Situated on the south west peninsula of the UK mainland, Cornwall has the longest stretch of coastline in the UK with around 450 miles of dramatic coastal scenery including fishing villages, sailing communities, cliffs, bays, coves, Iron Age fortifications, and more than 300 beaches. There are over 50 miles of heritage coastline.
The South West Coast Path National Trail visits much of this coastline and offers Cornish visitors a variety of walks from short gentle walks to full scale hiking. The National Trust owns and protects over 200 miles of the Cornish coastline attracting millions of visitors every year.
Cornwall effectively has two coastal areas; the Atlantic Coast with it's Atlantic waves, surfing beaches and expanses of golden sand, and the less exposed English Channel coast with it's hidden coves, and sheltered bays.
UNESCO has given World Heritage Site status to a number of locations in Cornwall which best represent the Cornish mining heritage. Examples are; Geevor Tin Mine, the largest preserved 18th century mining site in the UK, and Poldark Mine, an atmospheric gold mine again dating back to the eighteenth century, and the world's best preserved arsenic works at Botallack.
Activities in Cornwall include surfing, riding, hiking, and beach holidays. Attractions include the World famous Eden Project, and the imposing St. Michaels' Mount. Important coastal towns include Newquay, with it's surfing and nightlife, and the picture postcard beauty of St.Ives.