So you think you’ve seen all there is to see in Cornwall?
Come on down…and this time, go off the beaten track.
Start out on Bodmin Moor – no matter the season, the moor has many secrets from curious ponies, to hidden lakes and prehistoric stone circles.
Stannon stone circle is one example, near St Breward, six miles north of Bodmin. It contains more than 70 stones – many still standing – and dates from either the late Neolithic or early Bronze Age.
Archeology at the site suggests there was a Middle Bronze Age settlement in the area with a population of more than 100 people.
There’s a circular walk which takes you around Stannon Moor to a massive granite boulder which rocks if you sit on it – Check out this iwalkcornwall link for details.
The village of St Breward claims to have the highest church in Cornwall at a height of about 700ft; the local feast day is on the Sunday closest to February 22nd when buns are baked, blessed and handed out to parishioners; and nearby is St Breward’s Well which is said to cure sore eyes for an offering of pins.
Closer to Newquay, there’s Castle an Dinas – an Iron Age hill fort near St Columb Major. It dates from around the 3rd century BC and is made up of three ditches and concentric rings, 700ft above sea level.
The views are amazing – given good weather.
Cornish legends mention the site as one of the seats of the Duke of Cornwall and as the place where Cador, Duke of Cornwall and husband of King Arthur’s mother met his death.
Experts believe places like this were a focal point for the community, for ceremonies, trades and rituals.
Take a walk on the wild side…
If you’re keen on wildlife, try a walk through the reserve around Porth reservoir lake, not far from St Columb Minor, Newquay – although do be aware that dogs are not allowed because of the wildlife.
Porth reservoir is managed by the South West Lakes Trust and is great for bird watching – including woodpeckers and kingfishers – or angling. A nature trail takes you on a hike through the wildlife reserve but the lake also lies on the Camel Trail cycling route. The coarse fishing is open to anyone and there are wheelchair access fishing platforms in place below the car park.
If it’s clifftops or beaches you’re after – you could try Hell’s Mouth, between Portreath and Gwithian, Hayle.
The land, which is owned by The National Trust, used to be a landing point for smugglers and is a group of cliff faces with a 300ft drop to the sea.
It’s a great place to watch seabirds soaring around the cliffs and fabulous for photos! Just take care!
Closer to home is Porth Joke (or Polly Joke as it’s known locally) – a small cove between Crantock Beach and Holywell Bay.
It’s dog friendly all year round although the 10-15 minute walk through fields to reach it may be a bit tough on the very young or less mobile.
The beach faces west so if you’re after a great Instagram-able photo, this is the place.
Cornwall has so much to offer, whatever the season and whatever your favourite thing to do; be sure to tick some of these beauties off next time you visit and don’t forget to share your photos by tagging us!