ST IVES

A labyrinth of narrow streets, whitewashed cottages, brightly coloured boats, sandy beaches and light, so bright, piercing and clear that you could be forgiven for thinking you were in a Mediterranean village. It was the light that drew the early artists in the C19 and C20s. The town’s charm remains unaltered by the thousands who flock here. It is a special place, and worth intense exploration around the many side streets. Perhaps, a course in painting will take your fancy. The beaches are almost white, and the sea shimmers in the sunlight. To avoid the manic parking problem, take the train in from Lelant. Music & Arts Festival - Sept.  stives-cornwall.co.uk stives.co.uk  Photography: Copyright ©William Fricker Photography/Goldeneye Guides

PADSTOW

A labyrinth of narrow alleyways and picturesque houses, and a safe haven on the treacherous North Coast. May Day heralds the arrival of the Hobby Horse (‘Obby ‘Oss) who prances and dances the streets, taunting young, and not so young, maidens. A celebration of spring fever and the coming of summer. C16 Raleigh’s Court House on South Quay. C15 church. Boat trips. Centre of fine cuisine with many restaurants, notably Rick Stein’s various enterprises. Some have labelled the town Padstein. Understandable, but a little unfair. True, he may have dominated our TV screens for an age but his success has rippled out across Cornwall and made this old county a destination for lovers of sea food and local produce. It is worth walking away from the crowded harbour front and exploring the side streets or heading out for the coastal footpath to the nearby beaches. The Camel Trail starts here and you can hire a bicycle from one of the hire centres located beside the car park at the bottom of the hill.  Photography: Copyright ©William Fricker Photography/Goldeneye Guides

PORT ISAAC

A charming north coast fishing inlet and old port made famous by the TV series, Doc Martin. Hence, the new restaurants, tea rooms and gift shops. A plethora of rental cottages, and exodus of locals who cannot afford to live here anymore. A steep street runs down to the beach and harbour, hazardous when a northerly wind blows. Lobster fishing centre. Trips for mackerel and parking (charge) on beach at LT. Just Shellfishsell fresh fish, dressed crab and lobster, beside the Slipway. Three restaurants to choose from down by the harbour. St Endellion Music Festival in Aug  Photography: Copyright ©William Fricker Photography/Goldeneye Guides

POLPERRO

The quintessential and “Pretty As A Picture” idyll of a Cornish fishing village. It is, yes, picturesque, for indeed a timeless ambience pervades the narrow streets, pastel-shaded cottages and busy fishing harbour. It can be crowded during the day , and its a long slog from the top end car park. Best visited in the evening and you can enjoy a quiet pint at the Blue Peter Inn, and if, in luck, listen to the Fisherman’s Choir practicing. Tea/gift shops, aplenty. Fishing trips. Regatta mid-July. Park above the village.  polperro.org   Photography: Copyright ©William Fricker Photography/Goldeneye Guides

PENRYN

An attractive granite town (often overlooked) at the head of Penryn Creek. Picturesque steep main street with handsome restored, Georgian houses, and off it, run ‘opes’ and alleys with quaint cottages - just some of the 250 listed buildings, hereabouts. Granted Charter in 1236. Hence, a much older town (just celebrated 800- years) than its more famous neighbour, Falmouth. In the C17, England’s busiest port after London. The granite from Penryn’s quarries helped to build New Scotland Yard, four London Bridges and the Fastnet Lighthouse. The home of Falmouth (& Exeter) University at Tremough Campus. A place of creativity and artistic endeavour (galleries galore) where there is an undercurrent of bohemia at play. Town Fair - Aug BH W/E.  Photography: Copyright ©William Fricker Photography/Goldeneye Guides

MYLOR CHURCH HARBOUR

Flourishing yachting centre complete with chandlers and three eateries: or Mylor Harbour Café, open all year, fish restaurant and bistro. Car park.  harbourviewfalmouth.co.uk  Photography: Copyright ©William Fricker Photography/Goldeneye Guides

MOUSEHOLE

Pronounced ‘Mowzle.’ Arguably the most attractive of Cornish fishing villages. The stone cottages huddle around the harbour, facing east, sheltered from the prevailing winds. Originally called Port Enys, it was sacked and burnt by Spanish invaders in 1595. It is worth exploring the hidden alleyways where you will light upon tiny art galleries, tea rooms, and the odd restaurant, or if you are in need of a rest, sit on the harbour wall and watch a time capsule of fishing boats, and children at play. Famed
for their Christmas lights that encompass the entire harbour, and Tom Bawcock’s Eve, and the children’s tale, The Mousehole Cat.  Photography: Copyright ©William Fricker Photography/Goldeneye Guides

MEVAGISSEY

One of Cornwall’s most picturesque and unspoilt fishing villages. The fine inner, and more recent outer harbour has been at the centre of the town’s history for hundreds of years. A famous shark fishing centre, Ferry to Fowey. Nearby, Heligan Gardens. Feast Week- late June. mevagissey.net  Photography: Copyright ©William Fricker Photography/Goldeneye Guides

LOOE

You may well think you have entered a time-warp (with Dr Who and the Tardis) but, no, Looe is still an active and scruffy fishing village with a bustling quay , tidal harbour and off it, on either side, a web of narrow streets provide an unforgettable tableaux of Cornish life. Today, a popular embarkation point for deep-sea fishing. Perhaps, too many gift shops selling unnecessary junk, and too many pasty/fish’n chip parlours. You can forget all this by setting out to walk the Looe Valley Line, where a number of way-marked trails lead off along 8-miles of railway track, from Looe to Liskeard - leaflets available from the local Information Centre. Fish Market on East Looe Quay, Sub-Aqua club, boat trips. looe.org  Photography: Copyright ©William Fricker Photography/Goldeneye Guides

FOWEY & POLRUAN

Fowey & Polruan

Pronounced Foy. Fowey is a chic and fashionable town of narrow streets and brightly coloured houses, that overlook the superb natural harbour.

A haven for yachtsmen, a commercial seaport and centre of many inns, restaurants, galleries and shops.  One of England’s busiest towns in the Middle Ages, and home of the ‘Fowey Gallants,’ a bunch of reckless and invincible pirates who raided French and Spanish shipping. Still a busy exporter of China Clay. Fishing trips and passenger ferry to Polruan. Festival of Words & Music - May. Royal Regatta & Carnival week - Aug (2/3 week).  fowey.co.uk  Photography: Copyright ©William Fricker Photography/Goldeneye Guides

FALMOUTH

Falmouth

The site of the third deepest natural harbour in the World, and haven for international yachtsmen. The Phoenicians and Romans came here in search of tin. In the late C16, Sir Walter Raleigh persuaded the piratical, Killigrew family to develop the harbour’s potential, and for 200 years Falmouth became the centre of the Mail Packet Trade, smuggling and piracy. Falmouth (Aberfal) is a busy and likeable town with many places in which to share a coffee, sink a pint or take a snack or meal. There is a lively café culture and we list some of the best in “Light Bites”. The town has some new architectural developments, notably the National Maritime Museum and adjacent area. Outside the town, there is the Penryn Campus containing departments from the Universities of Exeter and Falmouth. At Wood Lane, the Universities Fine Art and Graphics departments. Popular yachting centre. Cinema and 3 beaches. Regatta week - mid Aug. E/C W. falmouth.co.uk

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CHARLESTOWN

Charlestown

There’s a nostalgic atmosphere about this C18 china clay harbour built by Charles Rashleigh for the export of coal, tin and china clay. Home port for the famous tall ships of the Square Sail Shipyard Company. Diving centre. Location for TV series and films, notably; Poldark, Jane Austen’s Persuasion, The Three Musketeers, The Onedin Line and The Voyage of Charles Darwin. Dogs are banned from the small beach, and you can only view the tall ships beside the harbour wall from a distance. Parking fee.  Photography: Copyright ©William Fricker Photography/Goldeneye Guides

CADGWITH

Cadgwith

Thatched cottages of darkly mottled serpentine rocks, and boats beached on the shingle cove create a picturesque, yet workaday and iconic scene. Haunt of artists. Superb coastal scenery. Café & Cadgwith Inn. Crow’s Nest Gallery. Fresh fish for sale. Suggest you park at the top of the village and walk down, otherwise you may well get stuck in the bottleneck.   cadgwith.com  Photography: Copyright ©William Fricker Photography/Goldeneye Guides

BOSCASTLE

Boscastle

A charming and attractive (Upper) village within a steep valley leads down to a sinuous and dramatic harbour. A safe haven on a treacherous coastline, but despite this, it remains an extremely difficult destination to navigate into (especially on a stormy night). More recently, featured in the news following the horrific flooding on the 16th August 2004. Cars and caravans were swept into the sea. Houses and shops were destroyed.
The Royal Naval helicopter squadron from Chivenor was magnificent in its efforts to
save life and limb. There are two cafés down by the harbour if you need a bite to eat: The Pilchard Cellar Café (National Trust) and the Harbour Light Café, beside the YHA. October Festival.   Photography: Copyright ©William Fricker Photography/Goldeneye Guides