Cornwall’s Instagram gold – but these locations are even better in real life

6th August 2019

We know life isn’t all about taking photos – but, let’s be honest, it’s become a pretty staple part of society in 2019.

Whether you intend to or not, the fact is that (even if you’re having a digital detox) you’re probably going to be posting shots from your holiday as soon as you get home to Instagram.

It isn’t necessarily about likes, either. At the end of the day, there’s a reason certain places have become popular on the social site – because, actually, in real life they are just as beautiful and awe-inspiring as they are on your phone screen.

So, let us help you out! We’ve pulled together some of the most inviting spots across Cornwall, as shared online…

Bedruthan Steps, Near Newquay

The rugged shore of Bedruthan Steps is undoubtedly one of the most unique coastal spots in Cornwall. A 25-minute drive from The Plume, gaze across this stunning bay and awe at the beautiful stacks of rock, turquoise waters and rolling fields behind you.

The Lizard and Kynance Cove

Already world-famous for its Caribbean-like waters, Kynance Cove is a must-visit for anyone who enjoys a dip in the sea while surrounding by a stunning cliff landscape. Located on the most southerly point of the British mainland, take a walk along the South West Coast Path and say hello to the resident cliffside ponies.

Polly Joke, Newquay

Not one to be missed, Polly Joke is a spectacular stretch of sand located near Newquay and hidden just beyond the popular Crantock beach. Head up in early summer for a chance to see fields of poppies which have made this spot an insta-hit in recent years.

St Ives, west Cornwall

You can’t head west without a little pitstop to the world-famous seaside town of St Ives. You don’t have to walk the cobbled streets to enjoy this beauty spot though – head straight to the beach and make the most of clear waters and soft, white sand.

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This week I’ve partnered with @sharpsbrewery on a road trip of Cornwall’s #BlueFlagBeaches 🌊 The Blue Flag award is given internationally to beaches that are clean of litter, have excellent facilities, and have a high standard of water quality. . Yesterday we went to Gylly beach in Falmouth (and went for a SUP with @wesup_gyllybeach ), before heading to Sennen, Carbis Bay, Porthminster & Porthmeor. 🌞 We couldn’t quite believe our eyes at this INCREDIBLE water! . Today we have been to Porthtowan, Perranporth, and Great Western Beach in Newquay for another SUP with Newquay Surf School. 🏄🏼‍♀️ Now snuggling down in our AMAZING room at @lewinnicklodge (check out my Insta Stories for a room tour!) and looking forward to another busy day tomorrow! . *gifted collaboration

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Pedn Vounder, near Porthcurno

Lesser-known than its sister beach, Porthcurno, Pedn Vounder is a hard-to-reach beach spot which is definitely worth the climb down. Be aware though, this is a nudist beach – so, don’t be shy!

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Took to the cliffs this Mother’s Day for a picnic in the sunshine 💎 This is my absolute favourite place in Cornwall, ever. I’m constantly finding new hidden spots around these cliffs. It was super hazy at the top, but as we started to climb down it became a lot clearer – those turquoise waters are incredible 👣🌎 • • • #cornwall #cornwalllife #cornwallblogger #lovecornwall #ladieslovetravel #passionpassport #travelgirls #sheisnotlost #girlslovetravel #girlsthatwonder #travelwriter #travel #instatravel #travelblogger #letsgoeverywhere #ig_travel #thetavellingnomads #woodland #tree #forest #flashesofdelight #communityovercompetition #thatsdarling #mybeautifulmess #walkingcornwall #explorecornwall #watchcornwall #treen

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St Michael’s Mount, Penzance

One of the most historic and iconic landmarks in Cornwall, St Michael’s Mount is an location that must be experienced first-hand. Once the tide is out, wander the cobbled path which leads to this tiny island, explore the castle and enjoy the beautiful views across Mount’s Bay from the picturesque gardens.

Rock, near Padstow

Seeing Cornwall from above is just as awe-inspiring as from the ground (as wonderfully-demonstrated in the post below). If you haven’t been to Rock before, take some time to walk the beautiful dunes and enjoy the calm that comes with being located in the stunning estuary spot, near the mouth of the Camel River.