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Top 10 reasons to explore Cornwall
Tehidy Holiday Park is ideally located to enjoy all the best attractions and destinations in Cornwall. Whether you’re looking for an idyllic beach to explore or a day out the whole family can enjoy, you’re sure to find it on your stay. Check out our favourite reasons to explore Cornwall, all attractions and locations are just a short distance from our holiday park.
Tehidy Holiday Park is located in a beautiful wooded valley set back from stunning beaches in Cornwall. You have a wide choice of sandy beaches in easy reach, ranging from small coves to wide bays. Most have life guard patrols from March to November. Wider bays such as at Porthtowan, Godrevy and Hayle Towans tend to have more gentle waves and the smaller coves such as Portreath and Chapel Porth have larger surf, depending on wind direction and strength. There is usually no problem finding a local beach to suit your needs while you explore Cornwall. On arrival at Tehidy Holiday Park you are given an information pack and local area map to help get you out and about. We are always happy to help with ideas and advice. Take a look at the ‘Cornwall from the air’ videos, they are stunning – click here
Looking for walks in Cornwall? We have many around Tehidy Holiday Park. We are blessed with a hugh variety of walks, some of them are the best in Cornwall and even the world! On our doorstep we have woodland walks from site, through the valley and following the path of the stream in places. For those who want to walk to the beach at Portreath there are a couple of lovely options leading through woodland. The coastal footpath is another easily accessible option, one local section has been named ‘One of the Best Walks in the World’ by Lonely Planet. The variety includes walks along the beach at Godrevy to Hayle, some 4 miles, Expolre the mining heritage and a wildlife paradise in Kennal Vale, near Ponsonooth. The moors of Bodmin and around St Ives for a more rugged environment, along the Fal Estuary and many many more…. Summer isn’t the only time to enjoy Cornwall, take a look at this video by Visit Cornwall to see why.
Cyclists will love the number and variety of cycle routes in cornwall in the area. Three fantastic trails, suitable for families, are close by, they are the ‘Mineral Tramways’ trail from the local beach in Portreath to Devoran on the south coast, shown in the picture, the ‘Great Flat Lode’ circular trail and the ‘Camel Trail’ from Padstow to Bodmin and beyond along the beautiful river valley. The Visit Cornwall video clip shows the Camel trail, this is the furthest from Tehidy Holiday Park and is 35 minutes away. A good cycle hire business and cafe, for the Tramways trail, is Bissoe Bike Hire, they are very knowledgeable and well located for this cycle route.
4.The Eden Project
The world famous Eden Project is only 35 minutes away from Tehidy Holiday Park. Being set on the beautiful north coast of Cornwall – see this video for a birds eye view, we have quick and easy road links to all the main attractions. While the Eden project is a great place to visit on a wet day there is a lot to see and do outside too, so it is a good choice whatever the weather. The biomes, gardens and core are full of interesting and wonderful things for all the family.
The infamous Lands End in Cornwall is only 35 minutes from Tehidy Holiday Park. Whether your new to Cornwall or a seasoned explorer of the Duchy there is a route we recommend to guests. It’s a full day out but takes in some amazing sights and scenes.
Take the A30 South – it goes all the way to Lands End but we suggest the following stops along the way – choose the ones depending on your preferences.
- At the village of Crowlas (just before Penzance) follow the brown heritage signs (on the crossroads) to Chysaucester. Chysaucester is a wonderful bronze age village discovered in the 70’s and is set on the valley side with views over St Michaels Bay.
- On the roundabout as you join the southern coast road take the exit to Marazion and parking to visit St Michael’s Mount. But to be honest this is best kept for a day on its own unless you are pushed for time. Remember to check the tide tables so you can walk over the causeway to St Michael’s, if the tides don’t work out you can take a boat over!
- After Penzance you will see signs for Newlyn and Mousehole. When you get into Newlyn go straight over at the crossroads this takes you along the small coast road, past the harbour to Mousehole. As you get to Mousehole look out for a space on the roadside – free parking, then walk in. Mousehole has VERY narrow streets and is a wonderful place to explore, it’s famouus for it’s harbour and the stories about the Mousehole Cat.
- Further along the A30 you have Lamorna, Penberth Cove (below Treen) and Porth Curno (and the Minack Theatre).
- We usually suggest parking at Sennen Cove which is a stunning beach and harbour, from here the walk into Land’s End along the coastal footpath is only 2 miles and is gorgeous. The lighthouse 2 miles off shore is the famous Longships.
- From Land’s End take the B3306 up the Northern Coast to Cape Cornwall – very dramatic, Zennor – good pub and food, then on to St Ives. The raeson we suggest you come back on this road at the end of the day is for the sunsets over the ocean. With a bit of scattered cloud in the sky you are in for a spectacular display.
6. Beautiful Gardens
Gardens in Cornwall are rightly famous. Take a look at this great video from Visit Cornwall for a taste of what Cornwall has to offer. The gardens are great places to visit any time of the year. Thanks to the mild Cornish climate, due to the Gulf Stream, Cornwall has some amazing and rare plants and trees. With over 50 gardens to visit you will be spoilt for choice. To name a few, which are all within 40 minutes of Tehidy Holiday Park, – The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Trebah, Glendurgan, Godolphin, Cotehele, Trelissick, Lanhydrock, Caerhays and of course the Eden Project. Many of these and other places to visit are found on our Discover Cornwall section of our website.
7. Top Attractions
Tehidy Holiday Park in on the beautiful north coast close to many attractions to explore in Cornwall. Being central in the Dutchy and having the A30 within minutes of the site we have excellent road links to all of Cornwall and beyond. The main family attractions such as Flambards (25 minutes), Seal Sanctuary (25 minutes), Sea Life Centre (30 minutes), Gold Centre (5 minutes), Paradise Park (25 minutes), Lappa Valley Steam Line and Healeys Cidre Farm are just some of those available to you. You really are spoilt for choice.
8. The Minack Theatre
The Minack Theatre has a stunning setting, perched on the dramatic cliffs above the ocean. What a back drop! The Minack is renowned as being one of the top open air theatres in the world, it’s worth a visit whether you want to see a show or just the setting. Below the theatre a narrow twisting path leads to Porthcurno Beach which makes the journey here doubly worth while. For those with historic interests the Telegraph Museum is found in the village behind the beach. It seems improbable but Porthcurno isn’t a natural sandy bay, it was rocky, the sand comes from china clay works and the beach hides below it the first trans Atlantic telegraph cable linking the UK to the rest of the world. Now fibre optic cables run under the sea bed and take up to half of all UK international internet links. But just enjoy the stunning setting. Only 30 minutes from Tehidy Holiday Park, this wonderful piece of Cornwall is easy to explore.
9. World Heritage Sites
Cornwall has been famous for tin and copper mining since ancient times and has several world Heritage Sites. To preserve and celebrate this rich heritage pockets of the Duchy have been nominated as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Redruth is known as the capital of Cornish Mining. Tehidy Holiday Park is set mid way between Redruth and the coast so we are in easy reach of many heritage sites, including the free ‘Heartlands’ World Heritage Site gateway in Pool, only minutes away. A video celebrating the UNESCO World Heritage status is on this link – click here to view it. Mine tours can be arranged at Geevor, Rosevale and Poldark mines to name a few. The structures left behind from this by gone age add drama and interest to the beautiful landscape. Several cycle trails also take advantage of the routes used, by horse and cart, to move the rich spoils, these include the ‘Tramways‘ coast to coast trail from Portreath to Devoran, the ‘Camel Trail’ from Padstow to Bodmin and beyond and the ‘Great Flat Lode Trail’ around Carn Brea.
The stunning landscape of Bodmin Moor is perfect for walkers and families alike to easily explore. Littered with ancient monuments, World Heritage, river valleys, woodland walks, cycle trails and much more this beautiful corner of Cornwall is only 35 minutes from Tehidy Holiday Park. The birds eye view video of West Cornwall shows part of this area – click here to view it. There are several paths that lead up to Brown Willy, one of the best is the one from the Forestry Commission car park at the end of the long straight road that leads from the A39 just before you leave Camelford (heading north) and runs up through Tregoodwell and Higher Parkwallis to Bodmin Moor. From this car park the path leads over an old clapper bridge over the low point between Showery Tor and Little Rough Tor then down into the valley before leading up to Brown Willy. The views of Bodmin Moor are fantastic from here. But remember Bodmin Moor is about so much more than Brown Willy try the Hurlers or the Cheesewring for a gentle walk, some spectacular rock formations, folk tales and scenery.