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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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- Bodmin Beacon Local Nature Reserve covers some 87 acres of traditionally managed farmland, public space and community woodland. The reserve has a range of paths that criss-cross the area and woodland. The Beacon is a rounded hill and at its highest point of 162m has the 44m monument to Sir Walter Raleigh Gilbert built in 1857. The reserve has a small car park and picnic area but no toilet facilities.
- 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.
- The Logan Rock is an example of a logan or rocking stone. The rock is an eighty ton granite boulder perched on the edge of the cliffs. Finely balanced due to the actions of weathering, and prior to its restoration in 1824 it could be rocked by applying only a little pressure. The name Logan Rock is also applied to the surrounding tip of the headland, as well as the logan stone itself. Cripp’s Cove lies to the east beneath the rock. The headland is also an Iron Age promontory fort called Treryn Dinas, defended by three ramparts. A number of islands are located around the edge of Logan Rock including Great Goular, Horrace, and Seghy.
- Trewidden Garden was originally planted by Thomas Bolitho in the 1850’s. The 15-acre garden incorporates a magnificent collection of over 300 Camellias and Magnolias alongside one of the largest tree fern dells in the Northern Hemisphere and many other attractions. The gardens include a tearoom, plant shop and regular events. Open to the public during the Spring, Summer and beginning of Autumn every year. Dogs are also very welcome to visit the Garden.
- 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.
- Land’s End is the most south westerly point of mainland Britain on the Penwith peninsula, a unique location with beautiful scenery. Land’s End has a particular resonance because it is often used to suggest distance. Land’s End to John o’ Groats in Scotland is a distance of 838 miles (1,349 km) by road and defines the length of races, walks or charitable events. Explore the location; stand on the First and Last Point and take in the spectacular views; visit the historic buildings of the First and Last House and Penwith House; or wander around the West Country Shopping Village. In addition to this you have family entertainment of our five fantastic attractions which include a 4D Film Experience. Any visit to Lands End would not be complete without a photograph at the famous Signpost.
- The Lost Gardens of Heligan are one of the most popular botanical gardens in the UK. The style of the gardens is typical of the nineteenth century Gardenesque style, with areas of different character and in different design styles. The gardens were created and enhanced by members of the Tremayne family, over a period from the mid-18th century up to the beginning of the 20th century, and today still form part of the family’s Heligan estate. The gardens stood neglected after the First World War and then restored in the 1990s. The gardens now boast a fabulous collection of rhododendrons and camellias, a series of lakes fed by a ram pump over a hundred years old, working flower and vegetable gardens, an Italian garden, and a stunning wild area called “The Jungle” filled with sub-tropical tree ferns. The gardens also have Europe’s only remaining pineapple pit, warmed by rotting manure, and two figures made from rocks and plants known as the Mud Maid and the Giant’s Head. The gardens surround the house with the northern part which includes the main ornamental and vegetable gardens, being slightly higher than the house and sloping gently down to it. The areas to the west, south and east of the house slope steeply down into a series of valleys and are much wilder, including The Jungle and The Lost Valley. The gardens include a gift shop, multiple options to eat and plant shop.
- Stepper Point sits at the Western tip of Camel estuary by Padstow in Cornwall, and rises to 74m (242ft) at its highest point. You get some pretty spectacular scenery here on the South West Coast path. Some high cliffs with hidden bays and covers below. Most being too risky to climb down to. If you were to start off in Padstow this makes a nice walk with great views. The headland at Stepper Point is topped by a stone tower, built as a day mark to serve as a navigation beacon for seafarers.
- Tresco Abbey Gardens are located over 17 acres on the island of Tresco in the Isles of Scilly. The gardens were established in the nineteenth-century by Augustus Smith. At the entrance to the garden is the Visitor Centre with a gift shop, a cafeteria and a history room.