If you are a nature lover then Cornwall is the place to be. With some of the best scenic walks and countryside in the UK, Cornwall is probably the best place for you, as a nature lover, to visit. Cornwall offers possibly the best beaches in the UK with beautiful golden sand and deep blue seas. Not only are all of the different plants, bushes and trees beautiful but so to is the wildlife, see seals, dolphins and sometimes sharks in the Cornish seas.
The Eden Project is probably the most well known attraction in the Cornwall. It replicates the rainforest’s conditions and plays host to some amazing plants and trees, with humid climates and a fantastic walk through the entire artificial biomes. They also put on events throughout the year such as live entertainment and gigs. Prices vary dependent on age and when you go but if you go onto their website you will probably be able to find a deal.
2. Trevaskis Farm
This is a farm that you can go to and pick your own crops. Here you can have a great time in nature exploring all of the herbs, flowers, vegetables, fruits and much more. While you’re there you can enjoy the onsite restaurant, visit the shop and buy some fresh meat at the butchery. This is a place the whole family can visit and learn something about the upbringing and maintenance of crops and what happens when they are fully-grown. This is a place everyone can have fun in nature.
This farm is a great place to visit especially if you have kids. You can visit the ice cream parlour and try some of the best ice cream in Cornwall, or go the restaurant, meet the cows and go on some amazing walks. As well as this you can stay in one of their self-catering cottages on the east side of the Lizard Peninsula. To organize a visit it is probably best to visit their website.
4. Kennall Vale Woods (Ponsanooth)
Kennall Vale Woods are some of the most magical woods in Cornwall, with beautiful streams running through them and some fantastic tall trees. Walking around the hilly woods is great fun and you can see amazing wildlife while you’re at it. One of the best things about Kennall Vale is that you can really get out in nature and for free; you can go to these woods without having to pay a penny. If you enjoy photography there are some fantastic shots in Kennall Vale.
5. Get out on the water – Hire a riverboat, Mylor Creek
Hiring a riverboat is always fantastic fun and is a little bit different to the usual activities you do when on holiday. You can get really close to nature by hiring a boat and going down Mylor Creek enjoying some really picturesque scenery. The hire company provides you with lifejackets, tide information, boat instructions and babies and dogs are welcome aboard. Prices tend to start from £30 and go all the way up to £1000 depending on what boat you hire and how long you hire for, the best way to decide what is best for you is to check their website.
6. Enjoy a Scenic Walk
Cornwall has no shortage of scenic walks to go on, and the beauty of them is that whether you go on a cold wintery day or a warm summer’s day walking is always fun and getting some clean, fresh Cornish air is a fantastic way to spend the day. Holiday cottages are a popular accommodation choice for walkers and for those holidaying in Cornwall such as families as they often allow dogs. West Cornwall Cottage Holidays is one of the many Cornish cottage companies that have a great selection of cottages.
Walk by the sea or through the countryside you will definitely be satisfied. Another plus about going walking is that it is entirely free and allows you to get back in touch with nature. If you want to decide on what route to take, visit southwestcoastpath.com.
7. Trebah Gardens
Trebah Gardens are a beautiful valley garden, which have miles of footpaths. For anyone who loves nature, this is a must visit. They are open from 10am everyday of the year and have a wonderful backdrop of the Helford River. See all sorts of nature and wildlife whilst strolling around the gardens. You can also hire this as a venue for private or corporate events.
8. Tamar Otter & Wildlife Centre
Not just an otter center but also a place to see all sorts of wildlife, from deer to wallabies to owls. When you visit the centre you can have a picnic while you’re there, visit the guest shop and enjoy the free parking. Open Daily from 29th March – 1st November from 10.30am to 6pm. They have different shows and talks on regularly so check their website to see what you can watch.
If you want to do something a bit different that still heavily revolves around nature Looe’s monkey sanctuary is the perfect place. You can see and learn about a number of different species. If you’re taking children with you they also have a play area for them to enjoy and as well as this when you get a bit peckish they have plenty of conveniently located picnic areas and a café. Visiting their website is the best way to book your tickets and look for offers.
10. Cornish Seal Sanctuary, Gweek
The seal sanctuary in Gweek is a fantastic place to enjoy and learn about seals in a fun environment. You can see many different types of seals here as well as ones they rescue, although that is not all they have, they also have penguins, sheep, goats and otters so you can really make the most of your time here. You can also book online and save some money.