Cornwall, with its quaint hamlets, hidden coves, stunning coastal scenery, and cobbled lanes wouldn’t be out of place in a fairy-tale. One of our favourite road-trips in England, this drive along the Cornish coastline, has repeatedly been adjudged one of the most scenic drives in the world.
First the essential stuff. Cornwall has a variety of lodging options, but try booking a typical English cottage if you are travelling in a group. It heightens the experience of travelling to the countryside. Next, rent a car for your road trip. Make sure you compare prices on a price comparison portal as they can vary from company to company. Now that car hire comparison and lodging is out of the way, here’s a sneak peak at the itinerary –
Distance: 700 miles
Stops: London→ Polperro → Falmouth → Cadgwith → Lizard Peninsula → Penzance →Land’s end → St. Ives → London
What to expect: White-washed villages, coastal walks, sea-side towns, cobbled lanes, Cornish pasties, and English tea-houses
The drive from London will take you through endless canola fields (in summer), orchards, and stunning stretches of green countryside.
On reaching Cornwall, spend your days savouring the following areas:
One of the most picturesque villages in the area, Polperro is an absolute feast for the senses. Think storybook stairways, tiny houses, wild flowers, and Cornish confectionary.
Make sure you try the crumbly English scones with clotted cream and jam at Bean and Scone, a local tea-house.
Walk around this town absorbing its fascinating maritime history. Its beaches offer a number of water-sports. If you’re a history buff, make sure you visit the Pendennis Castle.
Park your car at the Cadgwith car park and take the walking path to the village. Cadgwith is a magical fishing village with a small harbour and dozens of thatched huts. Wander through its meandering alleys – you will pass by sailors, shops selling fresh sea-food, and a number of local inns.
This well-known peninsula is dotted with beaches and is the perfect base to explore Cornwall’s coastal scenery. Spend a day looking for hidden coves, relaxing by turquoise waters, and feasting on battered fish and chips.
Penzance is famous for its Celtic Cross but we are partial to the Minack Theatre, an open-air theater built on a cliff overlooking the sea. A reasonable entry fee, £4 (as of September 2013), gives one access to the theater.
If you’re visiting between May and September, book tickets to catch a performance at Minack Theatre. The dramatic backdrop ensures an experience like no other.
Land’s End, the western-most point of mainland England, offers amazing views of the Atlantic Ocean. Park your car and walk around as you absorb the sight of twinkling waters stretching to infinity.
If all that walking has left you hungry or you’re missing urbanity, head to Cornwall’s most popular seaside town for some traditional Cornish pasties. There is no dearth of restaurants, ice-cream parlours, and pubs in St. Ives. Beware, it can get very crowded during the summer.
Cornwall is the perfect English retreat complete with local food, meandering alleys, thatched huts, stunning scenery, and countless walks in the countryside. We’re in love!
Have you ever been to Cornwall? Is it on your bucket list? 🙂
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