"Putting the "corn" back in Cornwall" Top 5 Page for this destination Cornwall by iandsmith
Cornwall Travel Guide: 1,882 reviews and 5,143 photos
Cornwall has been described as an average picture in a glorious frame. Now that I have been there I can see why someone might end up with that impression. The rolling countryside at times is pleasant without being outstanding while the mysterious fishing villages and dramatic cliffs have an aura all their own.
To my mind though, this belies the hidden treasures that an average traveller could easily bypass. Having joined the National Trust at Corfe Castle for a measly 48 pounds for the two of us (there was an internet special on) it was only fair and reasonable I got my money's worth. Suffice it to say that we had comfortably done that even before we left Cornwall.
Treasures such as Lanhydrock, Cothele, Trelissick, Trengwainton and Mont St. Michael are there to be viewed, and look we did.
I vividly remember when Rosemarie and I were in the small museum at Lanhydrock and she beckoned me to the window. I thought all my Christmasses had come at once. Hastening outside I proceeded to rack off about half a roll of film on this stunning garden. I do hope you find something pleasant about it as well.
Think Cornwall and you can't help but think fishing villages. Every nook and cranny carved by unrelenting nature into the coastline seems to be a harbour for at least a couple of vessels and, more often that not, the tide seems to be out.
Tales of smugglers, brigands and just plain fishermen abound, so much so that in this village of Polperro they even have a museum of it all.
It just amazed me how some people make a living out of this industry, beset by the vagaries of the weather and the difficult mooring situation.
After a few days, we couldn't help but remark on the number of dogs we'd seen. They seemed to be at every historical place we went to but we really freaked out when we saw people walking them around the precipitous Tintagel. It turns out that it's an English thing of course. Cornwall was no different to the rest of the country and I have to say that the dogs certainly seemed to be happy ones.
Of course, "gone to the dogs" is a descriptive term that can be used in many different ways these days and I applied it to the weather I encountered during our week on the peninsula.
It rained for five and a half days out of the seven and, the best day of all was slightly blighted by the fresh to strong winds that buffetted Fowey. This was balanced somewhat by the meeting with fellow VTers Sir Geoff and his lovely wife Mary.
I remember taking this shot when the weather had "gone to the dogs". Nearly stuck in mud with wind and driving rain, umbrella in one hand and camera in the other, I held little hope that you would even be able to see anything without it being blurred but, in the end, my perseverance was rewarded.
- Pros:Glorious gardens, lovely coastal villages, lots to see
- In a nutshell:Different from the rest of England, mostly due to the weather
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