My Top 5 Places to Photograph in Cornwall

I love Cornwall. I try to go there at least once a year to photograph the coastlines and moors. In this post I list my top 5 favourite spots that I have photographed there. They happen to be all coastal, but if you are going to visit, don't forget the wonderful Bodmin Moor. I plan to cover that on a future vist.

1. Top of my list currently is a place that i dicovered last year, Daymer Bay. It's beautiful. The green vegetation growing on the beach at the waterline and the opening of the Camel estuary make this a perfect spot for sunsets at the right time of year. As an added bonus, nestled just at the back of the beach, amongst the sand dunes and the golf course you will find St Enodoc church. despite my best efforts, I haven't so far been able to capture the sheer beauty of the church in such a wonderful setting but it is high up on my wishlist.

Sunset at Daymer Bay

2. Next up is a place that i have visited many times and have on occassion stayed at the wonderful Headland Hotel. Fistral Beach and the Headland. The main beach itself doesn't offer too much different to most beaches, although sunsets in this part of the world can be spectacular on occassion, but the rocky edges of the bay at both ends offer all sorts of possibilities. From the hotel you can walk out to Little Fistral, a small beach surrounded by rocks and head on up the headland which is surrounded by rocky outcrops. They all offer some great points of interest and I no doubt will head back several more times in the years to come.

Coastal Rocks from the Headland at Fistral

3. Another big favourite of mine is the Bedrutahan Steps. Just a little way up the north coast from Newquay and Fistral, they really are spectacular. The land surrounding the steps is owned by the National Trust who look after the area. If you park up in the National Trust car park do be sure to walk along the coast past the steps and view them from the other side. Both views are amazing and well worth a look both with the tide in and out. There are so many ossibilities. Again, I don't believe that I have yet managed to capture them in all their glory, but I will keep trying.

Bedruthan Steps looking north

4. Pentire Point and The Rumps. From Polzeath you can walk out of the village along the coastal path to Pentire Point. (not to be confused with Pentire Head, which features next on my list). Once here you can find a spot to sit and look back to the South and West to the Camel Estuary which looks amazing from this viewpoint, or you can look East along the coast to The Rumps. Both viewpoints make excellent subjects for the camera.

If you feel so inclined you can also walk a bit further along the coast to The Rumps which make another excellent platform for some more coastal images.

View of Polzeath and the Camel Estuary from Pentire Point

5. Last on my list, which is by no means exhaustive, is the Pentire Headland at the top of Newquay. Newquay itself has a bit of a mixed reputation, but at the right time of year, I love it, and the surrounding coastlines and countryside are beautiful. Pentire Head, or the Pentire headland are right at the top of Newquay and is beautiful. The views to the ocean are spectacular and there's a bench at the top of the headland which is well worth a sit just to chill and watch the sea.

View to sea from Pentire Head

There are many many more amazing places in Cornwall that are worth a visit to photograph. So many more than i could list here, but off the top of my head I could have included St Michaels's Mount, Lands End, Bodmin Moor, St Just, Trevose Head & Lighthouse, Port Quin, Port Isaac, Tintagel, Holywell Bay, Crantock and Watergate Bay. All of which have something to offer the landscape photographer. Give some a try and let me know what you thought.


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