Last year I made the pledge to myself to explore more and experience my home county of Cornwall, more than I ever had before.

Well, I did just that.

To round up 2016 and also show off the amazing Cornish scenery, what better way than to give six reasons why I love Cornwall!

St Ives

St Ives Bakery

Okay, so let’s start ‘urban’ for this one, and St Ives is technically one of the more populous areas of the county (in the summer at least).

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The foodie scene in Cornwall is fantastic, providence and pride can be found in most eateries – whether they’re eat in or takeaway.

The Hub, St Ives
The Hub, St Ives

I’m a huge fan of The Hub in St Ives with its award-winning burgers and craft beers!

After eating, this gorgeous town is littered with ratways where you can find yourself in amongst some of the most contemporary art coming out of Cornwall and beyond.

Porthmeor, one of the many Cornish names you'll spot in St Ives
Porthmeor, one of the many Cornish names you’ll spot in St Ives

Summer in St Ives is notoriously busy, but you’re rewarded by the lush golden sands of Porthminster or Porthgwidden (‘Porth’ means ‘port’ in Cornish). Get there early to ensure you’ve got parking, or get the train from St Erth. It’ll be worth it.

Pendennis Castle

OK, so I may be bias with this one as I had the pleasure of seeing one of my best friends get married here, but this place is great!

Pendennis Castle, Falmouth

Pendennis Castle, Falmouth

It was built under the instruction of Henry VIII in 1539, to protect Falmouth from the possible attack by the French and the Spanish Armada.

Falmouth, from Pendennis
Falmouth, from Pendennis

Alas, the castle (or its sister castle, St Mawes) were never needed to protect Falmouth from external forces and only ever saw service in the English Civil War – regardless of this, parts of the castle are haunting and the views are magnificent.

As part of the English Heritage, it forms one of the must-do activities when visiting the county.

St Anthony's Headland from Pendennis
St Anthony’s Headland from Pendennis
Keeping watch
Keeping watch

Lost Gardens of Heligan

Now one of the most popular gardens in the UK, they were once abandoned at the start of WWI – only to be found by Tim Smit who restored the gardens to its former glory.

 

Photos simply do not do this place justice.

A window into the past
A window into the past

Located in mid-Cornwall around 6 miles from the town of St Austell, Heligan is the most magical place with giant sculptures, wondrous walkways, flora and fauna even the lightest green fingered soul (like me) can be encapsulated by.

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Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens

OK, so this is totally left field. I’d never heard of this place until Bryony mentioned it to me and MAAN, I was not disappointed.

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This place has so many sculptures I couldn’t even photograph them all, but there were two that definitely warrant a mention, 1. being the bull (above), 2. the spinning ‘thing’ (below)

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Not only this, but the view from the top of the hill is pretty spectacular… Check out St Michael’s Mount (even on a dreary day in September).

St Michael's Mount
St Michael’s Mount

Lanhydrock Estate & Cardinham Woods

Double-whammy for this last one as they’re so close you can see them both in a day, easy.

Lanhydrock boasts the most beauitful grounds and manor house build in 1620, based just outside of Bodmin. It is a National Trust property, so it’s free to enter for members and it’s one of the most stunning of all of the NT properties in Cornwall.

Lanhydrock
Lanhydrock
Lanhydrock
Lanhydrock

Once you’ve done taking in this man-made beauty, it’s time to take the short drive over to Cardinham Woods where you’re spoilt in both beauty and choices to take it in…

Cardinham
Cardinham

With four walks for different abilities, Cardinham is perfect for those looking to experience a slightly different side to Cornwall – away from the sandy beaches and amusements.

Cardinham
Cardinham

For me, this has to be the best pieces of woodland in the county!