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6th June 2016 | Regional News

Off The Beaten Track

Off the beaten track

 

With over 250 miles of golden sands and crystal clear waters to explore, Cornwall has long been a popular holiday destination for couples who are looking to camp, walk and cycle in the region.

Walking and cycling have always been popular activities in Cornwall, which isn’t a surprise given a third of the region is classified as an area of outstanding natural beauty. Boasting some of the clearest skies in the country, Cornwall is the perfect camping destination for those looking to sleep under the stars and enjoy the simple pleasure of being part of the great outdoors.

With National Picnic Week fast approaching, we’ve unearthed the most romantic destinations in Cornwall which are perfect for walking, cycling and picnicking.

St. Loy’s Cove

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St Loy’s Cove is only accessible by footpath and is located on one of the most remote sections of the West Penwith Coast, where author John Le Carré chose to hideaway and write his epic spy novels. The entire cove is covered with white sea-sculpted granite boulders, giving you the perfect excuse to hold your partner’s hand when crossing them.

The panoramic views at St Loy’s Cove enable you to see everything from Logan Rock Headland right to Lizard Point (the UK’s most southerly point). You can do a circular walk to St Loy’s that includes the Lamorna Cove and the prehistoric Merry Maidens stone circle.

Trebarwith Strand

Trebarwith Strand, late evening light and incoming tide, North Cornwall, UK. March 2014.

Image supplied by Ross Hoddinott Photography

Trebarwith Strand is by far one of the prettiest spots in Cornwall. Located a mile and half south of Tintagel, you can cycle to Trebarwith Strand via the coast path by St Materiana’s Church at Tintagel or via Treknow or Trewarmett. The crashing waves at Trebarwith Strand, the rugged coastline and (at low-tide) the large sandy bay combine to make this a great spot for walking, cycling and taking photos.

Marazion- St Michael’s Mount

Video sourced from Paul Dinning

Perched on top of a granite crag, St. Michael’s Mount is Cornwall’s most famous landmark and has a long, fascinating history that is steeped in both legend and folklore. Cornish Legend states the Mount was built by the giant, ‘Cormoran’.

St. Michael’s Mount has amazing panoramic views across Mounts Bay to Lands’ End and The Lizard Peninsula. There is also a scenic harbour, a historic castle, beautiful gardens, shops and restaurants.

Most people don’t know the islands secret… But on St Michael’s Mount there is an old stone by the church, which is rubbed by prospective grooms before they propose to their other half!

Pendennis Point

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Image supplied by Falmouth

From the clifftops, you can look down at the Manacles, or across towards the Roseland Peninsula, where you can see the famous St Anthony’s Lighthouse which flashes every 15 seconds. If you look to your right, you will see the beautiful Falmouth seafront, Swanpool, Maenporth and beyond.

With such beautiful 360° views, Pendennis Point has lots of scenic cycling routes. One of the most popular routes starts at Pendennis Point where you can see up the river Fal and across to the Roseland Peninsula. This cycling route passes three gorgeous beaches, that are separated by small headlands.

Lantic and Lantivet Bay

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Image supplied by iWalk Cornwall

Lantic Bay is a superb white, crescent-shaped sandy beach which wouldn’t look out of place in the Caribbean. It is located on a rugged stretch of coast between Fowey and Polperro and is only accessible via footpaths. As a result, few locals visit, let alone tourists. You can do a circular walk from Lantic Bay, passing the Coastguard lookout over Lantivet Bay, to the secluded beach of Lansallos Cove where you can picnic on the golden sands.

Pentire Head

Video sourced from 8DC Photography

If you’re after a scenic cycling route, then go to Pentire Head, where you can spend the afternoon exploring the stunning Pentire Point and the Rumps. On a sunny day, this section of the South West Coastal Path offers lovely views of Stepper Point to the south and Doyden and Tintagel Castle to the north. Whilst you’re cycling on the cliffs, keep your eyes peeled for grey seals and peregrine falcons, which are often seen on the North Cornwall coast.

Porthcurno

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Image supplied by Landscapes of Cornwall Russell Wilcox

With Cornwall’s dramatic seas and breathtaking coastline, what could be more romantic than sitting on the golden sands of Porthcurno beach and watching the world go by. With crystal clear waters, Porthcurno beach is the perfect place for taking photos.

Above the sands lies Cornwall’s world famous Minack theatre which is carved into the granite cliff and set in glorious gardens overlooking Porthcurno Bay. There’s nothing more romantic than ending the evening watching a show with an ocean view backdrop.

Video sourced from Aerial Cornwall

If you know of any more amazing walking or cycling routes in Cornwall, then please let us know via our Twitter or Facebook page.

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