Newquay is in Cornwall, one of Britain’s most mysterious, remote, beautiful and unspoiled counties. It’s a place of world-renowned surfing beaches, pure sands and rugged cliffs, tiny jewel-like bays and massive foamy waves. It’s rich in tin mines and castles, stately homes and tiny fishing villages, stunning gardens, marvellous pubs, gorgeous gourmet eating and, of course, tall tales of piracy and derring-do.
There are just 151 people per square kilometre in Cornwall, and humans have enjoyed living here since at least 400,000 BC. It’s a remarkable, magical county. Here are some fun facts about it, to prepare you for a visit to Newquay and your stay in our friendly, comfy, family-run Newquay B&B.
Fascinating Cornwall facts for holidaymakers and visitors
- Settlements started to appear in Cornwall after the end of the last ice age, about 10,000 BC
- The Romans avoided much of Cornwall and parts of Devon because the land was too hard to traverse, the landscapes too forbidding and the locals too fierce
- The people of Cornwall had their own unique language
- The Cornish and Welsh people are ancestors of an ancient race that dates back to Neolithic times 4000 to 6000 years ago
- Cornwall officially became part of England around the time of the Norman Conquest. It joined Great Britain in the 1700s, at which point the Cornish language started to disappear fast
- The Cornwall flag is white – representing tin, and black – representing tin ore
- During the 1900s more than 50% of the world’s tin was mined in Cornwall
- Cornwall is the only English county with just one bordering county, Devon
- Truro’s cathedral is one of the newest in Britain, completed in 1910. It took 3 decades to build
- Cornwall has more plant species than anywhere else in the British Isles
- The county measures 1376 square miles in total
- More than 25% of the county is given over to designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty
- There’s 422 miles of coastline to explore
- Cornwall’s highest point is Brown Willy on Bodmin Moor, 420m above sea level
- Truro is the county’s only city, and Falmouth and Penzance are its biggest towns
- In summer the population of Newquay swells by 100,000
- Thanks to the Gulf Stream current, Cornwall has the sunniest climate in Britain as well as the mildest
- Being a long way south, Cornwall enjoys 1541 hours of sunlight a year
- The county’s south west coast features the only sub-tropical micro-climate in the UK, complete with palm trees and an atmosphere very like the South of France
- More than 5 million people visit Cornwall every year
- Bude Canal is the most westerly canal in the UK
- We’re famous for our ice cream, which is probably why there are more than 75,000 cows in the county!
- Thanks to TV’s Poldark, Cornwall’s tourist industry is currently booming. People from the USA in particular are making Poldark pilgrimages in their thousands
- The Cornish Pasty was created as a practical, easy to carry and eat lunch for Cornish miners
- The biggest Cornish pasty in the world, made in Cornwall, weighed 1900 pounds – an awesome 750,000 calories’ worth
- The villages of Newquay and Porthtowan are probably our most popular surfing destinations
- Don’t leave us without test-driving our fab local beers, including the incredibly popular Doom Bar Bitter from Sharp’s Brewery in quaintly-named Rock
- Cornishman Richard Trevithick built the first ever steam engine in 1801
- William Cookworthy discovered China clay in Cornwall during 1745
- Legend says traditional Cornish wrestling may date back as far as the year 1139, when the warrior Corineus fought the Cornish giant Gogmagog
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