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Secret Destinations in Cornwall
One of the gems of the UK, Cornwall, alongside Devon, is one of the most visited areas of the UK. Summer holidays have been popular here for years and the area continues to attract visitors throughout the year. Quaint coastal villages, historical attractions, and stunning beaches can be found throughout the county. From the likes of Padstow and Newquay in the north to Falmouth and Fowey in the south, Cornwall is full of picturesque towns.
While these destinations are indeed amazing, during the summer, when visitor numbers soar, they can become incredibly busy. For some, this really doesn’t matter, but for those looking for a quieter holiday, then perhaps these towns aren’t for you. Luckily, we sat down with Stay in Cornwall to look at the best secret destinations in the county.
Cawsand and Kingsand
Two picturesque villages on the south coast, Cawsand and Kingsand are just 45 minutes from Plymouth but are often referred to as ‘the forgotten corner of Cornwall’. They are very much off the beaten track, and if you haven’t heard of them before, it’s unlikely you would’ve ever visited them. Plenty of fishermen around here supply fresh catches to local restaurants. The villages can be described as ‘chocolate box’ and are great for those looking for a relaxing Cornish spot to unwind.
While perhaps not that much of a secret destination, it makes the list for a secretive find that has eluded visitors for years. Close by to popular Padstow, the beach has a hidden treasure only seen by very few people. Legend has it that Sailing Vessel Carl was being towed back to London in October 1917 when she broke free and washed up on Booby’s Bay. Since then, only storms in 2014 and a few occasions since have made the shipwreck visible, making it one of Cornwall’s most hidden finds.
Sandwiched between Porthminster, close to St Ives, and the surfer’s paradise of Porthmeor, Porthgwidden Beach is a slice of Cornish coastline frequently overlooked by visiting tourists. While it may be small, that is what makes this beach attractive. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon sunbathing on the beach or spend time with your family in the sea. Accessed by a narrow walkway past former fisherman’s houses, the beach is the ideal escape from the hustle and bustle of popular towns along the coast.
Another beach cove to make our list of secret destinations in Cornwall, Lantic Bay is a special place along the Cornish coast. Only accessible by walking, it rewards hikers with breath-taking views of the coastline. The best way to access it is to park at the National Trust car park a mile east of Polruan and follow the marked footpath into the field. From there, continue along and you will come to the crest of a hill, and upon going over it, will be treated with amazing views of the beautiful cove, sand beach and deep blue water and the rocks below.
It’s easy to see why Cornwall is so popular. There really is something for everyone. While there are plenty of seaside towns that have become famous and common to visit, there are also plenty of destinations off the beaten track that are well worth spending time to visit, like the top 5 Coastal Walks in Cornwall.