Happy St. Piran's day! In honour of Cornwall's patron saint, we bring you some amazing images that put Cornwall firmly on the world map. And, in some instances, out of this world.
St. Piran was a 5th Century Cornish Abbot. Legend has it that he was tied to a millstone and cast into a stormy sea in Ireland. The sea immediately calmed and he floated across to Cornwall, where his first disciples were said to have been a fox, a bear and a badger!
Whatever his origins, St. Piran knew a great place when he saw one, and we have followed in his footsteps to uncover some Cornish landmarks that could hold their own anywhere in the world.
See these world-beating Cornish gems for real. Book your cabin at Deerpark to enjoy all these and many more!
Our world tour of Cornwall starts here:
1. A French vineyard?
No, it's Camel Valley, at Bodmin in Cornwall. Described by wine expert Matthew Jukes as "England’s finest wine estate", it produces multi-award winning wines of a quality comparable to any in the world. Savour them on the terrace overlooking the vineyard.
2. An Egyptian pyramid?
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Did you know about Cornwall's pyramids? At the height of the china clay industry the skyline around St. Austell was dominated by giant white pyramids of china clay waste from the mines. They were known as the Cornish Alps. A few remain as a reminder of Cornwall’s heritage - at one point it was producing over 50% of the worlds' china clay.
3. A Burmese jungle?
In the Lost Gardens of Heligan, a spectacular jungle has been recreated, complete with banana trees, giant rhubarb, bamboo and ancient ferns. Walk across the 100ft Burmese rope bridge, above the jungle valley below.
A more mystical place is hard to imagine than St. Nectan's Glen at Tintagel. Three waterfalls cascade into a river that is hidden in a verdant valley. Many believe Saint Nectan's Glen to be a sacred place; its almost supernatural beauty takes it out of this world.
5. The Italian Riviera?
The Cornish Riviera Express train has been running from London to Penzance since 1904. It runs along the beautiful south coast of Cornwall, which was heavily promoted when the line was launched, as being just as beautiful as the Italian Riviera. This stunning image of Looe backs up the claim!
6. A Greek amphitheatre?
Viewed from above, The Minack open air theatre at Porthcurno transports you to ancient Greece. Perched on the cliff-side above the Atlantic Ocean, it is regarded as one of the world's most spectacular theatres.
7. Surfin' USA?
Fistral Beach at Newquay is one of the world's most famous surf spots. A surfers' paradise where the waves regularly hit 6 - 8 feet, even if you are not a surfer you can enjoy the thrill of the spectacle.
8. A Greek Island harbour at sunset?
It is certainly a harbour at sunset, but it's right here in Cornwall. This is the pretty village of Polperro, looking just like a traditional Greek fishing village. Polperro by day is just as appealing, with pretty, narrow streets that rival the old quarter of any European city.
9. An outer space colony?
As the Eden Project comes into view, you might be forgiven for thinking you have wandered into a sci-fi movie set. Inside the huge bio domes, you are transported to the rainforests of the world and a colourful Mediterranean landscape. Back outside, there is a global garden - the whole world, right here in Cornwall!
The world is at your feet in Cornwall!
Stay in a woodland cabin at Deerpark as a base for your world tour of Cornwall!