Why you should visit Cornwall in Winter

Picture Cornwall and you’ll probably have an image of sun-kissed beaches, ice creams, and long evening sunsets. What you probably don’t know is that it’s when the days draw in and the anoraks come out that Cornwall is at its very best. 

Here’s our top 9 reasons why we think you should be coming to visit after the clocks go back!

An empty cornish beach in winter with clear skies and the sun reflecting off puddles on the beach
No crowds, vivid colours and crisp, clean air. Cornwall is at its best in winter

Winter sun
Thinking of taking the edge off that chill at home? During winter Cornwall is blessed with the UK’s mildest temperatures. OK, it may not quite be the Canaries, but with snow an extreme rarity in Cornwall, it can feel balmy compared to other areas in the UK during winter. 

The crowds are gone
There’s nothing quite like heading to a beach with no-one else around. But in Cornwall in the winter it’s not only the beaches that thin out. You can walk into any restaurant and get a table straight away, queues disappear at the top attractions, and the whole of Cornwall embraces a more leisurely vibe. It’s a well known secret to locals that Winter is the time to get-away-from-it-all in Cornwall.

Storms 
There’s nothing quite as exhilarating as standing on the ocean’s edge and watching the full force of nature batter the land. And Cornwall is world beating in terms of places to do so. Surrounded on three sides by the ocean, Cornwall gets in the winter offers an opportunity to witness nature at its most dramatic, and Cornwall at the peak of its rugged beauty. 

Longships lighthouse near land's end in cornwall gets hit by waves during a winter storm
Longships Lighthouse at Land's End takes a battering during winter

The air is amazing
As temperatures drop so does the humidity meaning that the air becomes much fresher. Add the brisk winds that hit the county throughout the winter and suddenly your lungs are treated to an experience that feels almost medicinal. That lovely fresh, clean air adds a big bonus to any winter outdoor activity. 

You can see for miles
When the air cools not only does the air feel fresher, you can also see further. Winter means less haze, and thus it’s a great time to soak up the panoramic landscapes along the Southwest coast-path and Bodmin moor. Add to this that fact that the trees and hedges thin out, and suddenly you’re treated to wide viewing panoramas that only this time of year can offer. 

It’s dog heaven!
Nearly all of those 300+ beaches that we mentioned earlier are open to dogs between Autumn and Spring meaning that for dog owners they’ll have their pick of places to give their pooches a seaside stroll. What’s more you can let Fido frolick freely without having to worry about them running into sunbathing families, or spaying sand onto toddlers. 

Best time to drive
OK we admit it, for visitors driving around Cornwall can sometimes be stressful if you’re not used to driving through country lanes. And there’s nothing more frustrating in the summer than being stuck in a tailback behind someone nervously navigating the traffic. In the Winter the volume of traffic drops and the roads are much clearer. In fact, driving can be so much fun during this time of year that you might even consider going on a sightseeing drive down the coast!

It’s cheaper to stay
Over winter it’s cheaper to stay in Cornwall, we offer week long breaks starting from £350 and also offer short breaks too during that time of year! Added to that you’ll have the opportunity to hunker down in a cozy cottage and get that wood burner blazing! Reach out to us for more details…

So there you have it, winter in Cornwall is simply the best! And if you’re heading this way check out our top must-do winter activities here

Log burner with a roaring fire and logs ready to burn
Cozy nights in at Little Avalon

Cornish Vistas holiday cottages near Falmouth are perfect setting for your visit to Cornwall. Just 10 minutes from the centre of Falmouth and some of Cornwall’s best beaches, you can choose from ‘Little Avalon’ our 1850s labourers cottage, or ‘The Pigsty’ our converted barn.