Cornwall is a land which has been defined by its spectacular coastline that tapers out into the Atlantic Ocean. It is a ceremonial county as well as unitary authority area of England in the United Kingdom and is a peninsula which is bordered towards the north and west by the Celtic Sea, towards the south by the English Channel and to the east by the county of Devon over the Tamar River.
Its granite cliffs of Land’s End, picturesque harbours, with its wide sandy beaches of the north coast have made Cornwall an amazing holiday resort for a very long time. Besides this it also has a rich cultural heritage which has left a lasting impression on the landscape.
The ancientstones, to the ghost of the mining industry give one a feeling of being in another location and not in England. Cornwall has a population of around 536,000 inhabitants, covering an area of 3,563 sq. km and Truro is the administrative centre and the only city in Cornwall though there is town of St. Austell which has the largest population.
Tradition Homeland of the Cornish People
It is the traditional homeland of the people of Cornwall which has been recognized as one of the Celtic nations that has retained its cultural identity and reflects its history. The area was first inhabited in the Mesolithic and the Palaeolithic periods and continues to be occupied by the Neolithic as well as the Bronze Age people which later on were occupied by Brythons that had distinctive cultural relations with the neighbouring Brittany and Wales. While on a trip to Cornwall with family or friends there are several places of interest which are worth exploring.
Sites Worth Exploring
Land’s End is one of the West Country’s awesome natural settings together with great places to dine and shop as well as other exciting pay as you go family attractions.
Kernow Coasteering is another place of interest and a most westerly coasteering centre. Coasteering is one of the fastest growing adventure activities in UK and one can take a tour to get a taste of life on the edge and an opportunity to experience the Cornish coastline up close.
The granite cliffs at Lands’ End form some of the best coastline and an adventure with ultimate experience at Kernow Coasteering.
Geevor is another site set amidst 67 acres on the North Atlantic coast and is one of the largest preserved mine site in Cornwall reflecting its outstanding collections together with listed buildings which tells of its industrial mining past and has also made the Western Gateways to the Cornish Mining World Heritage site.
The Levant Steam Engine is located on a cliff edge which is five miles from Land’s End and the oldest beam engine in Cornwall. It is being driven by steam, credits of which go the extensive program of restoration and rebuilding by the National Trust as well as the members of the Trevithick Society.
Porthcurno Telegraph Museum which is an award winning museum set in Porthcurno valley, chronicling the fascinating and unusual story of the people from the Victorian times to World War II. Besides these, there are several more sites which can be explored and gain more knowledge about Cornwall and its heritage.