Cornwall Tourism Guide

Driving Tour Itinerary for Cornwall

Cornwall was relatively undiscovered by tourists until the last decade when people started to appreciate its stunning coastline and quirky fishing villages. Now many people choose to take a driving holiday in Cornwall as there is so much to be seen and enjoyed. Approaching the county by road, a visitor will cross the River Tamar which almost cuts the county off from the rest of England.

Driving in Cornwall means spectacular coastal scenery, interesting inland towns and above all a sense of history. Dotted around the interior landscape are the remains of old tin mines whilst the little coves and fishing villages can tell tales of smuggling and shipwrecks. Probably the best way to drive around Cornwall is to plan an almost circular route, taking in the south coast first, then the centre of the county and then the north coast back east into Devon.

Take the ferry from Torpoint near Plymouth into Cornwall and then head south. Looe and Polperro are two delightful villages on the south coast. Easily approached by car, a visitor can enjoy a day here enjoying the sights and sounds of these quaint places. Stop the car and enjoy a cream tea overlooking Looe Harbour or wander through Polperro`s narrow streets and try to imagine a time past. There is a small car park in East Looe, near the town centre and a larger one a short distance away.

In the centre of the county the vast expanse of Bodmin Moor can change its appearance when the weather alters which it can do quickly in Cornwall as the winds blow in from the west. The moor can appear dark and gloomy on a wet day but when the sun shines the little fields and farms take on a storybook appearance. Park your car on the high moor and you will be able to see for miles. Although the moor is sparsely populated, you will see the remains of ancient settlements such as Trevethy Quoit dating from the Bronze Age.

A pleasant drive to Falmouth on the south coast means a visit to Cornwall`s premier resort. The town is home to the Maritime Museum and, as well as its beaches and castles, is famous for smugglers and pirates. Driving to Land`s End means driving to the most south westerly tip of England. The spot is one of the UK`s best known landmarks and no drive to Cornwall is complete without a visit here. The gales can blow in from the sea but imagine that there is nowhere to the west of you until America.

Heading back along the north coast there are spectacular views of The Atlantic. This is the surfing coast and people come from all over the world to surf here. The beaches are clean and wide and ideal for all the family. Newquay is Cornwall`s surfing capital and the place where the young congregate in summer, and if you are flying in or arriving by train then car hire in Newquay is available. Further east is Bude, just over the border with Devon. This small town is buzzing in summer and it is not hard to see why. It has two beaches, one with its own swimming pool. The air is fresh and clean, the pace of life is slow and much of it is based around the beaches. There is a huge central car park in the town so you are never far from a beach or the shops. Cornwall has so much natural splendour and a driving holiday is definitely the best way to appreciate all the county has to offer.

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