Destinations in Cornwall

Offered by Cornwall Discovered
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We have put together some insightful information into the beautiful areas that we currently (or will in the near future!)  incorporate into our exciting day experiences and tours. For now we hope you enjoy learning about what these places have to offer!
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Bodmin

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From the railway station of Bodmin parkway, one of the most iconic sites that Cornwall Discovered explorers visit, is the Victorian country house and estate of Lanhydrock. With an impressive garden and ancient woodlands, the estate lends itself to nature lovers as well as history buffs. Another highlight to watch out for on future programmes is the unique Bodmin and Wenford Railway, a heritage railway, allowing you to experience the charm of the ‘Steam Era’ whilst taking in the picturesque country views – and many of our explorers will be happy to learn it’s dog friendly. 

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Charlestown

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This charming village on the south coast is home to our planning headquarters as well as a number of trendy restaurants and traditional pubs. Charlestown’s most striking feature is undoubtedly the Georgian harbour which in recent years has featured heavily in the BBC’s adaptation of Winston Graham’s Poldark, when it starred as the county’s capital Truro. Walking around the inner harbour lined with tall ships, you can easily find yourself transported back in time.

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fowey-trips

Fowey

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One of the jewels of the Cornish Riviera, Fowey boasts a natural harbour that has paved the way for its important trading history. When walking through the narrow streets which are bustling full of art galleries, restaurants and boutique shops, you could easily mistake it for the Mediterranean – especially if you stop at the small tapas bar on the esplanade! One of Fowey’s most famous residents, Daphne du Maurier, is celebrated annually by the town and she features heavily in our literature programmes.

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Golant

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This picturesque village nestled within the Fowey estuary is a true hidden gem and one that we use to showcase the tranquillity of this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Whether wildlife spotting or merely taking in the river dotted with colourful boats, it is hard to imagine that the likes of the Stone Roses, Oasis, Duran Duran, the Verve, Razorlight and Muse recorded music nearby. We cannot take you to Sawmills studio, which can only be accessed by boat, but it is certainly an interesting story when out on tour! 

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Lanlivery

Lanlivery

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Identified from miles around by the steeple of St Brevita church, Lanlivery is a small rural community hidden amongst greenery. The parish contains the impressive Helman Tor with its Neolithic and Bronze Age remains which we visit on some of our programmes, and is home to a delightful 12th century pub, The Crown Inn. Farming is the main industry in Lanlivery, however one potato farm has recently transformed their conventional potato business into an award winning gin distillery. Hic!

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Lantivet Bay

Lantivet Bay, Lantic Bay & Lansallos

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These sweeping coves can be found along one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline in Cornwall – and even more importantly for Cornwall Discovered guests – one of the less frequented!. Perhaps it is the remote location and numerous windy roads to get there, but unlike other stretches of the south coast (and National Trust in particular) in Cornwall, Lantic Bay and the surrounding bays are relatively quiet. This peaceful setting and stunning turquoise waters against the golden sand, makes Lantic Bay a favourite with explorers. Our photography tours take in this section of the coast and our literature lovers visit the church at Lanteglos where Daphne Du Maurier got married.

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Lerryn-tours

Lerryn

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This idyllic village which is nestled amongst countryside recognised as one of Cornwall’s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is home to many species of birds and other wildlife. After visiting, you can certainly see why Lerryn is often said to have been the inspiration behind Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows. Whilst you may not spot Ratty or Mole when on a tour with us here, you will most likely spot a whole range of other local wildlife residents!

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Lizard Peninsula tours

Lizard Peninsula

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To avoid adding to the crowds, Cornwall Discovered does not operate tours here in the months of July and August, except for within our ‘Conscious Cruiser' range.

Another recognised Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this stretch of coastline often tops the charts as the most beautiful area in Cornwall and one of the most unique in the whole of the UK. Dramatic coastline combined with an abundance of sub-tropical vegetation provides the most stunning views. A constant source of inspiration for artists and writers, you cannot help but fall in love with the charm of the most southerly tip of the UK. Featured within Cornwall Discovered ‘Conscious Cruiser’ range with small tours from the port of Falmouth, we aim to showcase everything from the iconic photographic paradise of Kynance Cove to the history of the Lizard Lighthouse. 

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Lostwithel

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Hidden in the Fowey valley and shrouded with greenery lies the former Capital of Cornwall, Lostwithiel. When exploring the quaint streets of this stannary town, you soon discover why in recent years it has become known as an antique collector’s paradise. Boasting many antique shops hidden within the small alleyways, as well as lots of little local craft shops and cafes, it is a delight to stroll through as you approach the River Fowey that runs through it.  Nearby is a historical highlight maintained by English Heritage - Restormel Castle - one of the most astonishing castles of Britain which affords the visitor breath-taking views across the Fowey valley.

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Luxulyan Valley

Luxulyan Valley

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The Luxulyan Valley, situated close to the town of St Austell, is both a tranquil, natural woodland and a fascinating heritage site. The deep valley stretches along the banks of the River Par from Luxulyan to the St Blazey and has played an important role in Cornwall’s mining history – with many remains left to explore. One of the most iconic highlights of the valley is the ten-arch Treffry viaduct which is a true testament to 19th century engineering. This 100ft high wonder both carried the mine trucks over the valley and carried the water needed to power the water wheel at nearby Carmears.

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Falmouth

Falmouth

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Famous for its maritime history, Falmouth has become a popular destination for explorers yet still manages to retain much of its unique charm. Characterised by its deep natural harbour, the deepest natural harbour in Western Europe, Falmouth has been an important shipping port throughout the years and now in more recent years, it has become somewhat of a cruising hub. Well located to many of the highlights of West Cornwall, it is definitely an ideal base. And after discovering some of the nearby highlights, it's important to not miss out on admiring its impressive marina or sampling the delicious fish and chips! 

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Menabilly, Polkerris & Par

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To the west of Fowey, lies some Cornwall Discovered St Austell Bay favourites. This stunning stretch of headland has incredible views of the iconic Gribbin Head and is full of hidden coves nestled amongst beautiful coastal countryside. The footpaths around Menabilly are where Daphne du Maurier walked and gained inspiration for many of her works, which we bring to life in some of our arts and culture programmes. Nearby lies Polkerris, a small beachside village with a pub, restaurant, cafe and watersports and the town of Par which has the largest beach in the area – Par Sands, which is a particular favourite of dog owners. Cornwall Discovered HQ members will be keeping you informed of beach cleans at both Par and Polkerris. 

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Mevagissey

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Bustling with life and the cry of seagulls eyeing up the catch of the day, this delightful seaside town is a firm favourite amongst locals and visitors alike. Very much a working fishing port, the harbour is one of the main attractions with the colourful local fishing boats bobbing in and out. With several arts and crafts shops and little cafes, it is the perfect spot for a good morning of wandering the quaint streets and tasting the Cornish ice cream before a fish and chip lunch!

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Newquay

Newquay

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To avoid adding to the crowds, Cornwall Discovered does not operate tours here in the months of July and August.

With some of Cornwall’s most loved beaches, Newquay is located on Cornwall’s Atlantic coast. A paradise for surfers, Newquay boasts some of the stunning coastal scenery and sunsets around. Our itineraries take in some of the most iconic beaches (keep a look out for our future dog-friendly range as all of these beaches welcome furry friends) from the surfer hotspot of Fistral beach to the sand dunes of Crantock and sweeping beauty of Watergate Bay. You cannot help but get into the holiday vibe when visiting Newquay’s coastline and there’s always time to stop for a famously delicious Cornish ice-cream.

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Padstow

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To avoid adding to the crowds, Cornwall Discovered does not operate tours here in the months of July and August.

A foodie haven, especially after Rick Stein has firmly put it on the culinary map, Padstow is a bustling port and picturesque town on the River Camel Estuary. Full of course with some of the best restaurants and bars in Cornwall, you will also spot many people leaning on bicycles eating ice cream or Cornish pasties, as this is where the popular and family friendly cycle trail ‘The Camel Trail’ ends! In the shoulder seasons, Cornwall Discovered is delighted to combine Padstow with some of our other highlights of North Cornwall. 

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Pentewan

Pentewan

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Pentewan is a large, flat and sandy beach situated close to Mevagissey on the south coast’s ‘Cornish Riviera’. With soft sand and glistening waters, it has become a popular place for a ‘burger on the beach’ next to the nearby campsite, yet despite being popular with locals and visitors alike, the beach is large enough that it never feels overwhelmingly busy. Cornwall Discovered HQ members will be keeping you informed of beach cleans here, and one of our favourite things to talk about when visiting this beach is the local hobby of collecting sea glass! 

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Port Isaac doc martin tours

Port Isaac

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To avoid adding to the crowds, Cornwall Discovered does not operate tours here in the months of July and August.

This small fishing port on Cornwall’s north coast is a picturesque labyrinth of winding streets that lead down to its pretty harbour. In 2014, Port Isaac was put firmly back on the Cornish map after the town acted as the fictional town of Portwenn in the British television comedy drama, Doc Martin, starring Martin Clunes. Interestingly enough, that is not the only drama that has been filmed here, although the most well-known. Much of the original 1970s Poldark television series was also filmed here.

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St Agnes poldark tours

St Agnes

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About ten miles southwest of Newquay lies the smallest section of the Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty at St Agnes. Dominated by St Agnes Beacon a geological wonder being a metamorphic batholith with rich mineral veins below. This stretch of the north coast is famous for its mining heritage and many ruined engine houses can be seen here along the stretch of coastline. Amongst them is the iconic Wheal Coates with its three engine houses – it is here that in the 1800's tunnels were mined out under the sea, becoming the inspiration for Winston Graham’s Poldark novels. 

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St Austell

St Austell

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Cornwall Discovered tours includes several of St Austell’s lesser known highlights, particularly when it comes to gardens. Everyone knows the big names, but perhaps haven’t heard of Pinetum Gardens, a 30-acre estate that still remains slightly off the beaten path. Known as a garden for all seasons, Pinetum Gardens comprises several gardens within the one and is home to one of the largest plant collections in the county. Some other St Austell highlights to look out for is the Wheal Martyn Clay Museum which delves into Cornwall’s famous ‘white pyramid’ past, and a small rustic winery on the outskirts of the town.

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Truro

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Cornwall’s ‘Great Little City’ combines its desire to preserve the city’s iconic heritage and history with its flair for modern culture. Bustling with independent stops, restaurants and cafes showcasing the best of Cornish produce, the most striking feature is undoubtedly Truro Cathedral. Dominating the skyline with its three spires, this is not just a stunning architectural gem from the outside, but it also boasts some of the best examples of stained-glass windows anywhere in the country.

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