Cornwall Favorites

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Cornwall Favorites

  • Ginsters...

    Geoffrey Ginster started the company that bears his name in a derelict egg-packing shed, supplying homemade pasties to cafes & corner shops in the west country...In 1977 he decided to retire, selling his business to the Samworth family, who were experienced in making chilled foods on a large scale, to a high quality...They took the Ginsters...

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  • Trelissick

    Sometimes you go to a place and, well, you just love it. The National Trust Garden is, and may I quote here from there brochure, "...made by its setting: a sloping, wooded peninsula embraced by Lamouth Creek to the north, the winding estuary of the River Fal to the east and Channal's Creek and the Carrick Roads to the south."The only problem is the...

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  • Sightseeing passes

    For non-UK residents there are several sightseeing passes that give you free entry to all kind of sights: - Overseas Visitor Pass. It allows you free entry to the English Heritage sites. It's available for 7 days or 14 days and you can buy the Overseas Pass at each property.- National Trust Touring Pass. It allows you free entry to the National...

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  • Heritage Open Days

    Each year in September there are the Heritage Open Days (HOD) with special events and free admission to several heritage sights. Also some sights that usually are not open to public are open then.The Heritage Open Days website shows a list of all British places that participate in this event. In Cornwall in 2009 this had been Launceston Castle,...

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  • Good foody places we found

    We had a nice cream tea in Marazion at The Chapel Rock Cafe... with superb views overlooking St Michael's Mount. Another place that looked nice to have them (more quaint but no space when we looked), was the Seagrove Gallery and Tea Garden. This is a shaded area, the Chapel Rock Cafe is far more sunny, plus has the view. We had a really good pub...

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  • Our likes and dislikes of what we saw

    We particularly loved Porthminster Beach (a cove btwn Carbis Bay and St Ives), Sennen Cove, the quaint open air amphitheatre, Minnack Theatre (neighbouring Porthcurno Bay is stunning!!!), St Michael's Mount in Marazion (another good place to stay I think, Marazion). St Ives is a must, full to the brim with cobbled alleyways (wear comfortable...

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  • You can't beat a bit of local knowledge

    The best places in Cornwall in my opinion are as follows: 1. Minack Theatre and Porthcurno2. Sennen Cove to Lands End along the coast path3. Kynance Cove on the Lizard Peninsula4. St Michael's Mount, Mousehole and Lamorna5. Tintagel and BoscastleThere are over 160 beaches and coves in Cornwall. Try Porthminster or Porthmeor beaches at St Ives for...

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  • We saw Merlin the magician!

    This was on our very first trip to Cornwall, back in 1994: I know that Cornwall is mystical and most of it looks like it must have done hundreds of years ago, but I swear on my life that I saw Merlin! We were driving by this forked road in the car near Birdworld and there was Merlin standing there, dressed in midnight blue and holding a wooden...

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  • Reading in preparation for a visit

    Since returning home from Cornwall, my wife has read and I am reading 'A Cornish Childhood' by the distinguished Elizabethan scholar, A. L. Rowse. It is an autobiographical account of Rowse's early life in St. Austell in the early part of the 20th Century. It is a sensitive first hand look at the character, daily life, celebrations and customs of...

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  • History of Cornwall

    The history of Cornwall began with the pre-Roman inhabitants, including speakers of a Celtic language that developed into Brythonic and Cornish. After a period of Roman rule, Cornwall reverted to independent Celtic chieftains. The Roman term for the tribe which inhabited what is now Cornwall at the time of Roman rule, possibly the Cornovii, came...

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  • Cornish Fairings

    Cornish fairings are spiced biscuits, very similar to ginger biscuits - but not quite! - and the best known ones are made by Furniss of Truro.You can find lemon and orange flavoured biscuits as well as the traditional spiced ones and I always had problems to decide which ones I preferred!They were made originally during the late 1880s by a master...

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  • Pasties!

    The traditional Cornish pasty is prepared on a dinner plate - sometimes a VERY large one! Most Cornish housewives have a "pasty plate". Spread suet pastry over it and trim the edges. Some people prefer shortcrust pastry. Cube raw meat (either beef or lamb) and arrange in the middle. (Don't use minced meat!) Cube raw parsnips and potatoes and...

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  • Forget about weight watching!

    Cornish cream is thick and yellow and very very nourishing! In Cornwall you just have to forget about weight watching and indulge in cream teas!You split the scones in two and load them with jam and the cream on the top. Deeeelicious! There is a special scone sold that is known as "splits", less heavy and without raisins. It is a good idea to lean...

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  • Cambourne - a moving experience

    It's not only the Roman Empire that rose and fell. This town still does - every day!Just the thing for your trivia night quiz. Cambourne is a fair sized town in Cornwall that isn't on the list of must-sees for any tourist but I happened to see it most days I was there due to the fact that I was staying down the road at an even more unlikely place...

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  • Something about tin

    They're all over Cornwall. Chimney stacks from the glory days of copper and tin mining. Though still practised, more modern methods are used and the brick chimneys are ever more at the whims of the elementsAt least in some places you can go and see what things used to be like and Geevor is one such place and it only closed in 1990 so things are...

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  • Siting Tintagel

    The thing that's exciting about Tintagel is not so much what it is, but where it is. Perched atop an island of rock, accessed only by a footbridge, the climb adjacent to the steep cliffs with the ocean pounding below you is even more dramatic than any fairy tale that may be associated with the site.As explained elsewhere, the slate steps can...

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  • The busloads

    The wind ruffled the tufted grasses and rode the exposed rocks. It accelerated across the hill tops and flexed the surface of the sea, bringing with it the rain-bearing pewter clouds that dispensed occasional showers and had people reaching for their umbrellas.Yet still they came. By bike, by car, by busload. I'm glad I wasn't here when it was...

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  • Rowena Cade - a truly amazing lady

    Determined as ever, Rowena slowly brought the Minack magic back to life.As its reputation spread, Rowena realised that she would have to separate the Theatre from her garden and she and Billy Rawlings completed this huge task with granite walls, an access road, a car park and a flight of 90 steps up from the beach.When Billy died in 1966 Rowena...

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  • Minack Theatre

    It's an extraordinary tale of a passionate woman. Rowena Cade was born in August 1893 in Spondon, Derbyshire where her father owned a cotton mill and her ancestors had lived for 300 years. Joseph Wright, famous painter of the industrial revolution, was her great great grandfather. The second of four children, Rowena represented the fifth generation...

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  • Tintagel's old post office

    This delightful building, whose roof line seems to echo the rise and fall of the swells nearby, is on the western side of the main street.Originally built as a small manor house in the 14th century, the building is a rare example of this type of early domestic dwelling. Its life as a post office began in the 19th century. By 1844 the village and...

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  • Getting there

    Most people will have parked in one of the carparks and have taken the option to walk down to the site. This not unpleasant walk sort of shields you from your destination until you are almost on the site itself. You may even be wondering what all the fuss is about but, once you round the corner at the bottom and see the ever-so-enticing steps...

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  • TIntagel - something about Arthur

    According to one legend the infant Arthur was thrown by the waves on the beach by Merlin's cave. King Arthur's time in history was in the fifth century. He is identified with the known history of a Celtic chieftain of the period who led his countrymen in the West in their resistance against Saxon invaders. Many believe that Arthur was of a mixed...

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  • Arthur schmartha

    Despite well intended efforts at denying your pocket of revenue and of keeping the place firmly in the public eye, let me state quite clearly that, in my humble opinion, Tintagel has absolutely nothing to do with the fabled King Arthur and the nights of the Round Table.Dream if you wish. Me, I'm stuck in reality and prefer to see the world through...

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  • Boscastle - another classic

    This well known village became world famous in a way it hadn't desired when the flood swept through in mid-August 2004. It's hard to look at the opening picture and imagine most of it was under water at one stage, with upside down cars mangled with trees and shrubs abutting the doorways of the shops.Set in a narrow valley it is in a situation where...

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  • What a wonderful world

    Let me just say that there wasn't a garden in England I didn't enjoy but Trelissick had that little bit extra. The lovely water glimpses from time to time just seemed to add so much to the experience.Looking over the ha ha towards Falmouth is such a relaxing experience I was disappointed my time there was only limited. In another direction you...

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  • No milk today

    This is part of the octagonal dairy, a building you can't help but notice during your ascent/descent. It's the work of Piers St. Aubyn, an architect cousing of the 1st Lord St. Levan whose extensive additions to the castle are a feature of the tour. The design of the dairy comes the well-known kitchen at Glastonbury Abbey. Six jersey cows were kept...

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  • The end is nigh

    As the saying goes, it's not all beer and skittles. This ever-so-dramatic shot of a wave actually breaking OVER the walls and into the harbour was taken in October 2004. The photo I have is actually of a photo that hangs in the Post Office, one of several taken that day but, to my mind, the most dramatic.The second pic is of the general area where...

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  • The inside story

    There are, as you'd expect, many things of interest inside, none of which you're allowed to photograph but, somehow, these couple of snaps fell into my hands. There's the tidal clock. Made by Roger Wearn in the late 18th century you can tell the tide times by checking the position of the moon at the top of the clock face; a very important asset if...

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  • Life at the top

    The path narrows to pass the sentry box constructed during the Civil War that formed part of the inner line of defence of the Castle. They cover Cromwell's Passage, the cleft in the hills where Parliamentary troops landed from the seas but were driven back with heavy losses.The cliff top to the right is called St. Michael's Chair from where, in 495...

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  • Walking with a giant killer

    The herb border opposite the tennis court continues the monastic tradition of growing plants for medicinal purposes. The path itself is relatively recent, a granite setts one made in 1985 replacing the worn gravel one.The Pilgrims' Steps however, are very much older though they were uncovered only after WWII when earth was removed to make a path...

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  • Starting the climb

    Before you start the climb there is a video presentation. I recommend you view this before, and not after, as you will have some idea of what you are about to see.The entry is in a passageway on the other side of the building with the mural (picture three). On the right of the passageway is the National Trust office, small cinema and a cafe...

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  • Michael's Mount visited

    The beacon on top of the church tower was lit to warn of the approach of the Spanish Armada. It was one of the last fortresses to fall (after a long siege) during the Civil War but, by 1647, Colonel John St. Aubyn was appointed Captain of the Mount and purchased it in 1659. His descendants have lived there ever since. In 1887, Sir John St. Aubyn...

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  • Mont St. Michael - the connection

    It's an enticing sight to say the least. Sitting proudly in the bay out from Marazion it beckons the eye and begs one to go and see what it's all about.The Benedictine Abbey of Mont St. Michael in Normandy were ceded St. Michael's Mount by Edward the Confessor, confirmed in 1066 by Robert, Earl of Mortain, the brother of William the Conqueror.In...

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  • Morris Dancers at Jamaica Inn

    On my first stay in Cornwall in 1992 we went to see a group of morris dancers performing in front of Jamaica Inn on Easter day. My friend had friends among them so I had the chance to meet them in person. The dancers, who were very nice and friendly, came from all walks of life: doctors, professional musicians, you name it. Actually, I loved the...

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  • Sennen may get busy during summer.

    Sennen had a huge carpark so I guess during the summer it will get very busy.Try to go off season.Anything from say Oct til May.moree info soon.

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  • This frightened me

    I saw these houses when we found a small bay up a very narrow lane.The bay here was amazing.I then saw these houses clinging to the side of the cliff and the huge piles of rocks behind them.The rocks looked like they were about ready to slide down into the houses.I do not know how people can be living in the houses myself.I would be scared of the...

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  • Camping delight

    Camping, generally is fun, except for bad weather and having to work out how to put the damn tent up. If however, you are an expert tent putter upper and are not affected by gloomy weather then get yourself to Cornwall NOW!!Summer in Cornwall usually lasts longer than the rest of U.K., so it makes for the perfect holiday destination, with it's...

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  • Cornwall, What More Can You Want!!!

    My favourite thing about Cornwall is the stunning scenery, from the rugged coastal cliffs to the vast open moors the scenery really cannot be beat anywhere else in the country.A close second to the scenery is the friendlyness of the people, they are always willing to help and will stop and chat with you. y fondest memory of Cornwall has to be the...

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  • HOTELS / PUBS IN SW ENGLAND

    As a rule we tried to find Old Pubs ( like over 100 years old) for lunch or dinner. St. Kews Inn ( St. Kew) and Rugglestone Inn ( Widecombe in the Moor ) are some examples.The same with Hotels. We made no reservations but we still tried to target 100 year old ( plus) hotels. We were not always successful with this . Just in Porlock, Salisbury and...

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  • Driving Though SW England

    Driving though Cornwall and and the hedge rows of SW England was fun, but slow.By the end of our week we had used three different cars. The first one succumbed on day two in Lyme Regis when clutch problems. Day two was not a good day . The second car ,was broken into in Salisbury . We left the car in a parking garage and someone broke in through...

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  • Thirsty work

    I loved the sheer variety of plants, but make sure you take a drink into the Largest Biome, it can get pretty warm in there.

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  • Newquay

    Ok, so far I've chatted about some very nice places - and most cornish places are very nice. But Newquay is perhaps out on its own when compared to other towns in Cornwall. It is an old town, but now more modern than old, with many hotels and places of entertainment for the modern traveller.Naturally the beaches are the main attraction for every...

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  • Land's End

    Land's End, or as I prefer to call it 'the Land's End'! Well, it's right at the end of Cornwall, at the end of the main A30 trunk road, and the next port of call would be North America!As for the place itself, well the village is rather non descript. Just a typically Cornish village of grey houses, with slated roofs.Years ago the only buildings at...

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  • Port isaac

    Port Isaac is a picturesque old Fishing Village, on the North Cornish coast. I remember it from 50 years ago, when it WAS just a fishing and farming community. Nowadays, sadly, many of the cottages are holiday homes, empty during the winter months.It is a really nice place to visit, but the streets are extremely narrow. You would be best to leave...

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  • Widemouth Bay

    Widemouth Bay has been one of my personal favourite beaches for over 40 years. When I first visited, as a child, there was nothing much there, and even today there's still not much there! Except, that is to say, the magnificent scenery and golden sandy beaches! The rural housing has increased, but is built well back from the beach and cliffs, so it...

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