Cornwall's Atlantic Coast is famed for its suerb surfing beaches and stunning coastal scenery.
The premier resort in Cornwall, Newquay, (pictured left) boasts 7 miles of golden sands and is surrounded by no less than 11 superb beaches. The town rises from its picturesque old harbour to the dramatic cliff tops above.
The ultimate undersea safari, situated near Newquay Harbour, the Blue Reef Aquarium contains a variety of marine life, including giant spider crabs, sharks, seahorses and angel fish. Visitors walk through an underwater tunnel to view the exciting display of marine life.
Nearby Holywell Bay is a popular spot with surfers, there is a surf school on the beach and equipment can be hired locally. The huge beach is backed by grass covered sand dunes, which are over 5, 000 years old and are the tallest in Britain. A stream runs through to the sea and there are caves nearby to explore.
Famous beauty spots in the area include Godrevy Head the beach at Godrevy is one of the best surfing beaches in Cornwall and often picks up a westerly swell when other places are flat to very small.
Godrevy Point is best known for the large Grey Seal colony in Mutton Cove, sightings of dolphins and porpoises are reported frequently. Basking Sharks and Oceanic Sunfish are also occasionally seen. Godrevy Lighthouse provided the inspiration for Virginia Wolff's novel 'To the Lighthouse'.
Just beyond Godrevy Lighthouse stands beautiful Navax Point is situated near the Cornish coastal village of Gwithian and is just beyond Godrevy Lighthouse, the point makes a superb setting for a cliff top walk and is owned and maintained by the National Trust.
Bedruthan Steps,(pictured right) another famous beauty spot on Cornwall's Atlantic coast, is truly spectacular and offers superb views of the dramatic Atlantic battered sea stacks from the cliffs. Owned by the National Trust, there are some excellent walks from Carnewas to the plateau of Park Head and a staircase cut into the rocks to the sandy beach below. Pentire Point, deriving from the Cornish word Penn Tir, meaning 'headland', is situated near Newquay and is famous for its wildflowers. At West Pentire, whole fields with vivid scarlet poppies and other rare meadow plants flourish
Colourful and characterful St. Ives, the artistic capital of Cornwall, is arguably one of the most popular holiday resorts in the county and boasts four beaches and a wealth of history and tradition.
The harbour at St. Ive's retains much of its charm, as well as being a working harbour there is also an excellent sandy beach there which benefits from being in the middle of all the amenities of the town.The harbour beach backs on to the Wharf and Wharf Road which runs parallel to the town's main shopping street Fore Street. In the summer this is thronged with tourists drawn to the harbour and the range of cafes and shops that line the harbour front.
An exhibition dedicated to the life, work and memory of the twentieth century sculptor, Dame Barbara Hepworth, the Barbara Hepworth Museum, at St. Ive's, has been maintained by the Tate Gallery since 1980. Barbara Hepworth was famed for creating beautiful impressions of objects rather than simple portraits of the objects themselves and became one of Britain's leading abstract artists.
The picturesque village of St. Agnes (left) is steeped in mining history, with the demise of the mining industry in Cornwall, St Agnes became a popular tourist resort. St Agnes retains a traditional friendly Cornish atmosphere and makes a superb base for a holiday. The village, set amongst some of the finest scenery in Cornwall, boasts characterful old stone built shops and cottages, some dating back to the early eighteenth century.
The nearby popular Cornish resort of Perranporth has an excellent three mile sandy beach and is popular with surfers, the southern end of the beach is backed by dramatic cliffs, with natural arches, stacks and rockpools. The beach is framed by the rugged heather clad cliffs of Cligga Head and Penhale Point.
Britain's longest trail, the South West Coast Path stretches for 630 miles (1, 014 km) from Minehead, on the edge of the Exmoor National Park, along the coasts of Devon and Cornwall to Poole in Dorset. The path is an excellent way to see Cornwall's superb coastal scenery, wildlife and unique heritage.