Sumary of Beyond the beach: discover Cornwall’s less-crowded attractions:
- So, if you don’t want to contribute to the overcrowding problem, or just want to avoid the crush, turn your sights inland, to some of Cornwall slightly lesser-known gems..
- Head for higher ground Cornwall is not known for its hills – its highest, Brown Willy on Bodmin Moor, stands at just 420 metres above sea level – yet, despite this, some of the county best sites are on high ground..
- With the hill itself being the site of neolithic and bronze age graves and barrows, and with views to several other neolithic sites, this is ancient Cornwall at its wildest..
- Stephen Worth/Alamy Carn Brea in Redruth (not to be confused with Chapel Carn Brea) is the site of another neolithic settlement..
- However, while Chapel Carn Brea is the jumping-off point for adventures into ancient history, Redruth Carn Brea sits amid Cornwall once-booming tin and copper mining district..
- From here there are views of the north and south coasts across a landscape shaped by mining history, complete with engine houses..
- Carn Brea is circled by the Great Flat Lode trail, which follows the lines of a former mine tramway around and across the hill, for extended wandering among the heather and gorse..
- Paul Nash/Alamy Given that much of St Ives will be off-limits during the G7 summit (11-13 June), if you want a distanced overview of what happening there, try a decent pair of binoculars from Godolphin and Tregonning hills, which are just two miles away from each other….