Discover hidden Cornwall

With so many glorious sights, a visitor to Cornwall is never short of things to do. Yet it still promises plenty for those who want to go off the beaten track. Watch our video to discover some of Cornwall’s hidden treasures – although you’re sure to have heard of some of them, there will be a few surprises too. 

Kynance Cove panorama

Kynance Cove Panorama by Robert Pittman is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0

Highlights: Where to discover Cornwall's hidden treasures

  • St Mawes Ferry – Take this regular wooden ferry from Falmouth to St Mawes for breath-taking views of both St Mawes and Pendennis castles
  • Kynance Cove – On the west side of the Lizard Peninsula, Kynance Cove is one of the most well-known ‘hidden’ treasures of Cornwall, thanks to its white sands, turquoise waters and towering rocks, which make braving the steep 15 minute walk down completely worth it
  • St Nectans Glen – A beautiful ancient woodland waterfall that is both an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a Site of Special Scientific Interest, St Nectan’s Glen is as full of rare plants and wildlife as it is stories of faeries and pixies
  • Portheras Cove – Less well-known than Kynance, Portheras Cove is found in West Cornwall and shows the Cornish coast at its wild best. Between Morvah and Pendeen and not necessarily that easy to find, this is a real ‘locals’ beach
  • Loe Bar Beach – Another of Cornwall’s wild beaches, this shingle bank separates the Loe lake from the sea. Its powerful waves and strong currents make it naturally beautiful – but for the same reason, visitors must take care
  • Bodmin Moor – Bodmin Moor is a well-known attraction of Cornwall, thanks to its rugged and wild landscape. However, explore the footpaths long enough and it shouldn’t take you long to discover traces of the area’s ancient, medieval and tin mining history
  • Trevose Lighthouse – Near Padstow in North Cornwall, Trevose Head Lighthouse is a commanding white tower that is unmanned but sometimes open to the public. The coastal walks on this unique headland boast impressive views of the Atlantic sea stretching for miles
  • King Harry Ferry – This chain-driven vehicle ferry not only makes the journey from Falmouth to St Mawes (or vice versa) quicker than by road, it also grants stunning views of one of Cornwall’s most beautiful rivers
  • Wheal Coates – Navigate the coastal paths along the cliffs between Porthtowan and St Agnes to discover the peaceful and enchanting old buildings of the Wheal Coates former tin mine, including the Towanroath pumping engine house

At a glance

The Cornish coastline and dramatic beaches are abundant with hidden coves and secret spots – Kynance Cove and Portheras Cove to name but two

Find your own hidden Cornwall along one of the many coastal path walks that line the county

Uncover Cornwall’s hidden history by exploring in-land – from the former tin mine at Wheal Coates to the ancient and medieval history of Bodmin Moor

Enjoy a view of the landscape with a difference from one of the area’s many local ferries, including the St Mawes Ferry and King Harry Ferry

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