Tuesday, 8 December 2009

5 Reasons To Love Cornwall's 'Off' Season

Pier at Porthleven

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.

    Metal detector

  • 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.

    Cornish coast

  • 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.

    Praa Sands

  • 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.

    The Eden Project


Anonymous said...

Wonderful photos! I visited London, Oxford and Salisbury about 10 years ago in November (book tour) and I've never been so cold in my life! And I live in Canada!

Fly Girl said...

Cream tea and warm British weather? You've sold me. Those striking beach photos are worth it by itself.

Daphne said...

It looks so lovely, like the Oregon coast (where I'm from)

Jeanne said...

Beautiful place, beautiful pictures.

Jacqueline said...

It looks very tantalising!

Angelica Bays, TygrLilies.com said...

Oh, I'm all about the off-season! We live in a resort town to start with, but my sons go to school over on the ritzy uber-touristy Coronado Island. I don't go anywhere near there during summer!

Chelsea Talks Smack said...

these photos make me want to go!

Paige said...

Just stopping by from SITS to say Hello! Hope you have a great week.

Bells said...

oh yes. If I were to get to Cornwall, I'd skip summer. I want those bleak, dramatic coastlines and winds. That'd be perfect to me.

BLOGitse said...

wow, great photos!
Did you check my photoblog?
Anyway. I'll be back! :)

Vodka Mom said...

Those are very gorgeous! I adore the beach- at any time of the year.

carol said...

That looks beautiful, I went to England once and thought it gorgeous. Drank more tea than I have in my entire life in a one week visit.

Gaston Studio said...

Haven't visited Cornwall, does Brighton count? LOL!
Gorgeous photos.

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Kristin said...

It looks just lovely. I'm dying to visit the UK!

Jenny Woolf said...

So many places are lovely, out of season. thanks for pointing up Cornwall as one of them.

Phoenix said...

Lovely pictures and beautiful descriptions. May be I will holiday there someday - I would love to spend a quiet few days in a place like this.

Kallen Johnstone said...

Cornwall looks amazing!
I was working in a pub in the UK two winters ago and it was ridiculously cold most of the time.
I'm from Australia so I didn't need to know about thermal underwear - Ha ha!

SparkleFarkle said...

Cornwall sounds perfect! I am right now fighting the urge to pack my bags!

Lara Dunston said...

Great post!

I always associate Cornwall with food at actually - delicious fresh seafood! I've never been but I'm dying to go.

Domestic Executive. said...

Fantastic pictures Rachel. Made me want to hop on a plane back to see it for real.

J said...

That first photo is stunning - it would make a great print. I've only been to Cornwall once - unfortunatley a disasterous family holiday (the last one I've ever been on), so I was more concerned with not committing homicide on my nearest and not so dearest. I'd like to go back, but as with anywhere that's not a major city in this country, getting around without a car is just almost impossible.

Goodness, that sounds very whingey doesn't it!

phd in yogurtry said...

Would love to be transported to Cornwall.


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