Pictures of England
 

Exploring the most Picturesque & Historic parts of England..

 

Sponsored Links

England Holiday Cottages

Pictures of Cornwall

Trevarrian, Cornwall

Royalty Free Stock photos of Cornwall

About Cornwall

Think of Cornwall and immediately there springs to mind a vision of Atlantic rollers tumbling over jagged rocks to lash against towering cliffs. This is Cornwall's northern coast, which for centuries has taken a pounding from the turbulence of a 3,000 mile ocean. This part of Cornwall is dominated by Celtic mystery, tales and legends of King Arthur and his dramatic legendry castle perched on a rocky outcrop above Tintagel. In stark contrast to the south lies a softer channel coast of a more gentle nature, it has stormy seas, but these are less significant for here although the coast encompasses a wealth of headlands, there are the flat estuaries of the Helford, Fal and Fowey Rivers.

Wedged between Cornwall's coastal waters is a hinterland made special by a wealth of magnificent gardens where the growth of exotic plants and flowers is encouraged by a pleasant mild climate. But inland Cornwall still has dramatic landscapes of which Bodmin Moor is one. The moor is a place of high peaks and mystic pools, it has hauntingly beautiful places such as the Golitha Falls where the River Fowey tumbles from the high granite uplands, flowing through wooded valleys to join with the sea. But when storm clouds gather the moor appears sinister and forbidding. Even more extraordinary are the countless stone relics found among the moor-land wastes, they may not be as imperious as Stonehenge, none-the-less, they hold the secrets of a Cornwall of 4,000 or more years ago.

Here in this land of many contrasts visitors will find enchanting fishing villages, picturesque stone cottages, quaint harbours, vast beaches, historic churches - some standing close to the sea, and a myriad of ruined mines perilously perched above the wild Atlantic ocean. Small coves and almost white sandy beaches can often be found lying peacefully at the end of a winding leafy lane, undisturbed by the passing of time and looking as if no man has been there before.

St.Ives is a painters paradise, Penzance tingles with legends of pirates, Newlyn harbour is often delightfully crowded with trawlers, Zennor is the perfect "stone village" and Newquay and Bude offer superb surfing, excellent sands, and a wealth of places to explore. St.Nectan's Glen, a peaceful wooded valley filled with birdsong is made more vibrant by a fall of foaming water tumbling through a hole in a stone basin, this is a tranquil, "off the beaten track" spot, with magical views all around.

Palm trees flourish in the Roseland peninsula's sheltered climate, St.Mawes is dominated by Henry VIII's mighty castle, at St.Anthony's Head a lighthouse guides sailors to the safety of the Carrick Roads, and Portloe lies at the foot of a valley leading into Veryan Bay - this is every bit the quintessential Cornish fishing village with boats hauled onto the beach. At Kynance Cove on the Lizard Peninsula changing light off-sets the natural colours of the serpentine rocks, these form a dramatic backdrop for the cove's pale sands. Near Lizard Point in spring-time the ancient Church of St.Wynwallow has snowdrops and daffodils growing from its graves, here too, there is a lighthouse to guide vessels round the oft storm-ridden point.

Of its strange customs, Cornwall's ancient Floral Dance still survives in the old town of Helston, and a spiders web of narrow lanes lead through matchless green countryside to the beautiful Helford River, with its oyster beds, sailing boats and wooded banks. A footpath takes you through the woods to Frenchman's Creek, made famous by Daphne du Maurier.

So here you have it all, lazy days on quiet sandy beaches, fishing in and around quaint harbours, surfing in the wild Atlantic, sailing in the coastal waters of the channel whilst exploring pretty creeks, investigating a wealth of ancient sites, enjoying sights and sounds of age-old Cornish customs, viewing magnificent coastal moonscapes or watching the sun rise while the gentle surf trickles over your feet. Yes, there is the "new" Cornwall with its flamboyant surfing beaches, crowded bars and newer attractions, such as the amazing Eden Project, but for the many it will always be the quiet enchantment, prettiness of the countryside, quaint coastal villages with tumbling streets and old inns. Above all of this, it is the grandeur of rain lashed tempestuous seas leashing their might against huge granite cliffs that will call you back to this mysterious land time and time again. For it is simply unforgettable!
(add/update description)

See below for all the best towns & attractions in Cornwall, or see a selection of our Cornwall photographs on our picture tour of Cornwall..

Hotels in Cornwall - Find discount Cornwall hotels and Cornwall accommodation.

Related Articles

The Minack Theatreby Kahu

Recommended towns & villages in Cornwall

The village of Cawsand

Cawsand

A picturesque ex-smuggling village in Cornwall..

Information | Pictures (8) | Hotels

Sunset on Hayle Beach, Cornwall.

Hayle

Three miles of golden sands backed by impressive sand dunes have made Hayle a perfect summer place for families to enjoy a holiday. It is an old town, made prosperous in the 18th-century when John Harvey opened his tin, copper and foundry business..

Information | Pictures (25) | Hotels

A street in Lostwithiel, Cornwall

Lostwithiel

Lostwithiel, once the 13th-century capital of Cornwall and lively centre of the tin trade, sits on the River Fowey in the heart of the Fowey Valley...

Information | Pictures (27) | Hotels

Pentewan Beach

Pentewan

Set amidst enchanting countryside, Pentewan has caravan and camping sites making it a popular resort for families. It has a fine sandy beach which is ideal for beach-games, swimming, fishing and other watersports...

Information | Pictures (23) | Hotels

Penzance in Cornwall

Penzance

A jolly town with a year round holiday atmosphere, where everyone is made to feel welcome...

Information | Pictures (81) | Hotels

Perranporth, Cornwall

Perranporth

Perranporth has a spectacular golden sandy beach which stretches for about 3 miles along the coast...

Information | Pictures (69) | Hotels

Polperro

Polperro

Jagged rocks rise as if to guard the entrance to the picturesque harbour of this enchanting fishing village which has for decades been a magnet for tourists and a mecca for artists from all over England...

Information | Pictures (207) | Hotels

The clock tower and pier at Porthleven in South Cornwall

Porthleven

Porthleven has two picturesque harbours - the inner harbour is lined with dazzling white cottages, with the walls of the outer harbour giving shelter from the often tumultuous seas...

Information | Pictures (57) | Hotels

Carn Brea Castle, Cornwall, looking Easterly towards Redruth.

Redruth

Redruth was formerly the capital of the largest and richest metal mining area in Britain. ..

Information | Pictures (39) | Hotels

St Eval Chapel

St Eval

..

Information | Pictures (31) | Hotels


Historic Market Towns in Cornwall
Picturesque Villages in Cornwall
Historic Cities in Cornwall
All towns in Cornwall
Complete A to Z of towns in England

Recommended attractions in Cornwall

Chun Castle, located at Great Bosullow. Note the great upright gateposts.

Chun Castle

..

Information | Pictures (2) | Hotels

Industrial decline

Cornish Mines and Engines

This museum set on lonely cliffs far above the swirling Atlantic Ocean is where visitors to the area can learn all about.....

Information | Pictures (4) | Hotels

Lands End, Cornwall

Lands End

One of the most visited tourist attractions in Britain, and a world famous landmark. With stunning views and now being made in to.....

Information | Pictures (125) | Hotels

Lanyon Quoit, (5,000-6,000 year old ancient burial chamber) Bosullow, Cornwall, England

Lanyon Quoit

In this moorland area thick with pre-historic remains, this is the most accessible and without doubt the most famous of all the.....

Information | Pictures (3) | Hotels

Men an Tol, ancient monument in Cornwall

Men-an-Tol

The Men-an-Tol is a massive round holed stone standing between two uprights. It quite probably dates from the Bronze-Age and may.....

Information | Pictures (2) | Hotels

Pendennis Castle

Pendennis Castle

Built at the side of a naturally deep harbour Pendennis Castle forms one of Henry VIII's coastal defences, built to guard against.....

Information | Pictures (11) | Hotels

Japanese Garden at Pine Lodge Gardens, St Austell, Cornwall

Pine Lodge Gardens

..

Information | Pictures (2) | Hotels

A young stag

Porfell Animal Land

http://www.porfellanimalland.co.uk/..

Information | Pictures (26) | Hotels

Prideaux Place, Near Padstow

Prideaux Place

This gorgeous historic house, caressed by lush creeping foliage lies in an outstanding position beside the waters of the River.....

Information | Pictures (4) | Hotels

Seaton Valley Country Park, Cornwall

Seaton Valley Country Park

Opened in 1998, Seaton Valley is the newest of Cornwall's four Country Parks. The Local Nature Reserve is popular with.....

Information | Pictures (7) | Hotels


All attractions in Cornwall
Complete A to Z of attractions in England