The delights of Devon & Cornwall
The Southwest tip of England, home of Land’s end, Cornish Pasties, the Jurassic coast, Dartmoor and Exmoor National parks, beaches and countryside. There’s something for everyone in Devon & Cornwall and a motorhome adventure to these adjoining counties will allow you to see as much of them as you can manage.
Devon & Cornwall have some of the most beautiful beaches in the country, but it’s well worth tracking down some hidden gems amongst them if you don’t mind trekking off the beaten track. Track down ‘The Strangles’ off the North Cornwall coast and you’ll be rewarded with a wide and sandy beach surrounded by high and jagged cliffs. Known by the locals, but otherwise hidden away, Portheras Cove can be found near to Pendeen Watch lighthouse. It’s not as easy to get to as many other beaches and a wrecked ship has left a few buried bits of metal in the sand, so best to watch your step on this otherwise beautiful and secluded beach. Porth Joke has golden sand and isn’t far from Newquay, but lacks a car park and is, therefore, less well known.
You’ve heard of Stonehenge, but have you heard of ‘The Hurlers’? Dating back to 1500 BC, the Hurlers are three circles of ceremonial granite stones. Despite being outside a Village called Minions, the stones are grey rather than yellow and have a fascinating history for you to discover.
Explore the forest canopy
The Haldon Forest Park outside Exeter has a butterfly trail for the lepidopterists amongst you, archery to unleash your inner Robin Hood and numerous walks to explore the lush woodlands. For the more adventurous though, you can explore the forest high off the ground thanks to the ‘Go Ape’ adventure trail. Traverse rope bridges, swings and zip lines as you trek just below the canopy for an exhilarating way to re-live your youth in the treetops.
A bottle o’Bucky?
Half an hour from Torquay, Buckfast Abbey is home to Benedictine Monks and the now notorious ‘tonic wine’ bearing it’s name. With stained glass windows, classic architecture, a museum and gardens, Buckfast Abbey has the kind of peace and quiet it’s most infamous export is blamed for shattering.
Resembling the landing site for a flying saucer, Gwennap pit was built as an open air amphitheatre near Redruth in Cornwall. It boasts terrific acoustics and plays host to many musical events and dramatic performances. Why not test it out for yourself?
Canonteighn Falls and Country Park
Located less than an hour from Torquay, Canonteigh Falls is on the fo the highest waterfalls in England. The park surrounding the falls is a veritable piece of paradise, with a lily lake, myriad birdlife and even kingfishers if you can spot them. For the kids, there’s a secret garden and a mini assault course along with zip-wires and trampolines to wear them out before heading back to your motorhome.
Add your own…
With so much to see and do in the South-West, we’re sure that for every hidden gem we’re mentioned, there’ll probably be around a hundred we’ve missed. Have you found any Deven & Cornwall attractions worthy of a mention we’d be delighted to hear about them!