Unknown pockets of Cornwall to discover this summer
Posted on 16/08/2020

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Cornwall is gorgeous, there's no doubt about that. Padstow, St Ives and Watergate Bay are some of the south coast's most popular spots for a fabulous beach break. But although their beauty remains uncontested, there are a handful of lesser-known hidden Cornish gems worth keeping in mind for this year's summer holiday.

This year is seeing many Brits opt for a 'staycation', choosing a holiday in the UK rather than travelling abroad because of the pandemic. And our country's beaches put up a strong fight against even the sunniest Spanish shores. After all, can anything beat a great fish and chips or toasted marshmallows on a beautiful British beach?

Perhaps not exuding quite the same level of glitz and glamour as the Côte d'Azur, Cornwall is still one of Britain's finest holiday spots. Tucked away in the south west of England and beckoning towards France, hotspots like Padstow, Watergate Bay and St Ives attract visitors from far and wide for their quintessentially British-beach vibe.

The reasons for their popularity remain unchallenged, from sprawling shores to quaint seaside towns. However, crouching in their shadows you will find other Cornish beauties which Britain bashfully boasts - here are five contenders you might not have heard of.

Whipsiderry Bay

Whipsiderry Bay
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Nestled between favourites Newquay and Watergate Bay, Whipsiderry Bay is adorned by the tiny village of Porth. Its beach is nothing less than a diamond in the rough, with rather precarious steps leading down to the often deserted beach. Although small in size, the sandy crescent gives out onto a sea of rollers generous enough to put a smile on any surfer's face. A carpet of mussels coats the rocks, and the beach itself has grotto-like caves - unrivalled spots to really unplug from the world for an afternoon.

St Agnes

St Agnes
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Off the beaten tourist track and hugging the north coast of Cornwall lies St Agnes, a quaint village. Designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, there's no shortage of things to do or see - you just won't have to muscle through the crowds to do so. St Agnes is a wildlife haven, and seals, sharks and dolphins add to the list of local inhabitants, although they don't frequent the usual land-locked haunts (try The Taphouse for excellent beer). The town boasts four stunning beaches to explore, be it by cliff jumping, sea walks or surfing. The town's annual carnival takes place every August, where both fancy dress and general tomfoolery are obligatory - move over Notting Hill!

Charlestown

Charlestown
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This gorgeous little Cornish village holds its port in pride of place. Shows such as Poldark have been filmed there , and once you see the harbour, you will understand why. The sleepy village exudes an old-worldy feel, and the clipper ships and rigged vessels scattered around the mini docks will capture your heart. Have some of the best Cornish ice cream around and watch the world go by.

Caerhays Castle

Caerhays Castle
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The postcard-perfect village of Caerhays is the epitome of every image that comes to mind when you think of Cornish charm. Overlooking Porthluney Cove, halfway between Truro and St Austell is the striking Caerhays Castle, built in 1808 and home to the Williams family. There you will find the largest collection of magnolias in England, a floral wonderland for visitors.

Lantic Bay

Lantic Bay
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Last but not least, Lantic Bay in Polperro is a hidden jewel in Cornwall's crown. Remote and untouched, the steep walk is well worth the effort, as the views just get better until you are embraced by green fields and happen across the small secluded beach, its pebbles cutting into towering cliffs. The crescent bay is filled with crystal-clear turquoise waters, which give the impression of being almost tropical. You only have to dip your toe in to realise you're still in English climes, though.

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