Cornwall is the warmest region in Britain. Being surrounded by water also means that clouds creep in off the sea, rise – and it inevitably rains. The recent rainy season (from April to June) has been a record breaker, yet does it really matter?
Cornwall in the rain has surreal-like quality. There’s a particular type of rain – seemingly peculiar to Cornwall – called ‘mizzle’. It’s an eerie, warm half-mist/half drizzle precipitation that swallows whole landscapes and lifts suddenly to reveal the gorgeous Cornish countryside.
Go to the beach on a rainy day, and there are still people on the beach. Go to the moors and there are still people braving the deluge. Pop into an art gallery or visit a heritage site, and people are still indulging in the experience – albeit in their galoshes.
It’s not so much a determination to enjoy Cornwall no-matter-what in the same manner of trying to enjoy a camping trip when your world resembles Atlantis. It’s the fact that Cornwall is enjoyable in the rain or even more simply put, Cornwall is cool no matter the weather.
Take Cornwall’s beaches. 34% of the people who visit Cornwall will make a trip to the beach. Yet only 4% of people will actually go in the sea. That’s an awful lot of people for who the experience of going the beach is just that, being on the beach without having to engage in any of the so-called beach activities.
When you live in Cornwall, you get used to the strange microclimate. Toasted by the Gulf Stream, Cornwall remains largely snow-free in the winter to the dismay of local schoolchildren. The summer starts around Easter and fades away conveniently the same time as British summer time forces the clock hands forward.
Then the sun. When the Cornish sun shines – it scorches as strong as any Mediterranean midday heat. Moving to Cornwall makes one realise what a great notion the practice of siesta really is.
And the rain? Well, the rain just gets you a bit wet and doesn’t matter much; there’s still plenty to do…
Written from a truly Cornish perspective.