 
padstow guide
Picture courtesy of John Stratford via Flickr Creative Commons. 
 
Where Padstow really excels itself is in its culinary delights. It is hard to write about this town without mentioning Rick Stein. He has four restaurants in the town - The Seafood Restaurant, St Petroc’s Bistro, Rick Stein’s Cafe and Stein’s Fish and Chips - which are all varying in what they offer and are all well worth trying out. As well as Rick Stein’s empire, Padstow is also home to some other cracking places to eat including Paul Ainsworth at No.6, Cherry Trees Coffee House and BinTwo. 
 
Padstow’s thriving food scene, delightful pubs and working fishing harbour, combined with the surrounding area’s rugged coastline, quiet coves and amazing walks make this town a must-visit for anyone heading to Cornwall for a holiday. 
 
 
St Ives
This seaside town lies north of Penzance and west of Camborne and is situated on the coast of the Celtic Sea. St Ives has plenty to offer from its golden sandy beaches to its winding streets lined with fisherman’s cottages, pubs and cafes. It is a town that is bathed in the northern sunshine and surrounded by stunning vistas which have attracted artists for many years. It really does have enough to cater for all needs, and if you are heading to Cornwall in your caravan then there are few places that will come as highly recommended. St Ives has won many awards including Coast Magazine’s Best Family Holiday Destination and one of TripAdvisor’s 10 best European Beach Destinations a few years back. It was also awarded Best UK Seaside Town in the British Travel Awards in both 2010 and 2011. 
 
If art is your thing then St Ives really is the place for you. There are too many galleries to count including the magnificent Tate Gallery that is open all year round. If you fancy something a bit different then we would most definitely recommend the tranquil Barbara Hepworth Museum. The museum is full of her magnificent works and a stroll around the sculpture gardens is enough to enlighten the heaviest of souls. 
 
guide to st ives cornwall
Picture courtesy of Nana B Agyel via Flickr Creative Commons.
 
If you want to lounge about on a sandy beach then Porthmeor beach is a good choice. It is half a mile long and has some firm sands and plenty of accessible amenities including Porthmeor Cafe Bar, which offers beachfront dining with splendid views. If the terrace is cold but you don’t want to head inside then there are even blankets that you can snuggle under. Cosy!
 
 
Port Isaac
This small and picturesque village is situated on the Atlantic coast of north Cornwall. From the Middle Ages until the 19th century Port Isaac was a busy coastal port and an active harbour where cargoes such as stone, coal, pottery and timber were loaded and unloaded. Fishing also became very important in Port Isaac as it still is today. 
 
As with a lot of the fishing villages in Cornwall, Port Isaac’s winding cobbled streets give it real character. They are lined with white-washed cottages and traditional Cornish houses made out of granite and slate. In fact, a number of the houses in Port Isaac are listed as being of architectural or historic importance. This little village is also home to the aptly named Squeeze Belly Alley, which is one of the narrowest thoroughfares in Britain. 
 
port isaac cornwall
Picture courtesy of John Stratford via Flickr Creative Commons. 
 
If you do decide to head on down to Port Isaac, make sure you use the car park at the top of the hill and stroll down to the village on foot. The roads are just too narrow to navigate down the bottom and you may end up stuck annoying all the locals. Plus, when you are in the carpark you’re lucky enough to be presented with a breathtaking view of the coast. 
 
Seafood fans will be delighted to hear that Port Isaac is home to a magnificent little fish shop and cafe called Fresh From The Sea. We would recommend the crab or lobster which they cook and hand pick on the premises - you can buy it whole, dressed, in a sandwich or salad, boxed to take home or even alive.
 
 
Sennen
Sennen beach has a well deserved place in our list of Cornwall’s best beaches, and the village itself is also worthy of a mention. Sennan is a coastal civil parish and is bounded by the sea to the west and bordered by the parishes of St Just to the north, St Buryan to the east and St Levan to the south. It is just a mile away from Land’s End and is a lovely location from which you can explore the entire peninsula. Sennen is a fantastic starting point for a number of great walks that will suit everyone from the casual stroller to the hardcore hiker. 
 
guide to senned village cornwall
Picture courtesy of Reading Tom via Flickr Creative Commons.
 
As mentioned above Sennen Cove is a magnificent beach that is great for families, but Sennen village itself is also home to some fantastic restaurants as well as The Old Success Inn, which serves up brilliant pub grub and some wonderful local ales. 
 
Whilst the harbour isn’t used for fishing as much as it once was, you can still see crab and lobster potting taking place from Sennen Cove. The neighbouring St Just is worth a visit and has some lovely art galleries and Penzance is also nearby which is a busier town with more going on. 

 
places you must visit in cornwall
places you must visit in cornwall
 
 
If you are heading out to the South West with your caravan then you are in for a good time. You are sure to come across fantastic beaches, friendly locals and some lovely pubs and restaurants. If you’re looking for a great day out then you will not be disappointed as Cornwall is also home to some brilliant attractions that cater for the whole family. 
 
 
Eden Project, St Austell
When it comes to amazing family days out, there are few places in the entire country that compare with the Eden Project. It is essentially a gigantic and breathtaking global garden housed within tropical biomes. And when we say gigantic, we mean gigantic! The Eden Project sits within a crater that is the size of 30 football pitches. 
 
 
It has an astounding reputation around the world and was awarded the Best UK Leisure Attraction by the British Travel Awards for three years in a row between 2011 and 2013. As well as being a huge and awe-inspiring garden, the Eden Project is also a place where you can gain a fascinating insight into the story of how mankind and plants have co existed for thousands of years. The Rainforest Biome is something to behold. It is the largest greenhouse in the world and contains a wide variety of tropical plants that offer plenty to see and smell. 
 
The Eden Project has plenty of facilities including on-site restaurants and cafes as well as gift shops and plenty of well equipped child and baby-friendly toilets. There is also easy access for wheelchair users and buggies and dogs are also welcome in all of the outdoor areas of the attraction so long as they are on a lead. If you spend the day at the Eden Project you will not be disappointed. 
 
 
Tate Gallery, St Ives
St Ives is a town that’s perfect for art lovers. It has been a place visited by artists and art lovers for years and is home to many galleries as well as the tremendous Barbara Hepworth Museum. But it is the Tate Gallery that has made it onto our list. The Tate offers something for all and has a continually changing array of exhibitions. And, on top of this, it also offers you a stunning view down onto the beach. 
 
You can relax in its tranquil atmosphere and enjoy the artwork as well as the natural beauty of the Cornish coastline. The gallery was built to celebrate the local artists as well as the surrounding area which did so well to inspire them. The unique architecture of the gallery is reminiscent of the works of Ben Nicholson as well as the natural landscape of St Ives itself. 
 
This gallery opened in 1993 and has a varied international exhibition programme with three seasons of exhibitions each year. These tend to include major figures from British and international Modern and contemporary art. It also has a lovely cafe with coastal views where you can chill out and have a coffee. 
 
 
Trebah Gardens, Nr Falmouth
Trebah Gardens is a hidden sub-tropical paradise located in a beautiful Cornish valley. This paradise is set within the stunning backdrop of the Cornish coast and is one of the most amazing places that the South West has to offer. You can explore the tropical gardens at great length thanks to the fact that there are over four miles of footpaths. 
 
 
 
These gardens are full of vibrant and colourful tunnels that cascade down onto the secluded beach at the mouth of the Helford River. These gardens are open all year round and offer a different experience depending on what time of year you visit. In spring the colours are astounding as the whole garden comes to life. In the summer there is a giant gunnera that is a sight to behold and in the autumn Trebah Gardens’ Hydrangea Valley is out in full and casts clouds of blue and white across the pond. Winter is the time when you can appreciate the magnificent champion trees, which dominate the landscape. Trust us, Trebah Gardens are not to be missed. 
 
 
Pendennis Castle, Falmouth
Pendennis Castle in Falmouth is an old fortress that was built by the formidable Henry VIII and was used to defend the nation against invasion. It's seen many conflicts since it was built in the 16th century and was one of the last royalist strongholds to fall during the English Civil War. 
 
 
Picture courtesy of Kathryn Yengel via Flickr Creative Commons.
 
If you choose to pop down to Pendennis Castle then you can take yourself back to Tudor times. Explore the castle itself and the surrounding grounds and make the most of the fantastic view from the cliff tops where the castle is situated. You can also take time out to relax in the tea room or outside in the courtyard, depending on what the weather’s like. 
 
In July 2014 a new exhibition called Fortress Falmouth and the First World War was launched. It focusses on the role of the castle and its surrounding area during the First World War and features photographs, letters, artefacts and reports from that period. 
 
 
Lost Gardens of Heligan, Nr Mevagissey
The Lost Gardens of Heligan is one of the most popular botanical gardens that the UK has to offer. If you’re taking your caravan down to Cornwall then we would highly recommend you pop along to this truly astonishing location. Opened to the public in 1992 after years of neglect, these gardens are full of varied and stunning wildlife. 
 
lost gardens in cornwall
 
You can explore the wonderful Victorian gardens and pleasure grounds and immerse yourself in their historic beauty by wandering along the paths that were laid out over two centuries ago. Or, why not take a look around the jungle and venture along the raised boardwalks past giant rhubarb plantations and through tunnels of towering bamboo?
 
The giant sculptures bring the place to life and are a sight to behold. You won’t be able to believe your eyes as these magnificent statues emerge from the undergrowth. 

 
best places to eat in cornwall
 
 
Here at Caravans for Sale we know that it can be great fun cooking up some delicious food in the confines and comfort of your caravan or motorhome. There is something satisfying about sitting down to a scrumptious meal that you've planned and created yourself. However, we also know that there are times when you want to get out and experience some local cuisine. 
 
Cornwall is home to a huge amount of amazing restaurants and is particularly good when it comes to seafood - it does have over 400 miles of coastline after all. So, here are five places that we think you should try out when you visit Cornwall. Enjoy. 
 
 
The Seafood Restaurant, Padstow
Rick Stein is synonymous with the village of Padstow, so much so that it's hard to mention one without the other. In 1975 he opened The Seafood Restaurant and it soon established a reputation for having sumptuous fresh fish and shellfish that’s often caught right on the restaurant’s doorstep. 
 
If you love fish then you simply cannot afford to miss this restaurant. The Seafood Restaurant has a seafood bar situated right in the middle where you can watch the chefs as they assemble platters of oysters, langoustines and sashimi. 
 
Padstow is brilliant and well worth visiting on its own, but the pull of eating in one of Cornwall’s most famous and renowned fish restaurants should most definitely put this fishing village on your list of places to go. 
 
rick steins seafoos restaurant in cornwall

 

The Beach Hut, Watergate Bay
When it comes to beachside hangouts, there are plenty on offer throughout Cornwall. We decided to opt for The Beach Hut overlooking Watergate Bay for its amazing views and cracking classic dining menu. If you fancy a delicious steak, a nice big burger or some local shellfish, then you will not be disappointed. 
 
It is also a great place to stop off for a drink after a nice stroll around town. You can sit on the deck with a nice coffee and take in the sea air. This lovely little venue is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and is a lovely place to relax and enjoy some fine food and a nice bustling atmosphere. 
 
At the time of writing the menu contains some cracking options from the goan Fish curry and lemon rice to the cornish crab spaghetti with lemon and chilli. 
 
beach huts in cornwall

 
 
Philp's Famous Pasties, Hayle
If you want to cause a heated debate in Cornwall then raise the question of who makes the best pasty. It is hard to think of a region in England that is more passionate about its local dish than Cornwall. And, whilst I am not suggesting that Philp’s Famous Pasties in Hayle makes the best pasties in the world, what I am suggesting is that they are right up there. 
 
If you want to get your mouth around one of these famous pasties then head on over to Hayle and visit this historic family bakery. The family sells thousands of pasties on a daily basis and there is often a queue snaking out of the front door. But if you patiently wait your turn you will not be disappointed. 
 
Once you have your hands on the pasty, head over to the quay, find a nice spot to sit down and dig in. These pasties are large, delicious and taste like a classic Cornish pasty should taste. They are, however, thirsty work, so make sure you purchase a nice beverage to wash it down. 
 
try a cornish pasty in cornwall
 


Porthmeor Beach Cafe, St Ives
This splendid beachside terrace in front of the Tate Gallery in St Ives, offers you excellent food at an affordable price. They are only open during the warmer months of the year from March onwards, so bear this in mind, but if you are lucky enough to visit during the height of summer then you will not be let down. 
 
The Porthmeor Beach Cafe does cracking breakfasts, brilliant lunches and a top quality tapas and supper menu. There are few things we could think of that would be nicer than sitting on their delightful terrace, sipping champagne whilst watching the sun set over the seafront. 
 
If you are heading to the beach then you could also grab a take-away. They make great salads, sandwiches and baguettes that can be taken out for a picnic. Or you could always go for their locally caught fish and chips. A classic. 
 
porthmeor beach cornwall
 


Restaurant Nathan Outlaw, Rock (RELOCATED, NEED TO CHANGE THE COPY HERE!!!)
Nathan Outlaw is a fantastic chef that is becoming a household name. Based in Cornwall he has two restaurants and a pub and they are all delightful. We decided to include Restaurant Nathan Outlaw, based in Rock, in our list as it is one of the finest dining experiences Cornwall has to offer. This restaurant has two Michelin Stars and has also been awarded four AA Rosettes in the AA Hospitality Awards 2014-15. 
 
The sumptuous seafood on offer highlights the finest sustainable food that is caught off the Cornish coast on a daily basis. Their unique approach to cooking seafood makes for a truly memorable dining experience that is hard to beat. 
 
It is worth bearing in mind that this restaurant is small and intimate and for that reason they do not seat tables of more than six people. It is open for dinner only between 7pm and 9pm from Tuesday to Saturday. 
 
caravan sites in cornwall
caravan sites in cornwall
 
Cornwall is huge, so there are plenty of caravan sites to choose from. Some of you may already have your favourites and others may wish to choose a site that is situated near a beach or attraction that you are keen to visit. However, if you are stuck for places to stay in Cornwall, then here are just a few handy suggestions. 
 
 
Gwithian Farm Campsite, Hayle
Gwithian Farm Campsite is just a few minutes from one of the top surfing beaches in Cornwall. However, this is not just a surfer’s paradise, it is greatly loved by families too. This family run campsite has great facilities and even has its own beautiful farmhouse that sells delicious Cornish cream teas and looks out over the stunning bay. 
 
The site caters for pets and also has a nice little shop and food vans that turn up offering delightful hot food. There are lovely flowers and shrubs everywhere that give the site real character. If you do decide to opt for Gwithian Farm Campsite then be sure to book well in advance. 
 
 
Beacon Cottage Farm, St Agnes
This campsite is another that offers truly breathtaking panoramic vistas. The site is situated in an area of Outstanding National Beauty, on the Heritage Coast and the South West Coastal Footpath. Therefore, if you are on the hunt for somewhere that offers you great access to clifftop walks, you're in luck. 
 
Beacon Cottage Farm caravan site is superbly run and is very scenic. It is, after all, a working  beef and arable farm, and the cluster of pretty farmhouses are what make up the hub of the campsite. It has good laundry equipment as well as showers, toilets and s lovely small shop where you can purchase eggs, milk, newspapers etc. It can get a bit windy due to the fact that it is elevated and in the event of a really stormy evening you must ensure that you have a sturdy tent (if you’re using one) and some decent pegs. 
 
 
Treloan Coastal Holidays, Gerrans
Treloan Coastal Holidays campsite is open all year round and offers you plenty of access to the Roseland peninsula which is largely untouched. The landscapes are beautiful and there are many secluded beaches and rolling hills that drop into the sea. This brilliant campsite, with its simple but effective facilities and friendly staff, is a real gem and the perfect base for a caravan holiday on the south coast of Cornwall. 
 
The site is home to generously sized pitches, most of which come with a lovely sea view. And, as well as the option for caravans, motorhomes and tents, there is also the option of renting a yurt for the night or one of their honeycomb snugs, which is a tiny wooden house. The site welcomes well behaved pets and also offers stained glass and foraging workshops during the summer months.