Hound Tor, Dartmoor Bren Tor, near Dartmoor The Eden Project Gwithian St Michael's Mount Porthcurno Land's End Sennen

further afield

Dartmoor

Dartmoor contains the highest ground in the south of England (High Willhays at 2,037'). Steeped in legends and folklore, it is covered with attractive granite tors, cut by fast flowing rivers, has a network of good walking paths, the famous Dartmoor ponies and is dotted with pubs. Highlights of the moor and the surrounding area include: Lydford Gorge (a very deep and narrow gorge); Brentor (a church on a lonely hill); Tavistock (a market town); Postbridge (clapper bridge); Dartmeet (meeting of the east and west Dart rivers); Widdecombe-in-the-Moor (beautiful moorland village); Hound Tor (attractive jumble of rocks); Haytor (by far the biggest of the granite tors); Chagford (market town); and Castle Drogo (castle by Lutyens in the wooded upper Teign valley).

Eden Project

World famous and well worth a visit, but be warned, if it is raining you are likely to find half the other holidaymakers in Cornwall are there too. Situated in the old clay pits near St Austell, The Eden Project has three biomes (two covered in massive geodesic domes) displaying tropical, mediterranean and temperate zone vegetation. The entry prices can be slightly eased by booking ahead online.

Lanhydrock

The most impressive country house in Cornwall, Landydrock has extensive grounds and beautiful formal gardens. The country seat of the Robartes family, interior of the house is fascinating and is full of interesting items. Visit in spring for a very impressive bluebell display in the woods.

Pencarrow House

Still owned by the Molesworth St Aubyn's Pencarrow House has a history dating back to Elizabethan times. The current building is Georgian and contains a wonderful collection of pictures, furniture, porcelain and antique dolls. The gardens are extensive, with a large Italianate section, and are particularly spectacular in late spring when over 700 species of Rhododendron are in bloom.

Bodmin Jail

Impressively grim, a visit to Bodmin Jail is a window on criminal times past in Cornwall, complete with a visit to the gallows. Special events include 'ghost walks', where you spend an entire night in the prison investigating the paranormal. Make your own mind up. Also in Bodmin is the new 'Courtroom Experience', where you can participate as the member of the jury in a controversial 1844 murder case. Booking ahead is necessary for both.

St Ives & St Ives Bay

St Ives Bay encompasses the massive beach and dune system, The Towans, stretching from Gwithian to Hayle, beautiful Carbis Bay and St Ives itself. All the beaches are superb and the narrow bustling streets of St Ives are full of interest, especially to the art lover, who will be well satisfied by the numerous shops, galleries and, of course, the Tate Gallery. There is a seal colony at Godrevy Point and dolphins are regularly seen in the area.

St Michael's Mount & Mount's Bay

Sunny Mount's Bay contains one of Cornwall's best known attractions, St Michael's Mount. Accessible by causeway at low tide or by boat otherwise, the medieval castle, gardens, harbour and community are all full of interest and will take at least half a day to fully explore. Elsewhere in the bay, the views from Marazion of the mount are wonderful, Penzance has good shopping opportunities, the large working harbour at Newlyn is worth a look and the beautiful fishing village of Mousehole with its alleyways, tiny quaint houses and wonderful harbour beach is not to be missed.

Land's End, Sennen & Porthcurno

Once you are away from the hideous carbuncle of the amusement park, Land's End offers breathtaking views, spectacular granite cliffs, wild seas and views of the Scilly Isles. Nearby on the north coast is the fantastic surfing beach of Sennen, and on the south coast the simply stunning Porthcurno Beach, where golden sands, pink granite cliffs and turquoise seas combine to form a little paradise. The view from the open air Minack Theatre on the cliffs to the beach and Logan Rock is unforgettable. It is hard to believe that you are in the UK here. Walking any section of the coast path in West Penwith is exceptional.

Guinevere, Tintagel

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