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It’s no surprise that people flock to the glorious shorelines of Cornwall year after year for their dose of staycation sun. The mix of traditional seaside fun and popular resort attractions make it an ideal affordable alternative to the lure of foreign lands and give the family an exciting holiday option without stepping foot on a plane.
Whilst the popular resorts are bustling with tourists, the most inquisitive amongst us are making their way to the hidden gems this spectacular region has to offer. You’d never believe that you could find some of the most captivating landscapes to rival that of tropical islands or hidden spots each offering a private and intimate adventure but if you look at little closer, Cornwall has all this and more, all waiting to be discovered.
So if you’re looking for a unique experience in one of the UK’s favourite staycation destinations, take a look at the wonders we’ve found that offer you a slice of holiday heaven.
This hidden treasure really is off the beaten track. With no direct road to this beautiful beach, your best bet on finding it is via the South West Coastal Path. It’s location just one mile south-east of Land’s End, offers nature at its best. At low tide, you can swim through the ‘song of the sea’ rock arch and blissfully enjoy jade plunge pools whilst snorkelling into sea caves filled with coralline. Its rugged, exposed position offers a secluded spot that many people never knew existed.
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This isolated gem nestled along the South East coast offers a haven of tranquillity and seclusion. Its glorious sands and enchanting bay provide a wistfully romantic setting with just you and the gentle tumble of waves for company. This spot is one mile east of Polruan and the trek to its location isn’t for the faint-hearted, you’ll be contending with steep access to its serenity but it’s certainly worth the walk.
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Once known in history as a smugglers paradise, these tiny coves with a rugged charm offer a place to enjoy peace and quiet. It’s quite simple to access with stony paths direct to its sandy shores but as high tide envelops the beach, you can only capture the moment for a short while.
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As you stroll east along the beach from Sennen Cove, you’ll discover the delights of Gwenver. To rival the world’s exotic locations, the white sands and tumbling turquoise waves offer a captivating location to soak up the sunshine. Its steep access often deters most thus giving you an idyllic peace of tranquillity to treasure.
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Blink and you may miss this tiny beach at the western tip near Land’s End but once discovered you’ll realise its charm. With an array of rockpools and caves, this secluded spot has an intriguingly beautiful landscape and is a great place to explore. You also have the chance to step through the enchanting cave running in the rocks and blissfully admire Cornwall’s pure and unspoilt beauty.
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From above you may think we’ve been visited by extraterrestrials but look a little closer and you discover more than just circles on the ground. Gwennap Pit near Redruth, now an open-air amphitheatre and part of the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site, was formed during its industrial heyday from collapsed mining works. Its unique appearance and stunning location, offer the perfect complement to cultural stays in the region.
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Have these stunning locations got you inspired to take a trip to Cornwall? If so, we have a fantastic range of holiday cottages across the county for you to choose from, including dog-friendly and working farm properties. If you need a little bit more convincing, read our extensive beach guide or discover some of the best places you can enjoy a coastal walk.