The Most Scenic Cornwall Road Trips

With more than 400 miles of scenic coastline, hidden coves, sandy beaches, and oodles of good ol’ English heritage, Cornwall is one of the best places in the UK to go on a fabulous road trip. One of the reasons why Cornwall is the best destination for a driving holiday is that it doesn’t have a motorway. As such, you will be driving your car, hugging the fringes of the Atlantic, and get a feel of the unique blend of Cornish hospitality and natural beauty. Here are some of the region’s most scenic driving routes.

Boscastle to Bude

This 24-kilometre stretch is, without a doubt, Cornwall’s most scenic drives. While the area boasts of the A39, it is best for road trippers to stick to the coastal road. This is the best route to get mesmerised by dramatic seascapes while getting one’s driving skills tested against curving clifftop roads. The best part of the journey is indulging in the best Cornish ice cream at Boscastle. The ice cream here is hand-churned, rich, creamy, and divine.

Tregony to St. Mawes

Stretching some 32 kilometres, the scenic drive from Tregony to St. Mawes offers one of the best in Cornish driving experiences. There are winding yet exciting rural lanes that open up to incredible scenery. Picture-perfect villages greet you as you veer off the A3078. Smaller lanes open up to hidden coves and amazing beaches at Pendower. Start the drive at The Lost Garden of Heligan and before heading towards St. Mawes. Listen to smugglers’ tales in Cornish villages along the way.

Sennen to Zennor

If you’re a fan of natural cliff architecture, then this 24-kilometre stretch is for you. What makes this 1-hour drive so unique is that you will never be leaving the coastline. And as you manoeuvre your vehicle along the narrow lanes, you’ll find yourself enthralled with the sheer beauty of the cliffs. Cornish tin mines, rugged outcrops, and famous lighthouses dot the cliff top landscape. This is one of those road trips that you will never want to drive faster than 20 KPH.

Perranporth to Padstow

Water-loving folks will want to take this Cornish scenic drive. From Perranporth to Padstow, you’ll get one of England’s finest stretches of stunning beaches. It is the perfect route for beach lovers and surfers. As such, the usual 1-hour drive can take several hours to complete. This 42-kilometre section prides itself of a narrow coastal road and hairpin bends, which are perfect for testing your driving skills.

Wadebridge to Tintagel

This Cornish scenic route is more about incredible attractions along the 35-kilometre stretch. A visit to Port Martin is crucial if you’re a fan of Doc Martin. If not, you will still find the coastal paths to be marvellous and the village delightful. Always end your road trip at Cornwall’s most iconic place, King Arthur’s Castle right in Tintagel.

With fair weather throughout the year, driving along Cornwall’s stunning coastline provides an experience of a lifetime. So, get your car ready and drive to this exciting part of the UK.

Where to to Stay in Cornwall

Cornwall is a BIG place. It is the UK’s second biggest county behind Yorkshire. It is also very long and thin with many different nooks and crannies to explore. But with a county that is so full of spectacular scenery and wonderful places to visit, where exactly should you stay during your holiday in Cornwall. In this guide I recommend my personal list of the six great places to stay in Cornwall.

Newquay

Perhaps Cornwall’s best known holiday resort, Newquay is a superb place to base yourself while in Cornwall. There are loads of beaches to explore, including the world famous Fistral Beach. It is a small harbour town with many fine shops, restaurants, pubs and clubs. The sport of surfing dominates this town and the high street is lined with surf shops and surf schools offering to take you out for surfing lessons. Newquay and surrounding villages such as Porth, Crantock, Holywell Bay and Perranporth are great destinations for fantastic self-catering holidays in Cornwall. There is also a wide choice of hotels, bed and breakfasts and campsites in and around Newquay, where you can relax and enjoy all that Newquay and the surrounding area has to offer.

Mousehole

This small fishing village in the far west of the country, is one of Cornwall’s best kept secrets. The village has characterful cottages and cobbled streets, nestled around a horseshoe shaped harbour with direct access to the sea. St Michael’s Mount is a prominent landmark visible across Penzance bay. The coast path goes straight through the village and continues along the rocky shore all the way around past Porthcurno to Land’s End. The beaches nearby are generally calm and sheltered from the big swells and westerly winds, which makes the area great for family holidays. There are numerous places to stay in the area including Mousehole cottages, picturesque campsites and seaview hotels. You’ll be spoilt for choice in this Cornish hidden gem.

Bude

Bude is located at the upper end of Cornwall near the Devon border and has its own distinct culture and character. Bude itself is a pretty little town situated beside a historic canal and home to several beaches including the immensely popular Summerleaze beach which is packed with holidaymakers in the summer. It’s still old-fashioned in many ways, with a bucket and spade holiday atmosphere mixing with new trendy shops. There are loads of places to visit nearby, and the coastal path near Bude offers some of the best scenery in  the county. When looking for places to stay, try and find some self-catering options in the villages outside Bude. Here you will find many Cornwall cottages, lodges and apartments where you can base yourself for an exciting holiday in the area.

Sennen

This small fishing village near land’s End is about as far as you can go in mainland Britain before dropping off into the sea. This really is a remote, wonderful place to base yourself for a summer holiday; especially if you are here for longer than a week as it justifies the long trip to get here. This is proper old Cornwall, with a thriving fishing community, unspoiled scenery and a pace of life which is a few beats behind the rest of the nation. It really is a place where you can slow down, take in the atmosphere and enjoy a wonderful holiday by the sea without any distractions. Land’s End is just down the road. St Ives and Penzance are also nearby and worth a visit. Again you have a wide choice of cottages, hotels and campsites to choose from for your holiday accommodation options.

St Ives

This is cultural capital of Cornwall. Set around an extremely pretty fishing harbour, St Ives also has a rich artistic history. In the last century many painters flocked to Cornwall and especially to St Ives because of the wonderful natural light and sea vistas. There are still many fantastic artists based in the town and there are some wonderful galleries where you can admire and perhaps even buy these fantastic works of art. Because of the artistic heritage, the Tate organisation built one of their four major art galleries here. St Ives is a lively place to stay. There is always something going on. I’d recommend staying in one of the sea front hotels, but there are also many guest houses and campsites in or near the town.

Bodmin

Not a natural choice for holidaymakers, but Bodmin and the surrounding villages offer a holiday experience very different to the usual stays on the Cornwall coast. From here you have close access to the wonderful rugged scenery of Bodmin Moor plus walking and mountain biking trails at Cardinham Woods. Plus it’s very close for visits to the Eden project. Campsites, hotels and campsites are quieter and more relaxing here than busy places by the sea.

Falmouth

On Cornwall’s south coast, Falmouth boasts one of the biggest and deepest harbours in the word for big boats and ships. Therefore it has a rich maritime heritage, including working dockyards and old pubs you can imagine being there sine ye olde smuggling days. But the town has been updated with many new cafes, pubs and shops to explore. There are some great beaches nearby, including Swanpool and Gyllanvase beaches. Book your accommodation early, especially in summer as it can get very packed here.

Welcome to the Boys 4 Adventure Cornwall Guide

This is the Boys 4 Adventure Cornwall Guide – your essential directory for all things related to Cornwall tourism.

On this site we feature the very best hotels, cottages, campsites, visitor attractions, restaurants, activities and other things to see, do and experience while in Cornwall.

Cornwall is a picturesque and popular holiday and mini-break destination in South West England. Famous for beaches, pasties and surfing, Cornwall is also an epicentre for culture, gastronomy, adventure and stunning landscapes.

Please use this BIG guide to Cornwall tourism businesses to plan your next trip to this cool corner of the country, whether you are planning a family holiday, a romantic weekend away or an active break with mates.

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