We love the transition of the bright light of summer to the spectacular, dramatic and moody skyscapes that stretch into the horizon. Here are five reasons why winter is our favourite season...
Cornwall in winter is empty and peaceful. There’s nothing more satisfying in life than having an entire beach to yourself. Run, walk or stroll across uninterrupted stretches of sand. The most life you’ll see is in the rock pools. [greenaway path]
Okay, we admit it. The sun doesn’t always shine in Cornwall. Sometimes, the mist and drizzle (or mizzle in Cornish) descends. This is the best time to explore and relax in one of our quaint coastal villages or towns. Go shopping outside the hustle and bustle of high season, before hunkering down to a hot chocolate or cream tea in one of our famous tea rooms.
Cornish seas come alive with Atlantic swells as soon as winter arrives. The north coast is the perfect place to grab a board and brush up on your surfing skills. If you’re not a winter warrior, grab a hoody and watch from the cliffs. Fancy some storm chasing? Make sure you head for the coast when high tide coincides with a huge swell.
The wild Cornish winters make for spectacular and dynamic coastal scenery. Whack on your wellies, take to the foot paths and watch the waves batter the cliffs. For a change in scenery, head to the equally rugged Bodmin Moor. There’s 150 square miles to explore of this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and World Heritage Site. Rough Tor and Brown Willy, the two highest peaks in Cornwall, are well worth the hike to the top. Expansive views over moorland, standing stones, disused tin mines and medieval farms are a great illustration of Cornwall’s diversity.
Winter is a time to indulge and pack on those extra warming layers. There was a time when Cornish food conjured up pictures of pasties or clotted cream. These days Cornwall can offer so much more. Its status as a foodie destination is continuing to grow. The winter months are no exception with an abundance of food festivals and farmers’ markets.
The Padstow Christmas Festival is a must-visit this December.