Cornwall is definitely a place for romance, and now even more so since the series Poldark has made a huge impact on Cornwall’s tourism with its main character’s romance being central to the plot. Ross Poldark and Demelza’s romance plays out around the rugged and stunning Cornish coast. Cornwall is certainly the perfect place to fall in love… Here are our favourite romantic spots.
St Agnes Head
One of the settings for Poldark itself, which represents ‘Nampara Valley’. It 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. Mesolithic hunters came to the headland over 6000 years ago and the mines were used to store Second World War ammunition. 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?
Lusty Glaze Beach, Newquay
This beach is in a secluded horseshoe cove, perfect for those special moments. The golden sand and blue sea always makes a beach the perfect spot for loved-up couples. Lusty Glaze is also a wedding venue, which adds to the vibe of love. Adventurous couples will love doing the various activities here like surfing, banana boat rides, abseiling and tight-roping – eek!
If gazing into each other’s eyes over a romantic meal is more your style Lusty Glaze has it covered with its locally sourced food.
In the summer there are Sundowner music sessions each week, some free and some ticketed. At the end of the summer season say ‘hello’ to the Woodburner sessions, where you can cosy up next to the fire, in the restaurant, and enjoy the tunes – can you get any more romantic?
St Nectans Glen Waterfall, near Tintagel
St Nectans Glen is a magical place and very unique. 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. It will be quieter in the evening, 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 still 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.
Porthmeor Beach, St Ives
Next to The Tate, Porthmeor beach has that special St Ives colour of white sand and that bluey green sea that is distinctive to the area. A well-known hotspot for artists, who can’t get enough of the unique colours, which is something to do with the quality of the light in the area. Couples will be bowled over by the beauty of this beach. It is a great picnic spot and also home to Porthmeor café, which is more of a restaurant. In the evening it offers a wide range of tapas to share with your loved one.
If you fancy a romantic paddle then rest-assured that the beach has blue-flag status, which means that it has a good quality of water, safety and environmental management. Bliss!