Cornwall AONB Road Trip

What a journey – 1,021 miles over 11 days visiting some of Cornwall’s most outstanding and naturally beautiful areas, most of it in perfect weather – what more could a person ask?

jane Davies, Cornwall AONB's new development Officer get out and about in the best of cornwall's landscape

Having just joined the Cornwall AONB Unit (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – don’t you just hate those acronyms) as the Development Officer, it was agreed I should get out ‘on the road’ and explore all 12 separate geographical areas ranging from spectacular coast and rugged moors to tranquil valleys and hidden lanes each with their own unique characteristics. Whilst I drove much of the way, I also did my fair share of walking, I think one of my favourite days was when I walked from Godrevy towards Portreath and spotted the seals both on the beach ( doing a bit of sun bathing) and in the water, dipping and diving – I could have watched them for hours.

We are so lucky to have such contrast in our landscape here in Cornwall and I wonder if we sometimes take it all for granted – I know I do that’s why it’s important to get out there and remind yourself of the reasons you either live in or visit Cornwall. I met so many interesting people on my travels both local and visitors from home and abroad who all made the same observation - Cornwall is indeed beautiful. Here's a little gallery of photos from my trip...

There are many contrasting land and seascapes which support a hive of agricultural activity and a much reduced fishing industry. My days were punctuated by stops at local teashops (many on local farms) for a welcome break especially in the heat of the day – where there was always a friendly welcome and time for a chat. Supporting the local economy is so important and whilst my contribution would hardly contribute to the GDP, as they say ‘every little helps’.

If you get the opportunity, pick up our AONB leaflet called ‘Protecting and enhancing Cornwall’s finest landscapes’ and try this road trip out for yourself – I can assure you it will be time well spent in exploring the natural beauty of Cornwall and appreciating why there are twelve special local areas contained within the Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty  that include our finest stretches of coast, moorland, farmland, rivers and estuaries.