Our regular readers may remember that some time ago we wrote a blog called ‘5 Cornish Place Names you Won’t Believe Exist’. (Click here for a recap if you fancy)
We introduced our readers to the likes of Brown Willy, Cheesewring, Greensplat, Feock and Skinners Bottom and oh how happy it made them!
However these aren’t the only fantabulous Cornish place names. Here are a few more of our favourites locations in Cornwall that are sure to raise a smile.
1. Booby’s Bay
Booby’s Bay near Padstow is popular with pro surfers and rock poolers alike. It’s not named after anything mammary related so you can stop that childish sniggering. It’s actually named after a species of seabird that frequents this particular bay. There’s a shipwreck there too which can sometimes be spotted at low tide.
Famous for its Christmas lights, Mousehole is so called because of the small gap in the harbour that some think resembles a Mousehole. However, it’s worth pointing out that it’s actually pronounced Mowzel. That will earn you plenty of brownie points with the Mousehole residents who have all probably heard enough rodent related jokes to last a life time.
Aaaah Barcelona. ¡Ola! ¿Qué tal? Te amo. We love a bit of Catalonian culture. Which is irrelevant really because we are of course talking about the little hamlet between Polperro and Looe. Not much goes on in the Cornish Barcelona and we don’t really know why it’s called Barcelona but we do know that the local football stadium is called ‘The New Camp’ which is a tribute to Barcelona’s Camp Nou.
Minions on Bodmin Moor is a town filled with small yellow creatures dressed in blue dungarees looking for an evil leader to serve. NOT REALLY! But wouldn’t it be totally brilliant if it was?! In reality, Minions was founded for industry back in the 1800s and a little known fact about the place is that it’s the highest village in Cornwall. We think it’s worth a visit just to stand next to the sign dressed as Mr Gru.
Ok so there’s nothing amusing about Crantock, but how can we make a list of our favourite Cornish Place Names and not include our home on the list? Crantock boasts a stunning beach, beautiful coastal walks and of course…. THE BOWGIE INN! If that doesn’t make you smile then nothing will.