If you are looking to explore some of England's beautiful coastline and see some of those famous tiny English streets that make it impossible for two cars to drive down, then Cornwall is the perfect choice. We recently spent three weeks in this beautiful part of the UK and used our time to find you the best little English towns and experiences. So settle down with a cuppa tea and a biscuit and explore Cornwall with us.
The Fal River
The Fal River (or River Fal) flows all through stunning Cornwall and offers up a beautiful contrast to the rolling green hills of Cornish countryside. The hills surrounding the River Fal can be so extremely angled that, in parts, it may look like the land has risen up into the sky.
In addition to the scenery, all along the River Fal, in Falmouth, Truro, and Flushing there is a thriving culinary scene offering up some of Cornwall's finest produce and coffee. If you recognise some of these city names that's because the TV series Poldark was set in this area and many of the broody coastal scenes were filmed in Cornwall, mostly on the North Coast.
Something we can get behind, is sampling a region through it's food. Cornwall is famous for it's pasty - a meat and vegetable filled flaky pastry. Everywhere you look there is a 'Cornish' this or 'Cornish' that, it's all fantastic.
Cornish favorites are not confined to the savory option alone, oh no, Cornwall is famous for their clotted cream. Despite the less than delicious sounding name it's a staple in Cornish cafe's and homes. Basically it is a really thick cream made from indirectly heating the cream before allowing it to cool very slowly. It is used in many things including a traditional cream tea, which unlike the northern variety with regular cream, uses the thick clotted cream. The clotted cream is also used to make icecream, and if you are in a hurry you can also get a cream tea ice cream, woah that's a mouthful.
Want to wash that tasty pasty down with something a little stronger than a cup of tea? Cornwall has that covered too. Apples and cider are widespread in Cornwall and can be found on tap in one of the many pubs of the area. One that we particularly likes was Rattler, which comes in a variety of flavours and dryness.
Looking for a cliff to walk along, consider life, and broodily look out upon the water? - think something akin to Poldark or Game of Thrones. The Lizard has coastlines that are off the hook, and are also connected to the Coastal Walks, that England is famous for, if you are interested in walking it.
The selling point, aside from the views, is that The Lizard (Lizard Point) is the most southern point of the United Kingdom. If you are thinking of making the journey make sure you are comfortable with driving on small country roads, if you are driving, because the drive can get a little tight in parts.
While you are there, why not have your first Cornish cream tea at the UK's most southern Cafe, Polpeor Cafe. Your tea will always come with fantastic views. It's also an amazing place for some bird watching, and sometimes there are dolphins. It's also pet friendly, so bring the dog.
Heard of Doc Martin? Well, almost everyone who visits this tiny little fishing village has, and it's busy most days of the year. The charm is the cohesive nature of the buildings, as if it is stuck in time. Of course, in reality it is protected by trust, prohibiting certain building works that do not fit with the history or aesthetics of the town.
Apart from the picture perfect views the small cobbled streets are lined with shops, pubs and eateries to spend your day exploring. In the centre there is a dog friendly beach where you can watch people come and go from their daily fishing jobs.
One word of caution, do pay attention to the signs that say you should not drive through the middle of town, you really shouldn't. In parts the streets are so narrow that a sedan would not be able to drive without hitting someone's home. Instead follow signs for parking, of which there is ample amount, and walk the short five minutes in. There are spectacular views along the way. Port Isaac is also dog friendly.