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8 of the best places to go in Cornwall to avoid the summer crowds

Simon Calder’s Travel

Several places spring to mind for the classic UK staycation, whether it’s the honey-hued villages of the Cotswolds or the elegant cityscape of Edinburgh. But in summer, few destinations seem to capture the British imagination like Cornwall does.

From the shores of St Ives to the inland capital of Truro, Cornwall is a perennial staycation favourite thanks to beautiful beaches, picturesque towns and villages, and some of the finest walking trails in the country.

Though occasionally its highlights can become its undoing, as parts of the county become almost overrun during the summer, with locals and tourists alike competing for parking spaces and hotel places.

The best way to avoid these crowds? Try exploring the parts of Cornwall that remain ‘off the beaten path’. This may sound like a challenge in a county that’s so popular with tourists but if you know where to look it’s possible to find peace and serenity.

From hidden stretches of golden coastline to quaint fishing villages and locally famous landmarks, a tour of some of Cornwall’s less crowded spots is also an exploration of Cornish culture, history and natural beauty. Read on for a selection of less visited spots.

Frenchman’s Creek, Helford

Novelist Daphne Du Maurier named a book after this part of the Helford River

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Frenchman’s Creek is a particularly scenic point on the Helford River, near the village of Helford itself. The width of the river around here means that kayaking and even small boat trips are possible, and there’s a popular three-mile walk that takes in the woodland and farmland while leading you to the top of a nearby hill for the best views over the creek itself.

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Cawsand and Kingsand

These twin villages were once a haven for smugglers, and were almost attacked by the Spanish Navy in 1596

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Cawsand and Kingand are twin villages in the southeast of Cornwall, on the county’s quieter, more secluded Rame Peninsula. This area, also known as Conrwall’s ‘Forgotten Corner’, is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and this, combined with it’s difficult-to-reach location, means that it is a natural haven that avoids the type of crowds that are typical of a Cornish summer.

Both of these villages are quintessentially Cornish, with narrow streets lined with fishing cottages that lead…

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