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The Natural Blend Of Cornish Coast

Posted on November 9, 2009 | Remarkable DrivesOne Comment



The pasty village colored by the seawater and emerald shining through the countryside farms, the Cornish backdrop is a staggering fusion of natural vistas and historical memories. The frame of perfectly designed steep mountains surging into the lush gardens is surrounded by Atlantic. This frame of natural engineering is separated from most part of Britain and almost defined as an island by the Tamar River.

Overview

Some places famous for creating history, some for its modernistic culture. The villages and towns of this place are quite distinct in some way or the other. Take a car along with you which can suite the narrow roads of the charming Cornwall, if you wish to drive here. Or if you wish to stroll, walk on the longest footpath in England, South West Coastal Path, which measure around 630 miles.

Start from Penzance

Most famous among all the Celtic crosses of Cornwall, the 19th Century Cross of Penzance is worth visiting before clutching the steering wheels of your car. Visit to this cross can also attract you to the nearby Penlee House gallery and Museum on Morrab road.

St. Michael’s Mount

A smooth three-mile drive east from Penzance displays glimpses of historic St. Michael’s Mount. Historic because this place has been a pilgrimage site, a tin-trading center, and also a military bastion since long. You can climb to the castle-top to spot sailing ships of Spanish Armada. To the east of this castle lies some of the dazzling beaches of Lizard Peninsula. Penwith Peninsula is to the west embracing Mounts Bay and some Neolithic sites. Descend to come out of the causeway of St. Michael’s Mount and walk the long way during low-tide. Go for a ferry ride through Marazion and back, to experience the cool winds during high tides.

Gemstone Helston

A excursion of 10-mile from St. Michael’s Mount through route A394 will lead you to a small market town – Helston. You can enjoy the ancient domestic Spingo’s brew at The Blue Anchor Inn, a hotel built in a roof-top house, which were relaxing quarters of monks during 15th century. Nearby is the Helston Folk Museum, previously the market house of town, where archaeological trinkets and a press made of timber is still preserved. With its scenic villages and beautifual landscapes, Helston directs us toward The Lizard Peninsula.

Hike the Lizard Peninsula

Drive straight to the Lizard’s southern end to rest a while in The Lizard Pasty Shop situated in Beacon Terrace. Two miles farther on A3083 road, you can enjoy hiking at Kynance Cave which is a superb spot with several caves and turquoise water.

Cadgwith

Cadgwith is a straight road of 4 miles through Southern Lizard. It’s a properly organized village with ashen huts and night pubs where men croon songs of the sea. The South West Coastal Path on the way displays some very neat but ancient villages and Lizard coves. Ideal for a night stay is Trengilly Warth Inn (Nancenoy, Constantine; starting at ₤80) which has luxuriant gardens, meadows and peaceful lakes spread across 6 acreas of land. The Cornish name means settling on the trees. The meals offered by the restaurant of this inn are simply scrumptious including marine shellfish, Cornish cheeseboard, and local meats.

Cadgwith

Falmouth

A trip of attraction starts after driving 8 miles north when you reach Falmouth. The National Maritime Museum throws some light on the maritime heritage of Cornwall with actual ships and boats of numerous sizes, art work, and other old monuments. After a historical knowledge visit, move backward and wander through the Trebah Garden which is amongst the top 80 gardens of the world. Along with variety of geology, it has a 26-acre of subtropical valley which adds spice to the grace of this garden.

All-embracing St. Austell

A densely populated town in Cornwall, St. Austell, is located 25 miles north-east of Falmouth. One of the best attractions of this city is the Eden Project’s global garden. This luxuriant property includes a greenhouse edifice with the size of almost thirty football fields. The educational programs imparted here are helpful to reduce the intricacies of food and waste supply management, which some other projects are targeted towards management of the crops grown locally.

Polperro

Those who are fond of fishing especially with amazing ambience move your car 40 miles east from St. Austell and enter the peaceful little village of Polperro. The experience of moving through the narrow pathways of this village from main car park till the village center, especially in a bus drawn by horses is one of its kinds. Before getting back into your horseless four-wheeler, try the distinctive food in the Crumplehorn Inn and Mill which specializes in mushroom, steak, cod & chips, mushrooms, or the day’s special dish. Digestion of such a delicious food can be made simpler by walking from Polperro to Lansallos, exploring the low-lying beauty by foot from the edges of the cliff.

Ghostly Walk in Bodmin

Direct your car 17 miles northwest of Porpello to discover the town of Bodmin. Take a tour through the historic jail which was specially built for King George III in 1779. Writers imprisoned in this jail during World War I has written some of the world famous books like the 11th Century British survey Domesday Book, and the Crown Jewels. If you are weary of simple night stay in a hotel, try staying in this jail which offers a night stay in a haunted house and breakfast before checkout (₤70 per head). The jail also includes Paranormal Ghost Walks every month (₤5.50 per head for jail). If you are done with the scary-part, move to the landscape of The Bodmin Moor, the attractions of which are quite extensively described by Daphne du Maurier, a novelist. Also Jamaica Inn, built in 18th Century in remembrance of the author, is a decent stay.

Surfing on Perranporth and St. Agnes

24 miles southwest on the road A30 and road B3285 toward the North Coast to pass through Perrnporth and St. Agnes. The area around these two place is infamous for surfing. Try surfing yourself and if you don’t make it right, get a two-hour lesson for ₤20 at St. Agnes Breakers Surf School.

Chysauster

ChysausterTake the route B3277 and road A30 southward from St. Agnes to reach near the town of granite and tin mining, exquisite seashores, and ancient villages. The Chysauster is a 2000 years old settlement with street lined through houses, homesteads wall made up of stones, remnants of an passage made under the ground, known as fogou.

The artwork of St. Ives

A short drive on the road A30 and road A3074 will drop you near St. Ives, a several time winning village of Britain in the Bloom contest. A visit in this village is more like a visit in an art exhibition. To get an insight of the level of art work, take a visit in Tate St. Ives which is a sub division on much famous Tate Gallery, London. This visit in the gallery may cost you around ₤5.75. Also, do get a glimpse of Godrevy Lighthouse through St. Ives harbor which was made known to the world by author Virginia woolf.

Penwith Peninsula

Move below St. Ives, the 400 Celtic view dotted on the Penwith Peninsula will definitely attract your attention. A southwest route from St. Ives of 5 miles will help you explore the two fully-equipped cliff-side castles in the locale, Bosigran Castle and the Gurnards Head. Take an eye-grasping 90 minutes walk through the beautiful route from gurnards Head to Bosigran. For a pleasant night stay, opt for the park at Gurnards Head Hotel, which offers breakfast, a room and a friendly pub at ₤80. If you are not drowsy, drive for Land’s End.

Naturally Land’s End

To reach Land’s End, turn southwest from Zennoir. This is the most famous destination in mainland Britain with enormous shops, museums and restaurants. However, it is best known for its scenic beauty.

Merry Maidens Circle roundtrip

If you are planning to head back to Penzance, don’t forget to halt at Merry Maidens Circle. This is on the route B3315 from Land’s End. This is one of the best conserved Neolithic sites in England having 19 granite stones forming a perfect 78-feet diameter circle.

Road Kit

Gardens in cornwallConsidering the number of gardens in Cornwall, summer or late spring is the ideal period to visit this place. +44 is the country code. The destination listed above fall in a clock-wise direction starting from Penzance. This place can be reached through trin from London Paddington as well.

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