lies in south-western England on a peninsula bounded by the Atlantic
Towns include the county seat of Truro.
of Scilly lie to the west of Land's
End, the mainland's most south-westerly point and Bodmin
Moor can be found in the east of the county.
language of Cornish
was once spoken in the county. Most closely related to Welsh and Breton
(spoken in Brittany in France) the language has been extinct since
1777 when the last speaker died. In recent decades the Cornish language
has enjoyed a revival and there is thought to be several hundred speakers
|Areas of Outstanding
Twelve separate areas make up the Cornwall
AONB which was designated in 1959. The protected areas include landscapes
as diverse as the Lizard
Moor, the Camel
Estuary and much of the county's north and south coastline.
Lying 45km off Land's End, the
Isles of Scilly were designated England's smallest AONB in 1975.
With only five islands inhabited and a population of less than 2,000
people, the beaches, cliffs and dunes provide sanctuary for many bird
populations as well as a stopover for migrating birds. The unusually
warm water lying between the islands also provides a rare ecosystem
for a wide variety of marine animals.
Valley AONB includes three river systems: the Tamar
rivers to the north of Plymouth and the Lynher
to the west of the city. All three rivers enter the sea in one of
England's last unspoilt estuaries. The east of the AONB lies in the
neighbouring county of Devon and was designated in 1995.