How to spend your two free nights in Cornwall
August 25, 2020
You know that feeling when your holiday is coming to an end, yet there are still so many things you want to do? Well, you don’t have to worry about your time running out too soon when you book a holiday to Cornwall with Beach Retreats this winter. We’re giving you two extra nights for free, when you book three nights’ or five nights’ break from November until Easter (excluding school holidays).
So, forget about packing up and heading for home in a hurry; instead you can relax and pack in everything you wanted to do on your holiday in Cornwall. Here are a few suggestions for ways to spend your two free nights:
See the sunrise on the beach
Everyone loves a sunset, and there’s no doubt that Cornwall throws a blazing sundowner show on its north coast beaches. But how about getting up for the sunrise instead? Many of our Beach Retreats on the south coast are perfectly situated for you to pad down onto the sand, coffee in hand, to witness the sun peaking above the horizon and lighting up the ocean in the early hours of the morning. So set your alarm, take a coffee and a camera, and hit the beach for golden hour.
Photo: The Penthouse 4 The Bay, Cawsand, South Cornwall.
Turn your back on the sea and head inland
Holidays in Cornwall aren’t just about the beach. Turn your focus away from the sea and you can discover some incredible natural gems inland. Explore the wild terrain of Bodmin Moor where you can climb Cornwall’s highest peaks of Rough Tor and Brown Willy, and witness Bronze Age and Neolithic sites including stone circles, quoits and settlements. Or why not enjoy a day out in Cornwall’s woodlands? Pack a picnic and spot squirrels at Tehidy, or keep your eyes peeled for Cornish piskies as you explore magical valleys on the way to St Nectan’s Glen on the north coast, or Golitha Falls near Liskeard.
Eat seafood in a fishing village
The seafood landed in Cornwall is some of the best in the UK – and every holiday by the beach warrants at least one helping of fish and chips. To really soak up the fishing heritage and get your chops around the freshest catch, make sure you visit a quaint Cornish fishing village, where you can tuck into the freshest catch with a view to the day boats that bring it ashore. Some of our favourite spots include The Lugger in Portloe, Restaurant Nathan Outlaw in Port Isaac, The Mariners in Rock and Tolcarne Inn, nestled by the harbour in Newlyn.
Photo: The Boathouse, Newquay, North Cornwall.
Hop aboard a ferry trip
Messing around on boats is all part of the Cornish lifestyle. And in a county steeped in maritime heritage and surrounded by the ocean, one of the best ways to experience Cornwall’s glory is on the water. Hop on the Black Tor ferry to float from Padstow to Rock, take the scenic King Harry Chain Ferry to the Roseland Peninsula, or ride on the Cawsand Ferry from a serene beach to the heart of Plymouth. FalRiver Links runs a network of ferries on and around the River Fal throughout the year, including a river cruise from Falmouth to Truro and crossings from Falmouth to Flushing and St Mawes.
Photo St Mawes, Roseland Peninsula.
Go on adventures in autumn gardens
Crunch through golden leaves, climb trees and tunnel through autumn foliage that tumbles to the water’s edge. Some of our top gardens for wild winter walks include the National Trust’s maze of woodland at Lanhydrock, the sub-tropical landscape of Glendurgan, and Trelissick’s stunning 500-acre estate on the banks of the River Fal. Another favourite with families – and dogs, too – is Trebah Garden, where you can make your way through a sheltered valley to a little cove that’s perfect for skimming stones. Out of all of the county’s garden wonderlands, the Eden Project is still the mega-star and all-weather haven, where you can wander through a rainforest, bask in the Med and visit a Western Australian garden in the iconic, sky-scraping biomes.
Photo The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Mevagissey, south Cornwall.
Make the first footprints in the sand on a secluded beach
There’s nothing more exciting than discovering a secret cove, or a secluded stretch of sands where your footsteps are the first to mark the ebbing tide. And once summer’s bucket-and-spade brigades have left, it’s much easier to find a little piece of paradise to yourself. For a nudge in the right direction, seek out The Strangles, a mile from Crackington Haven, Leggan Cove, tucked beneath rugged cliffs on the Lizard Peninsula, or Duckpool, just north of Bude. Or be adventurous and unfold an OS map, pinpoint a tiny cove and veer away from the main tourist tracks to discover your own secret cove.
If you haven’t hit the surf yet, this is your chance to make a splash and try one of Cornwall’s most popular pastimes before you leave. From the surfing capital of Newquay to the more mellow waves of the south coast, Cornwall is endowed by waves on every coast. And in winter the swell is more consistent and powerful, yet less crowded, making it a great time to learn. Using high-tech wetsuits, gloves, booties and hoods, you’ll barely even notice the cold air and water temperatures, and with expert tuition you’ll be riding waves like a pro in no time at all.
- NEED TO KNOW
- This offer can only be booked by phone on 01637 861005.
- The offer is available from November to Easter Holidays (excluding school holidays) and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.
- You can arrive on any day of the week, as long as the entire stay falls within these dates.
- A handful of properties are excluded from this offer, see individual property pages for further information.