Cornwall: Pirates, Pasties and Plum Mead
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As ITV gets ready to air 'Cornwall with Caroline Quentin' tonight, I thought I would take the opportunity to share my own personal experiences of this beautiful county for those of you who are planning a trip in 2012 and the years beyond.
I have been lucky enough to grow up in Cornwall where golden soft sand beaches are never more than 20 minutes away from wherever you are in this county. The 400 miles of rugged coastline boast dramatic granite cliffs, secluded coves, long and wide sandy beaches and the azure waters of the Atlantic Ocean.
Cornwall has become a bit of a trendy spot for celebrities over recent years and this Christmas the British comedian Russell Brand headed to Coverack near Helston to cheer on his buddy David Baddiel in a charity ocean swim.
Perhaps one thing Cornwall is most renowned for is its delicious food and the county is full of farm shops, local markets and delicatessens. Many celebrity chefs have opened restaurants on the Cornish shores including Jamie Oliver and Rick Stein, who originates from the county. The famous pasty has been on the menus of pubs, restaurants and cafes for many years and no visit is complete without trying the local delicacy. A pastry case is filled with succulent meats such as beef or chicken, and diced vegetables including potatoes, suede, carrots and onions.
If you like your adventure sports, you're in for a treat. Cornwall has something to offer all adrenalin seekers, whether you want to have a go at surfing, kite boarding, coasteering, abseiling, sailing, skydiving, scuba diving, deep sea fishing, zip lining, cycling, or hiking.
Cornwall is home to an array of stunning gardens and thanks to the region's milder coastal climate, there are plenty of plants and flowers to enjoy all year round. Some of the best places to visit include Trebah Gardens, The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Lamorran Gardens, Trevarno Estate, Lanhydrock and perhaps one of the most famous greeenhouses in the world - the Eden Project.
The local tipple in Cornwall is cider and there are many varieties to sample during your visit. In my experience the best way to enjoy it is at one of the working cider farms (Healey's or Cornish Orchards) or on the terrace of a beach bar or restaurant where you can watch the sunset over the ocean. I personally reccommend doing this at Lewinnick Lodge in Newquay, or the Bowgie in Crantock, near Newquay for some stunning views and fresh sea air.
Cornish Mead is a traditional drink made from fermented honey which can be used as an apertirif or a desert wine. It comes in many different fruity flavours such as apple, blackcurrant, cherry, strawberry and mypersonal favourite - plum. Go easy on it though, unless you want the hangover from hell!
Cornwall is famous for its fishing and mining industry and this is still evident throughout individual towns and villages. Penzance, in West Cornwall, is known for its historic tales about smuggling and pirates, and towns such as Falmouth, Looe and Fowey are the vital cogs in the wheels of the UK's fishing industry.
There is just too much to write about this beautiful county in one blog so I will write about individual towns and attractions in forthcoming articles to help you plan your trip. In the meantime, feel free to ask any questions!