Cornwall: Exploring in Colder Weather
Photo: Claudia Montano / @perfectlyclaudia
Cornwall often has windy, rainy days, but recently our winters have been seeping over into our spring months. So what to do in Cornwall when it’s really, really cold?
One. Beach Walks
Beach walks area great in any weather, and are always exciting if there’s a little snow on the sand. Situated along the coast, there are an array of beaches to choose from. Some of my favourite beaches are… Perranporth beach, Polkerris beach, Bedruthan Steps beach, and Godrevy beach. Lots of coastlines to choose from!
…and where there are beaches, there are often seaside coffee shops and harbours – be sure to check out Mousehole, Mevagissey, and Charlestown – so scenic.
Three. Spa Days
Spa days are perfect for a little relaxation, and a great way to avoid those cold wintry days. There are an array of fabulous spas around Cornwall, such as St Michael’s Hotel & Spa, The Scarlet Hotel, St Moritz Hotel, Bedruthan Steps… and they all have hot tubs or jacuzzis – ideal for a cosy hideaway day.
Four. National Trust Days
The National Trust has a variety of spots around Cornwall, and most of which have buildings to explore – a good escape from the chilly gardens. Some indoor spots are Lawrence House (Launceston), Antony House (Torpoint), Trerice House (Newquay), and Godolphin Estate (Helston).
Five. Aquarium Days
Aquariums are a great way to escape the cold breeze; a winter alternative to a zoo day. My favourite is of course the one just across the bridge in Plymouth, but Cornwall definitely has some contenders… Blue Reef Aquarium (Newquay), Mevagissey Aquarium (Mevagissey), Fowey Aquarium (Fowey). There’s also the fabulous Cornish Seal Sanctuary in Gweek.
Six. Winter Garden Walks
If you are looking to brave the chills, there are many amazing gardens in Cornwall that are worth an explore. Just be sure to layer up! A few of my favourite’s are The Lost Gardens of Heligan (St Austell), Trebah Garden (Falmouth), Pentillie Castle Garden (Bodmin), Mount Edgecumbe House and Country Park (Torpoint), and Cotehele House and Gardens (Saltash). If you’re looking for a garden to explore that doesn’t embody the colds of Cornwall, the Eden Project (St Austell) is a great indoor and warm alternative.
There are an array of winter weather spots to explore, some that welcome the cold, and some that offer a warm sanctuary. Enjoy!