Visiting Cornwall National Landscape

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!

Visiting Cornwall National Landscape

You're never far from natural beauty in Cornwall

We're here to help you enjoy it!

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.

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Our Vision

A landscape that is inclusive and appreciated by everyone.

Our intention

Is to inspire all who live, work and visit to be connected with the landscape.

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1 Designated Protected Landscape

Divided into 12 sections

Section 01

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Section 02

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Section 03

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Section 04

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Section 05

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Section 06

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Section 07

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Section 08

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Section 09

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Section 10

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Section 11

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Section 12

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Autumn colour - Ethy Wood, Lerryn, Roy Curtis

Cape Cornwall - Claire Voss-Bark

Between Lands End and Sennen Cove - Jonah Willitts

Cot Valley - Maria Hood

Crown Mines Botallack - John Shipp

Dartmoor Pony 1, Rame Head - Peter Atherton

Godrevy cliffs, Godrevy Island sun setting sea pinks - Georgie Ball

Dramatic light and skies with a Rainbow over St Austell Bay - Lisa MacLeod

Golitha Falls - John Peters

The land extends its fingers into the sea at Hemmick Beach.

Kynance Cove - Laura Foulds Moody

Malpas beauty of the river - Alexander Norman

Peregrine at Carnewas -natural beauty - John Johnson

St Helens Oratory, Cape Cornwall - John Shipp

St Michaels Mount - Bob Morgan

Strangles Beach, nr Crackington Haven - Tim Knight

Where land meets the sea, Porthchapel Beach, Porthcurno - Caleb Giddens

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benefit to people

People

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.

benefit to place

Place

Celebrating our cultural heritage and landscape character in each section of the protected landscape. Developing our understanding of a sense of place.

benefit to nature

Nature

Increase habitat and biodiversity in Cornwall National Landscape, creating events and opportunities for both nature and visitors to thrive together.

benefit to climate

Climate

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.

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Events in the Cornwall National Landscape

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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Give a little back by volunteering

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.

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Ways to enjoy the Cornwall National Landscape...

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.

Tramper at Siblyback Lake, Living Options Devon

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.

Nanquidno Cove, photographer Michelle Blaken

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.

Walking Cornwall National Landscape – Roy Curtis

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Our Projects

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.

A Monumental Improvement

A Monumental Improvement

Project Description

Representing 4,000 years of Cornish history

Project Aim

This five-year project will seek to ensure that the 38 Scheduled Monuments in the Cornwall National Landscape are better identified, supported and enjoyed by a wide range of people.

Monuments Matter to People

Monuments Matter to People

Project Description

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.

Project Aim

Conserving Cornish landscapes whilst gaining education, training and life skills, improving health and wellbeing and making long-lasting connections to people and places.

12 Stories for 12 Sections

12 Stories for 12 Sections

Project Description

An anthology of short fiction inspired by Cornwall's protected landscape.

Project Aim

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.

12 Children's Stories for 12 Sections

12 Children's Stories for 12 Sections

Project Description

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.

Project Aim

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.

Dark Skies Cornwall

Dark Skies Cornwall

Project Description

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...

Project Aim

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.

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Dos & Don'ts in Cornwall National Landscape

Dos

Travel sustainably
Better for the environment and better for you! If you can, use public transport and combine journeys by foot and/ or bike. This means you’ll have a chance to experience our wonderful protected landscape as you travel, and you won’t have to worry about finding a car parking space.
Follow the Countryside Code
The Countryside Code is important, it sets out how visitors to rural areas can behave safely and responsibly. This is to protect livestock and wildlife that live in all sections of the National Landscape. For example by keeping dogs under control, leaving gates as you find them, and not lighting fires or barbecues.
Support our rural communities and farmers
Much of the landscape character of Cornwall National Landscape is farmland which conserves and contributes to nature and protected eco-systems. Please support the farmers and communities who maintain access to nature through the landscape by sticking to the path, keeping dogs on the lead around livestock and not picnicking on private land.
Support local
There are some incredible, independent Cornish businesses in and around the 12 sections of the National Landscape. Please consider shopping locally.

Don'ts

Miss out on hidden gems
Some of the most popular visitor destinations in Cornwall National Landscape get very busy during summertime. Explore some of the amazing locations and historic features off-the-beaten track.
Destroy wildlife
Many of the sections of Cornwall National Landscape are also SSSI and Nature Reserves. Please tread carefully and keep your dog on the lead. Stick to footpaths and bridleways so as not to disturb ground nesting birds and other wildlife.
Get too close to the edge
10 of the 12 sections of the National Landscape are coastal. Please take extra care if visiting coasts or beaches and note there may not be an RNLI lifeguard out, outside of the summer season. Please always follow RNLI guidance.
Leave litter
Cornwall National Landscape is designated for its outstanding natural beauty. Don't impact that by leaving litter, or dog mess, out in the landscape. Please take your litter home or dispose of it when you come to a suitable bin.

Hidden Gems of the Cornwall National Landscapes

Explore the Hidden Gems of the Cornwall National Landscapes, uncovering secret spots and lesser-known locales that capture the essence of this extraordinary landscape.

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Section 12 - Bodmin Moor

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Devoran Quays/ Penpoll – Mining Port Connections
Section 09 - Southcoast Central

Devoran Quays/ Penpoll – Mining Port Connections

St Agnes Museum, and St Agnes Beacon
Section 05- St Agnes

St Agnes Museum, and St Agnes Beacon

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