With a wealth of international destinations promising sand, sea and sweet cocktails and various alcoholic beverages it can be incredibly tempting to travel the world and ‘just get out there’. However, how much do we really know about our own heritage, and for those who reside in England how much do we know about our native country?
If you are looking to explore some different places this year, be it in the summer, for a week at the end of exams or even a few days, why not try Cornwall.
Cornwall combines beaches and picturesque landscape with a location that is reminiscent of childhood and seaside holidays. Cornwall is the only county in England that is bordered by only one other country, Devon, so you are guaranteed a relaxing getaway without feeling too isolated and desolate.
However if the clifftop houses and watersport activities on the beaches are not enough to entice you, what about heading to Bodmin Moor – where you can stretch your legs, take a walk among the scenery and at the same time witness some fabulous prehistoric remains. With April hosting events such as food festivals, kite flying competitions and Montol Festival – a 6 day festival of arts and community treats if you’re feeling cultured, Cornwall is a bustling yet beautiful county.
Places to see in Cornwall aside from the photogenic panoramic skylines are aplenty, where you can do a spot of sight-seeing for free with activities such as going to Heartlands – Cornwall’s latest landmark destination and Mining Landscape World Heritage Site or if you do want to witness some beautiful scenery, Carnewas and Bedruthan Steps is a popular destination. The Eden Project is a must-see, described as ‘a dramatic global garden housed in tropical biomes that nestle in a crater the size of 30 football pitches’. However there is something far deeper than being a large greenhouse, the relationship between plants and people is explored, where man’s reliance on plant life is highlighted.
Even the renowned part of Cornwall, Newquay is ideal if you’re a surfing fan, as a popular destination for surf trips and beach breaks.
If accommodation is your pressing concern, it needn’t be. With websites offering a range of hotels, b&bs, cottages, caravans, campsites and hostels to name a few, where you can search by budget or by rating, there is nothing stopping finding the perfect cottage for a family or friend getaway, or even a B&B if you’re in a smaller party.
Getting to Cornwall can also seem a little daunting, with car trips taking roughly seven hours from London and Essex, depending on how far in Cornwall you are travelling to, there is no escaping the fact that you will be experiencing a part of England but feeling that you’re getting a break away at the same time. With direct trains daily from Edinburgh, Birmingham, Bath and Bristol to Cornwall and its branch lines, trains to Cornwall are an option. If you’re a fan of taking a snooze or reading on a coach, there are also direct coaches to Cornwall. However if you want a speedy yet efficient form of travel, Newquay Cornwall Airport is one of the fastest growing regional airports in the UK linking Cornwall to major cities across the country as well as internationally, so your travel options are completely open.
Cornwall is a credit to England in terms of why promoting British travel is vital in the current climate.With celebrities such as Richard& Judy owning holidays homes here and Tori Amos residing nearer the Cornwall/Devon border, to name a few, it is increasingly apparent that Cornwall is a popular destination, and quite rightly so. Travelling to various places in England can be financially friendlier, especially if you are a student who just wants to seek a weekend of fun with some friends twinned with some beautiful landscapes. However don’t just take my word for it…experience it for yourselves.