Rick Stein’s Cornwall showed us 12 brilliant places to visit

The second series of Rick Stein’s Cornwall returned earlier this year and saw the popular TV chef take viewers on a rich journey of discovery around his adopted home county.

After the huge success of series one in January 2021 – which is currently being rerun on BBC – Rick Stein’s Cornwall returned to BBC Two for its second series which aired over 15 episodes in three weeks.

Viewers around the country were mesmerised by the stunning scenery here in the Duchy as Rick went on a journey along the coast and countryside to explore “the food and drink heroes, art, culture and history from around the county” as he shared some of his new Cornish inspired recipes.

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From the stunning coast along Padstow to the beautiful and mysterious inland Bodmin Moor, the TV chef showcased some of the finest Cornish scenery.

Here at CornwallLive we’ve decided to take inspiration from the show and put together a list of all the places to visit in Cornwall based on some of the locations featured in the newest series of Rick Stein’s Cornwall.

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Padstow

Padstow harbour on a calm and sunny day.
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Stein began his new series by taking a trip down memory lane in Padstow – where it all began over 50 years ago. Going from nightclub owner to chef overnight kickstarted Rick’s passion for fresh fish from the quay in Padstow.

With that said, visiting Padstow is a must for seafood lovers in Cornwall, with plenty of restaurants and pubs to enjoy fresh fish caught right on the Cornish coast.

There’s also plenty of independent shops to explore and coastal walks, with views over the Camel Estuary that are unforgettable.

Bude sea pool

Bude sea pool.
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Stein’s first drive of the series took him up the coast to Bude. Right on the Cornwall and Devon border, this popular holiday spot is home to a stunning sea pool that families and swimmers galore enjoy throughout the year.

Created in the 1930s, the beautiful sea pool at Summerleaze Beach in Bude is the perfect safe place for cold water swimming throughout the year. It’s free to use for all and is best at low tide – the water was just 10 degrees when Rick took a dip.

Porthmeor Beach, St Ives

Beach-goers pack Porthmeor Beach in St Ives
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Situated in the shadow of the iconic Tate St Ives gallery, Porthmeor is a popular sandy beach, popular with surfers and swimmers alike. It’s just a stone’s throw from the centre of St Ives, where you’ll find ancient pubs, trendy cafes and lots of art galleries the town is famous for.

Porthmeor is also one of only eight beaches in Cornwall that hold the prestigious Blue Flag Award 2021, given in recognition of water quality, safety, environmental management and education.

Bodmin Moor

Roughtor on Bodmin Moor
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Bodmin Moor is the largest section of the Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) at nearly 200 square kilometres, making it the perfect place for walkers to head out with a map and explore.

Natural rock formations such as The Cheesewring, The Hurlers stone circles, Colliford, Siblyback lakes, and Dozmary Pool are all notable sites to explore on the Moors.

Frenchman’s Creek, Helford

The quiet waters of Frenchman’s Creek
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Frenchman’s Creek was made famous by Daphne Du Maurier’s classic and it’s not hard to see why she was so inspired to write about this hidden part of the Helford River.

The National Trust circular walk around Frenchman’s Creek is said to offer a taste of village life, wooded valleys and sheltered creeks. In the spring and early summer the flowers through the woodlands are at their best however this is a walk that can be enjoyed all year round.

Sennen Cove

Rainbow over Sennen Cove
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Tucked away just a few miles from Land’s End, Sennen is one of the prettiest stretches of coast in Cornwall. It can also be enjoyed all year round, whether you want to head out surfing in the summer, enjoy a winter dog-walk, or stop off for a drink in a cosy local pub, there’s something for everyone.

Mousehole

Summer at the historic fishing harbour Mousehole
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In episode 5 of his latest series, Stein described the tiny fishing village of Mousehole as “the loveliest village in England.”

Although it’s famous for its annual Christmas lights display, Mousehole is a beautiful place to explore any time of year. There’s plenty of coastal and heritage walks, boat trips, and museums and galleries to explore.

Stein also took a trip to the Ship Inn pub, known for its award-winning beers and fresh seafood, so add that to your list if you take a trip down to the village.

Newlyn

Newlyn Harbour
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Another must visit for any seafood lovers in Cornwall. Watch the boats come and go in the harbour, chat to the various fishmongers on the quay or choose one of the local restaurants to enjoy the freshest catch straight from the Cornish coast.

Falmouth

A view into Falmouth Harbour with various boats and dock side buildings
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According to the Visit Falmouth website, Falmouth is one of the foremost holiday destinations in the UK offering everything from beautiful, beaches to sailing, cliff walking and a bustling town centre with a wide range of top quality cafes, shops, galleries and restaurants.

There are also numerous attractions in and around Falmouth, including the National Maritime Museum and the historic Pendennis Castle.

Godrevy Point, St Ives Bay

Godrevy lighthouse
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A little way offshore is Godrevy Island with its lighthouse – thought to be the inspiration for ‘To the Lighthouse’ by Virginia Woolf who spent many summer holidays in St Ives.

The high, cliff-top walks around Godrevy offer stunning views out to sea while there are countless hours of fun to be had on the sandy beaches below.

St Michael’s Mount

St Michael’s Mount
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St Michael’s Mount is one of Cornwall’s most popular tourist destinations. Take a walk across the causeway at low tide or hop on a boat at high tide to wander about in the stunning National Trust gardens and explore the great castle sitting on top of the hill, full of history and excitement.

According to their website, the island is currently closed for a period of rest and repair and will not reopen until February half term 2022.

Looe

Looe harbour
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According to the Visit Cornwall website, the seaside town of Looe keeps visitors entertained all year round whilst still retaining a working fishing port.

Visitors can stand on the quayside in the evening and watch the boats return before dining on fresh fish in a local restaurant, whether that be award winning fish and chips near the river or gourmet menus in restaurants overlooking the harbour, there’s something for everyone.

Looe is also a great place to go walking with the South West Coast Path passing through the town, and countless walks in the beautiful countryside, or along the two rivers that flow inland.

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