Aerial view of Cornish seaside town among green patchwork fields

The Corners of Cornwall

07 Sep 2016

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There’s a difference between visiting a destination and immersing yourself in a destination. Marvelling at a castle’s glorious architecture is undeniably enhanced by knowing the details of an ancient battle that was fought from its walls. Wandering down charming, cobblestoned streets is vastly improved by descriptions of village life during the Middle Ages.

If you’re troubled at the thought of passing by a landmark without knowing what intriguing stories it has to tell, then you’ll understand the value of a tour, especially in a destination such as Cornwall.

The wild beauty of the Cornish coastline continues to captivate the world with its stunning beaches and ancient ruins. Those who have ticked off Tintagel may seek a deeper understanding of this fascinating peninsular, and the Back-Roads Corners of Cornwall Tour offers an inspiring itinerary through Cornwall, Somerset and Dorset. These are just a few of the stops on this seven day journey, designed for those who like to get to know their destination on an intimate level.

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Wells Cathedral
Wells is a tiny city with a magnificent cathedral. Photo: Getty Images


The smallest city in the UK has less than 12,000 inhabitants, but has retained its city status since medieval times due to the magnificent Wells Cathedral, the inspiration behind Ken Follett’s epic novel, The Pillars of the Earth.

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Aerial view of Cornish seaside town among green patchwork fields
Charming Port Isaac, home to Britain's narrowest alley. Photo: Getty Images

Port Isaac

An erstwhile fishing village that oozes character, Port Isaac boasts quaint winding streets, stunning ocean views and an enveloping historical charm. The old-fashioned alleys are known as some of the narrowest in Britain, one of which enjoys the memorable nickname of ‘Squeeze Belly Alley’.

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The breathtakingly beautiful island of St Michael's Mont in Cornwall
The breathtakingly beautiful island of St Michael's Mount. Photo: Getty Images

St Michael’s Mount

This postcard-worthy tidal island is crowned by a medieval church and castle that offer tremendous ocean views. The village and estate are rife with historical gems, and intriguing tales of medieval times are easy to believe in this enchanting backdrop.

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Stone archway and picturesque cottage in Cornish estate
Scenes from England's only tea plantation estate. Photos: Tregothnan


Cornwall’s largest private estate is also the only tea plantation in England, giving new meaning to the phrase ‘English Breakfast Tea’. The spectacular gardens are open to the public only once a year, although private viewings can be arranged through tour companies such as Back-Roads. The impressive house and estate are the perfect setting to re-enact your Jane Austen-style daydreams. 

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Seaside houses illuminated at night at Lyme Regis
The picturesque seaside town of Lyme Regis. Photo: Getty Images

Lyme Regis

More Jane Austen ambience is evident in the historic port town of Lyme Regis, the inspiration for parts of Persuasion and more recently, the setting of John Fowles’ The French Lieutenant’s Woman. Enjoy panoramic vistas of the Jurassic Coast and wander along the 18th century promenade.

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Easter vigil at the magnificent Buckfast Abbey
Easter vigil at the magnificent Buckfast Abbey. Photo: Buckfast Abbey

Buckfast Abbey

The Benedictine monks still make wine and honey to support their living in this magnificent abbey. A pervading sense of peace, an assortment of superbly preserved artefacts and a trio of delightful gift stores make a visit to Buckfast a wonderful way to spend an afternoon. 

If you enjoy a slower pace, a native’s perspective and discovering the details that give a location its personality, then the Corners of Cornwall tour is for you. 

Call 1800 017 849 to chat to your Travel Associates Consultant about your Back-Roads adventure


Emma Lee

Emma is a travel writer and blogger living in Brisbane, Australia. She followed the snow around the world for many years, and still considers Lake Louise her happy place. Emma's other passion is food; a love that has led her down many sketchy looking alleys in Asia, South America and Europe.