Ten fascinating facts about Cornwall

Primary school residential trips in Bude

We just love Cornwall, and lots of people agree with us. From delicious and tasty Cornish pasties to perfect Atlantic waves, there is something for everyone down here in Cornwall which also boasts a rich history, outstanding natural landscapes, exciting activities and a whole host of friendly and quirky characters waiting to welcome you with open arms!

Although Cornwall’s attraction is well known, there are still some things that might surprise you about our county. Did you know the cliffs that we use for taking our guests abseiling on our primary school residential trips consist of carboniferous sandstone? Bude is one of the only places you’ll find this type of stone in the whole of Cornwall as the coastline cliffs consist mainly of granite, Precambrian metamorphic rocks and Devonian slate.

Read on for 10 interesting, weird and wonderful Cornwall facts.

  • The climate is rather nice down here! The Gulf Stream runs up through our waters meaning the sea temperatures are roughly 4-5c warmer than the rest of the country. The maritime climate is also present here meaning it stays relatively mild all winter, if a little wet! This climate makes our family adventure holidays UK an exciting getaway all year around!
  • We get plenty of sunshine, Bude was considered the sunniest place in the UK during the summer of 2013, receiving 783 hours of sunlight. The beautiful summer weather is just one of the reasons to love our outdoor activities such as abseiling, coasteering, rock climbing, archery and kayaking… to name a few!
  • Bude Canal, which is where we take our guests out on our Canadian canoes and kayaks, is the most westerly canal in the country. The canal has many unique features that include the only manually operated sea locks in the whole of England! It’s also home to many species of native flora and fauna.
  • We have some pretty amusing place names down here in the Duchy, with the large majority of Cornish place names being derived from the Kernwek language. Our personal favourites include Brown Willy and Green Bottom!
  • Cornwall has been the backdrop for many TV and film productions, shows such as Poldark, Taboo, Doc Martin, Jamaica Inn and Wycliffe. All of these shows have used Cornwall’s exquisite landscapes to capture their viewer’s imaginations.
  • Legend says Cornish wrestling dates all the way back to 1139 when a warrior called Corineus took on a Cornish giant by the name of Gogmagog at the top of a cliff. The sport is still practiced today and involves grabbing hold of your opponent by their jackets, which are worn to provide a better grip, and trying to throw them to the floor so they land flat on their backs.
  • People are a bit different down here in Cornwall, and you’ll regularly see people with big smiles on their face for no other reason than just being happy about living in Cornwall. Maybe it’s because archaeologists have found that the Cornish and Welsh people of today are the ancestors of an ancient race that date back to the Neolithic period, between 4,000 and 6,000 years ago.
  • Cornish folk also have a strong sense of Kernow pride, a Morgan Stanley Bank survey showed that 44% of the inhabitants of Cornwall believe themselves to be Cornish rather than British or English!
  • Cornwall has the longest coastline in Britain and spans a whopping 697km, which is why our coastal traversing is so popular, not only do you have so much to explore, but it offers views and encounters that can only be experienced by heading out with our guides.
  • Cornwall boasts the largest collection of plant species found in the British Isles and the sea is teaming with life as well, on average a Cornish fisherman can catch over forty species of fish in our waters! Making our water sport activities the perfect place to spot dolphins, seals, sun fish and even basking sharks!

 

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