Driving down to the motherland this weekend, I had a thought for a piece of writing I’ve been meaning to write every time I head to the very west of the South West.
I’m sure many of you can associate with this. Cornwall is in fact an excellent place to drive. If you manage to get down out of season – and avoid July and August like the plague, there are some great roads with long winding bends and spectacular views. Here are 5 of them….
St. Ives to St. Just – B3306
This one is a bit of a no-brainer. It’s a stunning road – small and twisty in places but with inspiring views to the countryside and the Atlantic beyond. This is true rugged Cornwall – this road isn’t wonderfully forgiving if you stack it somewhere, but having said that, it’s probably the one providing the biggest thrills and biggest sense of adventure.
Truro – Falmouth
Getting to Falmouth at the best of times can be tricky, but the journey on from Truro can be fraught with traffic and tail backs to test the patience of a saint. Having said that, it’s a fascinating road to watch change – you can feel the environment and atmosphere of Cornwall change around you, and on a good run the beauty and feel of Falmouth makes any journey of any length worthwhile.
Padstow to Newquay – B3276
This coast road is often frequented by Range Rovers and the like…given its location…but it’s a brilliant road through some fantastic villages. The likes of Trenance, Mawgan Porth and Watergate Bay are villages that provide some respite, but otherwise the road is sweeping, long, winding and infinitely enjoyable.
Roseland Peninsula – B3289
The Roseland Peninsula has some of the best countryside in the county. Refined and elegant, yet flowing and fast enough to hoon a performance car along, the peninsula and the Roseland Heritage Coast are among the most affluent areas of Cornwall. Trees predominate, and although largely wooded, the B3289 is a must drive.
A39 Atlantic Highway
Any road with the name ‘Atlantic Highway’ would make most car nuts sit up and pay attention, and the A39 between North Devon and Truro is no exception. Historically a busy and dangerous road, especially during the summer months, the road is far more enjoyable during spring – when the flora is at it’s best and the small villages and countryside around it can be enjoyed. It has a bit of everything this road – and can be one of Cornwall’s most enjoyable in the sun.