It already feels like our last holiday in September was more than just a couple of months ago. When my Mum said she was going to visit my aunt for New Year who lives on the Devon/Cornwall border, I thought how lovely it would be to get away somewhere in winter. We’ve been a couple of times to Cornwall with Maddie when she was younger and love it there – renowned for its beautiful beaches, breath-taking scenery, rich history and – of course – delicious Cornish pasties!
The only thing that sometimes puts us off is the long journey, it can take around 6-7 hours just from London! No matter where you’re going, if travelling by car then always by prepared and upgrade your tyres online if necessary. Here are some of the best reasons to make the long journey and take a trip to Cornwall this winter.
Though most people think of visiting Cornwall’s famous beaches in summer, winter can be the perfect time to take a walk along one of the many beaches and admire the dramatic coastline in all its rugged glory. Winter storms can be particularly awe-inspiring, as well as winter sunrises and sunsets, which are at a more reasonable hour than their summer counterparts! And for us with our little furry friend in tow, it’s a great time of year for winter beach walks, unlike summer, when many Cornish beaches have seasonal dog bans.
Even though we tend to go on holiday in the UK outside school holidays, it’s still often very busy even in autumn. Cornwall is one of the UK’s most popular holiday destinations, meaning that many places get crowded during spring and summer with tourists flocking to enjoy the good weather on the Cornish coast. We’ve never visited in the colder months but I’d definitely be up for experiencing Cornwall the way the locals do. Plus accommodation will definitely be more affordable.
Hot chocolate is definitely one of my favourite things about winter and there are few better places to enjoy it than being cosy inside with a view of the wild wintry coast beyond. Settle down in one of the many coastal cafes but if hot chocolate isn’t the preference then head to a gin or beer distillery for a locally brewed tipple.
If you’re visiting Cornwall this winter, then the Montol Festival celebrating the midwinter solstice and Cornish traditions of the past is a must-see. The main event takes place on the shortest day of the year, which falls on December 21st. There will be a sundown procession, a midwinter bonfire to honour the Pagan tradition of lighting the Yule Log, plus Christmas carols and a late-night procession.
Who doesn’t love a Christmas market, and Cornwall’s Christmas markets are hugely popular with locals and visitors alike. Taking place across the county, savour everything from hot food and drink to enjoying live music. It’s always a joy to support small businesses and the Christmas markets are ideal to pick up last-minute presents and admire the pretty Christmas lights twinkling over the traditional fishing harbours of Cornwall’s coastal towns and villages.
Cornwall is one of the warmest counties in the UK, with its Mediterranean-like climate – my aunt who lives on the Devon/Cornwall border even has a thriving palm tree in her front garden! And after this latest cold snap we’ve had I could definitely be up for a more temperate climate.
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