We bet you’ve read plenty of articles about why you should visit Cornwall. We’ve written a few ourselves. However, for the sake of balance and to make sure you pick the right holiday destination, we’ve put together these reasons why you must never, ever come to stay in Cornwall. If you find yourself tempted by a Cornish holiday, read on...
There are too many Cornish beaches to choose from
We know: choosing the right beach can be a dilemma when there are simply so many along the Cornish coast. Do you go for the golden sands of Harlyn or the sheltered little coves in the west? Is it best to choose the one with the best beachside cafe, or find the most secluded place? Do you want the surf at Fistral Beach or prefer to potter among rockpools? Decisions, decisions...
There are creatures everywhere!
Everywhere you look, there are creatures in Cornwall! What if you spot a pod of dolphins or a basking shark? From the ponies on the moors to the rare wading birds in our estuaries, wherever you go in Cornwall, you’ll have to share it with our wildlife. And speaking of animals, how on earth will your pooch cope with all those woodland walks and dog-friendly beaches? Tails could hurt from all that happy wagging.
I’ll have to eat pasties and scones
Don’t come to Cornwall if you’re counting the calories. We love growing, making and eating food here in Cornwall, and we also love to share it with our visitors. So whether it’s locally caught fish and chips, a steak pasty on the beach, or an afternoon tea with a good dollop of Rodda’s, we’re sorry: you’ll just have to enjoy it.
There’s just so much empty space
Ocean, rolling hills or moorland as far as the eye can see... All this natural beauty can be quite disconcerting. The only way to get to grips with this much loveliness is to get out there and enjoy it. Head for the South West Coast Path for the ocean views, or stride out on Bodmin Moor for some wilder scenery.
The pace of life just isn’t crazy enough
When rush hour means “waiting for 300 head of cattle to cross the road”, you know you’re in a different place. Yes, life carries on as normal here with school runs and commutes and appointments; yet somehow, Cornwall manages to combine modern life with a sense that stress is unnecessary. After a day or two, you too will learn the benefits of doing things “dreckly”. How can I choose what to do in Cornwall? We’ve already looked at the quandary posed by too many excellent beaches, but what about attractions? There’s the Eden Project, The Lost Gardens of Heligan, St Michael’s Mount, the National Maritime Museum in Falmouth, the Minack Theatre, Tintagel Castle, Land's End, Tate St Ives, more National Trust historic houses and gardens than you can shake an NT pass at...Our solution is simple: either stay longer, ...or come here twice.
There’s a lot of weather in Cornwall
How do you know what to wear in Cornwall? The Duchy may have the warmest and mildest climate in Britain (just watch a Cornish driver attempt to scrape ice off their car. We seriously don’t know how to do this) but there’s a decent amount of rain. This combination of warmth and rain does result in some of the best gardens and agricultural land in the country, but it’s still tricky to pack...
It’s a long way from anywhere
It’s true: we are right at the end of mainland Britain (or at the start, if you’re looking from France). However, it’s this sense of being somewhere else that makes Cornwall so appealing. It’s like being abroad but without the flight delays. And of course, thanks to improved infrastructure, getting here is easier all the time.
There’s not much fast food
Honestly, imagine waiting for your fish to be freshly cooked. The horror of sitting at a table with a sea view and a glass of chilled Camel Valley while the chef painstakingly preps your made-to-order meal. It’s unimaginable. However if your family does want fast food, you can pick up a drive-through pasty.
Will I have to try to surf?
There are lots of activities to try here in Cornwall, from surfing and stand up paddleboarding (SUP) to riding a horse along the coast path. See Cornwall from a different viewpoint by taking out a kayak, joining a fishing trip or coasteering your way along the cliffs. Zip above the Eden Project on a wire, courtesy of Hangloose Adventure. But of course, you don’t have to do any of this. Sitting on a beach with a book is another splendid thing that you don’t have to do.
I might not want to leave...
And now we come to the real problem. Cornwall is addictive, and many people can’t bear to tear themselves away from the beautiful beaches, stunning scenery, fantastic food and lovely locals. Are you ready and willing to take this risk? If you haven’t convinced you why you should never visit Cornwall, get in touch with us at The Cornwall. As well as providing you with excellent accommodation, our team can help you solve any Cornish dilemma you may have, like which beach to visit next, or whether to have the mackerel or sardines.