3rd July 2020

A-Z of Cornish Towns and Villages

A is for AWESOME! Well no, actually, in our A-Z of Cornwall it’s not – but maybe it should be? After all, Cornwall is the place to be in all seasons. 

We’re so lucky in our beautiful area to be blessed with beautiful coastal scenery, idyllic villages, views to-die-for and much, much more… That's why we’ve decided to try and spell it all out in our very own alphabet!

So read on, and learn some more about why the Cornish language is the only one you should be speaking this year…

A - Angarrack

Angarrack is a village located in the parish of Gwinear-Gwithian in West Cornwall. The village, which is situated in a steep and narrow valley, is most famous for the imposing Angarrack Viaduct , which still carries trains travelling along the Cornish Mainline Railway across the Angarrack River. 

B - Blisland

Beautiful moorland village on Bodmin moor with traditional granite cottages around a village green.

C - Coverack

Picturesque fishing village on the south Cornwall coast. With a beach and harbour to explore as well as local walks.

D - Devoran

Former port for the tin mining industry and end of the Redruth to Chacewater railway - the disused railway is now the route of the Mineral Tramway coast to coast cycle trail.  Devoran itself is a scenic location with walks and views down the river and creeks.

E - Egloshayle

Egloshayle is a small historic village standing on the North bank of the River Camel.

F - Falmouth (of course)

Our home town and it's fabulous! Seaviews, coastal walks and the town to explore with lots of independent shops to discover. 

G - Gwithian

Coastal village leading to Gwithian Towans and the gorgeous sandy beaches of the North coast. Perfect for surfing.

H - Hayle

Hayle surrounds a beautiful estuary near St Ives Bay. Perfect for watersports, walking and wildlife spotting. The surrounding beaches are also popular surf spots.

I - Indian Queens

If the legend is to be believed the name came from when Native American princess Pocahontas stayed there on her way from Falmouth to London in the early 17th Century

J - Jacobstow

Village in North Cornwall, 5 minutes from the beach at Crackington Haven. The English Heritage site of Penhallam Manor is nearby.

K - Kynance Cove

National Trust site on the Lizard Peninsula with a sandy beach and islands of local serpentine stone.  Starting point for walks to Lizard point.

L - Landewednack

Tiny hamlet which is the most Southerly parish in the country.  Located on the Lizard Peninsula.

M - Minions

Minions is the highest village in Cornwall, high up on Bodmin moor in South East Cornwall, not far from Liskeard. Most of the village is over 300m above sea level. 

N - Newquay

The beautiful beaches and the stunning  coastal scenery have made Newquay one of Cornwall's most popular seaside towns. There is always plenty going on during the summer months and it is an ideal venue for young people. Newquay is particularly famous for the Boardmasters surfing championships, held at Fistral Beach, which attract competitors from all over the world. 

O - Otterham

Otterham is a village six miles north of Camelford. It is named after the River Otter which runs through it. The only place in Cornwall beginning with “o” 

P - Perranzabuloe

Home to the Church linked to St Piran - this is the third St Piran’s church which was built in 1804 from stone from the second church which was covered by the shifting sands of Penhale Sands on the coast. 

Q - Quethiock

Parish near Liskeard. It is named after the Old Cornish for a 'wooded place.

R - Redruth

At the heart of Cornwall's mining history, a World Heritage Site and home to many heritage attractions, Redruth is a fascinating place to visit in Cornwall.

S - Stithians

Stithians lake has the largest inland water in West Cornwall, with something for everyone to enjoy: from fishing to footpaths, wildlife to watersports, and cafés to camping, the lake is both a hub of activity and a tranquil escape.

T - Truro

Capital city and home to Truro Cathedral. Explore the beautiful Victoria Gardens and historic architecture.  Discover its history and that of the local area at the Royal Cornwall Museum. Take a boat trip or a picturesque branchline from Falmouth instead of taking the car.  

U - Upton Cross

Hamlet on the edge of Bodmin Moor. Home to the Cornish Cheese Company makers of Cornish Blue Cheese

V - Ventongimps

Five miles from Truro this hamlet is located near Ventongimps Moor nature reserve - An exceptionally rich mosaic of wet and dry heath, with areas of bog, ponds and woodland

W - Wendron

In the heart of the countryside by open moorland and gushing streams. Wendron mining district has one of the longest histories of tin working in Cornwall. Poldark Mine is a living reminder of Wendron's mining legacy. Visitors can take an underground tour through mine works dating from medieval times to the 18th century or participate in craft workshops and visit the museum.

X -  Can you think of anywhere?

Y - Yeolmbridge

Village in Cornwall but historically in Devon! The village takes its name from the bridge, (Yeolm Bridge) which crosses the River Ottery

Z - Zennor

Zennor is a small village and parish which lies between St Ives and St Just, on the Atlantic coast of Cornwall. It has a fascinating history and is a wonderful place for walking and exploring this ancient landscape.