England may be predominantly a forward-driven country, most noticeably in London, which is filled with modern marvels and advanced infrastructure that exemplify the nation’s passion for innovation and technology. There are some places in England, however, which are seemingly preserved in time, retaining all their natural beauty.
At England’s southwestern tip lies the county of Cornwall, a peninsula inhabited since the Celtic era surrounded by idyllic coastlines that become the very images of dreamy seaside escapes. All who visit Cornwall yearn to return, and even Prince William and Kate Middleton frequent the region on their family vacations.
So if you’re looking for somewhere different to travel to, I thoroughly recommend Cornwall and its long list of captivating beaches. Here’s a few of them…
Crackington Beach is situated at the end of a valley bordered by cliffs on both sides. These cliffs go as high as 400 feet, which block the strong winds coming directly from the Celtic sea.
The beauty of the beaches and seascapes here are truly exceptional, so much so that it has recently been the setting for a film about the prominent English sculptor, Barbara Hepworth.
Around a mile away, Strangles Beach is a remote spot accessible by walking down its surrounding cliffs. The seclusion and slightly harder access means it’s often paid less attention by travellers heading to Crackington, yet it’s a gem that’s truly worth the effort of travelling to. And contrary to its notorious-sounding name, it truly is a breath of fresh air.
Aside from swimming and strolling along Strangles beach, several species of wildlife can be seen here, which is a treat for nature-lovers in general. It also faces west, which results in a wonderful place to watch the sunset.
Chapel Porth Beach
Cornwall has many concealed destinations and hidden beaches that allow you to get away from the more touristy locations, and just enjoying being at one with nature. Chapel Porth is one such location, tucked away in the north of Cornwall near St. Agnes, amidst other more popular beaches, which are prime surfing spots.
Chepel Porth is frequently listed as one of the UK’s best hidden beaches, as it is perfect for relaxing on a sunny day with family. Like any British beach though, there are days when the sea is extremely rough especially when the tide is in, as the waves pummel against the cliff edge. Regardless of the weather, Chepel Porth is a beautiful sight to capture the most delightful pictures.
From London, there are various modes of transport you can take to reach Cornwall. Trains and buses have trips to the county, with travel times averaging 6 hours. If you’re short on time, the fastest method is still via plane, with London’s Heathrow Airport to Cornwall’s Newquay Airport taking just over an hour. As such, you may also board another plane after you arrive at Heathrow Airport from overseas.
If you have time though, a great method is to drive to Cornwall, which is also recommended by many travellers mainly due to the fact you will pass a slew of photo-worthy towns and cities. Unforgettable areas such as the port city of Southampton, the ancient town of Exeter, which dates back to the Roman era, and the coastal city of Plymouth are all great places to pass via your detour to Cornwall – that is if time permits.
Resting first before the 4-hour drive is recommended, but there are select hotels near Heathrow Airport with parking so you can conveniently leave your vehicle or have your rental car ready and waiting before you embark on your adventure. Getting to visit a handful of England’s wonderful towns and cities in one go is certainly something that will make your trip much more memorable.
Once you arrive in Cornwall, getting to enjoy its beaches is a fitting end to a wonderful journey. Most likely though, the vacation is the start of a series of journeys, which will take you back to this stunning region where land meets sea.
Guest post by Adam Daniels:
Adam has travelled the UK since he graduated from Manchester Metropolitan 5 years ago. Being a digital nomad it means he can support his love for travelling by working on the go. In 2017 he plans to visit Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam.