Welcome to Cornwall Uncovered

Cornwall Uncovered is a beautiful two sided illustrated map of Cornwall created by local artist Simon Riordan. One side is devoted to the natural environment – the beaches, moors, trails and wildlife that can be discovered and the flip side features Cornwall’s rich heritage and culture – towns, industry, myths, mining, food, people, Festivals, Fishing, language, invention……. the list is long!

So fascinating  is Cornwall’s story that there are a vast amount of books, paraphernalia and maps about the region. Most are designed to serve niche markets or highlight specific areas.

Cornwall Uncovered is the only publication that visually puts together the sum of all Cornwall’s many parts; illustrating the wonderful tapestry of the human and natural environments and a map that leaves clues and ‘breadcrumbs’ for further discovery.

Both sides of the story

The Cornwall Uncovered Map, Nature Side
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The Cornwall Uncovered Map, Nature Side

Cornwall Uncovered features two maps of Cornwall. Side one is about the environment. Nature Reserves, woodlands, rivers and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty are highlighted and bordering the Map are illustrations of local wildlife and marine life and a selection of the plants that thrive in Cornwall’s mild climate. Illustrated boxes provide information about the great Cornish outdoors – rock pooling and , Cornish hedges, the little known ‘Cornish Amazon’ (a system of creeks and rivers). Many of Cornwalls most historic Gardens are named and the popular beaches illustrated. Information and links on this website can be quickly accessed using the QR codes printed on the map.

The Cornwall Uncovered Map, History Side
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The Cornwall Uncovered Map, History Side

Side two is devoted to the heritage, history and culture of Cornwall – its towns, people, and industry. Boxes provide information on Cornish language, Cornish Arts, Festival Events, Theatre and even local food – lest we forget the world renowned Cornish pasty! Cornwall’s rich and fascinating history is described on a timeline border with illustrations depicting important events and scenes from Neolithic times to the present day.

An illustration of an iron age village featured on the map.
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An iron age village painted for the Time line of the map.

Cornwall’s landscape holds many clues to the past and these along with sites of historical importance are illustrated on the map – standing stones, Iron Age hill forts, Castles, Stately Homes and the many reminders of Cornwall’s pivotal role in the Industrial Revolution – noble granite engine houses, stunning viaducts that straddle the Cornish valleys all testament to Cornwall’s rich industrial heritage.

Mining pic for website
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Mining on a truly industrial scale

Many of the locations featured on both sides of the map are free to visit, making Cornwall accessible to all. Cornwall Uncovered has all the arterial routes as well as information on how to make the most of local public transport.

The folded map is housed in a protective sleeve and besides making a perfect gift item, is a stunning visual reference for any Cornish home, B&B or hotel and essential reading for all our ‘Cousin Jacks’ (Cornish folk abroad)!