We all know Cornwall is great in the summer, and it’s when most people
decide to take their holiday. But the Cornish winter is one of our favourite times of the year.
There’s something special about walks on deserted beaches with
wild seas and a bite in the air, wrapping up in chunky knits and retreating to
cosy afternoons at Treseren by the log burner with a good read or a movie.
We’ve put together some of our favourite local spots to chill out and then
warm up, so you can plan your get away and enjoy a winter break along our
beautiful stretch of Cornish coast line in true local style.
1. Seal Spotting at Polly Joke
Our favourite local walk from Holywell Bay to Polly Joke is a circular walk
that begins in the dunes, takes you over the cliff tops, down to Polly Joke
beach and back through the countryside. We often spot seals playing in
the bay at Polly Joke, and even from the cliff tops on the approach.
2. Wild Winter Walks
Dramatic coastal scenes truly come to life in the winter months, as the wind
and waves crash against the rocks. Discover ancient monuments dotted
along the coast path and Cornwall’s mining heritage at Botallack. The
National Trust has dedicated a whole section of its site to the best winter
walks in Cornwall – discover more.
3. Hot Chocolate at Kernow Chocolate Factory
Warm up after cliff top adventures at Kernow Chocolate Factory. Not only
do they have free samples to taste, but their fabulous hot chocolates
featuring yummy melted chocolate are probably the best we’ve ever
4. Storm Watching
The clock tower at the entrance to Porthleven harbour has become
synonymous with stormy images of Cornwall. The harbour area itself has
become a foodie heaven over recent years, so there’s no shortage of places
to seek shelter after witnessing the power of nature.
5. Cosy Pubs
We love our locals; The Plume of Feathers in Mitchell and The Foxes
Revenge in Summercourt, which both serve fantastic food with a great
atmosphere. Lewinnick Lodge perched on the cliffs above Fistral Beach is
just a ten minute drive – if you want a view with your pint, this is the place for
6. Top restaurants… with availability!
Cornwall’s growing reputation for its food means it is often impossible to
secure a table. The ever popular Rick Stein eateries in Padstow, Michelin
Starred Paul Ainsworth and Nathan Outlaw are often booked up in the
summer months – but in Winter, this changes! You can also access special
lunch menus and Winter deals in many of the top restaurants. Rick Stein’s
winter charity lunches are definitely worth visiting for.