St Michael's Mount, Cornwall. VisitEngland/Alex Hare
Take a few days to drive around the “foot” of Britain. Heading westwards along the south coast ‘s leafy estuaries, traditional fishing villages and vibrant waterfront communities, stop off at Cornwall’s iconic Eden Project with its 5 massive biome greenhouses each containing thousand’s of the worlds plant species. Elsewhere explore the lesser known hidden paths and bamboo tunnels at the Lost Garden of Heligan.
Drive along the coast to Marazion and at low tide, walk across the causeway to St Michael's Mount, legendary home of the Cornish giant Cormoran. Stop off at the picture-postcard fishing village of Mousehole and enjoy a theatrical play at the dramatic Minack Theatre, nestled into the coastline. Head to the most southwesterly point of Britain, Land’s End, marveling at the impressive granite rock formations amongst the purple and yellow heather.
If time permits, take a trip over to the Isles of Scilly, just 28 miles off the coast of Cornwall and accessible by boat from Penzance or a short flight from Land’s End, Newquay or Exeter. Enjoy the islands’ tropical climate, relaxing pace, exploring Tresco Abbey Gardens and abundant wildlife.
No trip to Cornwall is complete without a traditional Cornish Pasty at the picturesque harbour town of St Ives. Clotted fudge and fresh seafood are other local specialties that are widely available. Fans of modern art should visit The Tate at St Ives along with the Barbara Hepworth Sculpture Museum.
From St Ives the coastline around North Cornwall is truly stunning. Stop off at some of the best surfing beaches with endless white sandy stretches. An adrenaline junkies’ adventure playground, choose from activities such as land buggying and wave skiing to coasteering and rock climbing. Newquay is a surfing hotspot and an ideal spot to learn the art of riding the waves, then relaxing at the end the day at one of its sunset bars. Then drive along the B3273 from Newquay to Padstow for a breathtaking coastal drive which winds through seven secluded bays.
Nestled in the Camel Estuary is the picturesque fishing town of Padstow. Home to celebrity chef Rick Stein, it’s now world-famous for culinary prowess and offers an abundance of fine dining restaurants and quality local produce. From Padstow, head northeastwards to the legendary birthplace of King Arthur, Tintagel Castle. Perched on the edge of the coastline, the ruins remain from the dark ages between the 5th and 7th centuries.