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Jagged cliffs and blue vistas for miles make the Cornish Atlantic coast one of the UK’s most magical coastlines. Dig deeper, though, and there are many secrets waiting to be discovered.
Idyllic beaches are part of the appeal of Cornwall, a nature lover’s paradise. Time spent exploring these coastlines allows you to disconnect and breathe in the fresh ocean air once again. Beaches peppered with rocky coves and cliff edges provide a lookout into mesmerising sunrises and sunsets. Chase the sunset from Perranporth to Gull Island, where the sun goes down over the glistening water and you can feel the sand between your toes.
The next morning, you can make your way down to one of the secluded beaches and take a swim in the hidden salt-water pools that are left behind in crags when the tide goes out.
Swimming and surfing in Cornwall’s dazzling waters is rejuvenating. Like many locals, Cornwall native and avid surfer Sophie Hellyer uses it as her form of escape: “I love going in the sea because it’s like hitting a reset button – like if you’re stressed or you’re tired or you’re groggy, or whatever it is you’re going through, you go in the sea and you just feel completely new again.”
The sparkling waters off Fistral beach make for an ideal surfing escape – the beach is renowned as one of the best places in Cornwall to catch a wave. You’d be forgiven for thinking you’re on a tropical beach when the sun is shining; crystal-clear water teamed with powdery sand transports you to paradise at home. Below the waves you’ll also find a world of different species of fish, multicoloured coral and fields of silky red seaweed. It’s the perfect lesser-known spot for diving enthusiasts and offers the chance to get up close with all kinds of marine life and the fragile ecosystems that are important to protect.
There are many precious layers to Cornwall, where you can feel the power of nature, embrace the wild locations and create new moments with others. Peel off each layer bit by bit, and you’ll discover an entirely new side of Cornwall that you never knew existed.
Reconnect with your essential nature through exploring our local UK paradise.
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