Cornwall : Michelin's recommendations
From Plymouth to the cliffs of Morwenstow in the north, the Cornish countryside is fascinating. The wide sweeping St Austell Bay, between Gribbin Head and the village of Heligan, is a good place to start your tour. Heading westwards, you will pass the coves of Kynance and Mullion on the Lizard Peninsula, and on the Penwith Peninsula the cliffs at Land's End and their stunning view. Continuing on around the coast, you will reach St Agnes Beacon from where you can enjoy the scenic view from Trevose as far as St Michael's Mount. Further on stop for a while at Poundstock and gaze at the waves crashing against the ocean wall. The tour will take you close to lovely gardens such as Eden Project, a former quarry turned into a giant botanical project, and Tressilick Garden with 130 varieties of hydrangeas, an apple orchard and handsome lawns. Also worthy of note are Trewithen and its 28 acres of English landscaped gardens, Glendurgan Garden and its laurel maze, as well as Trengwaiton Garden, whose azaleas and rhododendrons overlook St Michael's Mount. Along the way, you will pass through delightful villages such as Mevagissey in the south, with its old quayside boathouses and narrow lanes, St Michael's Mount, standing on its island, and the harbour of St Ives to the north of Penwith Peninsula. The town is home to the house and workshop of sculptor Barbara Hepworth and to the modern art gallery, Tate St Ives. Finish your tour at the wonderful site of Tintagel Castle, steeped in the legend of King Arthur.