7 reasons why you should visit Cornwall this year
As we stash away the Christmas decorations for another year, it’s time to banish those January blues with a spot of holiday planning. Cornwall remains, unsurprisingly, the nation’s favourite place for a staycation — we may be biased, but we’d have to agree. Here are seven reasons why we think you should visit Cornwall in 2022.
Calm by the coast
If the past couple of years has taught us anything it’s that the benefits of immersing yourself in nature during uncertain times cannot be overstated, and it is proven that the coast has the greatest impact on wellbeing than any other landscape. With the ocean covering three sides of Cornwall, the region has the longest coastline of any county in the UK. It has 300 miles of coastal path and over 300 beaches to explore, and wherever you’re based, you’re never more than 16 miles from the sea.
Here are some of our favourite coastal walks in Cornwall
Take the plunge
The virtues of sea swimming have been well documented in recent years, the Wim Hof effect having lured a new wave of wild swimmers into coastal waters up and down the country. If you’ve yet to try it, Cornwall is the ultimate place to give it a go. The sheltered waters of the Helford river are ideal for first-timers, whilst the wilder seas of north Cornwall attract a more adventurous crowd. If you’re staying near Penzance you should check out Jubilee Pool, Cornwall’s only lido — opened a few years ago — and there are eight tidal pools in Cornwall to tick off your list, too, where you can swim in sheltered pockets of warm seawater, avoiding the currents and crashing waves of the open sea.
Cornwall from the saddle
Something new for 2022, the recently opened West Kernow Way is a 150-mile cycle route around the tip of Cornwall. Challenging and rewarding in equal measure, the figure-of-eight route weaves between coves, clifftops and fishing villages via a network of bridleways and quiet backroads, including some previously ‘lost’ ancient tracks. Now we’re not suggesting you tackle the entire route in a single holiday, but the beauty of this wiggly route is that you can easily do a stretch and loop back to make a nice day or half-day ride.
The ultimate 3G holiday destination
No, we’re not referring to any wireless tech here. With so many grandparents having seen very little of their grandchildren in recent years, families are making up for lost time and opting for a ‘three-generational’ holiday. The beauty of staying by the coast is that you can make your holiday as relaxed or as adventurous as you like, so whether you’re throwing yourself into the surf, striding out along the coastal path or kicking back in a deckchair, a Cornwall coastal holiday really does cater for everyone, aged one to 100!
Ever since Rick Stein opened his first restaurant in Cornwall 45 years ago the food scene in Cornwall has been gathering pace. A splash of good pubs and restaurants has turned into a tidal wave as top foodies, drawn to Cornwall’s balmy climes and exceptional coastal larder, make the region their home. Artisanal food producers, independent start ups and some of the country’s best Michelin-starred chefs have made Cornwall the UK’s new culinary capital — move over, London! Some of our favourite culinary hotspots in Cornwall include the Helford, with its top-notch restaurants and quayside cafes, the Lizard, which has a thriving foodie scene, and the lovely town of Port Isaac, Cornwall’s ultimate fine dining destination.
With climate conscious travel firmly on the agenda for 2022, those after a sustainable staycation should look to Cornwall. Trains run every hour from London, and there are extensive bus and train networks and widespread eBike hire available, plus with open top coaster bus services through Cornwall linking popular towns, beaches and attractions, allowing visitors to soak up the scenery as they go, it’s never been easier to have a car-free holiday in Cornwall. And once you’re here, the abundance of brilliant places to eat and things to see and do within a pebble’s throw of each of our cottages means you’ll never need to stray too far if you don’t want to.
Find out how to travel to and around Cornwall by public transport
Staycations are good news for our furry friends. Cornwall has again been voted one of the most dog-friendly places in the UK, and with the number of dog owners at an all-time high, it’s no surprise that they’re making a beeline for Cornwall’s shores and moors this year. All but seven of Cornwall’s 300-plus beaches welcome dogs, but a large proportion of tourist attractions, including the Eden Project, also allow dogs onsite, as well as pubs and restaurants, galleries, shops and historic homes and gardens.