Guest Post: Easy hiking in the UK
Cornwall is devastatingly beautiful, with coastlines, coves, cliff tops, and countryside that will take your breath away. It’s a perfect easy hiking destination, offering coastal hiking as well as strolls on the Moors.
Going hiking in Cornwall is a wonderful way to get the most out of a family holiday. It has its health benefits and Cornwall has so many scenic offerings for you and the family to enjoy after all that effort. It’s brilliant!
A holiday rental cottage in Cornwall is a great way to get right in the heart of the Cornish countryside for a hiking adventure. The ability to set up a home away from home is a massive selling point for choosing a holiday cottage over a hotel, and the fact that it comes with all the comforts of home; electricity, running hot and cold water, T.V, central heating, and in some cases – an open fire, make a cottage rental far superior to camping.
Many people often chose to do a ‘holiday share’ and rent a cottage with other families and friends in order to reduce accommodation costs – the amount of money you can save by doing this is quite significant, and makes a lot of difference if you are restricted to taking holidays during the peak season of the school holidays.
So, where can you stay to get the most out of this wonderful landscapes? Below is a list of the most scenic destinations you can enjoy after that easy hike.
This quaint village on the north coast has cottages from the 16th and 18th centuries, if history is of interest. It is within walking distance of beaches and there are all sorts of shops and eateries. There are bus lines near many of the cottages for outlying trips. The “Bolster giant” legend of a man that had a stride six miles long is from the St. Agnes Beacon area. Children will want to see the six miles from St. Agnes Beacon to Carn Brea that, according to local legend, was the length of his big step.
Situated on the north coast, Newquay is the home of the famous Blue Reef Aquarium. Sharks, tropical fish, giant eels, octopi, and miniature crocodiles make this aquarium a must visit attraction for anyone visiting the area.
Holywell Bay and Porth Beach are noted family beaches with lots of sand and clear waters for swimming. Watergate Bay has a two-mile stretch of wide beach at low tide to exhaust kids and pets alike, and parents will get their exercise trying to keep up!
Steeped in history, Falmouth lies on the southern coast in a huge natural harbour, and is a busy port for cruise ships. There are beaches of course, and every attraction and amenity known to man, including cottages, but it is large and busy. It would be worthwhile and fun to visit certainly, but more crowded than some other locations.
Of the famed Gilbert and Sullivan production “The Pirates of Penzance”, Penzance is on the south coast of Cornwall and has the biggest fishing fleet in the world. It is very near the island castle of St. Michael’s Mount, also of hilarious film fame. There is great hiking here along the tops of the cliffs, there are plenty of footpaths that are well-marked, and many vantage points provide a spectacular view of the panoramic vista.
Of course one of the many advantages of choosing to go hiking in Cornwall is the local cuisine – clotted cream teas, locally brewed ales, ice creams, and not forgetting the world famous and internationally recreated Cornish pasties.
There is so much on offer to see and do, that you’ll be spoilt for choice in this beautiful and charming part of the UK.