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Cornwall, England
Creative Commons AttributionCornwall - Credit: Darren Shilson


Aerial view of Land's End
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeAerial view of Land's End - Credit: Tom Corser

Cornwall is a culturally distinct region of England, with its own traditional language, flag and Celtic identity.  It is the southwest-most English county, forming the tip of the peninsula that stretches out below Wales. Bounded to the east by the county of Devon, its most westerly point is Land's End. Its only city is Truro

Cornish Flag
Creative Commons AttributionCornish Flag - Credit: Edward Webb

The landscape of Cornwall was dramatically reshaped by the tin and china clay mining industries, which have left excavations and spoil heaps that can be seen from miles around.  Fishing and agriculture were also important to the traditional Cornish economy.

Because of its extensive coastlines and mild climate, Cornwall is a popular tourist destination. Resorts include Newquay and St Ives on the northern coast, and Penzance and Falmouth on the southern coast.  Cornwall is also known for its moorland, such as Bodmin Moor.

Cornish (Kernowec) belongs to the same linguistic group as Welsh and Breton. During the 20th century various attempts were made to revive the language, and although it has never regained its role as a true community language, it is spoken fluently today by about 300 people.


Truro - Cathedral church of St. Mary
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeTruro - Cathedral church of St. Mary - Credit: Chris Downer