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Cornwall is a wonderful place: rolling green hills, wild moorland, rugged coastline and golden sandy beaches. If you want a holiday in the sun and don't want to go abroad, Cornwall is the perfect place. There is so much on offer too, and our Fowey hotel is the ideal place to stay when you head out to explore.

Facts about Cornwall and area near out Fowey hotel

But what do you know about this county tucked away in the south-west corner of England? Read on to load up on some fun Cornwall facts before heading here on your holiday.

  1. The name Cornwall originates from two separate words from different languages. The 'Corn' part is derived from the original Celtic tribe who lived in the region since the Iron Age, named the "Cornovii" and the 'wall' part of the name derives from Old English "Wales" meaning foreigner.

  1. Cornwall's population is around half a million people, home to 75,000 cows and sees more than 5 million a year. The year-round tourist industry is one of the biggest contributors to the economy and continues to grow larger year on year.

  1. In the 1900s, half of the world's tin came from Cornwall, with tin mining being a huge economy for the county just as copper has been and china clay is today. The World Heritage Mining Site across Cornwall is worth visiting on your visit to learn about the history and impact it had on the county. China clay was discovered in St Austell and now is one of the main exports of Cornwall.

  1. The Cornish pasty one of the county's biggest export, worth around £150 million a year. Holidaymakers eat over 5 million, on an average of 13,500. For visitors to Cornwall who have never been before, and authentic pasty has to be on the menu!

  1. It is not just the everyday pasties found in every bakery that Cornwall is famous for. The largest every pasty made in 2010 weighed an astonishing 1,900lb (850kg) containing 1,750,000 calories and took 11 hours to cook in a specially built oven. A team of bakers crammed the giant pasty with beef, potato, onion and swede.

  1. The world-renowned Eden Project, located just a short drive from our Fowey hotel is nearly 17 years old - it opened May 2000. It largest biome is fifty metres high and big enough to house the Tower of London. The scaffolding structure used to build it went into the Guinness Book of Records as the largest ever freestanding scaffold structure in the world. The 46,000 poles would stretch out for 230 miles, end to end.

  1. Cornwall boasts the longest coastline in the whole of Great Britain, measuring 422 miles. You can walk the whole coastline along the South West Coastal Path too, which is one of the longest walking routes in the world, as it stretches from Somerset to Dorset. It will take a long time to tackle the whole route, but you can take shorter sections, with many fantastic areas to explore around Fowey.

  1. Cornwall's patron saint, St Piran who is celebrated on March 5th, is the patron saint of tin-miners. According to legend, he was born in Ireland in the 5th century where he performed miracles but was thrown into the sea by people who did not like him. Somehow, he made it across the water to Perran Beach, where he built a chapel among the sand dunes. He discovered tin, and the Cornish flag, a white cross on a black background, represents tin flowing from the black rock.

  1. The River Fowey, which our hotel looks over, is one of Cornwall's most beautiful attractions. Its source is found on Bodmin Moor, and along its route follows takes you through various geographical wonders and place of interest, one being Golitha Falls. We highly recommend a walk along by the river, or during the summer taking a boat ride up the river!

Images by: Gareth James

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