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Cornwall is truly a fantastic holiday destination in summer time, guaranteed to give you fun times on beaches, plenty to savour culturally and food good enough to write home about. Not only this but a holiday is Cornwall will save you heaps on pricey ferry crossings or that dreaded wait in the endless check-in queue! There are many places to stay, from simple campsites to luxury cottages in Cornwall so you can tailor your holiday to your budget. Here are a few of the best bits of Cornwall in summer, which aren’t to be missed once you are there!

backpacking in cornwall

Walk the Southwest Coast Path and get out and explore Cornwall at its most rugged and beautiful. There are countless different stretches of the coast path to walk, and you can create a walk to suit your own/ your group’s ability.  One particularly lovely walk takes you around the Camel Estuary on the north coast. Check out the Southwest Coast paths website for more information on this and many others.


Bring your bikes or hire some from one of the many hire companies nearby and set out on the famous Camel Trail. This stretch of disused railway line runs from Bodmin all the way to Padstow and offers a peaceful and fun day out that will please the whole family.  Most of the 18 or so miles of track is completely traffic free, making it extra relaxing and much safer for you and the kids. In summer time you will see an array of plants, flowers and wildlife that are truly unparalleled.


Take a step back in history and visit Tintagel Castle situated on the north coast. This ancient ruin that is so steeped in myth and history is sure to capture the imaginations of those of all ages. Allegedly the birthplace of King Arthur, it also features in the story of Tristam and Isolde and is a lovely spot to visit in summer. Be sure to bring a picnic so you can sit and savour the stunning views.

tintagel castle

Everyone who has ever been to Cornwall will have heard of the Eden Project, but a less well-known horticultural gem is the Lost Gardens of Heligan. These gardens, upon which restoration began in 1990, are also a gardeners wonder, with acres of garden and woodland to explore, with hidden sculptures too and a rich history all of its own. There’s a great café and gift shop here too, with plenty of lovely spots to stop and take in the garden in summer time.


And why not end off the summer at the Falmouth Oyster Festival in October. This is a wonderful seasonal event, where you can taste the oysters and a whole array of other delicious seafood, whilst also seeing demonstrations from top chefs, with live music, crafts stalls and so much more! This festival will delight anyone who enjoys good food but also gives a taste of the cultural life of Cornwall too. What could be better to round off summer!


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