GUIDE TO SOUTH CORNWALL

A picturesque corner of the UK where beaches roll into charming coastal towns and family attractions are in abundance.

A 7 day ITINERARY for South Cornwall

With days out to suit every single member of the family, you are sure to have a fun-filled break in South Cornwall, from top attractions to exploring the coast and visiting popular spots.

Harbours and horticulture

Begin your day leisurely with breakfast in the pretty little village of Mevagissey. Enjoy a stroll around the attractive twin harbour before making your way up the narrow alleyways to spend a morning browsing art galleries and gift shops. Pop into the Number Five for a coffee before hopping in the car to the Lost Gardens of Heligan where you can explore the fascinating Northern Gardens, Lost Valley and The Jungle. Head back to Mevagissey in the evening where you can sample the day’s catch at Salamander, The Wheel House or one of the other fantastic seafood restaurants in the village.

Lots moor fun!

One for a fine day, Bodmin Moor is a wild, romantic landscape of Tors, ancient landmarks and rolling hills. Pack a picnic and set off in the morning for a walk. There are hundreds of routes to suit all abilities; climb the peaks of Rough Tor (pronounced row-ter) and Brown Willy, or pick a section of the sixty-mile Copper Trail which takes in some of the most intriguing monuments and villages, including the impressive Trevethy Quoit near Minions. Given Bodmin’s links to famous author Daphne Du Maurier, your day would not be complete without dinner at the Jamaica Inn!

An adventure on two wheels

If you’ve got your own bike, you’re ready to go, if not, hire is available at Padstow, Wadebridge or Bodmin. You can take on the whole 18 miles, or pick a section which takes your fancy. The stretch from Dunmere to Wenford Bridge is particularly scenic, passing through woodland and following a former quarry railroad, offering good views to the river below and lots of interesting sights. Snails Pace Café in Wenford Bridge (closed in winter) is a lovely place for a snack or home cooked lunch and also offers bike hire.

Village visiting

Looe and Polperro are two of the most charming places on the south coast of Cornwall. Enjoy a laid back breakfast in Polperro in one of the little cafés which line the winding cobbled streets and then enjoy the scenery on a walk along the coast, or stay in the village for a visit to the harbourside museum to learn about its history of smuggling! Drive to Looe for lunch where you’ll find fresh fish and chips for lunch and a lovely golden beach, safe for summer swimming. If it’s a little cold for such pursuits, a browse of the quirky shops and afternoon tea in a café should pass the time nicely. Squid Ink restaurant comes highly recommended on Trip Advisor for your evening meal.

Top 5 family attractions

Kingsand and Cawsand & Whitsand Bay

Begin your day in the twin villages of Kingsand and Cawsand, enjoying a hearty full English breakfast in Kingsand’s Old Boatstore Café, taking in the views across to Plymouth Sound. Stop to pick up a picnic and then head towards Cawsand where you can pick up the South West Coast path to walk 5.2 miles through woodland, around Rame head and on to Whitsand Bay which is dog friendly year-round. Take a break at one of the cafés here before heading back on the bus to Cawsand where you can take your pick of pubs and restaurants for your evening meal.

Top 5 castles

St Austell Bay

Take an early morning stroll around the pretty harbour town of Charlestown, originally built to import copper and export coal before its involvement in the export of China clay, and now famous as a filming location for . Move on to the Eden project where you can spend the rest of the day, exploring the iconic domes at your leisure. In the evening, dine out in St Austell, where you’ll find restaurant options for all tastes, from fine dining at Austell’s to Indian Cuisine at Eastern Paradise.

Top 5 seafood restaurants

Retail Therapy

Shop ‘til you drop in the independent boutiques and big name stores of Truro, stopping for refreshment in one of the many cafés and coffee shops dotted around. Don’t wear yourself out too much though, as your next port of call in the afternoon is St Mawes on the Roseland Peninsula where you can enjoy a wander at a more leisurely pace or take a two-mile coastal stroll to St Just in Roseland Church from St Mawes Castle.

Tales of the River Fowey

Whichever aspect of the River Fowey draws you in, you’re sure to leave having been captivated.

South Cornwall holidays

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