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An Insider’s Guide to Cornwall: Roseland

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The Roseland Peninsula lies on the southwestern coast of Cornwall, bordered by the Atlantic and the Fal Estuary. A picturesque and unspoilt area, Roseland is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Surrounded by breath-taking beaches, quaint villages and mature woodlands, the area is a must-visit destination for outdoorsy types.

The Roseland Peninsula is renowned for its coastline, with scenic cliffs, secluded bays and sandy beaches. With great surfing, watersports and swimming spots dotted along the coast, the area’s popular with sailing enthusiasts and canoeists. There’s no better way to explore the region than by hiring a vehicle from us. Taking a campervan or motorhome holiday in Cornwall gives you the opportunity to explore at your own pace, visiting hidden gems and exploring remote natural wonders.

The peninsula is home to a number of popular attractions and places to visit – including St Mawes Castle, Greenleisure and Caerhays Gardens – we’ve picked a selection of our favourites to share with you!

Read on to discover more about the Roseland Peninsula and our recommendations!

Quiet and Scenic – Hemmick Beach

Now, we know Cornwall has some of the world’s best beaches, so you’re probably wondering what makes Hemmick so special. It’s probably easier to tell you what doesn’t make it special!

Nestled at the bottom of a steep hill, you need to trek across a field to access the beach. Hemmick is typically quiet all year round, so if you’re brave enough to make the trek down to the shore, you’re likely to have the beach to yourself. At low tide, you can explore dozens of tiny coves and at high tide, you can perch on the rocks and watch the waves. With beautiful vistas, this sandy stretch of Roseland coastline is a truly stunning spot, whatever the weather.

Hemmick Beach: Grid Reference – SW 99426 40519 – Postcode PL26 6LL

Explore Nare Head

A coastal walk with plenty of hidden secrets, Nare Head is a truly breath-taking spot in the Roseland Peninsula. Home to a disused Cold War bunker, Carne Beacon (an ancient, Bronze Age burial mound) and the remains of Ringarounds, this walk is a feast for all the senses! 

For the intrepid and adventurous, there’s a 4-mile circular walk around Nare Head and Veryan. With views across to St Agnes Beacon, jaw-dropping views of Gerrans Bay, rolling hills and meandering trails, Nare Head is sure to capture a little piece of your heart.

Nare Head: Grid reference SW 91942 37379 – Postcode TR2 5PF


Historical Woodland Walk at Kennall Vale 

At first glimpse, Kennall Vale may appear to be your average woodland. When you dig a little deeper, you soon discover it’s anything by ordinary! The woodland used to be the home of the Kennall Gunpowder Company, who ceased operations in the early 1900s. As the former hub of Cornwall’s gunpowder industry, Kennall Vale was a dramatically different place a century ago, but many of the stone buildings still remain.

Kennall Vale is a steep-sided woodland valley, spanning 20 acres. Packed with steps, leats, streams and trails, there’s plenty to explore here. The once-bustling stone buildings are slowly being reclaimed by nature, with ferns and mosses carpeting the ruins. Trees have started to take root inside the buildings, which gives the area a fantastical, magical feel. The vale is also home to several species of wildlife – including the Dipper, a wetland-dwelling bird native to the South West.

Kennall Vale Gunpowder Mills: Grid Reference SW 75291 37546 – Postcode TR3 7HJ

Penjerrick Gardens

One of the oldest and most established woodland gardens in the UK, Penjerrick is an unspoilt paradise. Described as ‘Cornwall’s best-kept secret’, the gardens are home to giant ferns, winding paths and stunning flora and fauna.

Spanning 15 acres, Penjerrick is a sub-tropical, jungle garden with a long and fascinating history. Created more than 200 years ago by the Fox family, the garden has a host of exotic plant life you simply won’t find anywhere else in Cornwall. Boasting views of Budock Water, Penjerrick is a must-visit destination in the Roseland.

Penjerrick Garden: Grid reference SW 78149 30942 – Postcode. TR211 5ED

Freedom to Roam With the Comforts of Home

If you’ve decided to visit the Roseland Peninsula, there’s no better way to explore the area than in a motorhome. Giving you the freedom to travel to remote and isolated areas at your leisure, a campervan or motorhome means you can holiday at your own pace. Whether you want to see the sunrise at Towan Beach, feel like exploring Dodman Point by twilight or are dreaming about visiting the idyllic hamlets and villages along the coast, you can when you hire a campervan! 

At Cornish Motorhome Hire, we’ve got a number of high-quality motorhomes and campervans available to hire. We’re one of the South West’s leading motorhome and campervan hire companies, and our base in Liskeard means we’re the perfect place to start your Cornish adventure.

Book Now

There’s no time like the present to book your next Cornish getaway! We have available dates in 2021, so you can start planning your holiday now! To book your motorhome holiday, call us now on 01579 364087 or 07986 073469, or visit our contact page to send us an email. Or, for your convenience, you can browse our website and book online 24/7!

Click here for a list of the top campsites that accept motorhomes and campervans around the Roseland Peninsula.

Happy Touring!