As Cornwall is a beautiful place, it is no surprise we want to capture as many magical and memorable moments that we can, then look back on fondly with a photograph. But in addition to the popular tourist spots to photograph like Land's End, St Michael's Mount and the Eden Project, why not seek out some alternative, but no less spectacular, spots to photograph? Read on for some inspiration.
On Bodmin Moor, you can find Colliford Lake, Cornwall's second largest freshwater lake located inland. In the middle of the rolling hills and wild moorland, the lake is exposed to the elements, making it most suitable to visit on a bright, sunny day. The area is popular with wildlife watchers who come to see the multitude of animals who come to wade in the shallows. It has easy access from the A30 and has also been named as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. You can enjoy many fantastic views of the lake - great for capturing a stunning shot - when walking the 14km perimeter.
The Golitha Falls are a series of remarkable waterfalls along a section of the River Fowey, through the ancient woodland of Draynes Wood. It is considered one of best known - and best loved - beauty spots on Bodmin Moor. The river flows through various scenery, from sun-dappled wooded glades to dramatic craggy gorges. The course of the river descends a total of 90 metres, meaning it is very fast flowing. The best time to see them is after a heavy rain on the moors - so be sure to take some sturdy shoes. Golitha Falls is a National Nature Reserve and is also a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest on account of the woodland flora. Visiting during the spring and summer months will provide tonnes of stunning views of the wood and waterfall in all its glory.
North of St Austell in the centre of Cornwall's China Clay country, Roche is a village which takes its name from the chapel which protrudes from the granite outcrop, Roche Rock, which is surrounded by several legends. One of the most notable is that Jan Tregeagle, the tortured sinner who tried to find refuge in the chapel when being chased by demons. The 15th century chapel on Roche Rock is said to have been built by a hermit and is only accessible by a steep ladder. Head to the Rock in the evening, when the setting sun will light up the stark rock face giving you many photo opportunities.
St Nectan's Glen
Towards the north coast is St Nectan's Glen, which is famous for the sixty-foot waterfall which bursts through a hole in the rocks. Waterfall One, was created by the River Trevillet punching a hole through the basin wall, and with the right lighting, the fall can appear almost magical. There are two other natural waterfalls in the area you can see on a walk too, as you roam across the rocks covered in lush green foliage. On a hot sunny day, the basin is the perfect place for taking off your shoes and socks and going for a paddle.
Images by: Sarah Charlesworth, Gareth James, Tony Atkin, Roddy Smith available under Creative Commons