Cornwall – or Kernow as they say in Cornish – is home to mile upon mile of dramatic coastline, golden sands, rolling countryside, rugged moorland and picturesque fishing villages. It really is no surprise that this is one of the foremost holiday destinations in Europe. It is also one of the most photogenic counties in the UK; so if you are a keen landscape photographer, you really need to begin planning a road-trip to Cornwall in order to capture its breathtaking scenery.
Cornwall is photogenic throughout the seasons, but in the summer months the coast is crowded with holidaymakers, which can make photography challenging. It tends to be quieter during autumn and winter when the coast can be stormy and dramatic. In spring, the cliff tops are carpeted in wild flowers, adding interest and colour to large, sweeping views. But whatever time of year you decide to visit, you won’t be short of landscape photography opportunities.
Cornwall is a big county boasting some amazing locations and viewpoints – why do you think I live here!? Selecting the 10 best places for landscape photography in Cornwall is a thankless, almost impossible task, but my choices will hopefully get your started and inspired. Enjoy your visit… and don’t forget to have a pasty and Cornish cream tea while you are here!
#1 Sandymouth Bay
Located just a few miles north of Bude – not far from the north Devon border – Sandymouth Bay is home to a large sandy beach, stunning geology, and its very own waterfall. The twisted rock strata and colour of the cliffs will appeal to photographers who enjoy shooting the ‘miniature landscape’ and capturing detail and form. At low water, tidal pools and ripples in the sand create simple, but compelling foreground interest and, being on the north Cornish coast, this is a great location for shooting colourful evening skies. The beach is cared for by the National Trust, and there is a seasonal café located close to the car park. The tide can advance quickly here, so wear wellies if you plan on taking photos close to the water’s edge.