Cornwall has some of the best sea views in the UK, if not the world. The range of coastal scenery is simply stunning. From harbour views to beach vistas to cliff-top panoramas, visitors to Cornwall are spoilt for choice on spectacular places to take in the wonderful landscapes. Here are some of our favourite sea views in Cornwall.
It maybe a little cliched but Land’s End offers amazing sea views along the Cornish coast and out into the Atlantic Ocean. It’s here that visitors can see the famous signpost showing distances to destinations throughout the world. And it does feel like the jumping off point to somewhere else – it’s right down in the far west of Cornwall at the very outer edge of the British Isles. On a clear day you can see the Isles Of Scilly in the distance.
Land’s End may be the country’s most famous promontory but Lizard point is the most southerly point in mainland Britain. It’s not as flashy as Lands End, but the scenery here is spectacular. The cliffs steep, high and contorted into wonderful caves and outcrops. You can visit the working lighthouse here which helps to keep the busy shipping channel safe. There are some great walks along the coast to Kynance Cove or Cadgwith and if you’re lucky you may see the elusive Chough – the rare Cornish bird that is only seen in this area.
St Ives Harbour
The popular seaside town of St Ives is bathed in beautiful light due to its unique position jutting out into the ocean. From the fishing harbour in St Ives tou can gaze out across the bay towards Godrevy lighthouse and Cornwall’s north coast. It’s a wondersful spot for watching the tide come in and out; or people watching on the quay as tourists stop by the shops, galleries and restaurants.
This National Trust beach lies at the centre of a deep valley between St Agnes and Portreath. Take the footpath north out of the car park and you pass the remains of an old mining engine house, which provides an interesting foreground to the scenery of high cliffs and deep blue sea.
A road leads up from Perranporth to this viewpoint with sweeping over the beach and dunes. It’s an exposed but exhilarating spot where you can take in the vastness of the Cornish coastline.
Just north of Newquay is the dramatic Bedruthan Steps – a series of rock formations cut off from the suroounding cliffs and pounded by the roaring seas. legend has it that the giant Bedruthan used the outcrops as stepping stones, hence its names. There’s a great National Trust tearoom here where you can get refreshments after your walk to see this natural attraction.
This big headland sits at the mouth of the Camel estuary just a short distance away from Padstow. There is a coastguard watch tower here to watch over the fishing boats coming in and out of the harbour. It’s a high vantage point for views up and down the coast, across to Polzeath and down the Camel Estuary.
St Mawes Castle
Situated at the end of the rugged Roseland peninsula, St Mawes castle is an old sentry watching over the entrance to the Fal estuary. The castle is great place to watch the boats come and go and soak up the atmosphere in this sleepy corner of Cornwall. Or you could head into St Mawes and take in the scenery around the harbour or enjoy one of the bakery’s famous pasties.
Sea View Accommodation in Cornwall
While you may not be able to stay at most of the beauty spots mentioned in this article, Cornwall has many great places to stay at or near the coast. Sea view cottages Cornwall provide a great base to admire the coast and explore all that Cornwall has to offer.