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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.