Cornwall is a fabulous place to visit all year round. We tend to think of Cornwall as an idyllic summer holiday destination, but January is a great time to visit. However, January 2021 is going to be a little different, with the UK either in Tier 3 or Tier 4, there is no opportunity to travel and enjoy the peace and solitude of Cornwall in January. Unless you are lucky enough to live in Cornwall.
Under normal circumstances Cornwall is hectic with during the Christmas and New Year period but empties out in January. This means January is a spectacular time of the year to visit Cornwall… normally. Here are some of the reasons Cornwall is so great in January.
Beaches all to yourself
During the summer, the popular beaches are full of holidaymakers, but in January, you’l have the beaches all to yourself. Although the weather may not be 100% kind in January, wrap up warm and make the most of those empty beaches. Padstow is a great base to explore some of the best sandy beaches such as Harlyn, Harbour Cove, Constantine Bay, Hawkers Cove, and Trevone. The choices are endless, with so many great spots on the North Cornish Coast such as Watergate Bay, Mawgan Porth, Porthcothan, Bedruthan and Kynance Cove.
The beaches also open up to your four legged friends, with a lifting of the seasonal ban which runs from 1st July to 31st August (or 15th May to 30th September on the most popular beaches).
The dramatic coast of Cornwall really comes to life in the winter months. The wind and crashing waves on the beach and the rocks. With over 400 miles of beaches and coastal paths there are plenty of options to choose from. You don’t need to stick to the coast, there are plenty of inshore moors and ancient landscapes to explore.
Take a look at The National Trust, South West Coastal Path, and I Walk Cornwall for some winter walking ideas. In the Padstow area, obvious choices are The Camel Trial or the Saints Way, with great views of the Camel Estuary.
There’s something special about empty beaches, winter winds and consistent surf. Winter surfing offers perfect waves as well as some spectacular surfing challenges. As you’d expect, winter waves tend to be larger and more powerful, providing great opportunities for experts. Depending on the conditions great surfing spots include Harlyn, Mawgan Porth, Fistral and Sennen, Crantock Beach and Perranporth Beach.
You can check out the surf quality with live webcams on the main surfing beaches in Cornwall.
Cornwall’s wild and rugged coastline are perfect for storm watching. Watching crashing waves and swirling currents battering the coastline. Its dramatic and exhilarating to watch the storms this time of year.
There are some amazing places to watch the Atlantic waves crash along the coast. For some of the best storm watching in Cornwall such as The Rumps, Polzeath, Stepper Point, Padstow, Trevose Head, near Padstow, Bedruthan Steps and Watergate Bay. Some of these spots offer shelter depending on the prevailing winds. The promenade at Penzance is a great spot as big waves have been known to crash over the road.
Quiet restaurants and warm fires
Obviously, January 2021 is not like any other, where normally January is a great opportunity to enjoy quiet restaurants and take advantage of Padstow’s top restaurants which are usually booked up well in advance. Although restaurants are closed this January, many are offering fabulous take-away and delivery options.
Normally you can enjoy the warm fires and welcoming bars, pubs and restaurants that take on a more intimate nature. This year you may need to arrange a collection or delivery and lite your own fire, or switch to the ‘crackling fire’ on your TV care of Netflix.