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Tuesday, January 12, 2016 - 14:46
St Mawes Castle: opening times 10:00 to 16:00 The twin and junior Castle to Falmouth's Pendennis.  It was built between 1539 and 1545, it briefly saw action in the English Civil War when it was surrendered by the Loyalists to the Parliamentarians after a seige of just 1 hour.  It is not well defended from the Land and was thus considered indefensible.  It has a collection of cannons on display and features are the gunner's rest room and the "oubliette" where prisonners were held.  There are stunning sea views from its battlements and it is just a short 5 minute walk from the centre of St Mawe...
Tuesday, January 12, 2016 - 13:49
Museums and Galleries National Maritime Museum: Opening times 10:00 to 17:00 A great museum displaying boats and water craft from Britain's great maritime past.  See their website for current exhibitions and displays. Pendennis Castle: Opening times 10 to 16:00 One of Henry VIII's great coastal castle's, it has magnificent views across the harbour.  It saw action during the English Civil War when 1,000 Royalists held out against the Parliamentary Army for 3 months (1646) only agreeing to an honourable surrender when their food ran out.  It now hosts regular events and is beautifully preserved...
Tuesday, January 12, 2016 - 11:06
Picture above of Penzance harbour courtesy of Fine Art Prints On Demand Museums and Galleries Penlee House Gallery and Museum:  Opening times 10:00 to 17:00 (last admission 16:30) The museum rotates its exhibitions but it specializes in artisits that have had a major impact on the cornish artistic scene.  There is always an exhibition celebrating the Newlyn school of art.  Newlyn is a small fishing village just a few kilometres outside of Penzance.  The spectacular scenery has attracted artists since the 1880s.  A colony of artists settled there attracted by cheap accommodation, a train link t...
Monday, January 11, 2016 - 16:36
Things to do in St Ives Museums and Galleries Barbara Hepworth Museum:  Opening times 10:00 to 16:20 daily (last admission 16:00) The museum has been created from the very studio and gardens that Barabara Hepworth worked in from 1949 to her death in 1975.  She is famous for her large bronze and wood carvings. Tate Gallery (Temporarily closed until 21st May 2016) Housed in an iconic building in a fabulous position overlooking Porthmeor beach this gallery houses major works of art.  See their website for details of the current exhibition . There is also a great cafe on the top floor which enjoy...
Friday, November 20, 2015 - 14:33
Nearwater Walking Holiday's longest ever itinerary a 52 night holiday. Setting off on 2nd April from Minehead Geoff Scott and Barry Mitchell started a 52 day itinerary around the entire South West Coastal Path finishing in Poole on 23rd May. They had only 2 rest days, one in Padstow and one in St Mawes staying at Nearwater, our Bed and Breakfast.  The main picture shows them with me on the 2nd May before setting off on their first wet day of the walk (not bad after 28 dry days). This picture shows them at the end of their walk on the 23rd May.  Their quote to me was that they felt pretty epic...
Tuesday, November 17, 2015 - 16:14
Ryanair announces 2 Routes to Alicante and Frankfurt from Cornwall for 2016 Ryanair, Europe’s favourite airline, today (29 Oct) launched flights from Newquay Airport, with 2 routes to Alicante and Frankfurt Hahn, starting from April 2016, which will deliver 35,000 customers p.a. at Newquay Airport. Both routes will operate twice weekly, deliver 35,000 customers p.a. at Newquay Airport, Ryanair’s 17th UK destination.  
Wednesday, November 11, 2015 - 15:29
The Cotswold Way – Starting 1st November 2015 Day 1 – Left the car at Bristol Parkway having driven up from Plymouth, then caught 3 trains to arrive in Moreton in Marsh.  No taxi rank but found a number for Campden Cars and 10 minutes later a very nice lady called Liz in a smart Mercedes Estate car turned up to take us to Chipping Campden.  We were staying on a special deal at the King’s Hotel, which included supper, but having been invited out for supper by some friends nearby converted this into staying in their best room with no supper.  So after luxuriating in a huge bath in the bedroom we...
Thursday, October 22, 2015 - 15:00
North Devon Instow to Appledore: April to October 2 hours either side of high tide, this ferry cuts off the walk through Bideford.  Do check their website for operating timetable Cornwall: Padstow to Rock:  Year round summer timetable 08:00 to 18:30 see Padstow Harbour website for full timetable details. Newquay to Crantock: End of May to mid September 10:00 to 18:00 this ferry runs approx. 3 hours either side of high tide, at other times it is possible to walk across the River Gannel.  The Ferry runs from the Fern Pit Café on the Newqua...
Wednesday, September 16, 2015 - 09:20
Nearwater Walking Holidays got a great mention in the travel section of the The Telegraph on Saturday 12th September as being "The Company" to organise your walk on the South West Coastal Path. See World's Greatest Walks.  
Tuesday, February 10, 2015 - 13:07
Some wonderful pictures of the South West Coastal Path for the 2015 Calendar see
Friday, February 6, 2015 - 17:32
Winter Sunset over St Mawes Castle
Monday, January 19, 2015 - 10:46
Polkerris to Fowey is a stunning 5 mile leg of the coastal path.  These are some photos of us walking it in mid January.