Our Favourite Views in Cornwall
Published: Tuesday 24th Mar 2020
A land of untamed natural beauty, the verdant underbelly, rolling seas and sweeping horizons of Cornwall call to all those with a little wild running through their veins. Just begging to be admired, these awe-inspiring scenes are in easy reach of our cottages in St Ives and provide unparalleled opportunity for inspiration and reflection. Whether you are sat atop a wind-scoured tor or perched above a sand-blanketed cove, browse our favourite views in Cornwall and get ready to sit back and let your gaze pull you into the horizon.
The steppingstones of giants, Bedruthan Steps provide a fantastic foreground to an open horizon. Take the steep path down to venture onto the beach at low tide or stay high on the cliffs to enjoy a bird’s eye view. Once you’ve studied every magical inch of the cloud peppered panoramas, head over to Carnewas Tea Rooms to refuel.
Taking its name from the Cornish for “highest hill” (“Bronn Ewhella”), Brown Willy is indeed Cornwall’s highest point. Breaking the skyline over Bodmin at over 1,000 ft high, it is the perfect place to sit and savour the views, stretching as far as the eye can see. If you feel like more exploring, there are several other hills in the area worth climbing too, including Cornwall’s second highest point, Rough Tor.
One of the most widely recognised coves in the country, Kynance Cove is graced with powder-fine sands, translucent seas and majestic islands that rise from the water. As beautiful in raging winter storms as balmy summer evenings, you can park in the National Trust car park or walk along the South West Coast Path and discover for yourself why these views are loved by so many.
Famed for being the most westerly point in England, Land’s End is a natural contender for our list of favourite Cornish views. To make the jaw-dropping vistas even more memorable, make sure you pencil in a trip in June when the setting sun throws a fiery shard of light through the middle of the striking Enys Dodman Archway at sea.
Providing some of the most magical scenes in all of Cornwall, Mount’s Bay affords visitors with views of enormous skies, glass-topped seas and the fairy tale-esque St Michael’s Mount. A particularly good spot to admire the scenery is Marazion, where a tidal causeway takes you out to the island castle and a sweeping sandy beach creates a soft cushion to sit and stare for hours.
For the best outlook over Porthcurno, make your way to the Minack, a world-famous outdoor theatre carved in the cliffs. The work of Rowena Cade, the Minack Theatre is not only a unique stage for riveting performances but also boasts one of the most mesmerising locations and views imaginable. With the white sands of Porthcurno below and an infinite blue horizon beyond, we’re sure you’ll agree with us on this one.
The Lizard Point
The most southerly point in the country, the Lizard Point (aka Polpeor) is a fantastic spot to go and drink in the views. A small finger of land jutting out to meet the sea, the Lizard Point is home to a gallery, gift shops and two cafés where you can sit back with a hot meal or steaming brew and watch an endless sky stretch over a sapphire sea.
The Rumps is a twin headland not far from Padstow and, unusually, the site of an Iron Age fort. With roots traced all the way back to around 200BC, the headland here provides not only one of our favourite views in Cornwall but also presents a fascinating insight into the county’s long-forgotten yesteryears. Enjoy an invigorating walk to the Rumps, relishing the incredible vistas, and imagine what life was like when Ancient Britons roamed the land.
St Ives Bay
Serving up countless viewpoints to rest and lap up the views, St Ives Bay is a 4-mile stretch of coastline between St Ives and Godrevy Head. Recognised world-over for its ethereal light that bathes the coast and Mediterranean-esque beaches that glitter in the sunshine, St Ives Bay is one of a kind and undeniably home to our most favourite views in Cornwall.