A truly unique county, Cornwall is at the end of the road. An island-like culture with deep Celtic roots.
It has the longest coastline of any county in England, but one which has two very different personalities. The dramatic cliffs and surf breaks of the Atlantic-facing North coast. The sheltered, milder South coast with wooded creeks, estuaries and stone harbours. These coastlines and estuaries frame a dramatic landscape, none more so than Bodmin moor, with Brown Willy and Rough Tor at the peaks.
Most people who live in Cornwall are drawn to the coast in some way. Surfing, kite-surfing, sailing, swimming, gig-rowing, paddle-boarding, triathlon, wild-swimming, diving, fishing… the list of things we love doing on or in the water is endless - and growing.
Cornwall has also played an important part in history, helping shape the mining and fishing industries, and has been for centuries a home to writers and artists. Now with its own university, it is also increasingly home to many successful entrepreneurs and their ‘global micro’ businesses. It has a vibrant creative spirit that sits alongside its enduring appeal as a holiday and ‘foodie’ destination.
People work here because they choose to live here, and not the other way around, and that probably defines Cornwall’s identity more than anything else.
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