Visit the unspoiled beaches, the beautiful fishing villages, the beautiful enclosures and the beautiful local food in our 12 hidden places to visit Cornwall.
There’s a lot to like about Cornwall.
England’s vast region extends across the Atlantic Ocean, with a host of delightful beaches and photo booths en route to remote areas of Britain. Undiscovered by the Romans, Cornwall remained a center of Celtic culture, a legacy still found in unusual names and mysteries of history.
While the ghosts of the mining industry have developed a spectacular landscape, its horizontal, tourism industry, has flooded some regions with high-rise buildings and left many locals in cities transformed into large parks. But there are dots between the tourist attractions, there are still plenty of places to visit in Cornwall where you can avoid crowds, get lost and sponsor good local businesses.
From our walk up and down this small beach, we put our favorite out of the swimming pools, the most beautiful secret beaches, and the hidden treasures of the local restaurant.
Find an unbeatable track with these great places to visit in Cornwall.
1 – PEDN VOUNDER BEACH
Pedn Vounder is a private beach in Cornwall and is probably the most beautiful in the United Kingdom. Set under large cliffs of granite, the sand curve is completely submerged in the high seas. But as the water recedes, the golden sands that rise above the sea create a shallow, shallow lake.
In shallow water you can dive into shallow water to the sand or play in the surf that shows the long side. With hidden kove on both sides of the ocean, it is the nearby British that reaches the Caribbean idyll and is one of the most magical places to visit in Cornwall.
The beach begins to appear about 90 minutes after the high tide, and the sandbar appears 2 hours on either side of the low tide. Getting off the beach is a little tricky, but if you are sure of your feet, it is worth the effort. Besides, the view of this hidden gem from the top of the cliff is still impressive, especially on low waves.
Pedn Vounder is one of Britain’s most natural beaches, so swimming gear can be preferred.
HOW TO GET A PEDN VOUNDER
The Pedn Vouder is a 15-minute drive from Green or Porthcurno Car Park with the last leg required a 15-meter drive to the lower ocean. You will need your hands and there are a few big steps, but if you are stable and caring, it is very possible.
2 – PORTHLEVEN
Every year half a million people go down to Padstow, Cornwall’s food capital. The flooded streets have taken over the striped parade that lined the front of the series chain.
The best food experience can be found in the fishing grounds of Porthleven where a number of different restaurants are located near the active fishing harbor.
With a high restaurant head in Kota. Awarded with Bib Gourmand by the Michelin Guide annually since 2013, Jude Keremea performs his magic on local production with an Asian twist. For the same taste in a less expensive place, Kota Kai Bar & Kitchen doors are just a few steps down.
Alternatively, join the locals leaning against the wall of the harbor absorbing daily offers from Mussel Shoal or try Dan’s Van with a brand new lobster in front of the brightly colored boats.
We recommend coffee and cakes from Origin and a lunch you go from Ced’s, a cool bagel at the bagel shop. There are a few shops in Shipyard – a staple restaurant – including Radish, which has a large vegetable menu.
Porthleven is one of our favorite places to visit Cornwall thanks to its friendly friendly vibe and great dining options. Go before it changes.
3 – NANJIZAL SEA SEAL
Nanjizal Bay is ranked among the rough areas Cornwall has to offer. It is a small, secluded reef with a small rocky bottom at the east end.
Known as the ‘Song of the Sea,’ a long wall of rock has been carved in the narrow passage of natural forces. It can be seen at any time, but it is best in the deep sea where you can enter the lakes and roam the rocks to explore under this arch.
Nanjizal Cave is a beautiful place to visit in Cornwall for a walk, to hide in hidden caves or take a photo of nature. It takes about 25 minutes to walk the nearby road, doing something that might be crowded, happily quiet.
HOW TO ACHIEVE THE OBJECTIVE OF A SEALE SEA
It is a 25 minute walk one way (by Trevilley Farmhouse) from the Trevescan lanes. Alternatively, a good coastal route from Portgwarra will take about 50 minutes. Both Trevescan and Porthgwarra parking lots are marked on our map below.
4 – 45 STREET STREET, PENZANCE
Penzance is a real Cornish city that attracts less tourists than other well-known places. The result is a more hospitable environment for locals than tourists. An exciting product of this is 45 Queen Street. Arranged in a reclaimed warehouse, the interior of the cave with wooden tables, uneven chairs, plants and invigorating lighting, sets the cool atmosphere in the old fishing town.
HOW TO EAT ON THE STREET OF 45 WOMEN
They only take walk-ins at 45 Queen Street, but the area is large, and the profits are quick. Leave your name at the door and go to the blacks near Chapel Street and have a drink at the window while you wait for your desk.
5 – SAINTS, ROSELAND
St Just Church in Roseland has been a place of worship since the 6th century. The modern stone church – built in the 13th century – is surrounded by beautiful water features that make it an exciting place to visit Cornwall.
Described by John Betjeman as, “for many people, the most beautiful courtyard in the world,” St Just is located at the foot of a hill overlooking the Fal River River. The gardens were unearthed in a spiral along the old cemetery covered with mosses and overpowered by twisted vines.
Bamboo, rhododendrons and camellias blended with azaleas, wild garlic and bluebell to create one of the most interesting places to visit in Cornwall. The big gun (Brazil Rhubarb) looks like something from Triffids Day and offers an exotic mystery in St Just.
HOW TO JUST BE ST ST
St Just Church is located in the Roseland Peninsula. Admission is free, but the car park is requesting a church maintenance donation. Payment was made with a ticket machine that said you were taking a card, but it would not take any of us.
6 – MOUSEHOLE TIDAL POOL
Mousehole is a beautiful fishing town just south of Penzance with a labyrinth of narrow streets converging on a small harbor. As the loose boats glisten in the morning light, visitors roam the shops and fine restaurants along the stone trails.
Installed a few steps from the car park on the north side of the city, the Rock Pool Café has a beautiful, rocky outcrop overlooking the sea. On the terrace, enjoy the modern cafe beauty in the vibe that extends Victoria to the ocean. The coffee is delicious, the cakes are delicious, the cocktails are uplifting and the views are excellent.
A rock dam directly in front of the cafe begins to appear about three hours (however) on either side of the low tide. While it may be more of a paddle than swimming, it is one of the best places to visit Cornwall with a place where children can play while adults relax with a coffee or cocktail in hand.
7 – LANTIC BAY BEACH
Compared to other parts of the country, fewer tourists enter the eastern corner of Cornwall. Very little to get to Lantic Bay. This deep Cove is surrounded on three sides by nearly 100-meter-high cliffs, making it one of the largest, untouched places to visit in Cornwall. From the coastal road above the sea, the open view stretches across all the high-altitude heads.
There is a steep slope that leads to a secluded / sandy sea that is often empty due to the lack of terrain. Go around or explore the coals, swim across to the nearby Little Lantic Bay, or simply immerse yourself in the rocky outcrops. Spend the evening admiring the sea views in one of the most unique beach resorts.
HOW TO FIND A LANTIC BAY
Park at National Trust Lantic Bay Car Park. Then walk 15 minutes from the car park to the beach. The last part is steep but there are steps and you will not need to use your hands. Gravity helps you when you go down, less when you go up.
8 – GOLITHA FALLS
The beautiful cassettes that make up Golitha Falls are a popular destination for tourists during the peak season. Beyond the great waterfall, however, the secret part of the river offers a peaceful escape and a mysterious gem hidden in Cornwall.
With the exception of a large waterfall, the road appears to be blocked by a fence. However, the spectacular trail continues another 200 feet [200 m] deep into the gorge where many shallow lakes are visible between the rocks. Covered in a forest-like area, mosses cling to rocky walls and vines hanging from trees. It is an ancient magical oak and beech woodland and is one of the most sparse places you can visit in Cornwall for a picnic and wildlife swim.
HOW TO GET GOLD GALLERY FALLS
Park at Golitha Falls Car Park in the southern part of Bodmin Moor. From here, it is a 15 minute walk to the lake. Mark the location directly on the map below. A few lakes have sandy foundations, but be careful not to cling to rocks as they can slip.
9 – MOOMAID CAFÉ ZENNOR
Zennor’s secret Cove, in the remotest parts of the Penwith Peninsula, is steeped in Celtic mystery. Legend has it that the beautiful Mermaid of Zennor was always run by local boys. One day he attracted a young man with a beautiful singing voice from the sea and was never seen again.
Today the village is home to the Moomaid of Zennor café. It is known throughout the area for its high quality ice cream and as one of the coolest places to visit in Cornwall.
You can take coffee and cake to have in their small backyard garden, which was very nice. Surprisingly, though, it was a gift shop that we really won. Included are a variety of unusual items and carefully selected items, including a book called Cabin Porn (all about rustic rooms) and one called Norwegian Wood Stacking (yes, it’s about adding wood), quirky all the way.
10 – IPORTHTOWAN TIDAL POOL
The land of St Agnes has some of the most beautiful places in Cornwall. The ruins of the old mines stand above the cliffs covered with swatches of colored swatches in late summer. It is a beautiful coastal section with some of the best kept secrets in Cornwall.
To the northeast of Porthtowan, rocky stairs slide down a steep slope into the deep waterfront on the other side. Revealed only for a few hours on the side of the low waves, it is an attractive way to cool off overlooking the sea and the lovely sea.
It can be a little tricky to find it, which makes it fun to find it and maybe get lost when you do.
HOW TO GET A PORTHTOWAN TIDAL POOL
Mark the location directly on the map below. Access is by sea from Porthtowan, or below the stairs leading from the head.
11 – HUTDEN HUT, PORTSCATHO
Word spread through Hut Hut in Portscatho. Fished over Porthcurnick Beach, in the depths of the Roseland peninsula, this wooden shackle produces a delightful selection of creative vessels. To swap the menu every day, we had a selection of beef jerky, chicken cacciatore and dahl with raita, and a few other bites.
The dishes are simple but well integrated, and easy to eat with one hand so you can sit on wooden benches at the top of the beach looking for the best view. There is coffee, hot smelling chocolate and a selection of cakes to finish with.
Hut Hut has their own cookbook that demonstrates their dedication to seafood / street food. They have some of the best staff we have ever met in Cornwall.
HOW TO FIND A SECRET
It is an 8 minute walk from Portscatho’s car park or 3 minutes from one of the few parking lots on the opposite side of the Rosevine Hotel. There is no covered area so you are welcome for any weather you get, but even in the rain it is a great place to visit Cornwall. The restaurant has toilets.
12 – HOLYWELL BAY & PORTH JOKE BEACH
This may not be a private beach, but just 6 miles from Newquay, Holywell Bay is much busier than many around and it is hard to figure out why. The massive sweeping of the golden sand, the largest in this coastal space, means that there is enough space for everyone.
It is supported by 60 ft dunes, cliffs on two sides and two high rocky outcrops, a spectacularly protected sea, and a comfortable resting place. Navigate the rocky heads, explore the ocean floor at sea, swim in the ocean, take a surf lesson, or simply illuminate the sands of gold with a beautiful book. In the shallow waters you can see a grotto-like cave like the Holywell Cave and a 70-year-old ocean crash.
A 30-minute trek northward around the country brings you to North (Polly) Joke Beach, a hidden gemstone of a small, untouched commercial area. Its water is green, collected by two heads, in a tank of impure sand. There are no resources here, just a piece of heaven that offers a break from the stress of everyday life.
HOW TO GET A HOLYWELL BAY BEACH
Holywell Bay is owned and operated by the National Trust. Parking is free for members and there are toilets in Holywell district. North Joke Beach can be found in a 30 minute walk around the headland or a 15 minute walk from Polly Joke car park.