Rugged, rural and crammed with history, Cornwall is one of the most popular holiday resorts in the whole of the UK. But how much do we really know about the county? Before you go on a rambling holiday or tuck into any of the famous local ice cream, be sure to make room for these 14 fun facts and curious titbits.
- Cornwall has the honour of boasting Great Britain’s longest coastline. Its beaches and bays are colossal, adding up to more than 430 miles in total length!
- In fact, there are over 300 different beaches in the county. Time to grab your deckchairs – there’s a lot of ground to cover!
- More than five million people flock to the beaches each year – who said the British holiday was a thing of the past?
- Cornwall is extremely popular with British surfers. That amount of beach and access to the sea proves fantastic fun for wave catchers – and towns such as Newquay are surfer hubs.
Saint Piran’s Flag, Flag of Cornwall
- The area is also extremely popular for its unique ales and beers. For example, you may have sampled a delicious Doom Bar ale on tap elsewhere – but it all comes from Cornish barrels and taps.
- It’s an absolutely gorgeous region. So much so, that around 220 acres of Truro, one of the county’s capitals, are designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. That means there are miles upon miles of unspoilt countryside.
- Truro is, in fact, Cornwall’s only city. For a county this size, that’s something of an achievement in and of itself!
- Cornwall has many famous towns, such as Falmouth, where it is said that news of Admiral Horatio Nelson’s death first arose. It’s been an important harbour and naval base over the decades.
- The county is, of course, world-famous for the pasty. A Cornish Pasty is a thick-crusted savoury snack filled with mincemeat. It was originally created for Cornish miners to enjoy while working down the pits.
- You might spot a shark in Cornish waters! Believe it or not, a blue shark once popped up near St Ives, and the area is said to play host to basking sharks every once in a while. You’ll even see grey seals and bottlenose dolphins bobbing around, too.
A proper Cornish pasty – yummy!
- It’s thought that Cornish and Welsh people all descend from ancestors dating back 6,000 years.
- Believe it or not, there are countries in the United Nations which are smaller than Cornwall’s total area. Could Cornwall secede from the UK? They have their own flag – so it’s a start!
- Cornwall has an ancient language to its name. However, people are thought to have stopped speaking it, at least as a first tongue, back in the 18th You can still learn Cornish to this day, however!
- Cornwall, of course, is also famous for its ice cream. There’s nothing quite like it! One of the main reasons for this is the fact that there are so many cows in the region – more than 75,000 at last count, but who’s keeping track? Someone has to!
Do you know any fun or interesting facts about Cornwall you’d like to share here? Let us know in the comments section below!