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Spectacular road trips Cornwall, UK South Coast





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If you want a holiday packed with picture postcard prettiness, look no further. Our latest road trip takes us to the South Coast of the UK, Cornwall to be precise.

Cornwall is a peninsula situated on the southwestern tip of England. If you take a night flight from Changi, you can sleep all the way to London, hit the road and it’s around a five hour drive from London to the heart of Cornwall. Enjoy wild moorland, long stretches of sandy beaches, Land’s End, towering cliffs, seaside resorts like Newquay and stunning old fishing towns like St. Ives.

From the highlands of Malaysia to the beaches of Australia, the intrepid travel team at Budget Direct Insurance has been celebrating the magnificence of the road trip in a series of posts. Here is our all-in-one trip planner to Cornwall.

Top places to visit

Lands End outstanding natural beauty at the most westerly point in Cornwall and England

St Ives sophisticated seaside town with stunning beaches and a bygone fishing village feel

Polperro considered one of the most picturesque fishing villages in Cornwall

Eden project forerunner of the domes at Gardens by the Bay

St Michael’s Mount when the tide is out walk over the sands to the magnificent island and climb to the top of the castle.

Driving in Cornwall

We highly recommend that you avoid the UK school summer holidays of late July to the end of the first week of September. The roads are extremely busy and there can be long queues at petrol stations. Traffic can be particularly heavy in the area of the ancient monument of Stonehenge. If you decide to take this route and stop off it is well worth it, but time your visit well. If you do have travel during the British school holiday time, book well ahead and set off on any long journey in the early hours.

Some of your driving will be on narrow and winding country roads. Take your time and slow right down when passing other vehicles, there is often only just enough room for passing cars, you may even need to back up to the nearest passing place.

Walking

If you tire of the car, the South West Coastal Path is a spectacular trail that takes you past tiny hamlets and secret coves where smugglers used to operate. The path is 630 miles (1,013 kilometres), the longest footpath in Britain.

Beaches

All of Cornwall’s beaches are subject to strong currents and tides. Be careful not to get out of your depth in the sea. If you plan to surf, get local information on conditions. It’s best to join one of Cornwall’s many surfing schools if you can.

Suggested routes

There is a great variety of driving routes around Cornwall, you will easily find a route to suit your timescale and the things to see and do:

The Cornwall Tourist office has five suggested scenic drives.

The National Geographic has an excellent driving route which seems to take in just about everything.

For general information visit www.visitcornwall.com

Where next? 

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