THE COUNTY OF CORNWALL
Cornwall is almost an island, separated from the rest of England by the River Tamar. Because of its bleak high moors and poor soil, it never attracted the attentions of either invaders or landlords.
There is a wealth of folk lore about piskies and giants that roamed Cornwall in the past.
The legendary King Arthur is said to have had his Camelot at Tintagel, and many early Christian saints founded settlements around the Cornish coast. Then there were the wreckers and smugglers in the last few hundred years (though the reference to wreckers is more likely to have meant beachcombers rather than wreckers).
There is the Cornwall of literature - Jamaica Inn and the other Daphne du Maurier stories, the Poldark tales, to Betjeman' s poetry and TV detective series like Wycliffe. Mining on a commercial scale has come and gone, but the remains of Victorian mines are to be found everywhere.
The coastal scenery is what hits you first. Rugged cliffs and smashing waves. The Cornish Coastal Path that runs all the way round the coast from Bude in the north to Plymouth in the south. If you follow the coastal path you will pass through all of Cornwall's past, Tintagel and Arthur, modern seaside resorts, the romantic ruins of mines round St Agnes and St Just, St Ives and its artists, Land's End, the Minack Theatre, St Michael's Mount near Penzance, fishing villages like Polperro and Mevagissy, the Lost Gardens of Heligan and Plymouth sound over which Drake looked out for the Spanish Armada.
Inland, Bodmin Moor and the Tamar valley, the china clay pits near St Austell, or one of the many tourist attractions that have sprung up are there to find. You can explore Cornwall's real past in the castles and country houses, the National trust properties. Or visit its literary past in following the trail of one of the Cornish authors. There are mines nearly everywhere, even in Newquay if you know what to look for.
One such attraction is The Eden Project (a Millenium Project), near St Austell, which has utilised a 160 year-old china clay quarry for its site. What is the Eden Project? It is an unforgettable experience in a breathtaking location; a global garden; a place of beauty and wonder. Its world famous architecture and art draws inspiration from nature. The architecture is a reference to the biomes (giant greenhouses – you could fit the Tower of London in the Rainforest Biome!). If you have a particular interest in gardens, then the ‘Lost Gardens of Heligan’, near Mevagissey, are well worth a visit. The Lost Gardens of Heligan attracts many visitors because a great effort has been made to use the garden to explain the social history of Britain, as well as the pure garden aspects.
If you are a member of the National trust, there a number of properties throughout the county for you to visit and explore, an ideal activity when the weather is inclement. The weather can vary between the north coast and the south coast. So if it is too blustery here for you, consider going to the Helford River, Heligan or Polperro.
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