Affirmative! Cornwall and Devon now have the highest number of Blue Flag beaches of anywhere in the UK! Well let's be honest, it's no big surprise to us that some of the West Country's beaches are world-class, but to have it confirmed is always nice. It's not just about clean water - Blue Flags are only awarded to beaches with the highest standards of water quality, safety, and beach facilities. There are plenty of cosy little coves with crystal clear water that will never get the flag, because they don't have a beach shop for example. However, Blue Flags are still a pretty good indicator of a great all-round experience, so which beaches in particular have made it onto the newly announced 2016 list? Read more to find out!
One of the joys of living in a rural area is the fresh produce available from local farms. Many corner shops and supermarkets are getting better at stocking local produce, and of course the farmer’s markets at Bude and Launceston are well worth a visit, but still the best bet for those of us wanting easy regular access to great food with a low carbon footprint is always going to be the farm shops. We’ve rounded up the ones we know of in the area. If we’ve missed your favourite, let us know in the comments below.