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

Rick Stein’s new series Cornwall returned this month and saw the famous TV chef take viewers on a rich journey of discovery around his adopted county.

Following the huge success of the first series in January 2021, Rick Stein’s Cornwall returned to BBC Two for its second series which aired over 15 episodes in three weeks.

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

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From the stunning coastline along Padstow to the beautiful and mysterious Bodmin Moor inland, the TV chef showcased some of Cornwall’s finest scenery.

As tonight (January 21) marks the final episode of the series, we 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 places featured in the new series of Rick Cornwall of Stein.

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Padstow Harbor on a calm sunny day.

Stein began his new series by taking a trip down memory lane to Padstow – where it all started over 50 years ago. Going from nightclub owner to overnight chef reignited Rick’s passion for fresh fish from the quayside in Padstow.

That said, visiting Padstow is a must for seafood lovers in Cornwall, with plenty of restaurants and pubs to sample fresh fish caught right off the Cornish coast.

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

Bude Sea Pool

Bude Sea Pool.

Stein’s first ride in the series took him up the coast to Bude. Just on the border of Cornwall and Devon, this popular holiday resort is home to a superb sea swimming pool which families and swimmers enjoy all year round.

Created in the 1930s, the beautiful sea pool at Summerleaze Beach in Bude is the perfect safe place to swim in cold water all year round. It’s free for all and best at low tide – the water was only 10 degrees when Rick bathed.

Porthmeor Beach, St Ives

Beachgoers pack Porthmeor Beach in St Ives

Situated in the shadow of the iconic Tate St Ives gallery, Porthmeor is a popular sandy beach, popular with surfers and swimmers. It is a stone’s throw from the center of St Ives, where you will find old pubs, trendy cafes and many of the art galleries the town is famous for.

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

Bodmin Moor

Roughtor on Bodmin Moor

Bodmin Moor is the largest section of Cornwall’s Area of ​​Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) at almost 200 square kilometres, making it the perfect place for walkers to set off 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 calm waters of Frenchman’s Creek

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 coves. In spring and early summer, the flowers through the woods are at their best, but it’s a walk that can be enjoyed all year round.

Anse Sennen

Rainbow over Sennen Cove

Nestled just a few miles from Land’s End, Sennen is one of the most beautiful stretches of coast in Cornwall. It can also be enjoyed all year round, whether you want to go surfing in the summer, enjoy a dog walk in the winter or stop for a drink in a cozy local pub, there is something for everyone.

mouse hole

Summer at historic Mousehole Fishing Harbor

In episode 5 of his latest series, Stein described the small fishing village of Mousehole as “the most beautiful village in England”.

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

Stein also made a trip to the Ship Inn pub, known for its award-winning ales and fresh seafood, so add that to your list if you’re making a trip to the village.


Newlyn Harbor

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


A view of Falmouth Harbor with various boats and quay side buildings

According to the Visit Falmouth website, Falmouth is one of the UK’s top holiday destinations offering everything from beautiful beaches to sailing, cliff walking and a bustling town center with a wide range of cafes, shops , galleries and top quality restaurants.

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

Godrevy Point, St Ives Bay

Godrévy Lighthouse

A little offshore is Godrevy Island with its lighthouse, which is believed to have inspired ‘To the Lighthouse’ by Virginia Woolf who spent many summer holidays in St Ives.

The high cliff-top walks around Godrevy provide stunning sea views, while the sandy beaches below provide countless hours of enjoyment.

Mont Saint Michel

Mont Saint Michel

St Michael’s Mount is one of Cornwall’s most popular tourist destinations. Stroll the causeway at low tide or hop on a boat at high tide to stroll through the beautiful National Trust Gardens and explore the grand castle on the 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 the semester of February 2022.


Looe Harbor

According to the Visit Cornwall website, the seaside town of Looe entertains visitors all year round while maintaining a working fishing port.

Visitors can stand on the quayside in the evening and watch the boats return before dining on fresh fish at a local restaurant, whether it’s award-winning fish and chips by the river or gourmet menus at restaurants overlooking the port, there is something for everyone.

Looe is also a great place for walking with the South West Coast Path running through the town and countless walks in the beautiful countryside or along the two rivers flowing inland.

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