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COAST & BEACHES MINI GUIDE

SECRET BEACHES HIDDEN GEMS

EXPLORE CORNWALLS SOUTH WEST COAST PATH

INCLUDES MAP OF CORNWALL DISCOVER CORNWALL 1


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Contents 05. Stay safe at sea in Cornwall 07. F  ive of our favourite Beach cafes

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08. Highlights from the South Coast 10. Highlights from the North Coast 13. Explore Cornwall's Wild West Coast 14. Map of Cornwall 17. Family-friendly beaches 19. F  ive of our favourite Surf schools

Hello and welcome to Discover Cornwall’s Coast and Beaches. With its golden sands and sky blue seas, it’s no secret that Cornwall’s magnificent coast is what attracts most visitors to our county year upon year. Whether you choose to walk, swim, cycle, surf or sail the coast, the memories of your time here will stay with you forever. In this guide you will find some of the best Cornish beaches to visit, along with some top notch beach cafes who will keep you fed and watered along the way. If you fancy a go at surfing on your visit, then don’t miss five of our favourite surf schools on page 19, and be sure to remind yourself of how to stay safe on the coast on page 5. Cornwall also boasts some fantastic accommodation with stunning views of the coast, so take a look at our ‘Rooms with a View’ feature on page 24 to get some inspiration for your stay.

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AT SEA IN CORNWALL

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STAY SAFE The Cornish coast is beautiful, but it can be deceivingly dangerous. Take a look at the advice below to ensure your safety in and around the water.

Swim between the red & yellow flags These flags mark the ‘safe swimming’ area in lifeguard season and are constantly monitored.

Avoid the sea & coast path in strong winds The strength of the wind can be deceiving, and you should never swim in high winds or bad conditions, as it can be easy to get swept out to sea or caught in a rip tide. There are also some sections of the South West Coast Path that are narrow and difficult to navigate in bad weather. If the wind is howling, opt for an indoor activity or safer inland walk instead.

Don’t swim alone Ensure you have someone else with you when you are swimming. Two people are better than one if there was an emergency.

Choose a lifeguarded beach Many beaches in Cornwall are lifeguarded throughout the warmer months. It’s always best to ensure your safety by choosing a beach where, if you are swimming, a professional will be on hand to help should anything happen. Visit the RNLI website to find your nearest lifeguarded beach and check their operational hours. Read & follow safety signs Safety and warning signs are usually found at the entrance to the beach, and will tell you what you need to know in order to ensure the safety of yourself and others around you.

Shout for help if in trouble If you find yourself in trouble, put your hand in the air and shout for help. The lifeguards will then be able to see you and hear you more clearly. Don’t try & help someone in difficulty Never attempt to rescue someone in trouble at sea - tell a lifeguard immediately or if there isn’t one nearby, dial 999 and ask for the coastguard. Check tide times It’s easy to lose track of time at the beach, but it can be extremely dangerous and sometimes fatal to get cut off by the tide. Make sure you know your tide times and plan your day around them. For more information and to find out about the work of the RNLI visit www.rnli.com. DISCOVER CORNWALL 5


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FIVE OF OUR FAVOURITE

BEACH CAFES

No day at the beach is complete without some great food and drink to enjoy throughout the day. Whether you are looking for a hearty breakfast with a great cup of coffee, a light lunch followed by an ice cream or a delicious evening meal as you watch the sun set, the following beach cafes will satisfy every need! www.gyllybeach.com 01326 312884 SOUTH COAST | WEST CORNWALL

gylly beach cafe With an extensive menu, evening entertainment and even their very own bakery, Gylly Beach Cafe is a hot spot when visiting the Falmouth coast. Boasting indoor and outdoor seating and some fabulous views, Gylly hosts some excellent theme nights and entertainment throughout the year meaning you can dine, drink and dance by the beach's edge.

THE BEACH HUT AT WATERGATE BAY

www.watergatebay.co.uk 01637 860543 NORTH COAST | CENTRAL CORNWALL Walk straight from the beach to your table with sand in your toes and enjoy some great food and drink at The Beach Hut. With stunning views of Watergate Bay Beach, you can keep cosy inside with a hot chocolate in the colder months or chill on the deck with a large glass of wine in summer as you watch the sun set.

c-bay cafe

www.crantockbay.co.uk 01637 830229 NORTH COAST | CENTRAL CORNWALL

With an unsurpassed view over Crantock Beach, C-Bay Cafe is open all year round and is the perfect place to relax and take in the Cornish coastline. During the day you can enjoy home-baked cakes, savouries, light lunches, fresh coffee and cream teas, while the evening menu offers a full range of locally sourced seasonal ingredients to create delicious dishes with Cornish and British influences.

the hub portreath

www.thehubportreath.com 01209 844666 / 07557 232037 NORTH COAST | WEST CORNWALL Located opposite Portreath’s beautiful beach and on the South West Coast Path, The Hub Portreath offers freshly prepared food including vegan and gluten free options. With bike hire also available, it’s the perfect place to stop for a delicious barista coffee after an afternoon spent cycling the Coast-to-Coast and Mineral cycle trails.

poldhu beach cafe

www.poldhu.com 01326 240530 SOUTH COAST | WEST CORNWALL

This lovely little beach cafe is quite literally situated a stone’s throw from the shoreline, and boasts plenty of seating indoor and out. Open all year round, it’s the perfect place to warm up with a hot chocolate in winter and cool down with a Cornish cider in summer. They also have their own range of merchandise available at the cafe or their online shop! DISCOVER CORNWALL 7


OUR HIGHLIGHTS FROM

THE SOUTH COAST The South Coast of Cornwall is a medley of lovely beaches, estuaries and river valleys encased in gorgeous woodland, as well as little towns and villages filled with independent shops to browse. Exploring the South Coast will lead you to places such as Fowey, a stunning coastal town; Charlestown, famous for the filming of the popular Poldark series; and the Roseland Peninsula, a dedicated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The First and Last at Land's End - depending on whether you were entering or leaving England, this is the first or the last house you will see!

OUR TOP LANDMARKS ON THE SOUTH COAST Lizard Point - As the most southerly point in Britain, there are plenty of walks around the Point which showcase the best of the South Coast. St Anthony Head - Dating back to the late 19th century, this military fort has gradually been restored by the National Trust. Guided tours are available. For information visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/st-anthony-head. Land's End - The most westerly point in Britian boasts some fantastic views of the South Coast along with plenty to do, eat, drink and enjoy along the way. Find more information at www.landsend-landmark.co.uk. Minack Theatre - An open air theatre, with seats embedded in the cliff and views out to sea, where you can enjoy drama and music performances all year round. Find out what's on at www.minack.com. Pendennis Castle - A castle constructed by Henry VIII and designed to defend Cornwall since Tudor times, Pendennis Castle welcomes visitors to explore its fascinating history. To find out more go to www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/ pendennis-castle. Porthleven is the most southerly port in Great Britain

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Top Towns to visit Mevagissey Looe & Polperro Fowey (Pronounced 'Foy') Helford River St Mawes Falmouth Porthleven

Mevagissey still boasts a working harbour

Enjoy shows in the open air at The Minack Theatre

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OUR HIGHLIGHTS FROM

The King Arthur statue at Tintagel Castle

THE NORTH COAST Large sandy beaches and rugged coastline carved by the elements make up over 40 miles of Cornwall’s North Coast. Walking the North Cornwall Coast Path, you will come across places such as Newquay, one of the top surfing destinations in the UK; Tintagel, home to the magnificent ruins of Tintagel castle; and Port Isaac, famous for the setting of ITV’s Doc Martin. Spectacular sea stack views at Bedruthan Steps

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Top Towns to visit

Padstow Cycle the Camel Trail - Following a disused railway line from Bodmin to Bude Padstow, the Camel Trail is 18 miles long and is flat for most of the way Perranporth meaning it’s great for those with little legs! Newquay Bedruthan Steps - Steep steps are the only access to Bedruthan Steps Beach, Polzeath but the views and landscape are spectacular. Legend has it that the large rocks Port Isaac across the beach were stepping stones for the Bedruthan Giant! Tintagel Copper Trail at Bodmin Moor - Many old copper mines that have fallen into disrepair can be found on this route. Not for the faint hearted, the route is 60 miles long so if you’d like to complete it be sure to find some accomodation along the way! Learn to surf - Cornwall’s North Coast is renowned for surfing, with many championships taking place throughout the year. You’ll find a few of our favourite Surf Schools on page 19. Newquay Sea Safaris - From fishing trips to seal cove safari’s, you’ll learn plenty about local marine life with Newquay Sea Safaris on board their magnificent boats with spectacular views across the Atlantic! 10 DISCOVER CORNWALL


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Explore Cornwall’s

Wild West Coast

Here in the South West, we’re lucky enough to have 630 miles of continuous coastal walking, otherwise known as the South West Coast Path. This famous trail appears in the Lonely Planet as one of the best walks in the world and in their Book of Great Adventures, not to mention being voted Britain’s Best Walk twice running by the readers of Walk magazine. It’s no surprise then that the South West Coast Path attracts more than 9 million visitors a year, but with so much on offer, where do you start? Thanks to the South West Coast Path Association, the charity that protects and promotes this world-class trail, their printed guides, and informative website means planning your trip along the coast path is easy. Why not try the routes below and explore the coast path for yourself!

Porthleven to Poldhu

SOUTH COAST |  West Cornwall Perfect for: A drink stop Length: 4.9 miles With magnificent views of West Cornwall, this is a picturesque walk for the more experienced walker. Beginning at Loe Bar car park in Porthleven, make your way towards Loe Bar beach and walk across the beach until the coast path rejoins. Follow the route through to Gunwalloe, or ‘Church Cove’ - where you will find the Church of Saint Winwaloe situated on the beach. A little further and you will come to Poldhu cove, which is home of Poldhu Beach Cafe and perfect for a hot drink stop!

Sir John Betjeman Walk

St Anthony Head & Place

Perfect for: Spotting wildlife Length: 3.7 miles

SOUTH COAST |  EAST Cornwall Perfect for: An easy-access route Length: 4.5 miles

Named after great Poet Laureate John Betjeman, who wrote many poems of his days as a boy in Cornwall, this walk takes you through the dunes that line the bank of the River Camel. This route passes by Brea Hill, where you can find remains of a Roman encampment, and a slight detour will take you to St Enodoc Church where Sir John Betjeman is buried. St Enodoc Church is open to visitors from 7.30am until dusk.

This circular walk has two starting points which allow for a slightly shorter walk starting at the car park at St Anthony Head or slightly longer walk starting from the ferry landing stage at Place. With great views along the way as well as lots of wildlife and a lighthouse to spot, this is a great walk for children and has a wheelchair friendly section between St Anthony Head, the bird hide and the lighthouse. Ensure you check ferry times if starting from the Place ferry landing stage.

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For more information, head to the South West Coast Path Association’s website www.southwestcoastpath.org.uk Here you’ll find hundreds of detailed walk descriptions filled with interesting historical facts, stories of legend and folklore, information on local geology and wildlife, and much more. You are sure to fall in love with the South West Coast Path when you walk it. You may even be hooked while planning your adventure. If you’d like to support the South West Coast Path Association, and protect and promote this beautiful trail please visit www.southwestcoastpath.org.uk/love-the-coast-path/join DISCOVER CORNWALL 13


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Time spent with family at the beach is always memorable, especially in Cornwall! Here are some of our favourite family beaches that will guarantee some great memories you will carry with you forever.

GyllynGvase ‘Gylly’ beach ̂ SOUTH COAST | CENTRAL CORNWALL

Praa sands

SOUTH COAST | WEST CORNWALL SAT NAV: TR20 9TQ OS GRID REF: SW 5773 2803 BANNED EASTER DAY TO 1ST OCTOBER

SAT NAV: TR11 4PA | OS GRID REF: SW 8095 3163 BANNED EASTER DAY TO 1ST OCTOBER

Gyllyngvase (or Gylly for short!) is Falmouth’s largest and arguably most popular beach, and has everything you need for a great day by the sea. Gylly Beach Cafe, situated right on the beach, serves up food, drink and entertainment all year round, and they even have a 'Bakery on the Beach' too! Gylly also boasts its very own paddleboard centre, WESUP, so you can try your hand at watersports on your visit.

The mile long stretch of snowy sand at Praa Sands makes it a popular choice all year round, whether you are going for a wintry walk with the dog or building sand castles with the kids in the summer. A popular spot for surfing, Praa Sands also boasts a beach cafe selling food and drink, and a range of swim and beach gear in the adjoining shop.

Polzeath

NORTH COAST | NORTH CORNWALL SAT NAV: PL22 6TB OS GRID REF: SW 9376 7908 BANNED EASTER DAY TO 1ST OCTOBER With its soft stretch of sand, great surfing conditions and surrounding village filled with plenty of shops to browse and cafes to dine in, it’s not hard to see why Polzeath Beach was a 2017 winner of a Blue Flag Beach Award. It is easily accessible with slow breaking waves making it a popular choice with swimmers and surfers, and it even has a car park on the beach!

Harlyn Bay ›

NORTH COAST | CENTRAL CORNWALL SAT NAV: PL28 8SQ | OS GRID REF: SW 8770 7550 ALLOWED ALL YEAR Sheltered by low cliffs, this family-friendly beach boasts a large stretch of yellow sand and is great for kids with plenty of rock pools to explore. Popular with surf schools, the usual safe surf conditions mean this is the perfect place to have a go at watersports. Lifeguarded in peak season, Harlyn Bay is a great choice for a day out with the family, and it’s dog-friendly all year too! Lifeguarded (peak season)

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SURF SCHOOLS Cornwall is the perfect place to learn to surf, and whether you’ve tried it before or if it will be your first time, take a look at the following surf schools who are sure to make your experience a great one.

Bude SurfING Experience

www.budesurfingexperience.co.uk 07779 117746 NORTH COAST | NORTH CORNWALL

Just a stone’s throw from Bude town centre is the popular Summerleaze Beach, home of Bude Surfing Experience. These guys are sure to bring you the best of surfing in North Cornwall, and lessons include all equipment. Catering for all abilities, whether you’re a surfing novice or haven’t got on a board before, you’ll be in safe hands with their fully qualified instructors.

Westcountry Surf School

www.westcountrysurfschool.co.uk 07772 251778 NORTH COAST | CENTRAL CORNWALL

Based on one of the most famous surfing beaches in Cornwall, brother and sister duo Joel and Naomi Bishop operate Westcountry Surf School amid the fantastic waves at Watergate Bay. With changing facilities, toilets and amenities close by, it’s the perfect thing to do during a day out at the beach. You can also keep the memories of your surfing experience with you forever as they film the session on their GoPro and send you the footage afterwards!

BREAKERS SURF SCHOOL

www.surf-lessons.co.uk 07725 842196 NORTH COAST | WEST CORNWALL

Down on St Agnes Beach, Breakers is the only surf school you'll find, meaning they know the beach and the waves very well! With lesson options ranging from 2 hours to 5 days, along with stand up paddleboarding lessons too, you can learn however much or as little as you would like, while having fun along the way! To really complement your time surfing, have a chat to them about yoga, massage and floatation tank experiences for that extra special touch.

Surf’s Up Surf School

www.surfsupsurfschool.com 01208 862003 NORTH COAST | NORTH CORNWALL

Founded in 1995, Surf’s Up are based on Polzeath Beach and have been teaching people to surf for nearly 23 years. Open all year round, they offer lessons to children and adults alike; and with all instructors Surfing England qualified, they will make sure you have the best time on the water while keeping you safe along the way. You can also keep the memories of your time spent surfing as their photographer will be on hand to capture those classic moments!

Sennen Surf School

www.sennensurfingcentre.com 01736 871227 SOUTH COAST | WEST CORNWALL

Boasting a beautiful location on Sennen Beach, Sennen Surf School was voted in the top 3 UK surf schools for 2017 by The Guardian. The school is an approved iAM Band Assessment Centre, which means every visitor has the chance to recognisably improve their skills over time using the colour coded band system. They also have their very own surf and boutique clothing brand, Sennen Surf Co., located on the site of a church building on the beach! DISCOVER CORNWALL 19


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SECRET BEACHES

One of the best things about Cornwall is its choice of beaches. There are some that everyone flocks to in summer with a vibrant buzz and busy waters, and there are those that are much quieter and harder to reach. Here we celebrate Cornwall’s secret beaches, those hidden gems that are sometimes forgotten but are just as memorable to visit.*

Tregardock Beach

NORTH COAST | CENTRAL CORNWALL SAT NAV: PL33 9ED | OS GRID REF: SX 0415 8404 BANNED EASTER DAY TO 1ST OCTOBER Situated between Tintagel and Port Isaac, Tregardock is a tricky beach to reach but worth the climb. At low tide there are plenty of rock pools and small coves to explore, with one boasting a waterfall towards the north end of the beach. At high tide the beach is cut off by the sea, so check your tide times before visiting.

Rinsey Cove ̂ SOUTH COAST | WEST CORNWALL SAT NAV: TR13 9TS OS GRID REF: SW 5927 2689 ALLOWED ALL YEAR Hidden below cliffs housing old engine houses is perhaps one of Cornwall’s best kept secrets, Rinsey Cove. A steep walk down the cliff means this beach isn’t as easily accessible as some other beaches, however the peaceful surroundings make Rinsey the perfect choice for those who prefer to spend their time at a quieter beach.

Porth Joke

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NORTH COAST | CENTRAL CORNWALL SAT NAV: TR8 5SE | OS GRID REF: SW 7731 6043 ALLOWED ALL YEAR This small picturesque beach nestled in a deep cove is located near Newquay on the North Coast. Porth Joke, also known as Polly Joke, is a peaceful beach tucked away from the crowds. Dotted with rock pools and caves, Porth Joke also boasts some beautiful wild flowers in spring and early summer. The nearest car park is a 15 minute walk away, but it’s worth the trip any time of the year.

Kynance Cove ›

SOUTH COAST | WEST CORNWALL SAT NAV: TR12 7PJ | OS GRID REF: SW 6905 1296 BANNED EASTER DAY TO 1ST OCTOBER This beautiful beach is just 2 miles from Lizard Point, the most southerly point of the UK. Although it takes longer to get to than some other beaches in Cornwall, when you get to relax on its golden sands, explore the caves and take in the gorgeous scenery it's more than worth it! * Please note, these beaches are not lifeguarded

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The fishing industry plays a big part in Cornwall’s heritage and has done so for many years. With the various beaches and fishing villages here, you will always find a good spot for fishing. But where do you start? Here at Down the Cove we have everything any amateur or pro fisher could want, and being based in the small fishing village of Mullion in West Cornwall we really know our stuff. All products are available with free delivery, and we can even deliver to your holiday accomodation whilst you are staying here! What are you waiting for… take a look at the items below to see what suits you best and lets go fishing!

Fishing Equipment Smoking Ovens & Wood Chips

Our online guide helps you choose from several different hot smoking ovens, some with outside burners so you can take them to the beach to smoke your freshly caught fish. We also have 12 different flavours of wood chips from mini sample bags to 10 litre tubs.

From basic mini travel kits to a deluxe kit containing everything you could possibly wish for to enjoy sea fishing in Cornwall, we have plenty of sea fishing tackle and equipment to suit beginners or more experienced anglers. Not sure which rod you need? Follow our simple online guide to help you decide which rod is for you.

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FIVE OF OUR FAVOURITE

There’s nothing quite like a day out in Cornwall, exploring its quaint towns and villages, relaxing on its beaches and taking in the views of the surrounding landscape. That being said, it’s always nice to spend some time with family and friends in your chosen accommodation, even more so if it boasts an enviable view!

THE Customs House Loft

www.thecustomshouseloft.co.uk 01326 569365 SOUTH COAST | WEST CORNWALL Based in the beautiful fishing town of Porthleven, The Customs House Loft is an apartment with historic charm. From the large lounge window there is an unspoiled view of the harbour where you can see boats bobbing and observe the village life below. With its very own woodburner you are guaranteed a cosy stay in the colder months, and its central location means in summer you are only a minute away from the beach.

5 Waterloo Close

Managed by Portscatho Holidays - www.portscathoholidays.co.uk 01326 270900 SOUTH COAST | WEST CORNWALL The fishing village of St Mawes is located at the end of the picturesque Roseland Peninsula, and is perfect for those looking for a quieter stay in Cornwall. 5 Waterloo Close is situated in a peaceful cul de sac and is near the centre of St Mawes, where you will find pubs, shops and the ferry over to the nearby town of Falmouth. With views over to St Anthony’s head and the Lizard, a BBQ on the terrace is an absolute must in the summer.

Lamorna Lookout

Managed by Cornish Traditional Cottages - www.corncott.com 01208 895354 SOUTH COAST | WEST CORNWALL Perfect for a romantic getaway, Lamorna Lookout is tucked away near the South West Coast Path. This open plan apartment has some fantastic sea views, which you can enjoy from the outdoor terrace, the light and airy lounge or even over some breakfast in the comfort of the kingsize bed! The perfect place to stay if you want to explore West Cornwall, there are small villages to visit on foot or larger towns by car or bus.

Portmellon Cove Guest House

www.portmellon-cove.com 01726 843410 SOUTH COAST | CENTRAL CORNWALL This 5 star, award-winning bed and breakfast can be found in the tranquil sandy cove of Portmellon, just a short walk away from the fishing village of Mevagissey. With a tropical-like sea view, this large guest house boasts en-suite bedrooms, dining room, lounge and even its own garden. With attractions such as the Eden Project and The Lost Gardens of Heligan nearby, it's perfect for all the family.

The Old School Hotel

www.theoldschoolhotel.co.uk 01208 880721 NORTH COAST | NORTH CORNWALL Situated on a cliff top, The Old School Hotel boasts a panoramic view over the picturesque village of Port Isaac. With 12 en-suite rooms to choose from, the hotel also has its own restaurant serving a range of delicious local-inspired dishes. The Old School Hotel is licensed to conduct civil marriage and partnership ceremonies, and is the perfect setting for an intimate and stylish big day with a view to impress! 24 DISCOVER CORNWALL


The Customs House Loft

The Customs House Loft is a light and comfortable loft apartment on Porthleven’s harbourside, elegantly furnished and full of historic charm. Sleeps four in two en-suite bedrooms.

www.thecustomshouseloft.co.uk enquiries@thecustomshostloft.co.uk 01326 569365


HIDDEN GEMS

Photo supplied by the South West Coast Path Association Photographer: Molly Daniel

ON THE CORNISH COAST

Along the scenic Cornish coastline and down by the shore, there is no shortage of things to see and find. See if you can spot the following on your visit!

St Michael's Mount

St Michaels Mount Sitting on its own small island in the middle of the sea, St Michael’s Mount is a sight to behold. You can only cross to the Mount at low tide along the rocky walk way, and at high tide your only option is by boat. Dating back to the 12th century, this magnificent building has been thrilling visitors for years, who love to explore its castle, gardens and surrounding village. The 2018 visiting season begins on Sunday 18th March. To find out more visit www.stmichaelsmount.co.uk.

Engine Houses These large rectangular buildings boasting tall chimneys can be found dotted around Cornwall’s coast. These engine houses represent the ancient history of Cornish mining heritage in the 21st century, and were used, unsurprisingly, to encase the framework of the engine inside. Most engine houses have now fallen into disrepair, but there are still a few restored buildings with working engines that you can visit around Cornwall.

Cornish Choughs With their vibrant red bills and legs, and their jet black feathers, the Cornish choughs are arguably the more beautiful member of the crow family. Choughs became extinct in Cornwall in 1978, but in 2001 three wild choughs arrived from Ireland and set up camp on The Lizard. Since then, they have regained in their numbers and are now a protected species, and you can find them nesting in cliffs and sea caves. Visit www.cornishchoughs.org for more information.

Engine House at Rinsey Head on the South Coast

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Discover Cornwall: Coast & Beaches Mini Guide 2018  

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