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The county of Cornwall is the south western extremity of England.
Including the Isles of Scilly, it covers about 1,400 square miles and has
a population of about half a million, which is vastly increased during
the summer months.
Cornwall has the mildest climate in Britain - spring comes early, and autumn lingers longer. Add to this its magnificent beaches and coastal scenery, and its continuing popularity with holidaymakers is not surprising.
The surf beaches and buzzing nightlife of Newquay and Bude attract surfies and the younger set whilst beautiful St.Ives, home of the Cornish branch of the Tate gallery, has art and surf.
Smugglers coves and pretty fishing villages like Mousehole and Zennor, are a well loved feature of Cornwall’s north west coast. One of these, Padstow, at the mouth of the river Camel has become a gourmet Mecca, thanks largely to celebrity chef Rick Stein’s “Seafood Restaurant”.
With Bodmin Moor at its heart, inland Cornwall can seem a wild and inhospitable landscape. In many places traces of the old tin and lead mining industries that once brought wealth to the County are seen. Four miles from St Austell one old clay pit has been reborn. At the Eden Project plants from the World’s jungles, deserts and savannahs occupy a series of gigantic domes, borrowing Cornish sunlight to supplement the microclimate created for them.
Cornwall's south coast is softer and greener. As in the north, it has its share of holiday beaches and picturesque harbours – delightful places like Looe and Fowey. Rare plants flourish in the mild climate of the south’s rugged Lizard peninsula - the most southerly point in Britain - but its exposed position means that it takes a battering from the Atlantic in winter.
Further west, St. Michaels Mount rises like a fairytale castle from the sea at Marazion. Just along the beach at Penzance, ferries leave for the magic Isles of Scilly, pushing out into the Atlantic beyond Lands End and its “The Spirit of Cornwall” theme park.
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