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6 Iconic Places to Visit in Cornwall

Matthew enjoys far-off travel and exploring new places close to home.

Cornwall is home to spectacular sites and history.

Cornwall is home to spectacular sites and history.

Land of Legend

Cornwall is a magical land of endless adventures. From ancient ruins and beautiful beaches to bustling towns, you'll never grow tired of exploring this amazing countryside! The following passage is reason enough that Cornwall should be on every visitor's itinerary:

"Cornwall has long been known as the home for legends such as King Arthur who once lived here."

6 Must-See Magical Sites in Cornwall

  1. Bocastle
  2. Polperro
  3. Port Isaac
  4. Roche Rock
  5. Bottallack
  6. Bodmin Moor
Bocastle

Bocastle

1. Boscastle

Boscastle is a small and picturesque village, situated on the north coast of Cornwall. It's home to several shops with artisan goods as well as restaurants that specialize in seafood dishes such as crayfish! Boscastle also has an active harbor where you can enjoy fantastic views while fishing or just watching boats go through their routines at sea.

A flash flood on August 16th, 2004 caused extensive damage to the village. Residents were trapped in their houses as roads turned into rivers and people got stranded on rooftops, cars roofs, and buildings, luckily there were three Royal Navy Sea Kings from Culdrose Airbase saving many lives with quick response times.

Polperro

Polperro

2. Polperro

The town of Polperro is a smaller port just south of Looe. With plenty to see and do, it's no surprise that tourists flock here in droves for their fun-filled holidays! However, the quaint old Cornish fishing village remains undeniably attractive with its narrow streets lined by pretty cottages.

There's a little bit of everything on Polperro, from the bustling shops selling paintings and pottery to galleries for any artist who wants their artwork shown. There are also bakeries that sell freshly baked goods as well!

The village was a hotbed for smuggling activity during the 18th and 19th centuries. Everyone conspired to hide duty-free goods from excise men, but John Wesley made an interesting observation while visiting this part of England in 1762—that all locals were involved somehow or another with illegal trade practices such as evading taxes on alcohol products.

Port Isaac

Port Isaac

3. Port Isaac

The picturesque fishing village lies on a stunning stretch of coastline, midway between Polzeath and Tintagel. Much that surrounds it is designated as an Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Heritage Coastline—making this small town even more gorgeous!

The small fishing village of Port Isaac has been around since the Middle Ages. It was an active harbor where cargoes like stone, coal, timber and pottery were loaded onto ships for trade across the world!

Fishing is still an important industry in the area, though it's not as prevalent now that tourism can play a larger role.

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The village of Port Isaac is home to some very old cottages, many of which are officially listed as historic or architectural importance. The narrow alleys winding down steep hillsides make for an interesting walk on these hot summer days when you can enjoy the view from above at points along your journey!

For many years, Port Isaac has been a popular location for films and television series. Amongst the most notable of these is ITV's Doc Martin which stars Martin Clunes as Doctor Martin Ellingham in an outlandishly entertaining show about life in Cornwall’s coastal villages.

Roche Rock

Roche Rock

4. Roche Rock

Roche Rock is a 20-meter (66 ft) tall, almost cubical mass of granite that rises up from the china clay landscape to its north. Surrounded by mystery and steeped in history this craggy prominence has stood watch over Cornwall for centuries - it's easy to see why when you catch sight of Roche Tower House ruin on top!

The medieval chapel was most likely used for different purposes over time. It is said to have served as shelter by a local hermit, giving it its secondary name of Roche Rock Hermitage. One report claims that this church also housed members from a family who contracted leprosy and wanted protection from those close to them since they all had been infected too.

It's no surprise that Roche Rock features in Cornish myth. Best known of all these is the Legend of Jan Tregeagle whose hapless evil spirit was set to roam the wilds for eternity, trapping him with Demons and denying any chance at salvation or peace forevermore.

The story goes that while fleeing from angry villagers one day he sought sanctuary deep within church walls; but because it had been so long since anyone besides himself had entered this sacred space somehow managed only to get his head stuck through its window after rushing blindly onward without looking back once, demon-hounds and terrifying screams were heard as the priest called forth others to help him.

They came with prayers for deliverance, laying blessings of holy spells on his soul before taking him north near Sennen Cove where one would find Gwenvor nestled among rugged cliffs overlooking crashing waves below.

Botallack

Botallack

5. Bottallack

Botallack is a small village in west Cornwall, England. It lies along the B3306 road which connects St Ives with Land's End.

Life in Botallack is a little different from how it was a century ago when, before the mines closed and left their remains behind for all those who come after us. Located on the north coast of Cornwall between St Just and Pendeen, this area still has plenty to show what life used to be like during the mining era with its remains scattered across botany bay cliffs or rusting ships at anchor offshore.

The engine houses of Botallack are experiencing something of a tourism boom, almost entirely as the result of filming for Poldark the TV series, which featured extensively standing in for Wheal Leisure and Grambler!

Bodmin Moor

Bodmin Moor

6. Bodmin Moor

Bodmin Moor, one of Cornwall's designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a remote upland granite moorland still grazed by ponies.

Bodmin moor has more than a hundred Bronze Age hut circles, and is the highest church in Cornwall. The tarnished high moor is also home to its tallest peak at Rough Tor which reaches an impressive height of 420 meters (1 377 ft) above sea level! More wild weather can be found on Brown Willy Mountain—it may not have such fancy surroundings but you'll love this hike up if only for breathtaking views over these rugged cliffs.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

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