Top 5 reasons to visit Cornwall this January and February
Think Cornwall is only a summer destination? Think again!
At this time of year the scenery is just as stunning, the beaches and restaurants uncrowded and the atmosphere laid back and welcoming. Cornwall is the nation’s favourite staycation destination, so witling the reasons to visit down to only 5 was tough, but here’s my selection:
1. Well it had to be the walks, didn’t it!
There’s nowhere quite like Cornwall for breath-taking scenery. In winter, the dramatic cliffs steal the show with awesome waves pounding the rocks revealing the raw power of nature. With few visitors during these months, you are free to explore the paths and trails of the county, immersing yourself in the rugged beauty, from bracing, windswept bays and magnificent moors to the gentler, picturesque countryside walks. Another thing Cornwall excels at is great pubs and eateries – the perfect place to warm up after your adventures!
An interesting entry in the top 5 you might think! Whilst admittedly not for everyone, the winter months are an extremely popular time for this Cornish favourite. The advances in wetsuit technology mean that catching a few waves in winter can be a thrilling rather than chilling experience. With few other surfers about and some impressive waves, you can enjoy an exhilarating and invigorating ride in the most spectacular surroundings.
3. The Lost Gardens of Heligan (and Cornwall’s many other glorious gardens).
I hold my hands up completely to my Heligan-bias! It has always been my favourite garden in Cornwall and never fails to delight, even in the winter months. The acres of winding paths, beautifully kept gardens and magnificent array of plant species make it the gem in Cornwall’s garden crown (did I mention it’s my favourite!). With an ever-popular café too, it’s the perfect day out. Cornwall’s many other gardens are also worth a visit at this time of year (trying to be a bit more impartial!). Trebah, Lanhydrock, Caerhays and Trelissick are some of over 40 gardens in Cornwall, all with their own appeal.
4. Rick Stein’s charity lunches – this is a real gem!
For a few weeks at the end of January and beginning of February, the Seafood Restaurant in Padstow offers charity lunches for an incredible price. The cover charge is donated to the amazing work done by the Children’s Hospice South West. With a hattrick of reasons to give it a go; amazing food, amazing price and it’s for a great cause - it’s not to be missed!
5. Cornish culture.
Cornwall has always been known for its history, heritage and arts scene. Myth and history intermingle at Tintagel Castle with its eventful past and tales of the legendary King Arthur. There are several forts and castles to explore in Cornwall and the brooding weather at this time of year can make a visit to one of these sites even more magical. Cornwall is also an incredible source of inspiration for artists, with an abundance of studios, galleries and craft shops, found up and down the county. St Ives is a real hot spot with the Tate St Ives gallery and innumerable local artists showcasing their work around the town.