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Mark Shaw wrote this guest post about exploring the best of the South West: Cornwall, England. A travel writer and blogger, he runs the travel blog travelphant.com.
Cornwall is a fantastic county and there’s heaps to do there: whether you’re looking for adventure in the great outdoors, something to do with the kids, or you’re chasing a dose of culture, you’ll find it in Cornwall!
Take a look at this selection of things to do in Cornwall which tick all of those boxes:
From Cycling Cornwall’s Coast. Photo credit: Cornish Cycle Tours/Westcountry Photographers.
Cycle from the North Coast to the South Coast
Bring your own bikes or hire them from one of the many hire shops in the county and set out on a cycle adventure that’ll take you from the North coast to the South! The lovely coast-to-coast trail leads from the town of Portreath on the North coast to Devoran on the South coast. The trail’s approximately 11 miles long and leads you through some of Cornwall’s most famous mining areas, so you can get in touch with the history of the county while having a lovely bike ride too!
Labyrinth Glendurgan Garden, Cornwall. Photo credit: Visit Cornwall/Gardens of Cornwall.
Visit the Camel Sanctuary
The wonderful Cornish Camel Farm sits in a stunning location on the Lizard Peninsula. While you’re there, you can walk the farm trail, meet the animals, let children run free in the play area and enjoy the shop with local crafts, toys and gifts. There’s also a great organic café where you can refresh yourselves with Origin Coffee, homemade cakes, sandwiches and snacks, plus some very tasty ice creams in the summer! The farm is open all year round – and if the café isn’t open when you’re there, there’s a purpose built picnic area where you’re welcome to eat your own picnic. The Camel farm is free to visit.
Newlyn Art Gallery. Photo credit: Newlyn Art Gallery.
Explore Cornwall’s Art
Cornwall is famous for having been home to some truly world-class artists: for this reason it’s also home so some exceptional museums and galleries. In St Ives, you’ll find the Tate St Ives, where you can see art by some of Cornwall’s best-known names and there’s also the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden, which is a must if you’re nearby. Don’t think though that all of Cornwall’s art is in St Ives, as there are many other great places as well: the Newlyn Gallery and Exchange in Penzance are also really worth a visit, as is the Falmouth Art Gallery.
Learn about foraged food
Take a course with the Wild Food School and learn all about the plants and fungi found in the great British countryside that can keep you sustained! The foraging courses are based in and around Lostwithiel and will cover everything you need to know from plant identification, to how to prepare and cook delicious dishes from what you’ve collected. So whether you have always fancied trying nettle soup, or wanted to experiment with seaweeds, or have heard of eating leaves but never dared to try it- this is the adventure for you!
If you need somewhere to stay on your trip to the South West, Latitude 50 have superb holiday cottages in Cornwall. Take a look around: Polzeath holiday cottages are ideal if you’re looking to be on the north coast and Falmouth cottages will be perfect if you would rather be on the south. The great thing about Cornwall though is that you’ll never be far from a whole range of fun things to keep you entertained! Enjoy!