Most people associate Cornwall with a summer seaside holiday. But have you ever visited in winter? From daffodils in December to surfing in February, winter shines a new and unexpected light on this beautiful county.
Here are 10 of the best reasons to visit Cornwall in the winter:
1. The crowds have gone. With nearly 300 miles of coastline and some of the most beautiful scenery in the UK, it’s not surprising that Cornwall is a popular summer destination. But when the summer crowds disperse you can have Cornwall all to yourself. And somehow its beauty shines all the brighter in the solitude of a winter’s afternoon.
2. The climate is mild. Daffodils in December? Cornwall lies on the eastern edge of the Gulf Stream, which means that its winter temperatures are comparable to Mediterranean resorts such as Benidorm, Nice and Naples. This makes it one of the warmest counties in the UK and yes, daffodils can often be seen in December.
3. The gardens are still beautiful. Those mild climates make winter a delight in the many famous gardens of Cornwall. Llandyrock, Trebah, Trelissick and the Lost Gardens of Heligan are all open throughout the winter and you can marvel at the year-round colour.
4. The storms are spectacular. When the winter storms unleash their power, the Cornwall of Daphne Du Maurier’s Jamaica Inn comes to mind. Waves crash against harbour walls, rain lashes in off the coast and it’s exhilarating to witness (before snuggling up in a cosy cabin, protected from the elements!)
5. The walks are wonderful. The scenic beauty of Cornwall, filtered through the winter sun, is one of the county’s most rewarding pleasures. Wrap up warm, head for the South West Coastal Path and take in the stunning views.