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Cornwall’s ‘prettiest village’

Quick link to Cornwall’s prettiest villages.

This is the first of a series of posts listing what we believe to be the prettiest villages in select counties, National Parks and regions within the UK. We’re starting with South West England and then moving north. So, to begin, here are our selections for the prettiest villages in Cornwall. We’ve spent years researching the selections and links are provided to extensive photography and further information. Some villages are chosen for their location, others for their buildings. They’re all superb.

Sennen – for its location. On the west tip of the Penwith Peninsula close to Land’s End, the village looks out across Whitesand Bay. It’s magnificent.

Boscastle – pretty Cornish fishing harbour village leading to the high cliffs of North Cornwall.

Lizard – for its location. The most southerly point of England, the coast here is stunning. Try Kynance Cove.

Tintagel – listed here for its dramatic castle and coastline.

Cawsand – one of our favourites. On the East Cornwall coast, it’s wonderful. Close to the Whitsand Bay which is awesome.

Rock – well-heeled and across the Camel Estuary from Padstow. Included for its beach and views.

Perranporth – for its beach and mighty sand dunes. Amazing place.

Porthcurno – to the east of Land’s End, included for its its beach and cliff top theatre.

Mullion – pretty Cornish harbour and on a stretch of coastline with stunning family beaches. Coverack’s a cracker, too.

Port Isaac – arguably *the* classic Cornish fishing harbour village. On telly lots! We’d also suggest Mevagissey.

Other suggestions include:

Helford – on the Helford Estuary, both the village and its location are wonderful.

Polperro – East Cornwall and close to the popular Looe.

If you have suggestions then please comment and we’ll add them to the list and PictureTheUK. Thanks!

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Helford Visitor Guide and Top Ten Things To Do

This week, we started the process of publishing our local guides and lists of top ten things to do around destinations across the UK. We’ve been writing about villages down on The Lizard Peninsula in Cornwall. For examples, see our local guides to Helford, Coverack and Mullion.

Each local guide offers a summary of the location and ideas about what to do if you’re heading to a specific town or village for a weekend break or holiday. We also include top ten lists. Emphasis is placed upon images and mapping to help users get information they want, fast. We’re here to offer summary information and to help people discover places to visit. Where applicable, we send the visitor off to more detailed sources of information about a destination after they’ve read and browsed our material.

We write these local guides ourselves as a result of the travelling we do across the UK but we also host guest guides from local experts. Clearly, we offer free promotion and a link to the guest writer. If you’re interested, get in touch.

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Time Team Dartmoor Reservoir

In the summer of 2010, Channel 4’s ‘Time Team’ excavated a prehistoric settlement in Dartmoor National Park.

The excavation took place within Tottiford Reservoir which was drained for the occasion.

The settlement includes a stone circle and stone rows and the programme is being aired on Sunday 06 February 2011 at 5.25pm.

To explore the area yourself, we’d recommend this circular walk. A short drive away is the National Trust’s Castle Drogo and the stunning Teign Gorge.

To discover more prehistoric sites, stone circles and crosses, we list some here. The list is being expanded weekly, so check back.

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North Dartmoor

Over the past month or so, we’ve been adding more content to our local UK travel site Holiday in Dartmoor.

We’ve added around 350 attractions so far, categorising them to help visitors to the Park find what they want quickly. We’ve also been writing about Dartmoor in a new section called About Dartmoor.

Given that the internet is a visual format, we tend to present content in little chunks with lots of photos and maps such that information can be absorbed quickly. However, we’re also adding longer form content with lots of text based around themes.

For example, here’s our piece on North Dartmoor. ┬áThis, and other pieces, will get fleshed out over time as we add more content.

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