Here at St. Eval we feel incredibly blessed to be surrounded by the wild and untamed beauty of the Cornish coast and countryside, a land brimming with natural beauty and captivating history.
In the second instalment of this blog series we're taking you on a whistle-stop tour of South Cornwall and all of the wonderful sights it holds.
A coastal town only 20 miles west of Plymouth, Looe is a charming spot for a fun day trip with loved ones. With a picturesque harbour at its heart, sandy beaches, and plenty of shops and eateries there aren't many places better for experiencing Cornish life.
Perhaps one of Looe's most magical features is Looe Island, a small nature reserve island which sits just a mile out to sea. Managed by Cornwall Wildlife Trust, the island can only be accessed via official pre-arranged trips. This island is a marine nature reserve and the waters around it are teeming with life. It provides a quiet haven for wildlife, with a variety of habitats including woodland, maritime grassland, sand, shingle, and rocky reef.
St. Austell Bay
Dubbed the 'Cornish Riviera', St. Austell Bay sits in the heart of Cornwall's south Coast and is home to many sheltered coves and sandy beaches perfect for days spent exploring. Brimming with the history of Cornwall's mining and nautical past, St. Austell is full of places where you can learn more about our county's history; the Wheal Martyn Clay Works and the Shipwreck Treasure Museum are great spots for a day out.
The Historic Port of Charlestown is a must-visit if you're in the area. It's a popular spot for locals who enjoy its many bars and restaurants, and with tourists looking to enjoy an ice cream from Tall Ships Creamery as they explore the harbour. With impressive boats often docked in its picturesque waters, it's no wonder Charlestown has reached worldwide fame after the recent TV adaptation of Poldark which was filmed in its harbour.
With its striking cathedral sitting proudly in its heart, Cornwall's only city, Truro is the bustling centre of the county. With its independent shops, restaurants, and cafe's, Truro is a great place to wander cobblestone streets and enjoy some retail therapy.
Once you've finished with your shopping a visit inside the majestic cathedral is a must, taking the its stunning art and history that fill its halls. The city is also home to the Royal Cornwall Museum where you can learn more about Cornish history, and the Hall for Cornwall where you can enjoy a show in the stunning newly refurbished theatre.
A beautiful seaside town bursting with charm, Falmouth sits near the tail end of the South coast and is a favourite amongst locals and holidaymakers alike. With its deep natural harbour on the Fal Estuary and a major University campus famed for its creativity sitting just on the edge of the town, Falmouth is an eclectic mix of influences which show clearly in its vibrant town.
With Gyllngvase beach to wander across sandy shores, a highstreet dotted with independent eateries serving freshly caught seafood, and Falmouth Art Gallery to marvel at one of the best art collections in Cornwall; there's no shortage of fun things to do in Falmouth.
These are just a handful of the wonderful spots to visit in South Cornwall, and we would love to hear about your favourite places to visit, share with us on socials: @stevalcandles or via email to email@example.com.