You can’t get much further west than the ancient kingdom of Cornwall (or Kernow, as it’s often referred to around these parts). With the longest stretch of continuous coastline in Britain, this is a land whose history is intricately bound up with the sea, and all around the county’s shores you’ll discover remnants of its maritime heritage. There are tiny fishing ports, old smuggler’s inns and sturdy granite breakwaters, not to mention countless beaches and sweeping bays once filled with pilchard boats, gill netters and seagoing schooners. Although fishing is still an important industry, these days tourism is by far the biggest trade, and it’s not hard to see what keeps the visitors coming back year after year. From the secluded coves and tree-clad creeks along the county’s southern coast to the wild grandeur of the north coast cliffs, Cornwall is one of Britain’s most breathtakingly beautiful counties. It’s also an intriguing mix of old and new, where futuristic greenhouses and world-class galleries meet crumbling mines and ancient market towns. Although many of the old industries may be gone, there’s a real buzz in the Cornish air these days – after years of economic hardship, this is definitely a county on the up.
Best places to stay in Cornwall
Devon & Cornwall - 3rd Edition
When it comes to white sand, wild surf and wide-open skies, nowhere in Britain can compare to Devon and Cornwall.
Britain’s best one-day walks
For such a small island, there’s a lot of Britain to explore. Yes, you could drive across it in a day – but then you could also spend several lifetimes walking its paths and absorbing the essence of each hill, dale and cove.
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Devon, Cornwall & Southwest England travel guide - 2nd Edition
Nobody knows southwest England like Lonely Planet. Whether you’re after secluded beaches or countryside walks, subtropical gardens or ancient monuments, a romantic hotel or a top restaurant, this travel guide book gives you everything you need for an unforgettable trip.
Devon & Cornwall - Plan your trip (Chapter)
Your journey to Devon & Cornwall starts here. You’ll find the tools to plan your adventure: where to go and when, how much to budget, plus in-depth info on travelling with children.
5-Day Devon and Cornwall Small-Group Tour from London
Leave bustling London behind for five wonderful days in the countryside of southwest England! On this small-group tour from London to the counties of Devon and Cornwall, your guide will tell you interesting historical facts and stories about the area and show you beautiful towns, famous sights and breathtaking landscapes you’ll never forget.
Cornish Coastal Path North: Padstow to St Ives
Follow the rugged Cornish Coastal Path from Padstow to St. Ives
Devon & Cornwall - Bodmin & East Cornwall (Chapter)
Hugging the edge of the Devon border, the stark expanse of Bodmin Moor is the county’s wildest and weirdest landscape. Pockmarked by bogs and treeless heaths, Cornwall’s ‘roof’ is often overlooked by visitors, but it’s well worth taking the time to explore.