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Explore the South Coast of Cornwall from Hendra

Come and discover the South Coast of Cornwall, from Hendra Holiday Park.

Come and explore the South Coast of Cornwall from Hendra Holiday Park. Although we are located on the North Coast, the South Coast is an area that is easily accessible from Hendra Holiday Park.

The South Coast of Cornwall has lots going for it, from the calmer waters and sailing areas in Fowey and Falmouth, to the rugged coast and white sandy beaches at Kynance Cove and Porthcurno.

Cornwall has so much to see and experience and the South Coast is a place well worth discovering, less than an hour from Hendra!

Starting at Fowey: a Charming Fishing Town.  

Starting off at Fowey, which is a 50 minute drive from Hendra. This delightful small town which sits on the west side of a deep estuary, where the Fowey River reaches the sea.

Here you can enjoy the scenery by watching the boats and yachts sail pass, or perhaps enjoy a spot of sea fishing.

When exploring the town, enjoy the cobbled streets, many cafes, restaurants, and shops too.

Fowey Visit Cornwall

Credit Visit Cornwall

Over to UNESCO site Charlestown, The Lost Garden’s of Heligan and fishing village Mevagissey.

Visit Charlestown an 18th Century Georgian Harbour, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. With the harbour’s tall ships moored in the narrow harbour, underground tunnels, and bridges connecting the harbour walls, you may feel that you are on a film set, and you would be right!

Charlestown has been a set for the Poldark TV series, award-winning Cornish film Bait, and Tim Burton’s Alice and Wonderland.

Charlestown has a pebble beach, beautiful coastal views, restaurants, and around the harbour there is a collection of restaurants and bars, including, in keeping with the town’s sailing heritage, The Rum Sailor, offering the choice of 555 rums. There is no better place to pretend to be a pirate than here!

Take a deeper dive, and visit The Shipwreck Treasure Museum, and find out more about Cornwall’s secrets of the sea, from divers, explorers, smugglers, sailors, and pirates.

Further along, there’s the must-see Lost Garden’s of Heligan. Lost for years amongst the brambles and restored in 1990. Today this is one of Cornwall’s most visited places, with acres to explore, from the farm area, pleasure gardens, formal gardens, and even a jungle; Heligan will awaken the imagination whatever your age.

Finally, on this part of the coast, there’s Mevagissey to explore. Wander the cobbled, narrow streets and experience this traditional, postcard perfect, Cornish fishing village.


Explore the peaceful Fal River area, eclectic Falmouth and the tranquil Helford River area.

The Fal River runs from Truro River until it reaches the sea. In this outstanding area of natural beauty, you will find the National Trust’s Trelissick Gardens, positioned by the Fal River, with a house and garden, and woodland walks. Walk along the river, and see spots such as Loe Beach, great for water sports, and Flushing village, a pretty village, which operates a ferry from Flushing to Falmouth.

Over in Falmouth, you will find plenty to enjoy. This maritime town has one of the deepest harbours in the world. Falmouth is a university town, and this adds to its unique character, with many interesting shops, cafes, bars, and restaurants. Take in the harbour side, along with the Maritime Museum, which currently has a Pirates exhibition on until the end of the year.

Also explore the coast, with Gyllyngvase Beach, a large beach which has views over to the historic Pendennis Castle. Then there’s Swanpool Beach, a shingle and sand beach, with water sports equipment available for hire, as well as a great cafe.

On the Helford River you will find two gorgeous sub-tropical gardens, Trebah and Glundurgen Gardens, which lead down to beaches on the Helford River. Trebah is a heavenly garden, full of colour, and beauty, leading down to their private beach, an idyllic picnic spot. Glendurgan Garden has its very own maze, sure to amuse any child, this garden also leads to a beach.

Follow the river around and discover different coves and beaches –  your very own new happy place.


Come to the most southerly point in the UK: Lizard Point.

The UK’s most southerly point, the Lizard is has a rugged coastline to discover, with many coastal paths. Spot the Cornish choughs along the coastline, along with seals, dolphins and even the occasional whale.

The dramatic cliffs of Lizard Point surround white sand beaches and beautiful turquoise sea.

Walk around to Kynance Cove; one of the most famous and photographed beaches in Cornwall. Upon seeing Kynance Cove, you will see why it is photographed so much, with its fine white sand and beautiful blue sea, along with dramatic rocks: this is jaw-dropping scenery. This beach does not have lifeguards, so be aware of tides and the strong currents. Serpentine rock stacks, make this beach ideal for exploring with its clear waters (but remember to be careful with the tides).

During peak times, this area does get very busy, so please plan you journey carefully.

Kynance Cove, by Matt Jessop

Matt Jessop

Beautiful Porthcurno, one of Cornwall’s most precious jewels.

Another Cornish stunner, Porthcurno is also heavily photographed and visited frequently. Tall cliffs surround this pure white sand beach, accompanied by clear, turquoise waters. The beach is sheltered, and also has a stream, which is great for children to play in and is popular with families. Porthcurno is a RNLI beach and has lifeguard cover from mid-May until the end of September. Good swell means that it is also a good surfing spot.

Nearby Minack Theatre is carved into the cliffs. This magnificent cliff top theatre, a labour of love by the past owner Rowena Cade, is a truly one-of-a-kind place. Enjoy exploring the garden and views, or see a show, with productions on throughout the year.



Cornwall has so much to discover, and Hendra Holiday Park is ideally located in Cornish countryside, just a mile and a half from some of the county’s most beautiful beaches. The South Coast is an hour or less in the car from Hendra Holiday Park, which is centrally located on the North Coast. Discover the beauty of Cornwall this summer and book your holiday in Cornwall now!