Beautiful Cornwall

A portrait of a county

A photographic journey through this stunning region of southwest England

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Beautiful Cornwall

Beautiful Cornwall is a highly photographic book, largely a series of photo essays showcasing many of the county’s most beautiful places and liveliest annual events.

Intended primarily as a photographic memento of Cornwall, all photography and words are by Nigel Hicks. Beautiful Cornwall is intended to appeal to anyone with a love of Cornwall, whether visitor or resident, as well as to anyone with a love of evocative travel photography.

An outline of Beautiful Cornwall

The book starts off with an introductory chapter, the only part of the book with any extensive text, and is followed by four photo essays (with extended captions) that each home in on one region of Cornwall.

Chapter One provides a summary of the lie of the land and the coast, introduces some of Cornwall’s wildlife, and summarises some of the factors that make Cornwall a unique place to live in. There is an overview of Cornwall’s mining history, as well as today’s fishing, farming and tourism business.

Chapter Two is a photo essay presenting east Cornwall, covering the valleys of the Tamar and Lynher Rivers, as well as the beautiful Rame peninsula and the fishing centres of Looe and Polperro.

Chapter Three’s photo essay tours along Cornwall’s rugged north coast, taking in its stunning surfing beaches, some of the rocky headlands, and the beautiful Camel estuary, along with the town of Padstow. In addijtion, the latter’s annual Obby Oss Festival is covered.

Chapter Four presents a photo essay of Cornwall’s southern side, encompassing  the towns of Fowey, St Austell, Falmouth and Truro, as well as such famous sites as the Eden Project and the Lost Gardens of Heligan.

Chapter Five showcases Cornwall’s far west, covering the Lizard and Penwith peninsulas, plus the stunning Isles of Scilly. St Ives, Penzance and Newlyn are featured, along with some of Cornwall’s best beaches, namely Sennen and Hayle. Two festivals – Helston’s Flora Day and Penzance’s Golowan – are also included. A section on the Scillies introduces the beauty of these islands, particularly Tresco (including its famous Abbey Garden), and the islands’ marine wildlife.

Aquaterra Publishing

As with Nigel’s earlier books, Wild Southwest and Beautiful Devon, Beautiful Cornwall is produced by his own publishing company, Aquaterra Publishing, making this the company’s third book. As of summer 2020, Aquaterra Publishing has published four books, all by Nigel Hicks.

Beautiful Cornwall is part of the Portrait of a County series of books, joining Beautiful Devon, Beautiful Somerset and Beautiful Dorset on the shelves.

These four books also sit alongside Wild Southwest, a more detailed look at the wildlife and natural landscapes of southwest England, which can also be seen on and bought from this website.

Beautiful Cornwall sample pages

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Some Beautiful Cornwall info:

No of pages80
Dimensions260 x 210 mm
Cover typePaperback
No of words15,000 approx
No of photos197
PublisherAquaterra Publishing

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