Dream Destinations: Cornwall

Visit the gorgeous surfing Mecca of Cornwall when the lockdown is over

By Chris Littley

We’re thinking about all the places we’d love to take our caravans and motorhomes once lockdown comes to an end. While many of you have been on exotic adventures in yours, the chances are we’ll be starting off relatively close to home as there’s plenty of places in the UK to explore.

Cornwall has an international reputation for its inclement weather and sandy beaches, making it a very tempting post-lockdown caravanning destination. Learn to surf, explore the rugged coastline on foot and eat your fill of fresh seafood caught the same day.

The most southerly and westerly county in mainland Britain is home to caravanning gems like Bude, St Ives and Newquay. In Bude you can stroll across Summerleaze Beach, take in the view from Crooklets and enjoy a dip in Bude Sea Pool, which has been enchanting visitors since the 1930s.

If you’re chasing the surf, then St Ives is one of the best areas of Cornwall to base yourself in your motorhome. Porthmeor Beach provides the perfect conditions for surfing and has been awarded a Blue Flag for water quality. Soak up some culture at the iconic Tate St Ives gallery while you’re there, showcasing the work of renowned British artists.

Newquay is also known for its surf, although the strong waves straight off the Atlantic Ocean mean its best suited to experienced surfers. Relax on the shore at Fistral and Watergate Bay beaches or discover the creatures that inhabit the deep at the local aquarium.

Don’t leave Cornwall without trying pilchards, which have been fished in Cornwall on a large scale since the 18th century. Other delicious delicacies include Cornish pasties, the nettle leaf-wrapped Cornish Yarg cheese and a cream tea. Of course, in Cornwall you must always put the jam on first, followed by the cream.

Cornwall is high up on our list of caravanning destinations post-lockdown. Where will you be heading to first? Let us know in the comments.