A Cornish Loop

Tuesday 03 October 2017

The great, late poet Sir John Betjeman described Cornwall as 'like another country' - and you'll see why on a circuit that spans about 450km of the most south-westerly part of the British mainland.

If you don't fancy the five-hour drive down from London, hop instead on the Night Riviera, a sleeper train that departs the capital's Paddington station at night, arriving in Penzance the following morning. 

Penzance

Photo © Visit Cornwall and Adam Gibbard

Pick up a hire car at this salty-aired port town - once a hive of pirates - and begin a five-day journey that will see you call in at Mediterranean-esque bays, the world's largest indoor rainforest (sheltered in one of the futuristic biomes at the Eden Project) and quaint fishing villages where they speak Kernewek (Cornish) and English. 

Eden Project, Cornwall

Photo © Visit Cornwall and Matt Jessop

As well as admiring the breath-taking, clifftop filming locations of Poldark, you'll also venture inland, over the rugged, moody moors near the Cornwall-Devon border, where nestles Jamaica Inn (the setting for Daphne Du Maurier's haunting novel). 

Porthgwarra, Cornwall

Photo © St Aubyn Estates Holidays

There are countless attractive places in which to break up your trip. In pretty towns like St Ives, Padstow and Fowey, you'll find slick art galleries, seafood restaurants and boutique B&Bs.

 

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For a splash-out stay sure to induce pangs of envy on social media, check into the Headland Hotel - a Victorian country pile, with a swanky modern spa, perched above the surfing mecca that is Fistral Beach. 
 

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