There’s something about a long drive that’s hard to dislike. For me, it’s the beautiful surroundings that I'm able to observe. I like to think that I’ve been all over Cornwall, and so I have picked my five favourite journeys to take!
B3306, St Just to St Ives
My first and favourite drive follows the winding roads of West Cornwall. This road leads along the coastline and cliff tops, where you'll find unbelievable views out to sea, mountains more in-land and farmland gridded out by small stone walls and stippled with sheep... Whenever there isn't a hedgerow beside the road blocking the view that is, but that just makes it even more awe-inspiring when the view can be seen! You'll also pass incredible churches, the occasional tin mine and Cornwall's towns that time forgot, like Zennor and Morvah. For those reasons, the mood is a lot spookier than anything when it's dark out as I recently experienced whilst researching this post!
B3301, Portreath to Gwithian Towans
This drive starts in the lovely little village of Portreath. If you're staying for the day, then parking can be expensive, so scout out Lighthouse Hill on the right side of the beach! On the way to St Ives, the road is fairly narrow at first, but you're afforded a bit more space after the turn off for the Tehidy Woods carpark. What sold me on this journey was the view of “Hell's Mouth”, where the cliffs are tall, but the cafe never seems to be open! More fantastic views wait for you as you come to the top of Hell's Mouth, as you catch your first sight of St Ive's Bay and Gwithian's sand dunes. Then all that's then left to do is enjoy the image of Godrevy Lighthouse out in the bay!
The A30 into Penzance
The A30 may be a busy dual-carriageway, but the views are quite surprising at times, especially around Fraddon, Truro and Redruth. My favourite stretch of road however is the journey into Penzance, where your can catch a glimpse of St Michael's Mount! Plus, it just deserves a bit of credit because of how easy it makes the drive across Cornwall (and also Devon).
A39, Camelford to Bude
The A39 is mostly a wide, long road that allows you to put your foot down a bit, which isn't often the case in Cornwall. Of course, there’s stellar scenery either side of the road (especially up near Bude) which is really why it's a favourite of mine! The drive is also quite nice from the Winnards Perch roundabout to Wadebridge, but not so much from Wadebridge to Camelford.
Crackington Haven to Widemouth Bay
The last drive of my list is one only for the more adventurous of people! Follow the A39 as described above, but turn off at Crackington Haven and take the coastal road to Widemouth Bay, or even all the way to Bude. With sections of road so steep that your car might actually topple backwards, and roads so narrow that you might not even make it through, this is definitely a drive for the more daring!