WHAT TO SEE AND DO in cornwall

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countryside interests


Bodmin Moor

A wild and remote landscape of sudden mists and mysterious legend. A vegetation of boggy moorland, open heathland, granite tors and hidden valleys. The highest point is Brown Willy (1377ft). This remote wilderness, far from the dangerous beasts of the forest and plain, attracted prehistoric man. Hut circles, burial grounds and stone circles litter the landscape. An exhilarating place for pony trekking and walking, but beware of sudden mists.  

bodminmoor.co.uk  Photographic Images: Copyright ©William Fricker Photography/Goldeneye Guides

Carrick Roads

4-mile long valley fed by 5 tributaries. Boat trips from Falmouth to Truro and St Mawes from Prince of Wales Pier. At Custom House Quay, trips to Helford Passage and Roseland, in summer season. Popular with yachtsmen.  falmouthport.co.uk  Photographic Images: Copyright ©William Fricker Photography/Goldeneye Guides

Froe Creek

Haven for wildfowl and herons. Start of 6 1/2 mile walk around peninsula:- to Towan Beach, coast path to Zone Point, Carricknath Point, St Anthony and back. Shorter 3 1/2 mile walk:- Westwards direct to Porthmellin Head and St Anthony. 


Golitha Falls

The trail starts at Redgate Bridge opposite the car park and Inkies Cafe (open W-Su from 10-4). This is an example of where Human Erosion has gone too far. There is no control of pathways. The roots and rocks once covered by moss and lichen are bare and over trodden on. The eroded rocks pile up forlornly. The trees have been broken and discarded by the erosive nature of  the swollen waters. I suspect the advertised salmon and otters have taken to a nocturnal lifestyle in this once place of beauty. 

01872 265710 english-nature.org.uk  Photographic Images: Copyright ©William Fricker Photography/Goldeneye Guides


Goonhilly Downs

High central plateau on Lizard Peninsula. One of the oldest nature conservancy reserves
in the country. Thus, of great interest to botanists, geologists and archaeologists. A profusion of wild flowers sets off the summer air to be acute with scent. Buzzards soar up high. Green serpentine rock forms. Croft Pascoe Nature Reserve.   Photographic Images: Copyright ©William Fricker Photography/Goldeneye Guides

Helford & Helford River

This is a beautiful tree-lined (hollies and oaks) tidal river offset with romantic creeks,
for example Frenchman’s Creek, as immortalised by Daphne du Maurier’s novel, and inlets with spare, ancient trees and forgotten wrecks sunken in the mud flats. The picturesque villages of Durgan, Helford (park at top of village for the pub and passenger ferry) and St Anthony have small beaches and are popular with ‘muck abouters’ in boats, and for those wishing to rent a holiday home. Perfect for young children who just wish to wander down to the little beaches with bucket and spade, or are keen to learn the art of dinghy sailing. Once visited, not easily forgotten. For the adults there is refreshment to be found on both banks of the river; on the south side, The Shipwright Arms, and on the north side, The Ferry Boat Inn. There are large properties behind high walls and fences belonging to the rich and famous. None other than Sir Tim Rice and Roger Taylor (of Queen). At St Anthony you have SailAway who organise dinghy hire and lessons. 01326 231357.  Photographic Images: Copyright ©William Fricker Photography/Goldeneye Guides

Kennal Vale Nature Reserve CWT

A former gunpowder factory was located in this reserve of broadleaf wooodland, waterfalls, open glades and footpaths that will take you around a circuit of this reserve. Easy access.  corrnwallwildlifetrust.org.uk Photographic Images: Copyright ©William Fricker Photography/Goldeneye Guides

Loe Pool & Penrose Estate (NT)

The largest natural lake in the West Country inhabited by wildfowl and surrounded by rhododendrons and wild flowers. In evidence since the C14, the River Cober was blocked by silt and the Loe Bar developed to form a bank of flint shingle. Cycling trails for families have been developed around the Estate. Apple Festival in the Autumn. Bridleways are being developed for horse riding. Stables Café open daily in summer, W/Es in winter.  nationaltrust.org.uk  Photographic Images: Copyright ©William Fricker Photography/Goldeneye Guides