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Storm season in Cornwall – and why you don’t want to miss it

There’s nothing quite like watching the big waves roll in and boom against the cliffs during storm season – all that energy and loud noise, howling winds and sideways rain, is really quite mesmerising in its own wild way.

Here in Cornwall, what can be indoor-condemning weather elsewhere is actually an opportunity for tourists and locals alike to head out to the bay and marvel at Mother Nature (from a safe distance, of course). With so many instagrammable spots in Cornwall, you’re bound to catch some amazing weather action.

And the thrill of watching has long been a passion for many people in the Duchy. After all, with 600 miles of coastline, there’s always a spot to watch the drama unfolding.

From Lizard Point to Penzance, the lore of storms past bring tales of wrecked ships and stranded pirates, while, here in Newquay, you might just be able to catch sight of the famous Cribbar – a giant wave that breaks onto a shallow reef in rough weather.

While aptly-named the Widow Maker, keep your eyes peeled for those brave (and experienced) surfers who dare to take on the 30-foot drop.

Don’t want to miss out on the fun? Here’s everything you need to know about storm watching in Cornwall…

 

When to watch the best storms in Cornwall

Storm season in Cornwall generally runs from November to March, with December and January usually the peak months for big weather. While there may still be some storms around in late spring, your best bet is to visit when the temperature is still on the lower end of the scale.

Storms are generally forecast at least a few days in advance, so check out the Met Office if you’re hoping to book a last-minute stay at the right time.

 

How to watch the waves without stepping outside

Of course, you don’t always have to head outside to enjoy a good storm – Cornwall is littered with beach-side cafes and restaurants where you can watch the drama unfold from under a cosy blanket.

In fact, here at Lewinnick, our cliff-top terrace and floor-to-ceiling windows in the restaurant offer the perfect vantage point, so grab one of our winter cocktails and soak it all in by the comfort of a warm fire.

If you want to prolong your stay, our ocean-facing rooms are arguably the closest you’ll get to the action without having to step one foot out the door!

 

Always put safety first

One thing you must always remember is that storms can be dangerous, too – so make sure you’re prepared if you are planning to enjoy it from the outdoors.

If you’re going to be heading to the beach or want to watch the waves from the cliff tops, don’t forget to check things like tide times and follow local guidance for safety. Check out the RNLI safety advice, and remember to call 999 and ask for Coastguard if you see someone in trouble!

As long as you’re sensible, though, there’s no reason you can’t enjoy the fun from your favourite coastal spot. Grab your camera, binoculars, wet weather gear, sturdy walking boots, mobile phone and a flask of something warm to make the most of it.

 

The calm after the storm

Watching a storm in full force is undoubtedly thrilling, but there’s something particularly beautiful about the aftermath, too.

You’ll always catch sight of rainbows in Cornwall at this time of year, so keep your camera handy for that ultimate sky shot. Once the storm has cleared, head to the beach to see what treasures the sea has washed up, or why not join in a local beach clean if there’s been an unexpected flurry of ocean plastic?

For more reasons to visit Cornwall this winter, check out our latest blog, all about why the Duchy is the winter staycationers’ best-kept secret.

To book your winter staycation, click here.