You’ll have seen the pictures of Cornish coves being mistaken for tropical islands, the days of pirate connotations have gone and there’s a new rumour as Club Tropikernow emerges. The names of some are no secret: Kynace Cove, Porthcurno Beach, Bedruthan Steps, Polly Joke… but the routes to reach them certainly are! Tucked away on the South West Coast Path, signage is often non-existent and access can be another ball game. There’s also hundreds’ more coves, some nameless (deliberately) to be stumbled upon for those that want an adventure. Here are our top tips for your cove-finding missions:
1. Hike the South West Coast Path; most of the best coves are hidden on this route and only accessible by foot. Along the way you’ll see some of Cornwall’s native wildlife as well as colourful flora and fauna. To get the most out of your mini-expeditions, we recommend guided walks, which you can book as part of your stay.
2. Safety must always come first; before you start your route, check the weather, the tides, and routes. Follow @southwestcoastpath for the latest updates. Don’t forget water and nourishing snacks! There are also some great walking apps that you can use to help you find your way.
3. Talk to the locals or other walkers; locals love to share the best bits of Cornwall and can guide you on where to go and how best to get there. The team at Bedruthan are also a good place to start as they travel to work from far and wide and will have tips on how to navigate hidden gems – just don’t tell everyone!
4. Be inquisitive; the worn path is normally a good sign that adventure lies ahead, just proceed with caution. One of our favourites is Vugga Cove near Crantock – small but perfectly formed, an imaginative storytellers heaven.
5. Do your research; there are plenty of books and blogs out there on Cornwall’s secret coves and beaches and often, these will tell you where to park, what to pack, accessibility and the coordinates. We love to follow @cornwall_lover and @annac42 on Instagram – but there’s plenty more doing a great job of capturing Club #Tropikernow.