Cornwall is a place for romance, romantic coastal walks hand-in-hand, amazing restaurants, and scenic sunsets. Poldark has helped with Cornwall’s romantic reputation, with Ross Poldark and Demelza’s romance playing out around the rugged and stunning Cornish coast. Cornwall is certainly the perfect place to fall in love again with your loved one and the scenery. Here are our favourite romantic spots.
St Michael’s Mount
This tidal island is linked to the mainland town, Marazion, by a manmade causeway, passable at low tide, you can also get to the island by boat. This island castle certainly has a romantic feel to it – being on an island with a castle, coastal views and your loved one will certainly make you feel loved-up! The castle has a rich history with the first member of the St Aubyn family moving to the castle in the mid-14th century. Today the St Aubyn family and the National Trust open the doors to visitors, working hard to preserve its history for visitors today and future generations.
Take a stroll hand-in-hand around the gardens where you will see a variety of distinctive plants that blossom in this unique micro-climate, with beautiful views across the ocean. The cobbled village and harbour are still home to around 30 residents. This place is sure to get one’s heart fluttering with its beautiful and majestic scenery.
Absolutely stunning Trebah is a real treat for the eyes, and there is no doubt that you will fall completely in love with this garden and its coastal backdrop.
Discover this 26-acre valley, with sub-tropical plants, and over four miles of footpaths. Explore these footpaths surrounded by exotic blooms and make your way down to the gardens own private beach which overlooks the calm Helford river – the perfect spot for a romantic picnic.
The beach is called Polgwidden Cove, and has a beach café, selling Roskilly’s ice cream which is made on the other side of the river.
There is a restaurant and shop in the gardens too.
St Agnes Head
One of the settings for Poldark itself, which represents ‘Nampara Valley’. This is a glorious coast to walk hand-in-hand with your loved one. On the way you will not only see the amazing coastline, but St Agnes Head is steeped in history from Mesolithic hunters, who came to the headland over 6000 years ago, to Second World War ammunition stores. Feel like you are in Ross Poldark’s time with the well-preserved Wheal Coates engine house.
Nature lovers can try and spot seabird colonies such as peregrine falcons, which nest on the headlands, and gannets flying low over the sea a few yards off the coast. In the summer you may even see dolphins playing in our Cornish waters. Why not take a romantic picnic to enjoy while you take in the many sights?
St Nectan’s Glen Waterfall, near Tintagel
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. This hidden spot is perfect for those special moments together which you will remember forever.
Padstow Harbour at night
The definition of picturesque, this popular Cornish harbour town is an excellent place for a moonlight stroll, after the day-trip crowds have lazily made their way back to their campsites and accommodation after too much Cornish fudge. The harbour side has a calmness to it as you walk hand-in-hand and enjoy the moonlight bouncing off the Camel Estuary. There is a wealth of places to go to grab a night-cap or a romantic supper, or just sit by the harbour and enjoy a portion of steaming hot fish and chips.