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Cornish Travels

A May 2006 trip to Cornwall by Timone

Quote: A week away from life in Cornwall chilling out, walking, exploring and drinking beer. There is nothing better than travelling the stunning Cornish coast.

Cornish Travels

Overview

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The coastline in Cornwall is stunning, and it really doesn't take much effort to find a small harbour or a piece of stunning cliff, the trouble is you never get bored of it and you never want to leave again.Quick Tips: If you like real ale, then St. Austell Breweries Tribute beer is fantastic. They do a range of beers but my money remains firmly on Tribute, despite not everywhere selling it. Also you can't go wrong with ice-cream, Kelly's of Bodmin is the best but Roskelly's is almost as good, just mind the calories, with all the Cornish cream in it you'll need to ration yourselves. Always donate something to the RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institute) and the Air Sea Rescue as ...Read More
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This cottage is in a remote setting but centrally located in Cornwall to allow easy access to all directions. The Eden project is an hour away, whilst Truro and Falmouth are half an hour away. Land's End can also be reached in about an hour. The cottage is beautifully laid out with a huge corner sofa, TV, DVD, and fireplace in the living room. Stairs lead off up to a large double bed with the usual bedroom furniture. Downstairs there is an adequate shower room and a nice, very well fitted (and new), kitchen which has every gadget you could ever need. Beyond that is a nice dining room which also has a pull out bed should it be required. The owners also give you a key to your own shed where there are...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 8, 2006

Manor Farmhouse Cottage
Little Beside - St. Day - Redruth
Cornwall TR16 5PX
+44 1209 822066

Fox and Hounds

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Restaurant | "Fox & Hounds"

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This a is a stunning pub set on a corner on the main road from Redruth to Falmouth. It is set back from the road with a sizeable car park and is attractively decorated with hanging baskets and flowers. The interior is in keeping with the stylish outside and has a large fireplace. The bar is a small area with plenty of seating and a small restaurant area which should be booked, or arrive early as this is a popular venue. To the left of the bar is a room with a pool table (40p a game) and a dart board (ask behind the bar for the darts). They sell Tribute beer (in my mind the best Cornish beer there is) as well as local IPA and some of the more usual tap beers (eg Fosters). At the back there is a pleasan...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 8, 2006

Fox and Hounds
Comford - Gwennap - Redruth
Cornwall TR16-6AX
+44 1209-820251

King's Head

Restaurant

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This a great pub for food. The owner simply pops down to the harbour and buys what fish comes in, so if fish is your thing then eat here. The specials board outside tells you what he has in, the lemon sole is fantastic and huge. Additionally, they do a great surf and turf and a good range of usual pub fare such as lasagna. The drinks aren't bad either although they don't sell my favourite Tribute, everything is reasonably priced.

If you are lucky, during your visit here, a tourist might drive into the front of the pub so they can add to their broken glass collection!

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 8, 2006

Godrevy

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Attraction

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Godrevy is one of those places I am reluctant to share with the world, it is a splendid area and owned by the National Trust. As a result there is a charge for car-parking unless you are a member of the National Trust. (£2.50 a day, and £3.50 in July and August). You drive a single track road to the end where there is a carpark, get there early to park on the front row facing the sea. A set of steep steps descends to the beach area. To the left there is a sandy area, although you need to walk a few hundred yards past the rocks in order to swim or paddle safely. To the right though is the most fantastic set of rocks which at low tide produce a huge amount of rock pools, bring your fishing nets and ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 8, 2006

Gwithian

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Attraction

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Gwithian is 3 miles of beautiful golden sands, stretching from Godrevy (see separate entry) around St. Ives bay almost as far as St Ives itself. The beach is popular with surfers, as the waves can be pretty big even in the summer months...this makes for great wave jumping games! There are several areas marked with red and yellow flags to show the safe swimming areas and there are a couple of lifeguard huts on the clifftops, as well as a guard who travels the beach on either a quad bike or a pickup truck. Follow their advice, the sea might look stunning but there are some pretty impressive currents. Try wave jumping and then look to see how far away from your clothes the sea has taken you without y...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 8, 2006

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Goonhilly is the world's largest earth station and has around 60 satellite dishes here, starting with the original one Arthur who stands by the entrance to some very small ones. Arthur might be big but boy can he move, he can spin and dip his dish in an amazingly short period of time. In fact the facts about this place are amazing. On the bus tour you get to stand in the old control tower and learn what each dish does, they are all actively communicating with the entire world all day, every day. As well as the science aspects, the area is a haven for wildlife and adders are commonly found here so be careful in long grass. There are also rabbits, vast numbers of birds, and a large pond which techni...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 8, 2006

Goonhilly Earth Station
The Visitor's Centre
Plymouth, England TR12 6LQ
0800 679 593

Lizard Point

Attraction

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Park in the carpark in the town, it operates on an honesty box system and walk the National Trust trail to the point, it is well signposted. The route splits at one point to either reaching it via steps or via a path. The steps are not that steep, and in fact seem quicker. It is possible to park in the National Trust carpark nearer the point, but this costs more and is often full. There are toilets at this car park, and the youth hostel is just here by the lighthouse and old communications station. The point itself is the most southerly point of Cornwall, and it offers stunning views of the coast. There is a small beach (read very small) down the concrete path, past the old lifeboat station. It ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 8, 2006

Lizard Point
Lizard Peninsula
Landewednack, Cornwall

Land's End

Attraction

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Land's End is somewhere you have to approach on foot...it seems wrong to arrive anyother way. The carpark at Land's End costs a fortune as it funds the Land's End Attractions Park, which is tacky beyond believe and spoils this historic place. However, if you park at Sennen Cove, preferably in the harbour carpark at the very bottom of the hill (just before you and your car end up in the water), it is £1 for 4 hours--which is ample time to climb the cliff and walk the beautiful 1-mile, cliff-top coastal path to Land's End. The cliffs here are no joke as with much of Cornwall, we arrived to find an air-sea rescue taking place for a young man who had fallen and broken his back, so we're quick to move ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 8, 2006

Land's End
B3306 from St. Ives/B3315 fro Penzance
Cornwall, England

Eden Project

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Attraction

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The road seems to go on forever with no sign of the Eden project, and then suddenly you find yourself in the carpark. Each carpark has the name of a fruit so it is easy to remember where you left the car. You can either walk down the hill to the main entrance or take the complimentary air-conditioned bus instead. We had to queue for quite a while but the queue did move quickly and there were stewards on hand to assist if needed. Once inside the crowds disappear and you find yourself looking down upon the famous domes. We visited the 'hot one' first. You follow a path that steadily climbs up the dome through various plant displays laid out in countries along with native style huts and waterfalls. I...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 8, 2006

Eden Project
Village of Bodelva
Saint Austell, Cornwall PL24 2SG
44 (0) 1726 811 911

Coverack

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Story/Tip

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A short drive from Goonhilly Earth Station and on the same road is the small village of Coverack, which sits on a steep hill. There are two carparks as you enter the village both on the right-hand side. One is by donation only and is therefore usually full and one is much larger and run by the local council, the charges aren't vast though. A short walk downhill from the carpark brings you to row of little seaside shops selling the bare essentials, and on the left-hand side are steps down to the beach. There is not much in the way of beach, and there are a few rock pools at low tide. Further around the cove are some benches overlooking the sea, an ideal place to sit and eat a packed lunch. Next to ...Read More

Mevagissey

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Mevagissey is a fairly large (at least by Cornish standards) harbour town about 5 miles outside of St. Austell. There is a large and cheap carpark on the edge of the town which is probably the best place to abandon your vehicle as the narrow streets of the town are really not designed for cars and are simply asking for you to hit something. One of the local pubs, proudly displays the glass from cars that have managed to hit the front of the building. The town has a spectacular harbour area, and is best viewed from the road that climbs up away from the town. In town there are plenty of shops, bars and restaurants to keep everyone happy, including a Kelly's Ice Cream Shop on the front, which...Read More