Cornwall, South Coast Highlights
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So perhaps you are thinking of a Cornwall trip?
The population of Britain is well acquainted with the delights of Cornwall’s beaches, walking trails and water sports. Such activity arouses appetites to match, so the Cornish “pastie” and fresh fish and chips have earned a place in the hearts of the British holiday maker. However, amongst the surfers and beachcombers who came for a holiday and stayed, artists, writers and gourmet chefs also put down roots and now this rugged, dazzling peninsula offers food, lodging and recreation for all tastes and purses.
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Take, for example, a tour of the highlights of the Cornish South Coast. For an overseas visitor arriving in London, Fowey can be reached in less than four and a half hours by train and then a short taxi ride. Settle in, then take the ferry across the River Fowey and walk around the creeks that lead to Lantic Bay. One famous literary settler, Daphne Du Maurier, got married at St Wyllow’s Church. Drop in as you walk by and tomorrow you can enjoy more of this author’s scenery on a hike to Gribbin Head. The gradient can be stern along this shore but take your time and build an appetite for the hearty pub supper or quiet gourmet dinner.
The southern aspect of this coastline is famous for its moist, frost-free valleys and streams. In these micro climates, adventurous Victorian plantsmen with wealthy patrons adorned the slopes with outstanding gardens of exotic colour and form. Caerhayes Castle Estate, the Lost Gardens of Heligan and Tregrehan Gardens are all encountered on the route to Mevagissey. The Italian Gardens of Lamorran House are conveniently located in St Mawes on the sparkling Fal Estuary. Trebah and Glendurgan Gardens sit side by side on the North bank of the Helford River and, in spring, even the wild flowers of the Coastal Path would please the most discerning of gardeners.
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Cornwall is completely outlined by the South West Coast Path, a national long distance route that covers four counties. In its entirety, it totals 630 miles and is a severe test for any walker. However by picking out highlights and leaning on a well established public transport system, a visitor with a week to spare will be rewarded with a fascinating and satisfying insight into captivating Cornwall.
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