Get ready to fall in love with Cornwall thanks to its stunning beaches, dramatic coastline, welcoming atmosphere, and enviable cuisine.
The perfect addition to the UK’s glittering destination crown, Cornwall is a county that will blow you away. With windswept cliffs and headlands, captivating fishing harbours, and coasts that make the best natural playgrounds for water sports lovers, it’s no wonder this charming region is one of England’s most beloved landscapes. Explore Cornwall’s diverse landscape the Intrepid way – by cycling or walking off the Cornish Coast’s beaten track, stopping at charming towns like Truro, and digging into a Cornish pasty (or two). Whether you’re an outdoor enthusiast wanting to soak up some natural beauty by exploring hidden caves or fancy a relaxing holiday filled with great food and cultural activities, a trip to Cornwall will undoubtedly be a memorable one.
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Everyone travelling on an Intrepid trip must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of carriage.
All travellers are required to produce:
- Proof of COVID-19 vaccination
- All children aged 5 to 17 years old must provide proof of vaccination (if eligible), proof of recovery or a negative COVID-19 test.
- If you are unable to be vaccinated for medical reasons, you may apply for an exemption. Exemptions will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. To apply, you must provide a medical certificate from a medical professional.
In all cases, you must be fully inoculated. This means you must receive the full dosage of the COVID-19 vaccine and allow enough time for immunity to take effect. Each COVID-19 vaccine has different dosages and timeframes for inoculation, so please check the relevant medical advice associated with your vaccine.
There are multiple ways you can travel to Cornwall including by plane, driving, catching the train, or by coach. Each option depends on where you're travelling from with flying being the quickest option if you're travelling from outside England. Getting to Cornwall by car or coach is also a good option as you get to take in the breathtaking English countryside as you make your way to Cornwall. Catching a train is usually the cheapest option but the price of tickets will vary depending on the season you're traveling in and where in the UK you're travelling from.
Making your way around Cornwall once you're there is also easy thanks to the county's excellent transportation services. Cornwall offers an extensive range of bus and rail routes that'll take you through the city centre and surrounding regions with ease. It's also efficient to drive around Cornwall with clearly marked signs and car rental services in the town itself. Cornwall is also quite flat and has a stunning natural landscape so cycling and walking the coastline and countryside is popular too.
Due to Cornwall's location at the most southerly tip of England, it generally experiences warmer and sunnier weather than anywhere else in the country. While this means Cornwall experiences roughly 1,541 hours of sunshine per year, it also still sees a lot of rainfall regardless of the season with January and December being the wettest months. The warmest month of the year is July however, it's unlikely the weather in Cornwall during summer will get to extreme levels.
What to pack for your trip to Cornwall largely depends on what time of the year you're travelling in and what type of holiday you want to have. If you're going to be doing a lot of hiking or other outdoor activities, it's recommended you pack a sturdy, comfortable pair of boots or shoes, as well as long trousers and waterproof jackets. If you're travelling in winter remember to pack scarves, beanies, gloves, long shirts, and jumpers. For travelling in summer you should pack t-shirts, shorts, dresses, and a light cardigan or jumper for chilly evenings.
Cornwall is full of natural beauty everywhere you look so it's not surprising that camping is a popular outdoor activity. If you want to spend as much time in the great outdoors as possible, consider staying at these top camping sites:
- Atlantic Farm
- Treen Farm Campsite
- Sennen Cove Club
- Padstow Holiday Village
- Gwithian Farm Campsite
Cornwall is a county to be explored by the whole family, including your beloved four-legged friend. Fortunately, a lot of the beaches in Cornwall are dog-friendly so don't be afraid to let your pet run wild on the sand and in the water. Below is a list of the top dog-friendly beaches in Cornwall:
- Mawgan Porth
- Mother Ivey's Bay
- Appletree Bay
- Bassetts Cove
- Porthcurnick Beach
- Bedruthan Steps
Intrepid is committed to making travel widely accessible, regardless of ability or disability. That’s why we do our best to help as many people see the world as possible, regardless of any physical or mental limitations they might have. However, we’re always happy to talk to travellers with disabilities and see if we can help guide them towards the most suitable itinerary for their needs and where possible, make reasonable adjustments to our itineraries.