Welcome all to Cornwall's nationally protected landscape. Our National Landscape is unique, there are 12 separate sections under one single designation. Each one has its own representation in the Management Plan 2022-2027 to create a sense of place. They are special in their own right and collectively make up one third of the county - the same size as Dartmoor National Park!
Experience the breathtaking beauty of the Cornwall National Landscape (AONB) – a mosaic of diverse landscapes, vibrant communities, and rich heritage. From the rugged coastal cliffs that embrace the pounding Atlantic to the gentle estuaries teeming with wildlife, every visit promises a wealth of discoveries. Wander through historic villages, explore ancient woodlands and enjoy the tapestry of scenery that has inspired artists and travellers alike for centuries. Visiting the protected landscape isn’t just a day out; it’s an immersion into a world where nature’s drama unfolds at your feet.
A landscape that is inclusive and appreciated by everyone.
Is to inspire all who live, work and visit to be connected with the landscape.
Increase access to the protected landscape to improve levels of physical activity, health and wellbeing. Promote increased mental health through volunteering and events which connect people to nature, decrease health inequalities and social isolation.
Celebrating our cultural heritage and landscape character in each section of the protected landscape. Developing our understanding of a sense of place.
Increase habitat and biodiversity in Cornwall National Landscape, creating events and opportunities for both nature and visitors to thrive together.
Work collaboratively to support opportunities to build and enhance resilience of protected landscapes to mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change. Encouraging visitors to consider sustainable access and tourism.
Join us for a variety of engaging events across the Cornwall National Landscape, where the beauty of nature meets the richness of local culture.
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Cornwall National Landscape is a non-profit organisation that conserves the unique landscapes, wildlife, and cultural heritage of Cornwall. Volunteering for the protected landscape provides a rewarding experience of giving back to the community and preserving the Cornwall's natural beauty.
Trampers are a type of mobility scooter which are specifically designed to access the countryside. Countryside Mobility is a not-for-profit hire scheme working to improve access. Operated by the charity Living Options Devon, this is a user-led organisation working to ensure that people with disabilities and Deaf people are empowered to lead the lives they choose. The team work with a variety of partners who host the trampers on their sites – or visitor attractions – to enable people with limited mobility to enjoy and access to the landscape. They undertake safety assessments and Access Audits at each site, aided by two access auditors who have first hand experience of living with a physical disability. They have also created films and podcasts about their trampers – and tramper locations so that all users can be confident of what to expect before arriving. These trampers do often need to be booked in advance.
Sustainably travelling by bus around Cornwall National Landscape is made easier using Go Cornwall Bus. With up-to-date information about bus travel, and routes, as well as activities and offers for some of Cornwall’s visitor attractions you can avoid taking the car. We advocate using public transport, where possible, as the best way to access the protected landscape in Cornwall. With the rural nature of the Sections of Cornwall National Landscape you might consider multiple modes of travel, for instance bicycle and bus or train and walk. Go Cornwall Bus can also advise on the accessibility of their transport to facilitate mobility requirements.
The Tin Coast is the area around St Just, Pendeen and Morvah in Section 07 West Penwith. It is an internationally significant World Heritage Site, part of Cornwall National Landscape and is interwoven with a resilient and exceptional natural beauty and incredible wildlife. The rugged beauty of this section of the protected landscape is fully captured and made easy to discover by the Tin Coast Partnership. You can find out all about the history, heritage, how to access the area and activities that you can do in this Section using their website.
From Penzance, on the main train line, there are a whole host of itineraries available to experience West Penwith. From exploring the coast, to feasting at local pubs, adventures by bicycle to learning about Cornish heritage, you can find all you need to know with Love Penzance. The team have curated a series of itineraries which include information on travel, access and what to expect in and out of season.
One of the best ways to see the protected landscape is on foot. You can plot your own route using OS Maps but if you are looking for a easy way to explore the 12 sections of Cornwall National Landscape we recommend trying iWalk Cornwall. They have over 300 walks across Cornwall ranging from 2 – 13 miles. The majority of these walks are circular and include lots of useful information about parking, public transport access and accessibility for different mobilities. The walks include local history, Cornish heritage and nature information. The work using GPS so a smartphone is usually required. However you can download a detailed, tested hand-written route plan to print and bring with you.
We lead and support projects and initiatives that increase access into the protected landscape. We are committed to increasing access, both physical and digital, for those who are underserved by the National Landscape. Connecting the 12 Sections of Cornwall National Landscape is important to achieve the physical linking of people and place. Access, both physical and digital, promotes mental health and wellbeing, connecting people with nature and removing all barriers (physical and cultural) to experiencing, and appreciating, the protected landscape.
An exciting project which offered residents of Torpoint, Saltash and Liskeard the opportunity to join a free, varied volunteer programme at Maker Heights, Rame Head.
Conserving Cornish landscapes whilst gaining education, training and life skills, improving health and wellbeing and making long-lasting connections to people and places.
An anthology of short fiction inspired by Cornwall's protected landscape.
Increasing access to the protected landscape, for those underserved, and connecting people with place. This project uses the arts as a mechanism to connect more people with nature.
A collection of short stories for children aged 7-11 yrs, showcasing the cultural heritage of the protected landscape to inspire, connect and engage children from Cornwall, and beyond.
To use storytelling to connect and introduce children of primary-school age with nature and to offer an opportunity for a life-long passion for the outdoors and natural environment.
Under a pitch black starry sky in West Penwith, when sitting by some of the ancient monuments, we are looking at the very sky that 2000 years or more ago our ancestors were looking at. We must protect that sky for future generations...
Preserve and enhance the dark night skies above West Penwith and Bodmin Moor for pleasure, leisure and to support the wellbeing of residents, visitors and wildlife.
Explore the Hidden Gems of the Cornwall National Landscapes, uncovering secret spots and lesser-known locales that capture the essence of this extraordinary landscape.