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Monday, January 18, 2016 - 13:13
Attractions - Beaches Newquay is the surfing capital of England and has a huge variety of beaches.  Fistral beach (in Newquay) and Watergate Bay (just a couple of miles north of Newquay) attract surfers from all over the world.  For the less experienced there are surf schools at both beaches during the summer months. Porth Joke beach, a couple of miles walking south west of Newquay offers a huge contrast with its isolation offering peace and tranquility away from the crowds. The Gannel Estuary is a hidden gem, all a few hundred metres from busy Newquay.  At low tide the estuary can be explored...
Wednesday, January 13, 2016 - 10:35
Plymouth is the only city on the South West Coastal Path. It has a huge variety of things do. Its main attraction is its magnificent waterside location. Attractions National Marine Aquarian: opening times 10:00 to 17:00 This is the UK's largest aquarium, it has zones with fish from Plymouth Sound and the coasts of Britain as well as the Atlantic Ocean and a coral reef zone known as the Blue Planet.  There is an interactive dive display at 14:00 every day.  The Aquarian is located in the Barbican Area of Plymouth. Tinside Lido (outdoor saltwater swimming pool) - Opening times Term Time Monday...
Tuesday, January 12, 2016 - 17:32
Things to Do in Padstow: Prideaux Place : Sundays to Thursdays tours of the house between 13:30 and 16:00, gardens and tea rooms open 12:30 to 17:00, it is just a 10 minute walk up the hill from the harbour. Prideaux Place was completed in 1592 by Sir Nicholas Prideaux, it is lived in today by Peter and Elisabeth Prideaux.  It is a short 10 minute walk up the hill from Padstow town centre.  Tours of the house run in the afternoons and the gardens and tea rooms are also open.  The gardens are undergoing extensive restoration, they were first landscaped in the 1730s.  Also several buildings wer...
Tuesday, January 12, 2016 - 15:15
Things to do in Fowey: Boat Trips operate from the quay in the centre of Fowey, there are harbour cruises, trips all the way up to Lostwithiel including a tour of that historic town.  Kayaking trips are taken up the river, also small motor boats are available to hire.  Information about all these is displayed on blackboards on the quay.  Beaches Readymoney Cove is a small beach just a few minutes walk from the town centre ideal for swimming and rockpooling. Eating Out: There are lots of places to eat in Fowey from fine dining at the smart hotels to takeaway fish and chips in the town, however...
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 http://www.appledoreinstowferry.com/timetable-fares.html 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...

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