Find the nearest Landscapes & Nature in Cornwall
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.
Finding the best things to see and do on a Cornwall day out with your family or friends is easy – simply explore the countryside or coast path activity links below, hit the jump to my location button or use the search bar to plan your next Cornwall activity.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Port Hellick Beach sits in a sheltered tidal inlet on St Mary’s south coast and the beach at low tide offers a wide expanse of sand and rocks. This is not really a location for sitting on the beach but offers a great natural landscape. A shingle bar provides a freshwater pool (Higher Moors and Porth Hellick Pool) behind the beach that is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) for the ″wide diversity of habitats with several rare and notable plant species″and making this an important stop-off for migrating and wintering birds. Sir Cloudesley Shovell, Admiral of the Fleet was temporarily buried on the beach after he was washed up here when his ship struck the rocks on 22nd October 1707, with the loss of her entire crew of about 800 men. Sir Cloudesley Shovell’s body, along with the bodies of his two stepsons and that of Captain Edmund Loades, were washed up on Porth Hellick Cove the following day. The body was subsequently exhumed by order of Queen Anne and finally laid to rest in Westminster Abbey on 22nd December 1707. A small memorial marker marks the site where he was washed ashore. The beach has no facilities.