Our guide to self-catering holidays in West Cornwall
West Cornwall is a glistening and unspoilt corner of the West Country – where a passion for the great outdoors and a captivating history splash against the backdrop of beautiful landscapes. Thirty six miles of coastline wrap around twinkling fishing villages, rural trails and nostalgic towns, promising a truly refreshing holiday. With the stunning Lizard Peninsula, beautiful beaches and the famous Land’s End, West Cornwall has everything you could wish for!
Whether you’re seeking exhilarating outdoor sports or a relaxed break on the beach – any one of West Cornwall’s locations is perfect. Falmouth is famous for its sailing port, and its beaches are popular for water sports. Surfers head for the waters of St Ives, and its cultural influence makes it popular with artists and art lovers alike.
For those who like to discover stunning countryside on foot or on bike, West Cornwall offers plenty of cycling and walking trails for all levels. With the South West Coast Path and the Cornish Way Cycle Route, there is plenty of opportunity to stretch your legs and get to know West Cornwall.
Places to visit in West Cornwall
West Cornwall’s one of those regions that makes you feel like ditching the map and just following your feet, and there’s a new view to stop you in your tracks around every corner. There’s a different landscape to suit every kind of visitor and every kind of day…from the twinkling lights of Mousehole every Christmas, to the sandy beaches of St Ives. Speaking of beaches, if you’re after white sands, clear waters and the feel of being miles from the madding crowd, make this one a West Cornwall holiday.
If you’ve been keen to try surfing but you’re not feeling ready for the big beaches of North Cornwall yet, Hayle makes a great place to start. With a friendly surf scene and plenty of surf schools to help you get started, this sleepy village is perfect for that family break that’s all about living in wetsuits and flip flops. If you’re after a little culture, head to St Ives…famous for its light and ever-popular with artists, this resort’s home to the Tate St Ives, the Barbara Hepworth Museum and some of the most beautiful coastal walks you’ll ever come across.
Things to do in West Cornwall
Let’s start on the tip of the region, with the Minack Theatre. One of the most unique things to do in West Cornwall has got to be sitting in a theatre carved into rock and watching a performance with the sea twinkling as the backdrop. One of the region’s most iconic attractions, the theatre hosts live theatre on a rocky granite outcrop that juts proudly our into the sea.
Now, if you ever find yourself heading to the western end of the county in the run up to Christmas then we recommend you head to the unassuming village of Mousehole (pronounced “mowsal” by the way). There’s a rule in this village that anyone with a boat in the harbour has to decorate it for December…which means the whole resort twinkles with festive lights. You’ll see everything from reindeer, to sleighs to Christmas puddings, and it’s one of those traditions that makes Cornwall so special.
We mentioned St Ives, and we have to say once again that its attractions are a must for the artists amongst you. The Tate St Ives reopens in March 2017 after refurbishment, and the gallery’s one of the UK’s most impressive celebrations of modern art. If you’re keen to visit the studio and workshop once used by the sculptor Barbara Hepworth while you’re in the area, you can buy a ticket that enables you to combine both experiences.