Cornwall is one of the most beautiful places in the world.
There are breathtakingly beautiful beaches, stunning countryside, quaint little cottages and winding cobbled streets…but that’s not all. Cornwall is also host to some wonderful sights that are exclusively, wholly and totally 100% Cornish and nothing else.
If we listed them all, we’re pretty sure the internet would crash, so to avoid a digital catastrophe we have opted to list just 5 Things You’ll Only See In Cornwall!
1. Stealth Seagulls
You might think you know seagulls. You might even think you like them. But that’s only if you have not yet encountered a Cornish Seagull. Cornish Seagulls have evolved on their diets of pasties and ice cream into finely tuned fighting machines. Cornish Seagulls aren’t scared of you or that umbrella you’re brandishing. They care about one thing and one thing only and that’s the pasty you are holding in your left hand. They move quickly with pin point precision and in the blink of an eye they move stealthily to make that pasty theirs…or ‘mine’ as they would say (a cheeky little Finding Nemo reference there).
2. Seriously Funny Place Names
The historic Cornish language has given rise to some amusing place names – Bodiggo, Frogpool, Halabezack, Praze-an-Beeble, Plusha, Valley Truckle, Brown Willy, WIthielgoose and Zoar to name just some! Even the most sensible amongst you would find it hard to resist the urge to take a selfie next to the road sign directing us to ‘Splatt’ or ‘Jolly’s Bottom’.
3. Pasty Wars
You may have heard that the people of Cornwall like a pasty. Well that’s not true.
The people of Cornwall LOVE a pasty which is why Cornwall is the only place in the world where you’ll find pasty shop after pasty shop after pasty shop all on the same street trying to lure you with their flaky pastry and sumptuous fillings. Forget Star Wars, Cornwall is all about #PastyWars.
There is only one way to find out and that involves trying all the pasties from all the different shops – it is a mission we are still part way through and still no closer to finding a winner. We’ll keep going.
4. Woolly Traffic Jams
You say you don’t like traffic jams and we believe you. However, if you do traffic jams Cornish style and swap the cars in front of you for a tractor or two and several herds of sheep, we’re sure you will feel a smidge differently. We’re not saying you’ll suddenly love being stuck for hours but no one minds being made late for work because of cute balls of wool.
5. Words with whole new meanings
We know you’ve heard ‘proper job’ before, but how about ‘The big city’ (which isn’t refering to London by the way) – we’re talking about Truro. ‘Dreckly’ means something will happen, at some time, but we can’t say exactly when. We also like to say ‘E’, that means you, he, she or anything for that matter. So…we and e will be heading to the big city dreckly. Understand?
We could go on but we’re meeting a friend on Brown Willy, we’re running late, don’t want to spend too long in a sheep traffic jam and we’d quite like a quick half of cider before we set out.