A love affair that lasts a lifetime
It’s hard not to fall in love with Cornwall. For some it’s the happy memories of a childhood seaside holiday. For others it’s the brief fling of a teenage summer. For most it’s a passionate affair that lasts a lifetime…so let the affair begin!
Where is Cornwall?
Located in the far west of Great Britain on a peninsula tumbling into the vast Atlantic Ocean, Cornwall is the only county in England bordered by just one other county, its neighbour Devon. So being almost surrounded by the sea, a magnificent coastline wraps around the county for almost 300 miles. Cornwall is also the location of Great Britain’s most southerly promontory, The Lizard, and mainland UK’s most westerly point, Land’s End, while a few miles off shore and even further west is an archipelago of tiny islands that make up the Isles of Scilly.
What’s so special about it?
There are lots of things Cornwall is well loved for making it the UK’s award-winning holiday region; the dramatic coastline with its captivating fishing harbours, the spectacular beaches and the pounding surf that provide a natural playground for a variety of water sports, and then of course who can forget famous Cornish pasties and luscious cream teas?
But there are also lots of things about Cornwall that may surprise you. For instance, the wilderness of captivating Bodmin Moor with its panorama of big skies, fascinating prehistoric remains, great walking trails and more than its fair share of local legends. There’s also the dynamic art scene, inspired by the naturally stunning landscape; and more recently a food scene to rival London and beyond; Cornwall now has a multitude of award-winning local food producers and stellar chefs putting the region well and truly on the gourmet map.
For further information see – http://www.visitcornwall.com
Now …… The independent state of Cornwall?
Its reputation as a pocket of nationalist rebellion has long formed part of Cornish folklore.
But now tourism leaders in the South West appear to have further distanced themselves from the rest of the country after those charged with promoting the holiday destination were asked not to refer to England in promotional material.
In a move which appears to chime with those who have called for Cornish independence, Visit Cornwall boss Malcolm Bell has asked tourism staff to drop references to “county” and “England” in favour of “region” or simply the name Cornwall itself.
In a memo to staff, Mr Bell said the area – popular with hundreds of thousands of holidaymakers every year – ought to stand alone from the rest of the country in an effort to attract the crucial tourism cash which props up Cornwall’s economy.
Asked if he had banned any reference to “county”, Mr Bell said: “Of course this isn’t a ban, we just want to make sure that in a field full of poppies, Cornwall is the tallest.”
Mainland Britain’s southern-most county has a checkered history when it comes to its relationship with the rest of the country.
Five centuries ago, thousands of Cornish people marched on London in a demonstration against oppressive rule, while earlier this year scores of bakers and consumers from the region joined forces with politicians and local newspaper the Western Morning News in a bid to force a Government U-turn on the controversial pasty tax – a West Country delicacy.
The local authority has five councillors representing the Mebyon Kernow Cornish self-governance party.
But Mr Bell said the move was designed to increase Cornwall’s fame as a holiday and visitor destination, rather than to curry favour with Cornish nationalists.
He said: “This was not done as a political gesture. Every county in England is fighting against all the others to encourage tourists to stay, and so we want to stand out from the crowd. We don’t want to be ‘just another county’. We have a wonderful brand here, and so this was about promoting Cornwall as something unique.”
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