Spotlight on Quieter Cornwall
Updated: Jul 25, 2020
When have you ever looked forward to a break and time away more? Whilst pandemic restrictions and limitations remain you can still visit and enjoy Cornwall at its beautiful best. Especially those quieter, less known gems.
You can delight in the Coast and Headlands, looking down on the crystal sea. Listen to the birdsong, hear the water splashing on rocks, see the rolling landscape and moorland spaces. Walk in the steps of our ancestors in countryside not much changed for the last 100 years.
Wander through woodland, past country estates to narrow village lanes with square church towers in their midst.
Let us whet your appetite for happy and relaxed wanderings without the crowds always found in the hot-spots. A quieter Cornwall with secret gems.
Cornwall has so much to offer; choose from our lists below, you will experience that very special elixir that Cornwall provides. Return home with happy memories, a relaxed heart and rejuvenated spirit.
MINIONS & BODMIN MOOR - Historic Neolithic and Industrial Heritage Landscape
A short distance from Liskeard, this village is rich in history, heritage and legend. It boasts the highest public house in Cornwall
The Hurlers, a unique Bronze Age Monument (c.1500 BC) consisting of a set of 3 standing stone circles are located a short distance away from the car park. The Hurlers attract visitors from all over the world who come to "Dowse" the stone circles and feel the energy that is said to come from them
The Cheesewring - on a clear day its distinct shape can be seen from afar, the views across the Cornish countryside and into Devon are nothing less than stunning. Its shape is the result of weather erosion on the granite strata of the moor over many years
Rillaton Barrow A very large Early Bronze Age burial barrow is located 200m north east of 'The Hurlers'. An excavation by miners in 1837 -'searching for stone' discovered a granite cyst which contained the remains of a human skeleton, beads, spear head, pottery and the 'Rillaton' Gold Cup
GRIBBIN HEAD - a spectacular promontory whose sheer cliffs rise 250 feet above sea level and which provides stunning views of the English Channel
A mile southwest of the entrance to Fowey Harbour
Gribbin Head named after the Cornish for ‘little ridge’. The land has been owned by the National Trust since 1957
From the sea, the headland looks similar to others on the south west coast and in bad weather mariners were known to mistake it for St Anthony’s Head near Falmouth, with potentially fatal consequences so a conspicuous tower was built to serve as a day-mark, enabling ships to distinguish the headland from others in the area
The red and white painted Greco-Gothic style tower stands 84 feet high and a total of 330 feet above mean high water. The Gribbin daymark is easily accessible to the public as it lies on the South West Coast Path
To the west of Fowey you come to Menabilly, this beautiful headland has dramatic views from the Gribbin Daymark back towards Fowey and out across St Austell Bay.
You can climb the tower on most Sundays during the summer
The countryside, footpaths and coves here are where Daphne du Maurier walked and drew inspiration for much of her writing, she lived for many years at Menabilly
Close by is the small town of Par which has the largest beach in the area – Par Sands. Only minutes from The Eden Project
PENTIRE HEAD - a stretch of coast in North Cornwall that boasts dramatic headlands jutting out into the Atlantic sea
It's excellent walking country, with the South West Coast Path running the length of the coastline and also the nearby Camel trail
There's also magnificent geology to discover and secluded, sandy beaches
It's worth visiting Pentire just for the extensive views. See the video
If you look to the south and west you'll see the expanse of Padstow Bay, where the mouth of the River Camel and its tributaries were 'drowned' by melting ice after the last glaciation and now form wide creeks.
The headland furthest away is Trevose Head with its lighthouse on the right, while the daymark at Stepper Point marks the entrance to the mouth of the estuary.
Between Pentire Point and The Rumps several outcrops of pillow lava are visible beside the coast path.
The Rumps is a prehistoric site excavated between 1963 and 1967,it can be reached across a narrow strip of land, or isthmus.
A FOWEY VALLEY WALK - A beautiful, sunny day and time for this six mile walk
From Lostwithiel (the antiques capital of Cornwall) via the National Trust’s Lanhydrock estate, to Bodmin Parkway railway station. A circular walk is always nice, but this allows for a one-way stroll, returning via the frequent rail link from Bodmin Parkway back to Lostwithiel.
The route itself is easy to follow on almost traffic free country lanes and woodland paths
Take the lane from the main road at Lostwithiel, signposted to Restormel Castle – stay on this lane until you pick up the signs for the footpath to Lanhydrock (National Trust estate)
Take a detour up the avenue of trees to Lanhydrock House for an ice-cream
Follow the footpath from Lanhydrock to Bodmin Parkway station (the very helpful staff at Lanhydrock will point you in the right direction!)