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Green Travel in Cornwall

Posted by Anouk van den Eijnde at 09:59 on Friday 09 July 2010

The iconic Eden Project near Truro, Cornwall. Photo: Anouk van den EijndeThe iconic Eden Project near Truro, Cornwall. Photo: Anouk van den Eijnde

Walking across to St Michael's Mount during low tide. Photo: Anouk van den EijndeWalking across to St Michael's Mount during low tide. Photo: Anouk van den EijndeCornwall has always been a popular holiday choice, but with the recent recession (and the threat of a looming 'double dip'), airline strikes and the soaring Euro, Cornwall is attracting an increasing number of 'staycationers', appealing even to the die-hard 'fly and flop' overseas holidaymakers.

Cornwall makes a  pretty decent case as England's premier coastal destination: the splendid South West Coast path with miles of sandy coves and beaches, delicious local produce and beautiful countryside. It's also increasingly establishing itself as the green tourism destination thanks to several large scale projects such as the iconic Eden Project, the groundbreaking Wave Hub (the first wave energy farm), the pioneering CoaST initiative (Cornwall Sustainable Tourism Network) and plenty of eco-friendly accommodation and sustainable local food producers.

My recent trip to Cornwall was bliss: 4 days of blue skies, lazy breakfasts in the sun, breathtaking coastal walks in St Ives. Highlights included the Eden Project, Barbara Hepworth's Sculpture garden in St Ives, walking across the water at low tide to St Michael's Mount in Marazion and eating fresh local fish at Porthminster Cafe.

We asked our Facebook Fans (via greentraveller's Facebook page) what they think about Cornwall as our 'Destination of the Month'. Here are some of their replies:

Destination of the Month: Cornwall

Lynn Svensson wrote:
"I only went to Cornwall for 2 days... the journey from London was long but it was worth it! I ended up going to Padstow, a small little fishing village. The town is small but it is renowned for it's gastronomy...try the 'St Petroc's Bitro' by Rick Stein, it's a cozy restaurant that makes really  good seafood. My favourite bit about my trip was renting a bike and doing the Camel Trail, the scenery was very beautiful and I was lucky to see a few deers. The cliffs and beaches are equally impressive but it was too cold to go swimming....next time I go to Cornwall I'll rent a wet suit and try to go to one of the surfing beaches."

Ben Adamo wrote:
"Cornwall claims the largest collection of Arthurian legend related sites. Highlights include Tintagel Castle, set high on cliffs overlooking the sea (also believed to be Arthur's birthplace), Merlin's cave (which can be explored at low tide) and Slaughter Bridge, the putative Camlann site thought to be Arthur's final battle... Epic stuff!"

The magical Barbara Hepworth sculpture garden in St Ives. Photo: Anouk van den EijndeThe magical Barbara Hepworth sculpture garden in St Ives. Photo: Anouk van den Eijndegreentraveller wrote:
"I think a favourite was the Barbara Hepworth Sculpture Garden in St Ives - it helped that it was a gorgeous sunny day."   

Joel Todd wrote:
"For a memorable meal, you can't beat Porthminster Cafe in St.Ives . The walk from St.Ives to Zennor is also stunning - reward yourself at the end with a long lunch at The Gurnards Head, which won best UK dining pub last year.  For a proper Cornish experience, you have to get to The Minnack Theatre on the south coast. Amazing to visit in itself during the daytime, if you can make an evening performance (there are lots of productions on throughout the summer) it will be well worth the effort! Finally, for something truly green, head to the stunning sub-tropical gardens that are unique to Cornwall. Everyone has heard of the Eden Project (and it shouldn't be overlooked), but my personal favourites are Trebah and The Lost Gardens of Heligan."

Top Five Green Places to Stay in Cornwall

Bedknobs Bed & Breakfast, Bodmin
An elegant detached Victorian Villa with spacious and comfortable en suite bedrooms in an acre of secluded woodland garden just 5 minutes walk from Bodmin town centre.

Cornish Yurt Holidays, Bodmin
 
A small yurt camp on the edge of Bodmin Moor providing a peaceful retreat in the Cornish countryside. Each yurt has their own secluded spot, luxuriously furnished, with double beds and woodburning stove.

Enjoy the views of the Looe Valley while swimming at Treworgey CottagesEnjoy the views of the Looe Valley while swimming at Treworgey CottagesTreworgey Cottages, Looe
Stunning 18th Century cottages with their own private garden, log fire and antique furniture overlooking the Looe Valley and river. Delicious home-cooked food, on-site horse riding, tennis & swimming pool.

Rezare Farmhouse Bed and Breakfast, Launceston
Charming B&B in a tranquil spot between Bodmin moor and Dartmoor with an emphasis on good food - your host (a professional cook for 20yrs) serves delicious seasonal and locally sourced meals.

The Old Luggage Van, St Germans
Near the beautiful Cornish coast and the West Country moors, this beautifully renovated Victorian railway carriage offers comfortable, cosy and quirky accommodation for four, with access to 10 acres of woodland.

How to get to Cornwall by train
First Great Western operate high speed services from London Paddington, South Wales and the Cotswolds to the principle stations in Cornwall, including Liskeard, St. Austell, Truro, Redruth, and Penzance. There is also a sleeper service known as the Night Riviera Sleeper from London Paddington to PenzanceBook a train ticket from to Cornwall

Stunning scenery at Carbis Bay near St Ives. Photo: Anouk van den EijndeStunning scenery at Carbis Bay near St Ives. Photo: Anouk van den Eijnde

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