Cornwall’s Best Picnic Spots

Published: 2020-07-21 / Author: Merchant House

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Scattered around the county are some of the most amazing picnic spots imaginable. All the more reason to grab your gear and get outside, our list of Cornwall’s best picnic spots will have you savouring every moment.

Brown Willy

Overlooking the heather-strewn expanse of Bodmin Moor, Brown Willy is Cornwall’s highest point and a wonderful place to start your picnic journey. At 420 meters above sea level, it provides far-reaching views across the moor and is a really dramatic place to reward yourself with a treat or two. Especially satisfying after the stank to the top, a thickly-cut sandwich and flask of hot tea will be the perfect accompaniment to the wild vistas below.

Cardinham Woods

Covering 650-acres of mixed woodland, the luscious Cardinham Woods provide ample space to roam, play and, of course, tuck into a tasty picnic. Find a quiet spot off one of the many trails or use the excellent riverside picnic area which has access to free-to-use public BBQs. If you find you haven’t packed quite enough snacks for your alfresco feast, you can always nip over to Cardinham’s Woods Café too, where a whole heap of fresh bakes and cakes are served each day.

Kynance Cove

Famed as one of the most beautiful coves in Europe, Kynance is an obvious choice for a picnic spot in Cornwall. A picture-perfect cove framed by undulating cliffs and decorated with greenery-clad islands rising from turquoise waters, it really is stunning. If you are staying in one of our dog-friendly rooms, your pup can enjoy Kynance’s sandy beach at low tide during the out-of-season months, while in summer when the beach ban is in place, the cliffs overlooking the beach boast incredible paths and panoramas.

Marazion Beach

With its powder-fine, honey-coloured sands and gently shelving beach, Marazion Beach is already a popular choice for picnics in Cornwall. Yet making this place even more special, its views lend all new meaning to the word ‘breathtaking’. Sat in the foreground of the fairy-tale-esque St Michael’s Mount, a picnic here will rival any other and provide some of the most magical views in the UK. Once you’ve finished your goodies, you can walk out to the island castle at low tide, following the giant’s causeway.

Penberth Cove

Featured in Poldark as the setting of Rosina Hoblyn’s home, Penberth Cove sits at the foot of a wooded valley and is truly one of the most unspoilt coves in the South West. An absurdly picturesque fishing hamlet with a cobbled, granite slipway that runs down to meet translucent waters, it can be accessed along the South West Coast Path and is the kind of place you will want to linger and linger.

Perranporth Beach

One of the best dog-friendly beaches near Truro, Perranporth beach has to be up there as one of Cornwall’s best picnic spots. Offering mile upon mile of golden sand yet close to amenities (and the UK’s only beach bar and restaurant), it will be easy to find your own private spot to nestle down with a delicious spread and watch cotton-candy clouds gently float above a sapphire horizon.  

St Anthony’s Head

Perched at the southernmost tip of the Roseland Peninsula, St Anthony’s Head is only a short drive from us at Merchant House Hotel. An ideal excuse to make the most of our free-parking on site for guests, you can hop in the car and make the short 19-mile drive to this lovely picnic spot. With far-reaching views across the water to Falmouth and beyond, you’ll find there’s no better real-life outdoor cinema than this.

St Nectan’s Glen

A stone’s throw from Tintagel, the birthplace of the legendary St Arthur, St Nectan’s Glen is a place of romance, mystery and intrigue. Full of mysticism, its umbrageous depths provide a truly unique escape. Follow one of the many paths and take a picnic by one of the woodland’s three falls. A particularly impressive spot, the first waterfall features a 60ft cascade that tumbles through a circular hole in the rocks, perfectly formed by the relentless flow of the River Trevillet.

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Great hotel, really friendly and helpful staff giving a warm welcome. Superb quiet and comfortable room with spotlessly clean ensuite bathroom.

Easy free parking and good quality Wi-Fi. Continental breakfast was very good, fresh fruit and a good cereal selection. Excellent coffee!

Many thanks.

Simon M - UK

Lovely room and super friendly staff, pleasent location with only a short walk down hill to the town.

Spotlessly clean and good Covid measures in place. Tea coffee supplied as you need it and towels available on the landing as required if you need more than supplied in the room.

Highly recommended.

222gavinr- UK
Very comfortable stay

My wife and I stayed one night in this hotel while touring in Cornwall. It could not have been a better choice for us. The staff were very welcoming and helpful, and the room had a huge king size bed (wider than length) in a very comfortable room. Despite being on a main arterial road into Truro centre, it was very quiet at night and we could sleep with the window open. 10min walk into the town centre that has a wide range of restaurants, shops and facilities, although it seemed like a 20min walk back up the hill to the hotel! Good range of food for breakfast too. No dining facilities otherwise, but the hotel supports guests ordering take-aways if wanted.

barrystuart2017 - Bedford, UK
Truly an old fashioned customer based warm welcome

From the point of walking in the door the welcome was truly felt, nothing was to much trouble. Our dog was met with the same greeting and even had his very own welcome pack, there is a pet friendly walking area, a dog shower and towels to dry your pooch.

As for us humans, we were able to bring in and eat our takeaway in the dining area, hotel plates and cutlery was provided. The bed was amazingly comfortable, the shower room was spotless, all in all I would highly recommend this hotel and will definitely stay again if I'm down this way again.

V8820MTkathyc - Clayton, UK
Gem of a place

We arrived with our Cockerpoo Parker to a very friendly welcome. Our room was clean and to a high standard although compact.One nice touch was they provided a fan as the weather was warm. Everything you wished for appeared to be catered for. We were amazed at all the lovely touches and facilities there were for dogs. You could even order take aways and eat in the lounge if you wished although Truro offers quite a few doggy friendly places to eat. There was also a bar. Breakfast was delicious too. We’d definitely be back we loved our stay thank you.

Alijon1 - Benfleet, UK
Friendly and welcoming

I really enjoyed my stay at the Merchant House. The single room was clean and big enough. We stayed four nights and the system put in place during the pandemic, made me feel comfortable and well looked after.

Staff were welcoming, friendly and very helpful. They wore masks when serving breakfast and had a great system in place for social distancing. Facilities were great. A fridge downstairs and a packed breakfast if you're leaving really early, was a great idea.

I will be going back, it's lovely and comfortable. A great base for when you're travelling all over Cornwall.

Caroline B - London, UK

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