A lot of people tend to associate Cornwall with summer holidays and sandcastles. While there's nothing inherently wrong with that, if you'd never think of going to Cornwall in winter, you're missing out. Here are a few reasons why:
- It's quiet
Compared to the heaving crowds of a Cornish summer, or even the Christmas shopping rush in your local high street, Cornwall in winter is blissfully quiet. You can stroll along deserted cliff-tops or wander along empty beaches, meeting only the occasional local.
- It's cheap
From October to April (barring school holidays) most parking restrictions aren't in force, so you can park for free, on the roads, almost anywhere. Some attractions (like Land's End) are half price, and there are various other discounts to be had (like the little-advertised free entry to Trebah Gardens for National Trust members). You might be able to pick up some discount coupons for food, too, from the local papers.
- It's dramatic
Windswept coastlines are always beautiful, but there's something about the winter weather that makes it all the more impressive. Just try not to get swept away by the breaking waves.
- It's warm (sometimes)
Cornwall can be a fair bit warmer than most of the UK. On good days in January, I've been out for coastal walks wearing a t-shirt, but even on the coldest days you're usually okay in a fleece and good waterproofs.
- It's always warm indoors
If you get fed up of the strong winds and driving rain - well, that's a great excuse to hole up in one of Cornwall's excellent teashops for a traditional cream tea, or find a pub with a roaring log fire, or pick out a restaurant with a spectacular view over the sea. There's also the Eden Project, for gardens that are dry all year round.