Of course, the reason you come to Cornwall is because of the glorious coastline, but that doesn’t mean that we don’t have some beautiful attractions away from the stunning coast. Here are some brilliant Cornish beauty spots, in land, which are worthy of a visit. Of course, in Cornwall you are never too far away from the seaside so there’s always time to see a sunset at the end of the day.
Wild, vast, and full of legends, history and mystic. The Moors have lots of tales embedded in the landscape.
Dozmary Pool is in the heart of the Moor, with the name rumoured to be taken from a tragic murder victim nearby. The Pool is steeped in the Arthurian Legend of Excalibur. The mythical sword of King Arthur. The Lady of Lake, who legend says claims the sword after King Arthur’s death, is said be in Dozmary Pool. Tintagel Castle, also in North Cornwall, also has strong associations with King Arthur.
Nearby the Moor sits the Jamacia Inn, which is shrouded Cornish legend and myth, partly thanks to Daphne du Maurier’s novel of the same name. In the past the Moors have been a dangerous place, with travellers and smugglers crossing the landscape and rolling into the Jamaica Inn on a cold evening in need of lodging and refreshment.
On the Moor there is the Cheesewring, a large granite Tor on the Eastern Flank of Bodmin Moor. The name derives from the resemblance of the piled slabs to a “cheesewring”, a press-like device that was once used to make cheese. This natural granite formation is formed by weathering. A local legend says that the Cheesewring is the result of a rock throwing contest between a man and a giant.
On the outskirts of the Moor is Golitha Falls, which is in the woodlands. This is a pretty spot to listen to the River Fowey flowing over the rocks. It is also said to be the favourite haunt of many a Cornish piskie!
One of most famous legends in Cornwall is the Beast of Bodmin Moor. A phantom, large black cat who roams the Moors. The Beast has been spotted on several occasions and has been blamed for slaughtered livestock.
The Lost Gardens of Heligan
Visit this famous garden, rediscovered in the 1990s, after being ‘lost’ since World War One. This huge estate has over 200 acres to explore. There’s a range of gardens, from pleasure gardens, productive gardens, and a jungle, with its own Burmese rope bridge. There’s also lots of woodland, wildlife and a farm.
St Nectan’s Glen
St Nectans Glen is a magical place. It is reached by a woodland walk, with ivy-clad trees, which runs alongside the River Trevillet. This Waterfall and Hermitage is a spiritual place and is often thought to be home to magical creatures like Cornish piskies and fairies. There are three waterfalls to be enjoyed, the biggest being the sixty-foot St Nectan’s Kieve.
Built in 1779, Bodmin Jail was the site of a total of 55 executions. Immerse yourself in their new state-of-the-art ‘Dark Walk’ experience and learn all about Cornwall’s dark history. Bodmin Jail is an experience for the family or for the daring who want to discover the paranormal.
Healeys Cyder Farm
Deep in the heart of the Cornish countryside, Healeys Cyder Farm has been run by the Healey family for over 40 years. Here they make award-winning cyders, including the famous Rattler, additionally they also make wines, spirits, juices, preserves, and sauces. Make friends with the farmyard animals, ride through the orchard and settle down with a Cornish cream tea in the sunshine.
Cornwall’s great ‘little city’ is a beautiful place to wander around with a great mix of high street and independent shops, eateries and bars, along with beautiful Georgian houses and cobbled streets.
Home to the beautiful cathedral along with the newly refurbished Hall for Cornwall, which is a great place for watching local and national theatre.