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There is so much to see and do a little further afield it’s difficult to know where to start so we’ll work our way around the coast starting a little further along from Newquay with Perranporth – where legend has it that Cornwall’s patron saint, St Piran, was cast into the sea from Ireland, tied to a millstone and washed up on the large popular 3 mile long beach which houses the famous Watering Hole beach bar.

If sky diving, plane rides and driving experiences are something you fancy then there’s Perranporth Airfield to have a look at. 

Near Redruth you can visit the National Trust’s East Pool Mine – where you can see a Cornish Beam Engine and Industrial Heritage Discovery Centre.  For Cornish heritage and culture there is Heartlands a 19 acre Cornish Mining World Heritage site which includes a mining museum & exhibition and a giant adventure playscape - which is all free to enjoy.

On the road to Portreath, another popular surfing beach you pass Cornwall Gold & Tolgus Mill – a heritage site set in 18 acres of Cornish landscape – with gold, jewellery, pearl, workshop viewing gallery, paint your own pottery plus more.

Just before the three miles of Hayle beach we have Godrevy Point and Lighthouse whilst at the other end is Hayle estuary and the town of Hayle and Paradise Park and JungleBarn – a wildlife sanctuary with over 1000 birds and animals, being the home of the World Parrot Trust.

Following the coastline round we then have the beautiful beach of Carbis Bay and the very popular destination of St Ives, home of the Tate gallery and Cornwall’s art scene as well as it’s gorgeous beaches.  To avoid the hassle of trying to park in St Ives you can catch the train along the scenic St Ives Bay line from St Erth station and be in St Ives in under 15 minutes.

Formally North Levant Mine in the far West of Cornwall is Geevor Tin Mine, an operational tin mine between 1911 and 1990, is now the key centre within the Cornish Mining World Heritage site.  Here there is plenty to do and see, with stunning views of the Cornish coastline, including guided tours and exploring the mines, viewing the exhibitions, visiting the café and shop.

On the way to famous landmark of Lands End, you can pass the coastal village of Sennon Cove with it’s stunning views. 

Further round the coast and now facing a southerly direction we have the open air Minack Theatre set on a rocky granite outcrop jutting into the sea and overlooking Porthcurno beach.

Minack

The picturesque fishing port of Mousehole which is well known for its Christmas illuminations is a little further along before we reach the major fishing port of Newlyn with its modern fish market.  If we then carry on round the coast we reach the town of Penzance where we find the UK’s largest art deco sea water lido and the ferry port to the Isles of Scilly as well as a shopping centre and terminus of the main rail line.

Just as little further along we have the popular Longrock Beach which is safe for swimmers due to shallow water and very popular with windsurfers and kite-surfers.  At the far end, at Marizion, is St Michael’s Mount, a tidal island in St Mount’s Bay linked by a man-made causeway passible between mid-tide and low water.

For a theme park in this area is Flambards, with it’s Victorian village and Britain in the Blitz exhibitions as well as rides to suit all ages of the family and firework displays in the summer school holidays.

Kynance Cove, known for its white sand, turquoise sea and rock stacks is where some of the scenes for Poldark were filmed and is just a few miles before Lizard Point where you will find dramatic cliffs, white beaches, more turquoise seas and unique nature.

When visiting the Sea Life Trust Cornish Seal Sanctuary at Gweek, you can experience wonderful marine animals up close and personal and learn all about their individual stories and how the charity rescues and rehabilitates grey seal pups from around the Cornish coastline.

Moving further around the coast we reach Falmouth on the Fal estuary, known for it’s deep natural harbour. Here, there’s plenty to do including a visit to Pendennis Castle, a 16th century fortress built by Henry VIII, which often has theme days and events and The National Maritime Museum with 15 galleries over 5 floors exploring the influence of the sea on history and culture and a flotilla of model boats.  From Falmouth you can catch the King Harry ferry across the estuary to St Mawes, a small village and harbour on the Roseland Peninsula, opposite Falmouth.

Moving away from the coast for now we have Cornwall’s sole city – Truro – where we can enjoy a leisurely stroll across Lemon Quay, through two indoor markets, a regular outdoor market and it’s many shops, cafes, bars and restaurants.   In the centre of the town is Truro Cathedral which was built between 1880 and 1910 to a gothic revival design.

The small popular harbour villages / fishing ports of Mevagissey and Fowey are also on this south coast with Charlestown, where many scenes from Poldark were filmed in between them where you can find the Shipwreck Treasure Museum.   A little inland from here are the Lost Gardens of Heligan which are considered to be amongst the most popular gardens in the UK with their different design styles from the 19th century.

Next along the coast are the fishing village of Polperro and the popular fishing harbour, town and beach at Looe.

Near the ancient stannary and market town of Liskeard is Adrenalin Quarry where you can jump off cliffs, ride zip wires, take up axe throwing plus have fun on the aqua park and go karting track.

A few miles up the A38 is the town of Saltash which then, over the Tamar Bridge, takes you to the city of Plymouth.  Here you will find lots to do on a day out including the National Marine Aquarium – home to over 4000 animals and ground breaking ocean conservation work it is the largest aquarium in the UK.  Within a few yards you have the famous Mayflower Steps close to the site from which the Pilgrims are believed to have left England in 1620.  From the barbican you can then make your way along the waterfront to the Tinside Lido – a 1935 art dec lido overlooked by Plymouth Hoe and Smeaton’s Tower which is 72ft high, was originally built on the eddystone reef in 1759 and moved to Plymouth Hoe in the 1880’s.  The British Firework Championships can be viewed from the Hoe and surrounding area - they are held in Plymouth around the middle of August each year.

The Box is a major new museum, art gallery and archive for Plymouth and the South West which opened in September 2020 and has many exhibitions, galleries and a café.  You will also find Drakes Circus Shopping Mall towards the top of the town centre, along with The Barcode with cinema, adventure golf and eateries.

Tintagel bridge

Now heading the other way up the North Coast from your base at the chalet we bypass Polzeath and Port Isaac (previously mentioned in approx. 30 minutes) and we go through the village of Delabole, famous for Delabole slate from the local quarry on our way to Tintagel, the home of King Arthur’s castle and legends.  English Heritage manage Tintagel Castle and Tintagel Bridge – which was built in 2019 to connect the landscape that had been divided since some time between the 14th and 17th centuries.  

A few miles further along the coast is Boscastle, commonly recognised due to the disaster that occurred in August 2004 when the village suffered extensive damage due to flash floods cause by 8 hours of rain one afternoon – it was amazing no life was lost.  The Museum of Witchcraft and Magic along with a few shops and cafes can be found here.

Widemouth Bay is a popular all year round surfing beach on the coast road three miles south of Bude with a large car park and café.  Bude itself is a seaside town, with Summerleaze and Crooklets beaches which are both popular with surfers and families alike and can be reached from each other when the tide is low.  At Summerleaze is Bude Sea Pool built in the 1930’s as a safe swimming environment for the people of the town and created under the curves of the cliffs in a conservation area.

Although some have been mentioned there are many National Trust and English Heritage sites and car parks across Cornwall which you may want to explore, especially if you are already members of both/either.

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