Discover the Cornish countryside from a rented holiday home

Friday, 9 September 2011 8:42 AM

Lizard Peninsula: A must-see in Cornwall

Lizard Peninsula: A must-see in Cornwall

Once you've booked your holiday accommodation in Cornwall, you are sure to be looking at what you can get up to while away - and the beautiful countryside certainly does have a lot to offer.

After dropping your bags off at your country holiday home, why not make your way along part of what is the longest stretch of coastline to be found in the UK?

Cornwall is home to nearly 700 km of wonderful coastal scenery, with over 300 beaches to explore.

This forms part of the South West Coast Path National Trail, with a huge number of walks to choose from, ranging from week-long hikes to more gentle one-hour ambles in the countryside.

If you want to go exploring, check out the Camel Estuary - one of the 12 individual sections of the county's area of outstanding natural beauty. This part of the countryside is very well known for its tidal river valley, while you might also like to investigate Bodmin Moor, which is renowned for its prominent tors and rolling moorland.

You will also find the scenic Lizard Peninsula in Cornwall, which would be a great place to visit if you're interested in history as well as gorgeous countryside, as there is a very intriguing network of Bronze Age settlements and medieval enclosures to discover.

If you prefer the water to dry land, you are sure to be attracted to Cornwall's surfing beaches on the Atlantic coastline and that of the English Channel, where peaceful creeks and secluded coves can be found.

You may not know it but in Cornwall you are never more than 16 miles from the sea, so you will certainly have plenty of opportunity to take to the water should you choose to.

Cornwall would also be perfect for days out if you're keen to take the family pet along on the holiday with a view to walking them in the countryside and have booked stays in dog-friendly cottages.

There are a number of such properties to be found in the region, with several close to some excellent walking routes perfect for you and your pet.