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Enjoy the best of Cornwall’s open spaces

Far from the Madding Crowd; If you’re planning a holiday to Cornwall this year but are feeling anxious about the crowds, worry no more. Cornwall is blessed with vast beaches, wide open moors and acres of woodland, offering plenty of places to find peace and quiet, and sufficient space for everyone to feel comfortable.

Here are some of our top picks of the best places with open spaces.

Walk the Newquay beaches at low tide

Newquay has a plethora of beautiful beaches to choose from, and at low tide many of them link up creating fabulous coastal walks along the sand. Make sure to check the tide times to stay safe on the beaches, and if at all unsure take the clifftop walk instead.

These gorgeous big sandy beaches include Porth, Whipsiderry and Watergate Bay’s two miles of golden sands, with plenty of space to spread out.

Tehidy Country Park

With nine miles of paths among 250 acres of woodland and lakes, you can get away from the hordes at Tehidy Country Park. Park your car at the North Cliffs entrance to access a quieter section of the woods for tranquil walks, springtime bluebells and summer rose gardens.

Bodmin Moor

At nearly 200 square kilometres, Bodmin Moor offers vast expanses of grassland and granite outcrops. It has an unfair reputation for being bleak and desolate, but there is actually so much to explore here.

Discover and climb the ten tors of the moor, marvel at ancient standing stone circles from the late Neolithic or early Bronze Age, the spectacular rock formations, medieval tin works, lakes and quarries. It is also the home to much wildlife including otters, butterflies and songbirds such as the Stonechat and Wheatear.

Harlyn Bay Beach

A wide sandy beach, Harlyn Bay is known as being one of the safest family beaches in the county. Enjoy a relaxing day in the dunes, paddle in the pools, try your hand at sea kayaking, or appreciate the incredible location from stunning cliff top walks. This beautiful crescent-shaped bay is near Trevose Head, just west of Padstow.

Sennen Cove

When the tide is out at Sennen Cove there’s space for everyone on the glorious golden sands. With great surfing conditions and safe lifeguarded bathing, it’s a stunning location in which to while away a few happy sunny hours.


And let’s not forget our own beach here at Perranporth! With three miles of soft sand, there’s more then enough room for everyone to find a comfortable picnic spot without being on top of each other. Simply walk a little way from the main beach at low tide, down towards Penhale Corner, spread out blankets, towels and picnic, and enjoy the space.

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