The real attraction of Cornwall undoubtedly lies in its wealth of stunning natural beauty. The county's ample coastline is as breath-taking as any in the United Kingdom, and promises a unique level of diversity - from peaceful harbours to wild, rugged cliffs.
One of the highlights for those who travel to Cornwall in search of magnificent coastal beauty lies in the county's south, not far from St. Austell. Dodman Point, also known locally as Deadman's Point, is the highest headland on the entire south coast of Cornwall, reaching 374 feet above sea level. With plenty of exquisite hotels nearby, the region is also a popular spot with visitors.
Nature Meets History
Of course, the main attraction of Dodman Point is the spectacular views which reach out in every direction. However, there's also some fascinating history to the headland. The Dodman is home to an Iron Age earthwork, which many believe to have been the site of an old settlement or fort.
The headland is home to another man-made landmark - a giant granite cross erected in the late 19th Century as a means of helping ships navigate the tricky coast.
A Day Out
The stunning views of the Dodman are best taken in slowly, as you walk along the impressive headland. There is a clear footpath which takes visitors around the earthwork, and at times down to the lowest points of the cliff.
Those visiting the headland as part of a day trip can head to the nearby villages of Gorran Haven, Portmellon and Mevagissey to find toilets, pubs and shops.
Hotels in South Cornwall
The slower pace of life means that many of the friendliest hotels in Cornwall are situated in the south, many of them close to Dodman Point.
The luxurious Llawnroc Hotel is located in Garron Haven, just minutes from the Dodman. The hotel offers a range of spa treatments, ideal for a relaxing break. There's also free WiFi, breakfast and a stylish on-site bar.
For something more intimate and traditional, there are a number of guesthouses in nearby Mevagissey. The Wheel House offers excellent views out across the boats and the peaceful harbour.