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Words: Kate Thompson
Stunning and alluring, the Cornwall coastline is so much more than a wonderful playground of glistening, golden sands. Here you can discover the dramatic clifftops and intriguing secret coves in the sunniest climate in the UK, or learn to surf in the clear, aquamarine sea. Forget going abroad, Cornwall has it all and more – here’s where to go this summer.
Walk the South West Coast Path
Explore the South West Coast Path along the Devon, Cornwall and Dorset coastlines. The Newquay to Perranporth section crosses the River Gennel and the West Pentire headland, a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) for the rare wild plants that grow there.
Wildflowers of vibrant marigolds and poppies can be seen in the fields overlooking beautiful Crantock Beach. Look out for the awe-inspiring views of the twin pyramid-like peaks of Carter’s Rocks in the sea around the next headland before the dunes of Holywell and Perran Sands.
If you’re searching for a staycation hotspot for your Cornish break, try these top Cornwall hotels.
The new clifftop bridge that leads to the legendary ruins of King Arthur’s birthplace at Tintagel Castle, a trip to the iconic St. Michaels’ Mount and seek out the hidden cove at Crantock Beach, which at low tide, reveals a carving in the rocks telling an intriguing story of a tragic lost love.
Best Places to Stay in Cornwall
1. Hot Tub Lodge with Countryside Views, St Columb
Enjoy the views at this lodge where you can learn to surf at nearby Watergate Bay or enjoy a variety of exciting water sports and aqua park activities, including FlowRider surfing, wakeboarding and paddleboarding. There is also an on-site health club and spa with an indoor heated swimming pool and fully-fitted gym plus tennis courts and golf courses.
2. Woodland Lodge with Hot Tub, St. Austell
Sink into the infinity pool offering amazing views at this woodland lodge with an award-winning restaurant nearby. This stunning setting also has a luxury spa, on-site tennis courts and a fully-equipped gym. There are miles of picturesque parkland trails for walkers and cycle-trails plus nearby golf courses and sailing clubs.
If you’re wanting fun for the whole family without having to leave behind your beloved pooch, try out these dog-friendly hotels in Cornwall.
3. Glamping Safari Lodge, Caravan or GeoDome, Newquay
Go glamping right next to Crantock Beach at this 5-star coastal resort with a heated outdoor swimming pool plus hot tub and pet-friendly options available. The park has won the Trip Advisor’s Certificate of Excellence award for positive reviews and the David Bellamy Gold Award for green achievements.
Michael Paul Holidays specialises in luxury and best in class holiday homes near the UK’s top beaches, local attractions and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Find out more at michaelpaulholidays.co.uk.