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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.
With nearly 300 miles of coastline and some of the most beautiful scenery in the UK, itâ€™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 winterâ€™s afternoon.
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.
Daffodils at Cornwall Harbour
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.
When the winter storms unleash their power, the Cornwall of Daphne Du Maurierâ€™s Jamaica Inn comes to mind. Waves crash against harbour walls, rain lashes in off the coast and itâ€™s exhilarating to witness (before snuggling up in a cosy cabin, protected from the elements!)
Stormy winters sunset at Kynance Cove
The scenic beauty of Cornwall, filtered through the winter sun, is one of the countyâ€™s most rewarding pleasures. Wrap up warm, head for the South West Coastal Path and take in the stunning views.
The twinkling Christmas lights, reflecting off the sea down at Looe and Polperro harbours will warm your heart. What could be more festive than browsing the craft stalls of the Christmas market for special gifts?
Mousehole Harbour in Cornwall
Driven by low pressure systems off the Atlantic, the waves pound up the Cornish coast in winter. The fair-weather surfers are long gone, leaving this vast playground to the real enthusiasts.
Most dogs love beaches, but as a dog owner you may have noted that beaches aren't always very welcoming to dogs. However, from October to March, most lift their restrictions and miles of deserted beaches are opened up to dog walkers. Surely, nothing is more energising than a winter walk along a windswept Cornish beach with the dog excitedly chasing the waves.
A winters walk along Fistral beach
The ice rink opened in October and doesn't close until the end of February so you can experience something akin to the North Pole as well as visiting the rainforest and wandering around the Mediterranean, all in one day.
From tawny owls calling on the night air, to salmon swimming upriver to spawn, to pods of seals off the coast, there is a lot going on in the winter and itâ€™s a great time to do some wildlife watching.
Wild ponies on Bodmin Moor
Discover for yourself the many delights of Cornwall on a winter break in the forest. Book your Cornish staycation today.
Family time in the hot tub...perfect!