"Windswept Cornwall" Cornwall by tvor
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We recently spent a few days touring around Cornwall, with a base in the north near Camelford, Boscastle and Tintagel. We had two full days of sightseeing, plus one more getting there via the north Somerset and Devon shore. It wasn't nearly enough time to see everything we wanted to but we did get a flavour for it. The weather was mixed, with one really sunny day, and other days some sun and some showers. The food was mostly very good and the people all very nice.
Impressions: Windy. Lots of the trees are blown sideways and continue to grow that way! There are also a lot of wind "farms" scattering the moors and hills.
The roads are all very well kept, even the very narrow ones.
Some parts are very touristy, some are very remote and some, though popular spots to visit, still seem unspoiled.
There are lots of things to see and do for all tastes. There are so many lovely views both coastal and inland that I can understand why artists flock here.
If you aren't on the main motorways, expect the roads to be narrow and winding, barely two lane and quite often single track. The motorways are quite good, but only if you have to get from A to B quickly, otherwise, it's worth it to slow down and take the scenic route even if the narrow roads are a bit intimidating.
The amazing Pendragon Country House where we stayed three nights.
Very narrow roads lined with high hedges or stone walls, barely a wider spot to pull over when another vehicle passes. And having to let large vehicles pass when I didn't think there was any room at all! (bloody hedges!)
Windmills - something I didn't expect to see and we saw quite a lot of them, especially on the moors
Cream teas, local ciders and ales, supremely tasty cheeses.
Finding a beach in a small cove while driving along a winding road. Wishing it was warmer so we could wade in the water but even so, there were people sitting on the beach in chairs wrapped up against the cool breeze!
Boscastle harbour and the Museum of Witchcraft - awesome museum, really pretty village
Minack Theatre and really wanting to attend a performance there (The Tempest would be spectacular!), with the sea at your feet.
Tiny narrow streets in seaside towns that were never built for cars. Cottages along the narrow streets with quaint name signs on them ("Buttonhole", "Baggywrinkle")
Driving along the coastal roads in the sunshine
Lanhydrock house - It felt so lived in and homey. We could *so* picture ourselves living there!
I so wanted to see more of the little coastal fishing villages but there just wasn't time to manage it. We'd always try to pack in too much in one day and had to scale it back as it was so tiring! I loved looking at the maps and discovering somewhere that might be interesting to see and changing our itinerary on the fly.
I decided to put all the places we visited and things we did under the Cornwall title rather than under each individual town page since we really just touched on each place rather than stayed in the town to experience more of it. It doesn't seem to make a lot of sense to create a page just to put a restaurant on it, for instance. I know it sometimes makes attractions harder to find but hopefully people will look at the Cornwall guides first before going to the individual sub-sections.
- Pros:good food, good ale, amazing scenery
- Cons:remote, narrow roads
- In a nutshell:Something for everyone
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