The ancient market town of Launceston (locals call it Lanson) is known as "The Gateway to Cornwall" and was once the capital of Cornwall. Located on the Cornwall and Devon border, lying between two moors, Bodmin and Dartmoor, the ancient town is quintessentially Cornish, with its Georgian houses, intricately carved church, narrow granite lined streets and market square.
Launceston Castle, built after the Norman Conquest, dominates the town and skyline. The Launceston Steam Railway runs from Launceston through the glorious Kensey Valley to the hamlet of Newmills and offers a great day out for all the family.
The Camel Trail
The Camel Trail is a 19 mile long recreational multi use trail that follows the beautiful Camel River from Padstow, where it joins the sea in a wide estuary, to Poley’s Bridge inland, where it is merely a stream running through woodland. Don't forget your bike as the trail is also suitable for cycling. Alternatively bike hire is available at several locations nearby.
Port Isaac to Port Gaverne
A scenic walk that enables you to explore two idyllic harbour side villages and the lovely wooded countryside between them. Port Isaac has classic Cornish character by the boat load - clusters of tiny whitewashed cottages, narrow twisting lanes and the lovely scent of freshly-caught fish. Port Isaac is also where the popular series Doc Martin is set.
Three Inns, three Rivers, three Churches, and a most popular harbour. A great day out in Cornwall, with excellent facilities, historic harbour, parking, public toilets, shops, cafes, pubs, restaurants, stunning scenery and breathtaking views.
Take a peek at the castle ruins in Tintagel before setting out south along the coast path towards Boscastle. The views of the coastline throughout this walk are spectacular. Along the way you’ll come across a ruined village and Bronze Age carvings.
Traditionally a fishing port, Padstow is now a popular tourist destination on the north coast of Cornwall. The town is situated on the west bank of the River Camel estuary approximately five miles northwest of Wadebridge. Here you can enjoy spectacular scenery, picturesque walks around the harbour and many shops and restaurants, which include the world famous Rick Steins Seafood Restaurant.
Camel Valley Wine Tours
Drive to Nanstallon, Bodmin and visit the award winning world class Camel Valley Wines. Great wine tastings and an excellent shop.
Carnglaze Slate Caverns
Carnglaze Slate Caverns are a popular all weather tourist attraction, a booklet on the history of Carnglaze is available in the gift shop which also sells unique hand-crafted items from the slate craft workshop.
Located a few minutes from Bodmin, Lanhydrock House is a magnificent late Victorian country house with extensive servants' quarters, gardens and wooded estate. One of 21 excellent National Trust locations in Cornwall.
Cotehele House and Quay
In the woods above the tidal River Tamar near Saltash nestles Cotehele, built by the Edgcumbes in Tudor times with lovely grounds sweeping down to the river where you will find Cotehele Quay and a gentle stroll to Cotehele Mill.
Pencarrow House, near Bodmin
Pencarrow House is a stately home with magnificent gardens – 50 acres including a sunken Italian garden, a lake and over 700 varieties of rhododendron. In summer plays are staged here.
Mount Edgcumbe House and Park
Mount Edgcumbe House near Torpoint is the former home of the Earls of Mount Edgcumbe. Set in Grade I Cornish Gardens within 865 acres Country Park on the Rame Peninsula, South East Cornwall.
The Eden Project
Located between Bodmin and St Austell, The Eden Project is open all year round and it takes 3-4 hours to get around, an excellent day out. A former china clay mine that has been turned into a rich global garden boasting the worlds largest greenhouses.
Lost Gardens of Heligan
Drive South near Mevagissey, The Lost Gardens of Heligan offer over 200 acres for exploration. Discover Victorian Productive Gardens, romantic Pleasure Grounds, lush sub-tropical Jungle, pioneering Wildlife Project & beyond.