Cornwall in Winter has an enchanted air. There’s a beauty and magic to the white frosty fields and the mist that clings to the rivers in the morning. The summer crowds have gone leaving behind beautiful empty beaches, deserted cliff paths and quaint old pubs where there’s always a seat by the fire.
It’s empty, peaceful and still, leaving room for it’s mystical, romantic side to emerge. Winter is when mysterious, old Cornwall unfurls – the land of giants and mermaids, and legendary lovers like Lancelot and Guinevere and Tristan and Isolde.
If you’d like to discover the delights of Cornwall in Winter, here are a few ideas…
Wrap up warm, hold hands and go for a walk
Even in the dead of winter, there’s a mildness about the Cornish climate that beckons you outdoors. You’ll find our first daffodils are out in December, the camellias bloom by Christmas, and the Cornish spring arrives in February.
One of Cornwall’s most romantic walks is from Boscastle to Valency Valley and Fire Beacon Point. It’s a hike of 5.4 miles, but so worth it. This walk takes in coastal views, a waterfall, picturesque Boscastle Harbour, a wooded valley and the remote church of St Juliot, rebuilt by Thomas Hardy doing his day job of architect. It was here he met his first wife, Emma, and their romance led to the novel, A Pair of Blue Eyes, and some of his better poetry.
Book yourselves in for a couple’s spa
A spa day together is a great way of tuning out the rest of the world and focusing on each other. Many spas have specially designed couples suites with double baths and dual treatment areas, and offer couples massage lessons too.
Add to the romance by choosing a spa with a sea view. The Scarlet Spa offers panoramic views of the crashing Atlantic, so you can relax and contemplate together the drama and beauty of the ocean in Winter. At the Scarlet, you can even enjoy a cliff top hot tub together as you sip Champagne as you watch the waves.
The dramatic rock stacks at Mawgan Porth testify to the power of the waves that have carved out their towering and impressive forms for millions of years.
In really wild Winter, nothing beats the elemental thrill of watching huge thundering seas crash relentlessly on Cornwall’s dramatic coast. Perhaps it’s the humbling sense of our own insignificance that does it. Like cosying up in front of the fire, storm watching puts us back in touch with our primordial urges to find safety and shelter, and – most importantly of all – to find refuge in romance from the spectre of our own mortality.
For a really romantic storm watching experience, try the Ship Inn at Porthleven, The Queen’s Hotel in Penzance, The Minack Theatre Café, Bedruthan Hotel & Spa or the Scarlet Hotel, both in Mawgan Porth.