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Our Landscape and Nature category brings all Coast Radar’s Cornwall listings related to looking for something to do or a place to visit together where they offer some form of the countryside or coast path based activity.
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- The coastal path passes through Polzeath in one direction to Rock, and in the other through New Polzeath, Pentire Point and along miles of stunning coastline. On the headland of The Rumps is the Iron-Age cliff castle. This fort with superb coastal vistas has a triple rampart and ditch system protecting the headland.
- Samson is the largest uninhabited island in the Isles of Scilly that has some former stone cottages used when it was inhabited until 1855. Samson has two hills simply known as the North Hill and the South Hill and some good sandy beaches. The island, along with the nearby islands of Green Island, Puffin Island, Stony Island, and White Island was designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) for their biological characteristics and is a protected wildlife site. Boat trips to Samson are regularly available May through September although there are no amenities or services available, but guided walks are led by local experts.
- Dodman Point is a 400-foot (120 m) high headland that was once an Iron Age promontory fort. At its seaward end is a large granite cross, erected to help protect shipping from this headland. It is mentioned in the shanty Spanish Ladies. Below the large stone cross, there is a way down to the bottom of the small cliffs and there is some climbing there on the faces. Mainly bouldering as it is rarely climbed and so there are no fixed anchor points.
- Bonython Estate Gardens is located on the Lizard Peninsula miodway between The Lizard and Helston. The estate includes the walled garden, the potager garden, two magnificent lakes, the hot garden, the valley garden and also a plant shop and refreshments. The gardens are open during the summer Mon-Fri excluding bank holidays.
- Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens is a beautiful sheltered valley near Penzance, surrounded by woods, streams and dramatic 22-acre exotic and sub-tropical garden. The gardens provide the perfect backdrop to art, with internationally renowned artists creating permanent works, all harmonising with their garden setting. Facilities include a cafe, design shop, toilets, car parking and well-behaved dogs are welcome on a lead throughout the gardens. Unfortunately, due to the steep nature of the valley, access to the gardens is severely limited for those with physical disabilities and is unsuitable for mobility scooters, wheelchair users and prams.
- St George’s Island is also known as Looe Island, a small island about a mile offshore from Looe in Cornwall. Owned and managed by the Cornwall Wildlife Trust charity. The Island is approx. 22.5 acres (9 ha) in area and a mile (1.6 km) in circumference with the highest point being only 47 metres (154 ft). The landing fees and other income is devoted to conserving the island’s natural beauty and providing facilities. Open during the summer to day visitors arriving by the Trust’s boat from Looe. A small visitor centre can provide you with a self-guided trail map.
- St Michael’s Mount, a rocky island crowned with medieval church and castle. One of England’s most famous and dramatic coastal attractions. The oldest surviving buildings date from the 12th century, when a Benedictine priory was founded here. Accessible on foot at low tide across a causeway, at other times it is reached by a short boat trip. The island is managed by the National Trust and includes cafe/restaurant and shop. The gardens have limited opening times as they can’t cope with the large amount of summer visitors, see the National Trust website for more information.
- Kit Hill is a rugged granite hilltop between Callington and the River Tamar. The hill rises to a height of 334m and has some of the best views in the southeast Cornwall, with sights including the Tamar Valley, Dartmoor and Bodmin Moor. On the summit, you have the “Summit Stack” built in 1858 for the mining complex and served a steam engine that pumped water and lifted ore from the deep mine workings. The Kit Hill Country Park consists of some 400 acres (152 hectares), where Kit Hill is the highest point in the Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.