Recipe for a perfect holiday in Cornwall
Along with the rest of the UK, the South West has seen a record breaking summer, but the rugged beauty of autumn in Cornwall shouldn''t be forgotten. That''s why we''ve put together a brand new infographic on all the fantastic things this beautiful county has to offer.
We started by researching Cornwall''s top attractions. According to the folk at the Eden Project, their largest biome is the Rainforest biome, measuring in at a whopping 50 metres high, 110 metres wide and 240 metres long. That''s big enough to house the Tower of London and is the same height as eleven double decker buses! The biome is home to 100,000 different species of plant, including banana and coffee crops, as well as a variety of spices and tropical ferns.
Another favourite for visitors to Cornwall is the fantastic range of coastal walks available on the South West coast path. There is an impressive 431 km of coast path to explore which stretches from Minehead in Dorset, along the coasts of Devon and Cornwall to Poole Harbour in Dorset. The South West coast path website advises it would take over 30 days to walk it all in one go, so most hikers take it on a few miles at a time! It''s also a challenging walk; the total height climbed has been measured at 114,931ft, higher than Mount Everest! Visitors to Cornwall may find the National cycle trails more leisurely and there is over 288 km to ride and enjoy. Why not take in the Camel trail from Padstow to Wadebridge, it''s a flat, scenic route and there are plenty of places to stop for a picnic or ice cream!
As well as its fantastic countryside, Cornwall is also known for its folklore and the story of the giant Cormoran is well known by locals. It is believed that Cormoran built St Michael''s Mount with the help of his wife Cormelian, and from there he raided cattle from the villagers on the mainland. He appears in the stories of Jack the Giant Killer, and as legend dictates he was killed after falling into an enormous pit that Jack dug.
A visit to Cornwall wouldn''t be complete without a day at one of the county''s stunning beaches; after all there is 697km of coastline to discover! There are also over 200 beaches to choose from and many are perfect families and dog friendly too. A day at the beach doesn''t have to break the bank either. Take along Frisbees or beach cricket, pack up some yummy goodies to eat and spend the day creating fantastic family memories to last a lifetime.
Most of Cornwall''s better known beaches are patrolled by lifeguards during the summer months, and there are plenty of opportunities to learn to surf or body board at the local water sports schools. Cornwall is very well known for its surf culture and there''s nowhere more surf oriented than the relaxed town of Newquay on the north coast of Cornwall. If you''re lucky enough to be there at a time when the "Cribbar" is rolling in, you must check it out. Waves can reach over 30 foot high and only the best and bravest surfers will even attempt it.
As well as a trip to the beach, a break in Cornwall isn''t the same without a traditional Cornish pasty. They''re called an "Oggy" in the Cornish language and the largest one ever made weighed in at an impressive 728kg! A National Pasty Making Championship is held at the Eden Project every year, where you can watch the master makers produce the perfect pasty, or book yourself into a pasty making class!
Amongst all the other customs of a holiday in Cornwall, the cream tea is an absolute must! Rodda''s clotted cream is always a firm favourite, the only debate lies in jam first or cream first? In Cornwall, they opt for jam first, whilst in Devon it''s always cream first! Did you know that Rodda''s make enough cream every day to outweigh eight rugby teams! There''s an estimated 75,000 cows in Cornwall at any one time, which is lucky with so many ice creams and cream teas being eaten!Leave until memories are golden
So what are you waiting for? Come and enjoy everything that Cornwall has to offer. We have a wide selection of hotels, holiday parks, cottages, and b&bs waiting for you here!