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THE ULTIMATE CORNWALL ROAD TRIP! 1 Week & 2 Week Itinerary, What To Do & Where To Visit!

You just can’t beat Cornwall… Wild landscapes, beautiful beaches and a breathtaking coastline - and the charm and lifestyle to match!


It might be England’s worst kept secret, but that’s of course only for good reason!


What better way to experience it than packing up a VW bus with your wetsuit and surfboard, spending the day at the beach and picking a good spot up on the cliffs to watch the sun go down?

That said, if it’s quaint fishing villages, good food and art galleries that sounds better to you then you can do just that and we've got it all in this blog post!

Check out our North Cornwall road trip guide & itinerary here!

Here is the ultimate Cornwall road trip itinerary, including all the must visit places and a bunch of hidden gems as well!


Bedruthan Steps, Cornwall, Sunset, Cornwall Road Trip 1 Week 2 week Itinerary guide
Sunset At Bedruthan Steps, Cornwall

About The Itinerary!


If you’re driving down to Cornwall, then that’s simple enough - start at “PART ONE”. Of course, another option is to get a train and hire a vehicle once you’re here - you could get the train to St Austell, Newquay or Falmouth to name a few, and easily amend the itinerary to create a sort of circular route.

Ultimate Cornwall Road Trip 1 Week 2 week Itinerary guide Map
1 Week / 2 Week Cornwall Road Trip Itinerary Map

We've designed our ultimate Cornwall road trip itinerary to be a bit of a 'choose your own adventure' so you can tailor it to you and make it your own. There's going to be a lot to see and do along the way, and it will make for an incredible 1 week adventure! However, if you don't want to leave quite as much out of your itinerary, then it could quite easily be a 2 week road trip, or even 3!

Read Our Top 5 Drives In Cornwall HERE!

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Important Info!


It’s also worth knowing that a lot of the amazing locations and car parks around Cornwall are run by The National Trust, and that’s great! Not only is conservation a big part of what they do, but you can save a lot of money with an annual membership!


Finally, we should warn you about the narrow country lanes around Cornwall - especially so when the roads get a bit busier throughout the Summer months! So, with that in mind, we would recommend planning your visit for the Autumn or Spring time, but avoiding school holidays of course!


Still, when driving off the A roads, you'll want to drive at a reasonable speed because you never know what's coming right around the corner, which also means that you'll probably have to pull in and let people pass, or someone else will have to do the same for you, so give them a smile and a wave when they do - and remember that it’ll all be well worth it when you arrive at one of the many beautiful beaches or cliff top spots! Now, Let’s hit the road!

Colliford Lake, Bodmin Moor, Cornwall, Cornwall Road Trip 1 Week 2 week Itinerary guide
Colliford Lake, Cornwall

PART ONE - Bodmin Moor

For most, the A30 is going to bring you into Cornwall via Launceston with it's very own castle to explore, and then directly into the wildly beautiful landscapes of Bodmin Moor. Turning off towards Camelford will take you to a few places where you may want to head out on a hike - Rough Tor and Brown Willy. The latter of which is the highest point in Cornwall at 420m above sea level, and both offer impressive panoramic views.

Exiting the A30 and heading south takes you to Colliford Lake, which definitely makes for a scenic and enjoyable drive through the moorland. Golitha Falls makes for a lovely woodland walk alongside the River Fowey and more hikes around the town of Minions and Caradon Hill are not too far away at all.


Our favourite places in this area are The South Caradon Mines and The Cheesewring. Nearby is also Lanhydrock House, Bodmin Jail and Jamaica Inn - not to mention Adrenaline Quarry just outside of Liskeard, which offers an inflatable aquapark, a giant clifftop swing and more!

Caradon Mines, Bodmin Moor, Cornwall, Sunset, Cornwall Road Trip 1 Week 2 week Itinerary guide
Sunset At Caradon Mines, Cornwall

Our Top Picks For Bodmin Moor:


In the day time:

Woodland walks at Golitha Falls


In the day time:

The Cheeswring, Rough Tor or Brown Willy


In the evening:

Sunset hikes at The Cheeswring, Rough Tor or Brown Willy

Read Our Top 5 Spots For Sunset In Cornwall HERE!

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PART TWO - South East Cornwall

Often referred to as the forgotten corner of Cornwall, you’ll be sure to find some peace and serenity in the south east. Not only do you have the impressively rugged Rame Peninsula, but secluded, sandy beaches too. From Rame Head all the way to Looe, you have a number of beaches worth visiting sat within Whitsand Bay, plus Portwrinkle or Seaton a little closer to Looe.


Just the other side of Looe, you have yet another peaceful little place to stop, Talland Bay, followed by one of our favourite little Cornish villages called Polperro with a semi-natural harbour and even a semi-natural tidal pool!

Sunrise At Polperro, Cornwall, Cornwall Road Trip 1 Week 2 week Itinerary guide
Sunrise At Polperro, Cornwall

Continuing down the coast, you’ve got the really lovely Lantic Bay before finally getting a ferry (£5 per car) from Bodinnick to Fowey - a town situated at the mouth of a stunning estuary within an Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty, famous for it’s maritime history and favoured amongst sailing fans. Alternatively, you could take a detour north of Fowey Estuary and pay a visit to the ruins of Restormel Castle.


Our Top Picks For South East Cornwall:


In the day time:

Coastal walks around The Rame Peninsula


In the day time:

Polperro


In the day time / evening:

Fowey

Read Our Top 5 Harbour Towns In Cornwall HERE!

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PART THREE - St Austell & The Roseland Heritage Coast


After Fowey, the next place of interest is Polkerris - a charming little village backing onto a beach offering a nice walk out onto the harbour wall. Par Sands is the next beach along, followed by Carlyon Bay, either of which could make for a nice place to spend the day.


For something a little different, you could head to Charlestown and take a tour of a spectacular collection of old tall ships. Alternatively, there's also The Eden Project nearby, with a whole host of reasons to visit - from it's eco friendly ethos, to a zip-wire and other adrenaline inducing activities! Other options in the area would be The Lost Gardens Of Heligan or Caerhay’s Castle.


From St Austell, the drive to Mevagissey is particularly nice via Porthpean and Pentewan, but you’ll probably want to stay away from Mevagissey’s town centre - especially in the middle of summer! Both Portpean and Pentewan are pretty nice beaches, with plenty more beaches to pick from further on such as Vault Beach, Hemmick Beach and Carne Beach, and even more quaint, little villages such as Gorran Haven, Portholland and Portloe.


The real bucket list locations for us, however, would have to be a bit further down in an area known as The Roseland... In particular, one of our favourite fishing villages in Cornwall, St Mawes, with breathtaking scenery and views from the mouth of the Percuil River. St Mawes is home to an impressive and well preserved coastal fortress built in the 1540's, St Mawes Castle, and also offers boat trips to St Anthony's Head via the Place Ferry, where you can enjoy incredible coastal walks over to the lighthouse there and a few quiet coves along the way.


Aerial Drone Shot St Mawes, Percuil River, The Roseland Peninsula, Cornwall, Cornwall Road Trip 1 Week 2 week Itinerary guide
St Mawes & The Percuil River, Cornwall

Our Top Picks For St Austell & The Roseland Heritage Coast:


In the day time:

The Eden Project


In the day time:

Caerhay’s Castle


In the day time / evening:

St Mawes & St Anthony's Head

Read Our Top 5 Quiet Harbour Towns In Cornwall HERE!

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PART FOUR - Falmouth & The Lizard Peninsula


Certainly an experience in itself, leaving St Mawes you'll want to cross The Fal River via the King Harry Ferry (£6 per car), which will take you right to Trelissick Gardens if you want to visit (free with The National Trust). Alternatively, you could choose to visit one of our favourite woodland walks on the way to Falmouth - a Cornwall Wildlife Trust nature reserve called Kennall Vale, with a river running through and the remains of an old gunpowder works.


Falmouth itself is home to Pendennis Castle which looks back over towards St Mawes and St Anthony's Lighthouse, so a pretty cool place for a quick visit. There's also a couple of stunning beaches in and around Falmouth, such as Swanpool, but are top picks for the area are actually still to come at The Lizard Peninsula.


Journeying on towards The Lizard Peninsula, on the way you have the optional detour to Trebah and Glendurgan Gardens - the latter of which is the one you want if you’re with The National Trust. Also on the way, you could visit The Cornish Seal Sanctuary in a town called Queek or Flambards Theme Park near Helston.


The list of places you could visit at The Lizard Peninsula is almost endless, and it gets a bit tricky being so spoilt for choice! Coverack, Kennack Sands, Cadgwith Cove or Mullion are all great options, but the absolute must-see spots are Kynance Cove and Lizard Point! The two could even be combined with Mullion Cove for an amazing coastal walk, or independently as sunset spots.


Aerial Drone Shot At Kynance Cove, The Lizard Peninsula, Cornwall, Cornwall Road Trip 1 Week 2 week Itinerary guide
Kynance Cove, Lizard Peninsula, Cornwall

Our Top Picks For Falmouth & The Lizard Peninsula:


In the day time:

Pendennis Castle in Falmouth


In the day time:

Coastal walks around The Lizard Peninsula and Lizard Point


In the evening:

Sunset at Kynance Cove

Read Our Top 5 Beaches In Cornwall HERE!

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PART FIVE - West Cornwall & Mount’s Bay

Continuing on from The Lizard, you’ll quite quickly come to Porthleven, which is probably at it’s most impressive in stormy conditions with huge, crashing waves. In late April, it’s home to The Porthleven Food Festival, and is also a popular spot amongst some of the more experienced surfers, so a great place to get a good look at some surfing!


The same can be said about the next beach along, Praa Sands, but before that there’s Rinsey Head, and just a short walk away, Trewavas Mine standing tall up on the cliff top. Another nice coastal walk could be from one of our favourite secret beaches, Prussia Cove, round to the even quieter, Kenneggy Cove. Alternatively, walking in the opposite direction will take you to Cudden Point with breathtaking views of Mount's Bay, and even walking on towards Perranuthnoe Beach to make the walk more substantial and rewarding.


Whatever makes it onto your to do list today though, at the top of that list, without a doubt, should definitely be St Michael's Mount, a castle quite literally sat out in the bay on it's very own island! Even the first little glimpse you get of St Michael's Mount through breaks in the trees and quaint cottages is jaw dropping - only to then be exceeded again by walking the causeway at low tide. Words do not do St Michael’s Mount justice, and you should probably spend the majority of the day taking it all in.


St Michael's Mount, , Cornwall, Sunrise, Cornwall Road Trip 1 Week 2 week Itinerary guide
Sunrise At St Michael's Mount, Cornwall

Further down the coast, West Cornwall still has plenty to offer which could be squeezed into the same day, and for that we'd recommend watching the su