Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and Countryside
Cornwall's north coast is synonymous with rugged coastline and crashing waves while the south coast likes things a little gentler! In between lies rolling countryside filled with wooded valleys, moors, lakes and farmland. Whatever your mood, Cornwall will have a landscape for it!
Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty
Cornwall's beautiful and diverse countryside and coastline is recognised as being special with 12 areas designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
As well as the whole of the Lizard Peninsular in the south, Cornwall's AONB include:
- The Camel Valley around Padstow
- Bedruthan Steps near Mawgan Porth round to Padstow
- The south coast around Looe near Carlyon Bay Between Polzeath and Widemouth Bay including Boscastle and Tintagel
- Bodmin Moor near St Kew Highway and St Breward
- Hartland near Bude
- St Agnes to Perranporth
Other areas of countryside
Cornwall Wildlife Trust nature reserves
Upper and Lower Tamar Lakes, near Bude
These two lakes offer a variety of activities including watersports, angling, walking and relaxing.
Siblyback Lake, near Liskeard
The scenic Siblyback Lake situated on Bodmin Moor, near Liskeard is a great day out for all the family with a variety of activities on offer.
Porth Reservoir, near Newquay
A mature coarse fishery and designated bird sanctuary The lake is a peaceful and picturesque site is certainly worth a visit to enjoy the Cornish countryside. There are bird hides and a visitor centre.
Crowdy Reservoir, near Camelford
Situated within the Bodmin Moor Site of Special Scientific Interest, birdwatchers will not be disappointed at this moorland lake. The banks, except around the Nature Reserve, are open for walking and picnicking and a bird hide, open to all visitors, is a pleasant 20 minute walk, from the car park along the north bank. In recognition of the high conservation value of this lake, no activities, apart from free wilderness trout angling, take place at this location.
Colliford Lake, near Bodmin
Located south of Jamaica Inn, the famous smugglers haunt immortalised by Daphne du Maurier, Colliford is a tranquil lake providing some excellent moorland walks. With ample parking, picnic areas and lakeside walks, Colliford provides the opportunity for a peaceful day in the countryside. Three way-marked walks take in neighbouring moorland and the Nature Reserve is an important site for birdlife including over-wintering wildfowl.
Visit the South West Lakes Trust website for more lakes to explore.