Callestock Blog

31 Jan

Best places for romance in Cornwall

What better way to say "I love you" than getting away for a short break by the sea with your partner? Cornwall is popular with honeymooners, brides, newlyweds and couples looking to mark an extra special occasion. Many of the region's great trails were featured on ITV's Britain's Favourite Walks, but here's our round-up of the most iconic places to visit in Cornwall during your next romantic stay.

1. Kynance Cove

romantic Cornwall

Featured as the beloved Nampara in Poldark, Kynance Cove is one of Cornwall's most famous sights. Its crystal blue waters have been painted, photographed and shared more than almost any other in the county, and they provide the perfect setting for sunset picnics, twilight strolls and daytime dips.

2. St Nectan's Glen

romantic Cornwall St Nectan's Glen

Tucked away on the north coast, between Boscastle and Tintagel, this magnificent woodland features a 60 foot tumbling waterfall. Its waters are said to have healing powers, and after a short walk through the shaded woodland, across manmade bridges and natural stone steps, your feet will be grateful for the ice cold pool at the foot of the waterfall.

3. Wheal Coates

tin mine in Cornwall

As one of Cornwall's oldest former tin mines, Wheal Coates is reported to have been home to a working mine since the late 1600s. It is perched on the sheer cliffs between St Agnes and Portreath, and, with its well maintained coast path, is definitely worth a visit - and it offers the perfect backdrop for that #ValentinesDay selfie. Follow the recommended walking route here.

4. Godrevy

Godrevy Lighthouse Cornwall

Wander along the sandy beach, taking in the fresh sea air and breathtaking views of the crashing Atlantic waves. Then settle on the sand to admire the famous Godrevy Lighthouse, just out in the bay. You'll be close to the seaside towns of Hayle and St Ives, so after a bracing walk along the sand, head into St Ives to browse the quirky shops and galleries, or to dine out in one of the many restaurants.

5. Dodman Point

romantic Cornwall seaviews

As the highest headland on Cornwall's south coast, Dodman Point, with its far-reaching coastal views, is popular with photographers, walkers and couples. It's home to the remains of an Iron Age fort and historic granite cross, erected in the late 1800s to warn shipping of the rocks below. The headland is also close to the little village of Gorran Haven, where you can refuel with a lunch in the pub after your walk.

6. St Just in Roseland

St Just in Roseland

This area grows in popularity every year. It is home to a 13th Century church, set in sub-tropical gardens near the fishing village of St Mawes. Read more about the walk from St Just in Roseland to St Mawes here. Park near the church, and after you've finished exploring the gardens and the historic buildings, take the path alongside the river towards St Mawes. There are kissing gates along the way (it is Valentines' Day after all), and some fantastic spots to share a bench and watch the world go by.

7. Pentire Point

If you're looking to recreate that Titantic moment where Jack puts his arms around Rose at the bow of the ship and yells "I'm flying!" (and who doesn't) then this is the perfect spot to do it.

Pentire Point, owned and managed by the National Trust, sits on a dramatic headland jutting out into the Atlantic Ocean near Wadebridge. But you'll get more views here than almost any other spot in Cornwall - once you reach the headland, you can see Padstow Bay, Trevose Head (with its famous lighthouse), the popular beach of Polzeath behind you, and Stepper Point across the water (see 9. below).

8. Gribben Head

Romantic Cornwall Fowey

With its iconic red and white striped beacon tower, this headland on the South coast is an ideal location to take in 360 degree views of the timeless countryside and surrounding seas. Park in the little town of Fowey and walk to the idyllic sandy cove of Polkerris, climbing the tower at Gribben Head en route (if it's open - check before leaving). The walk is more challenging than some, so go prepared and savour the moment when you reach the top together.

9. Stepper Point

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Stepper Point is on the opposite headland to Pentire Point (see 7. above), standing at the mouth of the River Camel. Follow the three mile coast path from Padstow to Stepper Point for spectacular views, whatever the weather. There's even a cafe along the way if you need a caffeine and cake pitstop. There's also a coast watch hut, staffed by volunteers, where you can learn more about the surrounding area, the history and the wildlife of the area, before settling down on the headland to watch the changing tides.

10. Cape Cornwall

Cape Cornwall romantic headland

Close to Land's End and off the beaten track, the Cape feels like the real thing if you're looking for desolate landscapes at the edge of the world. Drive along the long narrow lanes (with not a gift shop in sight), and soak up the most tranquil and peaceful setting.

These are just our favourite romantic spots around Cornwall - there are hundreds more to enjoy, whether you like bustling seaside villages, Michelin starred restaurants, long sandy beaches or deserted rugged cliffttops - but it's who you're with that makes it really special.