Everyone has a different idea about bucket lists, but it’s a shame to rack up the carbon footprint to go and stand in line at the Taj Mahal or the Burj Khalifa when there are sights like this to be beheld in Cornwall, and considerably more chance of getting a pasty, or a pint. 

The Botallack Count House, with its collection of disused cliff-top mines is part of a World Heritage Site, of which there are many in Kernow incidentally, and  even when it’s not bathed in evening light and with just the right amount of ruggedness, it is quite something to see. A view that will touch your soul, if you have one, and make you wonder why you ever considered that holiday in the Canary Islands. It’s near St. Just-in-Penwith– Poldark country to those of a literary bent, or those who remember the TV series of the 1970’s.

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Sea arch at Land's End

Land’s End

Nearby Land’s End is more than a geographical phenomenon. Few can fail to be moved by being on the westernmost tip of the UK mainland, battered or caressed by the Atlantic Ocean. It’s like being on the prow of a ship. A really big one. Are you the king of the world? You’ll feel like it, or an explorer like Columbus venturing to the edge of the world, or a conquistador about to conquer the unknown. Or go home for a pasty. Who can say?

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Moon over cliffs

Moon over cliffs…

One more of the most spectacular sights in Cornwall is the rise of a full moon over the towering cliffs of the River Tamar. Best place to watch it from is the Rising Sun pub in Gunnislake (or “The Riser” in the local vernacular), if you are of a drinking disposition. I mention this because they don’t serve food. But to relax in their secluded garden on a balmy summer night, with the truly gigantic moon hanging above the frankly Yosemetish (sic!) escarpments and pinnacles on the Devon bank (England as the locals call it) is another thing that should go on the list!

Chimney Rock

Chimney Rock

If you are in the area you can go exploring those views in the daytime, following the paths of the Tamar Trail. The Tamar Valley is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), and there’s a good deal of interest to be found there. See tamarvalley.org.uk

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Sunset in Cornwall

Sunset in Cornwall


If the sun is more your thing, however, our hot tip is the sunset from almost anywhere in Cornwall. You are never far from the Atlantic, so look to the west at the day’s end and you’ll usually see one of the most spectacular sunsets in the world as the sun hides its face behind the vastness of that ocean! One more bucket list idea would be to play the Steinway piano at Lanhydrock House, and then retire to watch the sun set with a gin and tonic in hand on the balcony of Lanhydrock Golf Club.

Lanhydrock Golf Course

Lanhydrock Golf Course

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