Cornwall Winter Break
Cornwall Winter Breaks Christmas and New Year. Towns and villages decorated with lights. Looe with boats in the harbour sparkling. Mousehole with its famous Christmas Illuminations. Cosy cottages with log fires, some with four poster beds. Pubs and inns with low wooden beams. Guesthouses with bed and breakfast overlooking the lights around the harbour. 4 star hotels offering a candlelit Xmas Dinner. Lots of nice places to stay. From a short winter holiday to New Year breaks Churches the true meaning of the Season.
Winter in Cornwall tends to be mild, so don't expect a White Christmas.
Deep crisp snowfalls that last more than a few hours are rare.
To be made the most of when they occur, by adults as well as children.
The silence and stillness of countryside covered in a white carpet.
Only the shriek of children on toboggans breaking the silence.
The sun low in the sky even at mid day. When the winter frosts arrive, temperatures are often below freezing by dusk. However severe frosts in the South West are thankfully as rare as heavy snow. By the New Year the first snowdrops will be out, daffodils will be in bud. Rooks, one of the earliest nesting of all birds, will already be paired and rebuilding last years nests high in the branches.
Huge waves often pound the shore, driven in by deep depressions far out in the Atlantic. It can be so exhilarating watching but of course only from a very safe distance, so well keep back from cliffs and the sea. Some say the only safe way is to watch from the safety of the inside of a car. Inland the wooded valleys and moors have a bleak beauty not seen by the summer holiday visitor to Cornwall. Well walked Cornish coastpaths may well be deserted except for the occasional walker.
By the end of February crocus and the earliest of daffodils a blaze of welcome colour, primroses following close behind. Young rooks will have fledged, now squawking noisily on the thinnest branches testing their wings. Camellias are providing a burst of colour in many Cornish gardens.
When the east winds blow birds such as redwings, lapwings and fieldfares are pushed into South Western Britain and to what they hope is a warmer climate. Estuaries, such as Hayle, the most southerly of all Britain's estuaries provide a winter home for thousands of wading birds, from curlew, to widgeon to teal.
By March tree buds breaking out, a clear sign that spring is on its way. All over Cornwall daffodils will soon be full bloom, providing a welcome blaze of colour. The days will be pulling out and it will be good light until well after 6pm .
Winter in Cornwall A nice time for a short break
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